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  • Born and raised in Italy

    6 13.04%
  • I like it so much that I moved/bought a second house there

    1 2.17%
  • I have been to Italy more than 5 times

    4 8.70%
  • I have been to Italy a few times

    16 34.78%
  • I have been to Italy just once

    9 19.57%
  • Never been there, but intend to

    7 15.22%
  • Never been there and don't plan to

    3 6.52%
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    For the first time it's better to take round trip.After that I decided which cities I wouldn't visit again - Rome, Napoli and Florence :)

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    Never went to Italy and my travel days are over,health issues, so I just watch Youtube for videos about Italy and all sorts of websites about Italy.

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    Mum's cousin owns a house near Turin [was originally in Arezzo], a close friend is Sicilian, and another friend lives in Florence. I've been to Italy a couple times over the years.

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    Going to Rome for the 3rd time soon

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    Been to Venice, Florence, Rome and Naples. Would like to go back to Rome and go to Sicily next time. So much history and beauty!

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    I haven't been To Italy but plan on visiting in the upcoming month, sound like a great trip.

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    Yes, my first visit was to Rome, in 1971. I was 18 with a very healthy appetite and thought the food was divine! Especially Spaghetti Amatriciana, my favourite. Although it never tastes good when I eat it here in Britain.
    I visited Rome again in the 70's and that time we also stayed for a few nights at Picinisco, in the province of Frosinone. Beautiful mountain country, evening walks in October were a delight. I agree with former posts about the mountain people being introverts, although they were very pleasant and accommodating and also - something very strong and intriguing about them.
    In the 90's I visited Naples, Sorrento and Positano. Also beautiful, but very crowded at the time we went.
    I don't travel now due to medical reasons, but I would have loved to explore the north of the country.

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    I could move in any part of Italy, in any moment :)

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    I have been to Italy just once. I visited Firenze last year.

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    No, but I want to visit. Maybe even live there for a little bit if I like it.

    Well, I was there as a kid with my family , we drove through the country and took a boat from Bari to Albania so I dont remember much. And dont consider it experiencing the country itself.

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    I've been to Italy once; it was very pleasant riding through the beautiful countryside. We stopped in Venezia, Bologna (where I had the best pizza ever), Firenze and Rome. I think my favourite place was Venezia. It's so lovely and the atmosphere is special, quite poetic and melancholic. I would also say a bit gloomy, but I think it's just because I'm influenced by horrific movies such as The Comfort of Strangers and Don't look now, which are set in Venezia.
    My Mother went on a cruise around Sicily years ago. She didn't see much of it since they were at sea most of the time, but it was a wonderful journey.
    I'd love to visit the Gulf of Napoli (esp. Pompei), the Amalfi coast, as well as Procida and Capri.
    Last edited by TardisBlue; 25-03-19 at 08:50.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TardisBlue View Post
    I've been to Italy once, I traveled by motorbike with a friend (=> I was just a passenger ); it was very pleasant riding through the beautiful countryside. We stopped in Venezia, Bologna (where I had the best pizza ever), Firenze and Rome. I think my favourite place was Venezia. It's so lovely and the atmosphere is special, quite poetic and melancholic. I would also say a bit gloomy, but I think it's just because I'm influenced by horrific movies such as The Comfort of Strangers and Don't look now, which are set in Venezia.
    My Mother went on a cruise around Sicily years ago. She didn't see much of it since they were at sea most of the time, but it was a wonderful journey.
    I'd love to visit the Gulf of Napoli (esp. Pompei), the Amalfi coast, as well as Procida and Capri.
    They're all spectacular. I've said before that if I got a terrible health diagnosis, I'd want to spend my last days in Ravello so I could go the gardens of the Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo every day. Of course, it would be even better if I could buy the Villa Cimbrone and ban all weddings there for the duration. :)
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    The Infinity Terrace:



    What I like particularly is that the promontory upon which the gardens sit, and a few nice little restaurants and small hotels too, is that it's a fifteen minute walk from the village. No exceptions: no cars, motos, nothing. That's why it's so peaceful.

