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    • Cooking classes in Italy

      Italy Nov 26, 2016 at 5:31 PM

      We are planning a trip to Italy in early May. Can anyone recommend a one-day cooking class in Tuscany that would include shopping, cooking, eating...and, of course, wine?

    • Shopping hours

      Siracusa Nov 13, 2016 at 2:00 AM

      We will be in Siracusa next week and would like to do some clothes shopping. Can somebody please tell me what are the general opening hours for shops?

    • boats to Sorrento?

      Naples Dec 3, 2016 at 1:22 PM

      Are there any boats (public or commercial) that cover the stretch from Naples to Sorrento?

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      Using a public transport to get from Milan center to 'Museo Storico Alfa Romeo' in Arese.

      Milan Dec 3, 2016 at 10:39 AM


      On Dec. 13-15d. I'm planning to visit Milan. One of the main museums I'd like to visit is Museo Storico Alfa Romeo in Arese region. According to's journey planner, I should take the M1 metro and then at the nearby Rho rail station, I should catch a 561 line bus and then get off at the Via Aldo Moro street, with a few hundred metres left to reach my destination.

      My question is: if I buy a 2-day ATM ticket (which cost 8.25 €), does it still mean it's valid around Arese area or is it only around Milan center (in other words: will I have to buy additional bus tickets to get there)?

      Thanks in advance


    • station facilities

      Arezzo Dec 2, 2016 at 4:32 AM

      we will catch a train to Rome at 1pm on Easter Sunday 2017

      is there a cafe and will it and other facilities be open?

      thank you

    • Colosseum Tickets/Tour

      Rome Nov 15, 2016 at 10:49 PM

      Hi All,

      I am hoping for a recommendation for a tour company to book with to take a tour of the Colosseum(inc underground and third ring)?

      It seems the recommended "official" ticket website sells tickets online which are only valid until the 31st December- we would like to book for the 9th Jan.

      Any suggestions??

      Thanks in Advance

    • Romantic restaurant in Rome

      Rome Nov 14, 2016 at 3:22 PM

      Hello everybody.
      I will travel to Rome with my family next month. It is my first time in Rome, and I would like to find a really nice restaurant, not too expensive, to celebrate my birthday. Any suggestions will be wellcome.

      Our hotel is near Teatro dell´Opera.

      Thanks in advance.

    • Need help planning itinerary to ischia and another area/ country

      Ischia Porto Nov 27, 2016 at 4:20 PM

      Traveling for 7 total days- looking to make my mother in laws wish come true to travel to ischia however realize not too much to do there so will put 3 days aside for there need another destination that would be convenient and worthwhile for another 2-3 days stay. Please advise will be traveling with total of 8 adults
      thank you so much!!

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      bar opening times

      Treviso Dec 4, 2016 at 1:31 PM

      Hi vt'ers

      I am off to Treviso on the 29th December for new year and all the bars seem to say open for lunch 12 -3 then dinner 7 til late, does this mean that I will not be able to get a drink between 3 and 7 times and will the bars actually shut in the afternoon.

      cheers in advance

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      On a budget

      Italy Dec 2, 2016 at 9:03 AM

      On a budget in Venice any tips??

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      Venice to Croatia

      Venice Nov 21, 2016 at 9:41 AM

      HI VT!

      Whats the best way to get to Croatia from Venice and back.
      We only have a week in Venice, but would love to see Croatia for atleast 2 days.

      thank you!

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      spare days

      Treviso Nov 12, 2016 at 8:16 AM

      I will be in Treviso over new year and flying back on the 6th January. I have plans up to the 2nd jan then nothing planes. What is there to do ? I have a good budget and maybe could go to other city for a couple of days maybe.
      thanks in advance vt'ers

    • Sicily Adventure

      Sicilia Nov 27, 2016 at 11:31 AM

      Have today booked a holiday in Taormina to celebrate our Golden Wedding. We have been to Italy plenty of times so know the mainland reasonably well but have never been to Sicily. We are both fit and active and prefer to use public transport rather than join organised groups. During our holiday (10 days ) what is considered to be a must see/do to get the most out of our time spent in Sicily.

      Canolbarth (Wales)

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      Airport Shuttle from Bergamo Airport

      Milan Nov 14, 2016 at 1:02 AM

      We will be arriving in to Orio al Serio Airport and would like to take the airport shuttle in to Milan. I would like to book the tickets online but the website (Orio Shuttle) is asking for a time of departure. If our flight is delayed and we miss this time slot, does anyone know if we would be allowed on a later shuttle? If we wait until we land to buy a ticket, is it too risky that we may not get a seat?

