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Hi from Rick: My Travel Appetite

I've been on the road in Spain and Portugal the past couple of weeks as I kick off another summer of book research, TV filming, and traveling just for fun. Today I'm in Barcelona, where I'm sprucing up my new city guidebook on this festive and fascinating city. A trip to Barcelona always comes with lots of learning for me, whether it's getting up to speed on Catalunya's independence movement, wondering what’s in the water around here that helped spawn artists like Gaudi, Picasso, Miro, and Dali — or savoring the hottest dining and drinking trends.

Food tours are a big thing across Europe right now. For about the cost of a splurge dinner, you get a mobile feast with several stops to sample a variety of local flavors, all thoughtfully explained by a guide. w "vermouth bars" are all the rage... Read more

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Europe's public-transportation systems are so good that many urban Europeans go through life never learning to drive. Their wheels are trains, subways, trams, and buses (plus the occasional taxi). By riding with the locals, you too can take advantage of Europe's convenient network of buses and rails... Read more

When I'm in Italy, I generally only eat Italian food. I doubt there's another country in Europe (except France) that could hold my palate's interest so easily. Italians are passionate about food. Cuisine is like a religion — and it's the quality of the ingredients that's most sacred... Read more

Cruising in Europe's Baltic or North Sea can satisfy even an independent traveler like me. Stepping off the gangway, I'm immersed in the vivid life of a different European city each day. fee break while people-watching from a... Read more

Standing on the main square of Santiago de Compostela, I share the joy of pilgrims who've completed the Camino de Santiago (Spanish for "Way of St. James"). With sunburned faces and frayed walking sticks, they triumphantly end their long trek by stepping on a scallop shell carved into... Read more

Vermouth and tapas in Barcelona

On April 26, 1937, during the height of the Spanish Civil War, the defenseless Basque town of Guernica was leveled by an air raid. Most people know of Guernica from the mural that Picasso created to express the tragedy of that day. But the story of this proud city and region goes far beyond that... Read more

Re: guide books

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Rick steves' is more geared towards older folks, i think. especially those who travel as packs, not solo.
i do not know how old you are, but if you are young-ish and like some class and quality rather than on a shoestring budget, try the "time out" series.
fodor's 2009 italy & florence/tuscany guides are also great with lots of pictures and the book is laid out so it's easy to read.
i am going to sicilia and toscana in may as well.

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FAQ

Michelle F
Where can I book a vacation in Italy for the Summer of 2012?

Is there any website online where I can book a vacation for anywhere in Italy (preferably Rome) in either July or August 2012? Someplace inexpensive would be nice. :)

It's too early to book for 2012. Check the travel guides and tourism websites to find the places you'd be interested in visiting and start planning for the trip, but you'll have to wait to actually book anything for those dates. You need to think about rather you want an organized tour or to travel independently, what your budget will look like for the trip, places you'd like to see and things to do on the trip. Then come back with more detailed questions in another year.

Casey!
What is a good book to learn about Italy?

My dream is to take a trip to Italy one day. In the mean time I'd like to learn a lot about it first. What is a good recommended book that can help me learn lots about the country? I guess you could consider it a tour guide, but I want a book that'll talk about all parts of Italy: the food, the places, the shopping, typical famous attractions and must sees. I especially want to know about the beautiful country sides and villages outside of the large cities like Rome and Venice. Also maybe…

I'll add that it doesn't hurt to have some knowlege of the Roman empire and then the Renaissance, too. It's not essential, but it's a major part of Italy's heritage, and a good portion of why it is what it is, today.

Happy (:
Going to Italy alone at 18?

Okay so I would really love the thought of going to Italy for a month in my gap year in 2012 (I know its way off, but I think I should start thinking about it now)

I wanted to go with one of my best friends, but one of them isn't having a gap year and the other just wants to stay in england and save money for university (she's also not a big fan of change and adventure..).


So my question(s) are..

Do you think I'm too young to be going to Italy alone?

Do you have any experience traveling alone? would I just end up feeling very…

Yawn, Italy is boring. It's overrated. If you're going with a lover, then that's different because it's a romantic place. But as a loner, it's pretty yawnish. Go to Thailand. Better scenery, better food, better parties, older history and attractions, much much cheaper, friendlier natives, and lots and lots of backpackers from UK, USA, and Australia who will welcome any loner into their groups.

Lauren Elise
What advice would you give someone who is traveling to Italy?

My mom and I are going to Italy in two years after my first year in college. What advice would you give us as far as when we should go and what we should see? Also, what should we take with us, and what's the best way to travel around once we get there? What did you enjoy/dislike the most about your trip?

Learn a little Italian. This will help you have a better experience. Although it is slowly changing where you will find some Italian speaks English. This is not the case in smaller cities.

1. Depending on your budget you can decide on your mode of travel. Trains are cheap while I say that. Budget airlines now if you book in advance offers really good deals too. To get around rent a car if you intend to explore beyond popular cities, if you are in Rome, Venice, Florence you should not. Parking will be a nightmare.

2. What you should take with you depends on…

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