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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 24, 2017
Vespa rental in Siena  (3 Answers)

We are headed to Siena for 3 nights and thought it would be fun to rent Vespas for a day to explore. Thoughts on this.....none of us have ever driven/ridden a Vespa. If we do this and not being part of tour, is that advisable? I think it could be a fun adventure, but are we biting off more than we can chew?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 11, 2017
Summer holiday  (13 Answers)

Sorry to hear this site is shutting down.

I had an incredible summer honeymoon in Switzerland thanks entirely to commenters on this forum. I'm really grateful.

This question is very broad but I thought I might get lucky again!

Hoping for a may/June family holiday this year.
Traveling with a three year old and a one year old.
Beach, hotel, pools, nature, good food, a little old town within walking distance.
We really want it to be child friendly with food and drink readily available but not too big a complex.
We'd love to visit Italy, also considering Greece and France, I'll post over there too.

Many thanks if you have any thoughts!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 29, 2016
Civita Bagnoregio  (11 Answers)

I plan to visit Civita Bagnoregio during Easter. Can anyone please let me know whether there is any public transport to go from Orvieto to Bagnoregio?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 28, 2016
Cinque Terre  (22 Answers)

My husband and I have planned our first holiday trip in Italy for 17 days in May 2017.
Will be staying in Milan. Cinque Terre
Florence. Positano and Rome
Milan 1 day
Cinque Terre. 3 days
Florence. 4 days
Positano. 5 days
Rome. 4 days
Any suggestions what to do and see
We enjoy doing our own tour walking strolling taking local buses train etc....restaurants but no hiking
We dont mind taking a day tour to the country to winery in Tuscany
Any help will be appreciated

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 18, 2016
Genova or Perugia?  (6 Answers)

Hi! I'm going to spend a month in Italy (July) and I have to choose between Genova and Perugia. I think, Perugia offers more opportunities for excursions (Roma, Firenze, Pisa) but...does it have a good social life (museums, buildings and nightlife) ? On the other hand, Genova is close only to Milan but has a lot of things to do. What do you tihnk?

And of course...which city is more expensive?

Thanks a lot!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 02, 2016
On a budget  (6 Answers)

On a budget in Venice any tips??

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 26, 2016
Cooking classes in Italy  (1 Answer)

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?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 23, 2016
East/West Coast??  (5 Answers)

Where would you suggest we could stay for a month Jan/Feb next year, in a beautiful town where we can enjoy day trips out .....and soak up the Italian culture! Must be on the coastline.....where it will be a milder winter! Kind thanks, appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 22, 2016
Recommendations for restaurant (evening)  (3 Answers)

I'd like to receive suggestions for an italian-style restaurant in Rome near "the Termini" for the evening of Tuesday November 1st; price range 20-25Euros per person. Thank you for your help

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 19, 2016
Trenitalia Question  (8 Answers)

Hi All,

I am trying to book a trip from Venice to Malpansa Airport on 13th January but cant seem to book on the Trenitalia website.. The furthest in advance I can get tickets for this trip is early December. Does anyone know why this is or when tickets might be released for my date?

I have been able to book other train trips through Italy in January just not this one...


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 03, 2016
Rome to Positano  (4 Answers)

What is the best way to travel to Positano from Rome? We need to leave in the afternoon in order to see Wednesday mass. Looking at high speed train to Salerno to avoid lots of changes, but not sure how difficult it will be to finish the journey on to Positano.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 30, 2016
SENDING a knitted sweater to Italy from USA- post office said no.  (10 Answers)

has anyone send a knitted item to italy from the usa using the usa post office

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 27, 2016
Naples Attractions  (3 Answers)

We will be in Naples for a day in early November as part of a cruise. Which sites or landmarks should we visit in priority in the center of the city (we went to Pompei and Almafitana coast in the past)? Is it worthwhile to take a sightseeing bus Hop on Hop off Tour ? Is there any concern for safety in the old town of Naples?

