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I wasn't sure how to "work" comments and replies, but I think I am getting the hang of it now. As my sister (Marilyn) and I are going to Italy in October, it's nice to hear from someone that has visited different places than the norm. We will be staying in a convent in Venice. I think that will be an experience in itself. We also will be mostly staying in Italian B&B's (due to the high cost of hotels!). I would like to know more about what you have seen that was so spectacular, as compared to almost everything in Rome that is spectacular. Have you ever been to the famous food markets? I would like to do that this year. Have a great day.
Hi there. SO sorry to get back to you so late - your trip is coming up soon. As for another tip for unusual places to stay -- a friend and I really enjoyed staying at a convent in Sienna. Very comfortable, very inexpensive, and an unusual adventure -- with a great view.
The markets in Rome are great -- I remember the small one at Piazza de Flori (I think that's kind of hte jist of it) best -- but you'll see many... especially pretty early in the a.m. Another great spot is the tour UNDER the Vatican. It's called the Scavi tour ... and it features all the escavations and the history around the belief that Peter is burried there. Try googling it -- you have to book in advance, but it's so worth it. Also, the tours of Nero's home (most of it is still subterranian as they're doing major excavations there too) are fascinating. It's been about 7 years since I was in Italy, so my memories are fading a bit! I'll write again if I can recall other details!