      Thanks in advance.


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      Italy - Itinerary help

      Naples Nov 9, 2016 at 5:41 AM

      I have planned a 4 day trip to Naples and around and following is high level itinerary

      Day 1: Reach Naples in night from London and stay here
      Day 2: Visit Naples and reach Sorrento in night and stay
      Day 3: Visit Positano, Amalfi and Ravello and return back to Sorrento for stay
      Day 4: Visit Pompei and then return to Naples to fly back

      Please let know if this looks good. Day 2 - what are the key things to visit in Naples?
      We avoid public transportation and rent car mostly for convenience and cost, but wanted to take bus and train in this case considering the narrow mountain routes and traffic issues - any suggestions?
      I will travel with my wife and 2 daughters (aged 11 and 7) during 3 week of December. Any other tips and comments also welcome!

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      may 1 and train travel to and from civitavecchia

      Rome Dec 4, 2016 at 11:28 AM

      will be in port in civitavecchia may 1. wanting to get to rome to tour on our own using the rick steves "heart of rome walk" as a guide. the best and least expensive option is for us to take the train in to rome and then use the metro and walking as a way to accomplish just a bit of sight seeing. my question: is using the train/ metro a viable option on this holiday day or should we spend way more money and use the ship's transport in to rome (which guarantees we will arrive back at the ship for departure). we will be in port for about 10 hrs and i realize it takes an hour or more to get in to the city from civitavecchia. opinions? we know most all the big tourist spots are closed this day.

    • Assessing the AV2 trail and recomendation where to escape after the 5th day

      by Emily_hike Online Now Jul 27, 2016 at 1:41 AM

      My partner and I are planning to arranged to do the first 5 days of Alta Via 2 in the Dolomites. We hike quite a bit but is always just for 1 or 2 days at a time. We are trying to get a better idea of the trail to make sure it is not beyond our capabilities. Our days, along the AV2, are listed below:

      1. Can someone comment on what kind of equipment we need and what kind of equiptment is helpful (hiking poles vs. ferratas kits)l. We want to avoid via ferratas.

      2. On day 5/6 is there a good place to finish the hike and get back into town. We want to make our way back to Milan .


      Day 1 Bressanone to Rifugio Ditta di Bressanone Cicerone book difficulty rating: 2
      Day 2 to Rifugio Genova 2
      Day 3 to Rifugio Puez 2-3
      Day 4 to Rifugio Pisciadu 3
      Day 5 to Rifugio Castiglioni 3
      Day 6 to Rifugio Castiglioni 2

      1 Answer Jul 28, 2016 at 1:24 PM
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      Best town to stay for trecking in the dolimite mountains

      by Rob61 Online Now Jul 10, 2016 at 2:48 AM

      We would like to stay as close as posible to the mountains, with good transport to start of the route/ cable car.and any high routes to recommend we aim to go in September
      Thank you for your help
      Rob and Jill

      2 Answers Jul 10, 2016 at 7:05 AM
    • Hiking around Pale di San Martino

      by sana1010 Online Now Feb 2, 2016 at 11:33 AM

      Hi - We're planning a few days' hike in the Dolomites, in Pale di San Martino, and I did help planning it.... I did a lovely hike about 20 years ago - but I can't remember the details... I know at least a par of it was part of the Alte Via 2. I started with the cable car from San Martino to Rosetta hut, then walked about 3 hours to another hut, stayed the night there, and continued next day to another hut, from there came down and found my way back to San Martino... I'm almost sure the first hut was Pradidali, but I have no idea which was the second one... I would like to do something similar this year - in July - but need more info about trails and huts. Any suggestion for a trek that starts with this cable car, then has about 3-4 hours of walking to the next hut where we can spend the night, and from which we can continue to another trail of 3-4 hours to another hut - from which we can walk back to San Martino - will be very much appreciated. Another option is to stay 2 nights in the same mountain hut - and doing a day walk in between.

      So I need advice on -

      Option A: San Martino - cable car - Rosetta - trail for a 3-4 hours walk (preferably not too steep uphill) to - Rifugio 1 - trail for a 3-4 hours walk (preferably not too steep uphill) to - Rifugio 2 - trail for a 3-4 hours walk (preferably not too steep downhill) , back to - San Martino

      Option B: San Martino - cable car - Rosetta - trail for a 3-4 hours walk (preferably not too steep uphill) to - Rifugio 1 - trail for a 3-4 hours walk (preferably not too steep) back to Rifugio 1 - trail for a 3-4 hours walk (preferably not too steep downhill) , back to - San Martino Thanks a lot in advance, Ana.