Thank you for your comments.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 25, 2016
Hotel reservations in Sardinia  (9 Answers)

I'm reserving rooms for our two weeks trip to Sardinia. As always, I use
After I got my reservation and paid for it with my credit card, I get the voucher for the hotel.

I can't see in advance the real price I'm charged, only what the hotel wants to display.

So only after I've booked I see that I'm charged separately for cleaning, a very high price - sometimes more than the price of the room displayed before I reserve. It doesn't depend on the length of my stay.

I complained at, and their answer is that they don't see and have no control over the hotel information. So now I've bookings only for the first three days. I don't want to return to the old times, when we arrived at a hotel in the evening and asked if there's a place.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 16, 2016
Car Rentals In Italy  (4 Answers)

Hi all, I would like to rent a car in Rome.
Are there any companies willing to rent to me if my driving licence has been held for less than 1 year? I possess a valid International Driving Permit.

I am open to suggestions, thanks in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 12, 2016
2 weeks in Italy - Rough guide so far  (6 Answers)

Hi guys,
We are a 30 year old couple who next June will be going to Italy for 2ish weeks. Here is our rough guide and would appreciate any advice or thoughts. We are both active and are happy doing as much as possible in a short period of time as we are coming from Australia. Thanks very much in advance.

2 week Italy Itinerary

- Cinque Terre (3 nights)
- Milan (stop over)
- Verona (2 nights)
- Venice (Day trip)
- Florence (3 nights)
- Rome (3 nights)
- Sorrento (2 nights)
- Amalfi and Positano (day trips)
- Capri (day trip)
- Pompeii (day trip)

We will probably extend time in Amalif and Positano as we have always wanted to go here.

Any thoughts much appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 10, 2016
Rome Florence and Venice  (4 Answers)

Will be travelling on our own and would like some suggestions of what to do and avoid in these places?
What are the must see and dos?
It recommended to buy tickets ahead of time for certain attractions? or just take your chances?
TIA for your help :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 30, 2016
Multi city vacation  (6 Answers)

Looking to fly into Rome, stay three nights, then on to Siena for two nights, Florence for three nights, Lucca for three nights, Lake Como for two nights and Milan for two nights. Fly home from Milan
1) All we can take trains between except for Lucca to Lake Como - thoughts on best way to can train it from Lucca to Lake Como, via Florence & Milan - but wondering if its a good adventure or...If a car (rental) is recommended, is there a rental agency in Lucca (pick up) and Lake Como (drop off)? Would a rental car be prohibitively expensive?
2) Top things to do in all cities, except Rome. We have been there before, so we have our agenda...
3) Thoughts and comments....

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 19, 2016
Would love expert opinions please  (13 Answers)

Hi, I am struggling over a 4 week France and Italy itinerary for myself and my husband for the month of May next year. Consider us first time visitors to continental Europe. I feel pretty strongly about all the destinations, don't want to drop any. This is my current plan but I would dearly love input from seasoned travellers:
- plan is to fly Melbourne/Paris ... Rome/Melbourne
- want to travel internally by train as follows ...
...6 nights Paris
...train 5 hrs to Nice (3 nights)
...train 6 hrs to Riomaggiore (3 nights)
...train 3 hrs to Florence (3 nights)
...train 2 hrs Venice (2 nights)
...train 7 hrs Sorrento (6 nights)
...train 2 hrs Rome (5 nights)
The 6 and 7 hour journeys in Italy worry me a bit. On one hand we will see beautiful scenery I'm sure; on the other we are missing almost a full day of sightseeing each time! I don't mind Paris-Nice so much.
Please feel free to throw it all up in the air and re-do!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 18, 2016
Roma and florence visit  (10 Answers)

Hi,its my first time for me and my family in italy,we have only 1 week and wanna know is it enough to bisit florence for only one day from morning till night and then come back to Roma?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 13, 2016
snow feilds close to Venice  (5 Answers)

Hi, I'm travelling in March and looking for snow feilds in easy public transport access from Venice. My 2 kids will need a ski school, thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 04, 2016
Roadtrip Italy  (14 Answers)

Hi Everyone,

I love my roadtrips and we are considering the following trip and I am trying to gauge if it is feasible. Fly into somewhere near the dolomites (maybe Venice?), rent a car and drive the great dolomite road and then work out way down to the amalfi coast if taking in a few days in some spots along the way. Bologna being one as I am somewhat of a foodie.

