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So I just killed the very detailed explination of how to cheat ticket-takers on various forms of Italian transportation. While I have no problem with creative budget travel solutions, it really was an overwhelming amount of information, much of which was not Italy-specific (i.e. you can also hide in the bathroom or under a seat on a French train). If someone wants to a)convince me it's really important to have all that there or b)rework/slim down the info, I'd prolly not mind having it back in... otherwise ciao bella Majnoona 15:00, 3 Feb 2004 (EST)
I'm planning a weeklong trip to Italy. I was hoping to take my laptop, so I'd have entertainment on the long flights and train rides. However, many of my friends expressed concerns about the possibility of laptop theft. I was hoping some people here could offer some advice.
As for the particulars, I'll be going to Florence and Rome, and I'm going to be staying in hotels, not hostels. I guess I'm being a little vague here, but any input you can give me would be greatly appreciated. --DropDeadGorgias 12:55, 13 Jun 2005 (EDT)
A laptop is not more expensive than a good suit or a camera. If it would make you feel better, you could bring a laptop-lock and lock it to a heater.
Yesterday, I added a link to http://www.italianvisits.com which has since been removed. I would like to initiate a discussion about this in light of a similar discussion which is taking place on the main page for Italy in Wikipedia. We seem to have been accepted in the External links section there, at least provisionally, and on the External link sections of many of the regional and "city" pages throughout the Italian section because we offer quality information, photographs and links that are useful to Wikipedia users. There is a concern however, that by allowing ItalianVisits.com and UltimateItaly.com to remain on the main Italy page in Wikipedia, that it will open the floodgates to other tourist site operators who will want to post there. It seems to me that if an "External tourist sites" section is added to this article, it could go a long way to solving the problem AND serve the interests of Wiki users better. I would further suggest that although there are hundreds of "Italian" websites, there are actually very few that offer quality national coverage. A kind of floodgate might open, but if a few, simple criteria were developed for determining which should remain and which not, then it is more than manageable. As I said, I think this is worth a discussion....and would hope to hear from interested Wikipedians. —The preceding comment was added by 220.127.116.11 (talk • contribs) 17:18, 2005 October 3.
Sorry for the long posting. Tiramis� is definetly not from Sicily, its origins trace back either to Treviso or Siena. Sicilians could not stand it. "Americans will notice that Italian pasta often has a myriad of sauces rather than simply tomato and alfredo." - true enough, but the matter is different: alfredo sauce is not Italian. You will not find it in Italy and do not try to explain Italians what it is - it is disgusting to Italian taste. "Limoncello can be considered a "moon shine" type of product as every Italian family, especially in the middle (near Napoli)" - Napoli is the capital of the South, Mid Italy starts a few km south of Rome and ends a few km south of Bologna. I would rather correct it with "especially in the south (near Napoli)". Also, you find little lemon production in mid Italy, it is more a southern Italian thing. "An additional note: There are many bars in Italy that cater to tourists and foreigners with "home country" themes, calling themselves such things as "American bars" or "Irish pubs." In addition to travelers, these bars attract a large number of Italians who, among other reasons, go there specifically to meet travelers and foreigners. And while the motivation for the vast majority of these Italians is simply to have a good time with new friends, there can be one or two petty criminals who loiter in and out of these establishments hoping to take advantage of travelers who are disoriented or drunk. Traveling to these places in groups is a simple solution to this problem." - huu, I do not know about that. THe point is that Italians love foreign names, especially English ones, so some 80% of the bars have a (misspellt) English name. I guess most crimes statistically happen in bars with foregn names simply because they are the majority. Posted by dschiavon. no, not a user. 5:32 pm 20/12/2005. —The preceding comment was added by 18.104.22.168 (talk • contribs) 16:35, 2005 December 20.
I strongly can not consider Milan as the primary air transport hub for Italy.
A rotten policy by Alitalia has made Milan not an hub anymore. If you look at Alitalia timetable or if you look at the international flight departing from Malpensa you will find that from Milan depart only short haul flight. Whit the exception of some touristic destination (like Cuba, Mexico, santo Domingo, and so on) the only long haul destination departing from Milan are Brazil, Argentina, Bejin and Tokio. (this waht I found out some days ago inspetting the departure from MXP). In the Alitalia opinion one has to flight to Rome and change flight (hence it is Rome that is an hub) or flight to a different European hub (usually by a flight that is codeshared and operated by an Alitalia partner). 22.214.171.124 12:14, 3 Jan 2006 (EST)
"See" section exceed country template and is almost useless because of the enormous amount of monuments in this country. Should we delete it? (by the way, all contributions to that section are mine, at time I didn't know about country template).
Cities and Other Destinations
The Cities and Other Destinations sections seem a bit out of control. Maybe a Wikitraveller who, unlike me, has been to Italy could do some editorial work. -- Jonboy 10:56, 12 October 2006 (EDT)
Someone that is not to tired to do it can add respect for italy. --126.96.36.199 17:18, 20 November 2006 (EST)
Thumbs up gesture is considered offensive? By whom? Never heard such a thing anywere in Italy! The reference to gladiators is a bit naive: do you expect someone nowdays in Italy to remember gladiators? They just watch Big Brother and similia... I'd just erase the part about the thumbs up gesture and its supposed offensivedness. Thank you. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 188.8.131.52 (talk • contribs) 10:38, 2009 January 9
I'm really surprised this section about Italy does not mention the Vespa (or scooters) under getting around. Afterall, the Vespa is a cultural icon in Italy and huge numbers of people use scooters to get around. Who would need to approve such an addition? --User:quietleader 19:26, 3 February 2007 (PST)
Since March 2007 a law cancelled the recharge fares for all the Italians prepaid simcards.
I lived for more than 30 years in Italy, in the last 10 years i was using rented cars provided from my company and i never heard something like this.
Also, nearly all the rented cars have nothing that can identify them as coming from rental services (Hertz, Europcar, Avis don't have any stickers or neither a personalized license plate frame), so i have no clue how "scammer officers" could understand is a rented car.
Actually, if you have to beware, do it with parking controllers, as often they are "wannabee-cops" a lot less tolerant compared to policemen.
The thing is a little messy:
For the Italian Traffic Code, while your speed is checked by a speed radar, they have to apply a tolerance of 5% with a minimum of 5 km/h.
That means: if you're driving 60 km/h they consider it as 55 km/h (the 5% of 60 km/h is 3 km/h, but they must apply at least 5 km/h of tolerance). We deduce that the 5% is appliable only for every speed over 100 km/h. 184.108.40.206 14:49, 21 May 2007 (EDT)
Sleep/bivouac outside camps
In Italy we don't understand the romanian!
"Other Romance languages, especially Spanish or Romanian, although in Italy there are many romanian immigrants, Romanian is not understood. Maybe it's better to know latin, there is always in every town a priest that know its. —The preceding comment was added by Tezaro (talk • contribs) 10:49, 2008 May 28.
You will have trouble if you follow these instructions, when you want to buy pizza....they never sell pizza based on weight (ex: 200 gr), you can only ask for "a slice of pizza", "two slice of pizza" and so on...how big it is a slice of pizza depends on the single shop... —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 220.127.116.11 (talk • contribs) 11:32, 2008 June 17
.. moral capital of Italy? Maybe economic, but the moral capital of Italy is and ever had been Rome. 18.104.22.168 05:53, 7 December 2008 (EST)
I de-Babelized, expanded, and then moved the above two cities from the article because the html comment there stated "Please do not change this list without first discussing your proposed change on the talk page. Cities lists are limited by Wikitravel policy to NINE.". Wikibob Talk 17:01, 23 December 2008 (EST)