    • how come the restaurants close at noon? Aren't the italians hungry? What about tips...

      by alma27 Online Now Aug 19, 2015 at 12:14 AM

      If this belongs in some other place, pls tell me where should I post it ...
      We are going soon to the lake are in Italy + Dolomiti. And I'm confused regarding the opening hours
      I read that restaurants close from 13-18. Is that so? Till 13 o'clock they serve breakfast and then at 18 start serving dinner? Can someone explain this ?
      And stores close from 13-16... Everywhere? In city centers?
      What times do supermarkets open?
      And regarding the tips in restaurants, I know there's a "cuperto" per each person, and "servicio" too. Is that the tip or you have to a tip too? What percentage is common in italy for tipping in restaurants????

      5 Answers Aug 19, 2015 at 10:56 AM
    • Where to go after trek in Dolomites

      by wildcatfan Online Now Sep 21, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      I am planning a trip to Italy for September 2015 for my husband and myself. We plan to fly to Venice, spend 2 or 3 days there, then trek in the Dolomites for 7 days. After the trek we would like to go somewhere else in Italy for 3 or 4 days, but we are not sure where would be a good choice that would be relatively convenient to get to from the Dolomites. We probably will want to relax after the trek, maybe visit a museum and some ruins or historical buildings. We enjoy old European towns, good food and beautiful views. While we like the ocean, I don't think we want to go to a beach resort on this trip. I'm also inclined to save Rome for another trip, when we can devote more time to it. I think I would prefer not to rent a car, but would consider it if necessary. I welcome all suggestions--this will be our first trip to Italy. Thank you in advance for your help!

      9 Answers Dec 2, 2014 at 10:29 AM
    • Trekking with children

      by nadavyoel Online Now Aug 8, 2014 at 9:02 AM

      We plan to trek with 2 children (5.5/9 years) in the area of the Dolomiti, for 5-7 nights. Does someone have any experience with trekking with children? Can you send us links or trek instruction? Thank you, Yoel family.

      3 Answers Aug 8, 2014 at 12:27 PM
    • Scenic day hikes

      by Joaner Online Now Jul 15, 2014 at 7:00 AM

      Hi we will have 3 nights in the Dolomites in mid September . We are staying in Castlerotto. We are in good shape & are in our 40's . I'm a little overwhelmed with so much info. Trying to pick 3 scenic hikes , 2-4 hrs. long.Wouldnt mind trying a via Ferrata section that is not real demanding. We will hike in the mornings & drive some of the scenic drives/ passes in the afternoon. Anyone have some favorites or "must see" hikes?

      Thanks Joan

      3 Answers Jul 16, 2014 at 7:38 AM
    • Hut Availability in Dolomites end of june

      by Muireann111 Online Now Jun 5, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      Hi I am going with my family 4 in all to the Dolomites this month and I am wondering if the huts will be booked out. should I book in advance or is it ok to wait and book on the night

      4 Answers Jun 6, 2014 at 11:43 PM
    • Hut Availability in Dolomites end of june beginning

      by Muireann111 Online Now Jun 5, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      Hi I am going with my family 4 in all to the Dolomites this month and I am wondering if the huts will be booked out. should I book in advance or is it ok to wait and book on the night

    • Hiking Recommendations

      by Jetsetjaime Online Now Mar 16, 2014 at 6:38 PM

      My husband and I are going hiking in the North/South Tyrol Regions, the last week of May and first week of June. We are moderate to advanced hikers. We'd like to start our trip by using Merano, Italy as a base to hike around the Dolomites. We choose Merano as a base, because we've stayed there before and liked it very much. Any recommendations on areas in Austria to concentrate on? We have hiked the French, Swiss and Italian Alps in the past, and would like to try our hand in hiking in Austria. Any recommendations would very much be appreciated. Thanks!

      5 Answers Apr 1, 2014 at 8:14 AM
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      transfer ski resort february

      by VladaS1 Online Now Jan 9, 2014 at 5:26 AM


      we are searching for shared transfer to any ski resort from Bergamo orio al serio.

      Our dates are 5.02 ( we arrive around 22:00, ready to spend the night in hotel, so to travel on 6.02 any time) to 10.02 ( early flight, so we have to be back at orio al serio at 5-6 a.m)
      We are 2 people.