Trip is a two week one. Is this feasible from a logistical perspective in italy?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 31, 2016
Car hire in Italy  (10 Answers)

Any tips on hiring a car in Italy please? We want to pick on up in Pisa and drop off in Florence 5 days later.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 21, 2016
Milan Stay  (5 Answers)

Looking for a hotel to stay that is accessible to Milano Centrale. Know Milan is a big city, but will be flying into milan, then taking the bus to the train station, then reversing and doing the same the next day.

so will have one full day to explore milan and looking for a place that will allow us to do that

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 20, 2016
1 week in Northern Italy/Toscana?  (6 Answers)


My girlfriend and I are visiting Italy in august for the First time. We Will be arriving by car through Austria.

We plan this:

Day 1: Lake Garda
Day 2: One Day trip to Venice
Day 3: Lake Garda - Vine castle in Toscana
Day 4: Vine Castle area
Day 5: Pisa and Cinque Terre
Day 6: Firenze
Day 7: Firenze

How does this Sound?

Do you have any suggestions to What we MUST see/do?

We like Nature/beautiful sights/old cities/relaxing

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 18, 2016
Driving Venice to Como in early October  (3 Answers)

Driving Venice to Como in early October. Take the toll road or is there a more interesting/scenic route with a place for an overnight ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 11, 2016
Rome, FCO transfer and Monti district  (11 Answers)

We land at FCO Thursday morning on April 13th, 2017. We have light checked baggage and need transportation to the Monti district.
I'm afraid we may not be up to the train experience after an all nighter traveling. TAXI? Maybe train or bus is not worth the 15 mins walking from Termini. 1st stop closest to our Apartment is Cavour, then 150 meters walk. Is it even worth having to change train to Metro?
2) Our apartment is on the 3rd floor of a cobblestone side street with NO sidewalks and little lighting. We are however about 50 meters from Piazza Madonna. Is the Monti - area safe?
Expecially at night walking?
I am only concerned after viewing Virtual imaginary from the amount of graffiti and some unkeeping of what appears mostly residential.
I do see Japanese and Indian restaurants as well as some little shops within 2 blocks distance North.
Southwest looks like hit or miss going towards the Coliseum??
GYPSIES, tramps & theives....
Don't wanna hear every night whilst I'm tired and sleeping. LOL
Thanks Ya'll

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 02, 2016
Italy to Slovenia  (3 Answers)


In August we (a late 20s couple) are traveling from Milan to Venice to Triste to Ljubljana. Would you recommend taking the train? If so, do you have any recommendations on which train company or the best times to travel?

Many thanks for your assistance :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 02, 2016
Campania Arte Card?  (1 Answer)

Is the Campania Arte card (option with transportation) worth it? I will be visiting the Naples Archaeological Museum, Pompei, and using the SITA bus several times along the Amalfi Coast. Thanks everyone!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 28, 2016
Train from Milan Malpensa to Rome  (2 Answers)

I am arriving in Italy- Milan Malpensa Airport on Oct 5, 2016 at 12:15PM (Noon). I am looking to travel to Rome via train. Is there enough time for me to make the following train? I will still need to collect luggage and get through custom.

TRAIN #10350 Regional | Malpensa Aeroporto (MXP) 14:13 — Milano Porta Garibaldi 14:54 | 41m
TRAIN #9573 Frecciarossa | Milano Porta Garibaldi 15:18 — Roma Termini 18:55 | 3h 37m

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