    We have some threads on the entire area. This is one of them:
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    I've always wanted to go to Rome to visit all its iconic places but because of this coronavirus epidemic, I'd better postpone my trip to this country. Which is pretty sad. I wanted to add my Italian trip to this app https://tripfrogapp.com/ and then share it with friends. But it seems not this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferreiro_ View Post
    Yes, I have been to Italy 7 times.
    I have visited the following cities:
    Rome, in my opinion the most beautiful city in Italy and the second in Europe after Paris.
    Turin/Torino, elegant French-style city.
    Milan/Milano, modern and bustling city.
    Padova, Only I could see it at night.
    Bologna, I liked it.
    Venice, the second most beautiful city in Italy.
    Verona, very intesting, with a lot of monuments.
    Trieste, I didn't like. Trieste has a grand square by the sea, but the rest of the city wasn's nice for me. Sorry for trentinos.
    Genova, typical coastal city of the Mediterranean sea, it reminded me some cities in Spain and Portugal (Porto). A lot of monuments too. Interesting but a bit shabby.
    Florence/Firenze, I was a little disappointed. For me it is inferior to Rome or Venice.
    Siena, very nice.
    Napoli. This is the city in Italy I least liked, because although it has plenty of historical monuments, the city is in chaos, and is very neglected.
    Sorrento. Nice place, totally different of Napoli.
    Palermo. Similar to Napoli.
    Catania, nice city, more modern and cleaner than Palermo.
    Taormina, too tourists.
    Sono Stato a Roma e Sicilia. I Have not been to either Palermo or Catania. I drove through Palermo to get to Monreale and Cefaful , which are both in Provincial Palermo. Cefau is incredibly beautiful, but from what my fellow Sicilians say (they took me in as a compagno Siciliano), it has lots of tourist like Taormina. So places I was able to visit and not hit many tourist were Erice, Trapani (very beautiful place on a high mountain overlooking Sea and surrounding towns). Two great archelogoical sites in Trapani that are most see, IMHO, are Segesta and Selinunte. San Vito Lopo and Castellammare del Golfo also great (I did not visit Marsala, next time).

    The Valley of the Temples in Agrigento was crowded but still a must see. If you are into driving into interior Sicily, drive to Palazzo Adriano (full disclosure, partial because my Mothers Family came from there). It is a remarkable city that has retained elements of the Byzantine Christian Tradition and the Latin/Roman Christian Tradition in the same town. In the "la piazza cittadina", the Byzantine Catholic Church is on one side and the Roman on the other. This town was also where Guiseppe Tornatore filmed "Cinema Paradiso (1988)" which one numerous awards all over the world.

    Catania, with Etna, Ragusa (to see where the Late Sicilian Writer Andrea Camileri's Commissario Montalbano) is filmed, Syracuse and Messina will be next trip (hopefully next Summer), along with Return trip to Rome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riccardo View Post
    I'm 22 and it's 22 years living here in Roma! I can't stand the traffic anymore!!! Ahahahah!
    How about the Roman Suburbs. I was in Rome last summer, along with Sicily, but I did not drive!!!

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    The first time we were there it was the main tourist places: Rome, Florence and Venice. It was very pleasant. We had a private guide/driver in each of those places. The second time we spent some time in Rome and then drove around to my wife's ancestral places and visited Rossano in Calabria. Stayed in a wonderful olive estate outside Rossano. We also spent time around Lecce. Driving around is great and all but since I was driving I did not get to see all that my wife did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sybilla View Post
    Yes we consider ourselves Central Italians who had the misfortune to be annexed to the Southern State of the Two Sicilies. Characterially we are very different from Neapolitans and we have also porchetta which is a typical central Italian dish.
    Characterially Abruzzesi are mountanious people and like all the mountanious peoples we are pretty introvert and the Marsican bear is often used to rapresent our character (introvert and very few talkative).
    Anyway the favourite hobby of Abruzzesi is to hit Neapolitans and people from Bari so be careful to compare us with them We consider similar to Machisans, Latials and southern Abruzzo is close to Molise. Also the landscape of Abruzzo is very similar to Marche and Lazio.
    Hello from the future, Abruzzo is genetically south. In fact, you can be modeled as 70% Barese (Time to start hitting yourself, but I'm sure you can find plenty of people in Naples and Bari, to do it for you.) :




    "Central Italian" does not even exist genetically.

    A sharp north-south division in cluster distribution was detected, the separation between northern and southern areas being shifted north along the peninsula (Fig. 1B) (12). The reported structure dismissed the possibility that the Central Italian populations differentiated from the Northern and Southern Italian groups (Fig. 1A) (13). Individuals from Central Italy were, in fact, assigned mostly to the Southern Italian clusters, except for samples from Tuscany, which grouped instead with the Northern Italian clusters (Fig. 1, A and B) (12). Contrary to previous results, no outliers were detected among the Northern Italian clusters (12).

    https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/9/eaaw3492
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jovialis View Post
    Hello from the future, Abruzzo is genetically south. In fact, you can be modeled as 70% Barese (Time to start hitting yourself, but I'm sure you can find plenty of people in Naples and Bari, to do it for you.) :




    "Central Italian" does not even exist genetically.



    poor you.
    Incredible the crap people have posted. Who on earth doesn't know that the Abruzzesi are mostly Southern, and because so many of them moved to Lazio, much of Lazio is southern as well.

    The break in the genetic cline in Italy is just south of Rome, which really only leaves Marche and Umbria as "central", and Toscana grouping with the North.

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