      2 Answers Jan 10, 2014 at 10:38 AM
    • Day trip recommendations around Vason, Trento

      by sana1010 Online Now Jul 14, 2012 at 1:36 AM

      Hi -

      My partner booked a vacation in Hotel Le Blanc, Vason (near Trento). We will have car to drive around for a week.
      Please share with us any recommendations for all the best places (or should we say - the most beautiful places...) around.
      We heard about Lago di Tovel. We know there are many other beautiful places. We only know Val Gardena area.
      Heard about Parco naturale di Adamello-Brenta. what are the "must see" places in it?
      Any recommendations for day trips (by car) or for day hikes (preferably those that combine uphill cable-car/lift and walk on top of the mountain or downhill...)are most welcome!

      17 Answers Jul 21, 2012 at 3:10 PM
    • bus

      by GS99MILLER Online Now May 27, 2012 at 12:46 AM

      Is it possible catch a bus that has the word scholastic on the timetable. I need to go from croce d`aune to Feltre 15.15 in September. Is this just a school bus for children or can the general public use this service. Thank you

      3 Answers May 27, 2012 at 8:49 AM
    • Visiting Dolomites end of May-is anything open? question about hikes.

      by klemp Online Now May 2, 2012 at 11:09 AM

      I'll be staying in Toblach/Dobbiaco for 3 days and four nights at the end of May and would like to explore some of the Dolomite region to do some moderate hiking (possibly stay over night in a mountain hut) and see Lago de Braies.

      First of can anybody give me an idea of what the weather will be like at that time in the mountains? I imagine snow is still possible so I would need warm clothing to hike and walk?

      Second, for hiking: I am not experienced but am in good shape and relatively young, so looking for moderate to moderately strenuous hikes-nothing too difficult or life threating. I've heard of some vie ferrata hikes which sound really fun and a good combination of light danger/excitement and safety-do you need equipment for these or can I just find one and go to it?

      As for locations I am looking at hiking to Tre Crime/Drei Zinnen and/or locations around Cortina (any recommendations?). I might be interested in staying in a mountain hut, but am not sure how reservations work or if I even need them, or can walk in and crash, etc. Could someone fill me in on how all of that works--I was hoping I can just go on my hike and crash at a mountain hut if I want to, but maybe that isn't how people do it? Also, Can anyone recommend a good hike route (where to start and go etc.) to Tre Crime coming from Dobbiaco/Toblach? Is there public transport I can take to cut down on some of the walking to get there?

      I will not have a car and am relying solely on public transport to get me back and forth to areas, so I am wondering what that will be like in late May--I imagine my options will be limited since Summer season hasn't kicked in? Are there any cable cars/buses I will be able to take to summits to get up to into the sky quickly, or do you think I'll have to walk to everything during that time?

      Lastly, I will be by myself. Should I be concerned about wildlife or other safety hazards while on hikes in the Dolomites (besides the obvious I said I don't plan on taking any strenuous or dangerous hikes on my own)?


      2 Answers May 2, 2012 at 5:18 PM
    • Val Gardena

      by AMerchant Online Now Mar 10, 2012 at 10:00 AM

      We will be in Bolzano for 4 days in early June and plan a day trip to Val Gardena – only the following cable cars are working in early June:

      • Col Raiser (St Christina)
      • Rasciesa – Raschötz (Ortisei)
      • Alpe di Siusi-Seiser Alm(Ortisei)
      Which of this offer most scenic views of the Sella Group and Sassulongo?

      I understand that all cable cars in Selva will be closed till late June. Is there any particular place in Selva which will offer good views of the above mountains?

      1 Answer May 29, 2013 at 9:57 AM
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      Travel in May to the Dolomiti area

      by scallens Online Now Aug 1, 2011 at 11:55 AM

      We are planning a visit to the area in mid-May of next year. Kastelruth (Castelrotto) appears to be a good place to stay and venture out for day trips. Our main concerns are what the weather will be like at that time of year, will there be a good selection of restaurants open to eat in, will the cable lifts be running for accessing higher areas to hike, and will wildflowers be starting to bloom in the lower elevations. We will be traveling by car. Any planning assistance will be appreciated.

      4 Answers Oct 14, 2011 at 12:03 PM
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      Passo Tonale

      by annwag Online Now Jul 13, 2011 at 7:31 AM

      Hi VT's
      I need an advice.All of sudden I couldn't hiking, nonetheless I have decided going to my favorites destination this week. What to do nearby Passo Tonale.Is there any public transport towards, for example, Werona or other nice town?
      Thanks for a help.

      2 Answers Jul 13, 2011 at 8:02 AM
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      Summer Skiing in the Dolomites

      by vanessamumbai Online Now May 9, 2011 at 4:24 AM

      Where in the Dolomites may we do some summer skiing?
      How do I get there and where is a suitable town to stay if I want to ski for 4 days? We hope to get a self-catering apartment in a town with a good supermarket. Thanks!

      12 Answers May 9, 2011 at 8:32 PM
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      Can anyone tell me how to get from Rome to Dobbiaco (Toblach)?

      by appiaantica Online Now Jun 6, 2009 at 11:52 AM

      Can anyone tell me how to get from Rome to Dobbiaco (Toblach) in the Dolomites?
      I am trying to go there to visit the Parco Naturale Faies-Sennes-Braies and the Lago di Braies (Pragser Wildsee).
      I had assumed I would take a train from Rome to Bolzano, and then Bolzano to Dobbiaco, but I can't find any Bolzano-Dobbiaco trains.

      I checked the Dobbiaco tourism website, but I found it confusing.
      Any recommendations would be extremely appreciated!
      Thank you,

      6 Answers Jun 6, 2009 at 5:20 PM
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      How to get to Lago di Braies/Pragser Wildsee?

      by appiaantica Online Now Jun 6, 2009 at 10:05 AM

      Hello! I am spending the summer in Rome and would love to take a few days to visit the Dolomites and see the Lago di Braies. But I don't have a car! Does anyone have any advice how to get there? I figured I'd take a train to Bolzano, but then....?
      Thank you so much for any advice!

      3 Answers Jun 6, 2009 at 11:30 AM
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      Snow conditions at Dolomiti in early April

      by mountainpanther Online Now Mar 26, 2009 at 6:14 AM

      Hi :)!
      I'll travel to Dolomiti next weekend. Can anyone notify about snow conditions at Dolomiti, start of April?
      Which hills or which slopes are better to take for spring-skiing (staying in Val de Fassa)?

      Mille grazie:).

      3 Answers Mar 26, 2009 at 8:22 AM
    • dolomiti travel

      by shmulin Online Now Jan 14, 2009 at 10:38 PM

      On June we are going from Parma twards the Dolomity for about 4 days. Can you please help in planning the tour.

      3 Answers Jan 16, 2009 at 5:55 AM
    • Suggestion for Dolomite town

      by stranz Online Now May 19, 2008 at 2:06 PM

      We will be staying in Ortisei for 7 nights and are looking for another town for to spend another 2 to 3 nights. Perhaps something further up in the mountains, but in the direction to Treviso so our trip to the airport won´t be longer than if we were leaving from Ortisei. Does anyone know anything about Arabba or Corvara? Any recommendations? This would be in July.

      1 Answer May 19, 2008 at 3:17 PM
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      Apartments for skiing

      by robvirtour Online Now Jan 14, 2007 at 8:13 AM

      I plan to go skiing in the Dolomites next Christmas and would like to find a self-catering apartment for six people within relatively easy (driving) reach of the slopes and the Sella Ronda. I have already spent hours on the web but have not really found anything suitable. Any tips would be welcome!

      1 Answer Jan 15, 2007 at 1:52 AM
    • Which to hike in late June, Aosta or Dolomites?

      by ColeenandHugh Online Now May 14, 2006 at 3:21 PM

      My husband and I want to do some hiking while we are in Italy the end of June. We would like to do a 6 to 7 day trek or hike. Technical climbing is not what we want but we like to cover some ground and altitude when we hike. My husband also likes to hike with a bottle of wine. We love the idea of nice lodging at the end of the day. Any recommendations out there for which area may 'fit' better and have better weather the end of June?

      4 Answers May 15, 2006 at 6:38 AM
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      Snow on October?

      by Mazely Online Now Jul 22, 2004 at 6:32 PM

      I and my wife are going to spend two weeks around Venice and Firenze, next October. Since Venice is so close to the Dolomiti and my wife - as a good Brasilian - has never seen snow in her life, I was wondering if we could find any small city to spend one day there (the idea: we'd take the train in Venice and spend one day in this "snow" city, and then go back to Venice). Well, I've read about Belluno, that seems to be not a "small" city, and about Feltre and Cadore (all served by train). Which one - or another one - is supposed to have snow on late October, if any? Do you suggest any other place near those? (Answers in Italian are also welcome, we can understand it). Thanks in advance, Marcos Maselli

      2 Answers Jul 23, 2004 at 3:27 AM
    • two day trekking in Dolomiti-where?

      by vsrdjan Online Now May 31, 2003 at 3:08 PM

      Currently I am in Trieste. I would like to have two day trekking somewhere in Dolomiti. I have no car and probably will travel by train. I am fit and capable of walking/scrambling the whole day long. Where do you suggest me to go? Thank you

      3 Answers Jun 1, 2003 at 1:39 AM