Italian Facts

Why I Love Italy – 2

I have been to Italy more than 100 times and have loved every trip. Why do I love Italy so much?

  1. The People – are friendly and helpful
  2. The Food – is fantastic and healthy
  3. The Wine – is among the best in the world
  4. The Sites – are fantastic and bring tourists all the time
  5. The Big Cities – are fantastic and a must see
  6. The Small Cities – are worth exploring

When planning a trip to Italy don’t plan too much in a short time. Pick a few places and give yourself plenty of time. Always plan a return trip to see more.

Ciao,
-George

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Eating well but cheaply in Italy

We love the food and wine of Italy. It is unique in our world in that it is fresh, local and delicious.

Italy has different types of restaurants:

  • Ristorante
  • Trattoria
  • Osteria
  • Pizzeria
  • Bars
  • Pasticceria

By knowing the differences, as explained in this video, you can eat well for not a lot of money.

Ciao,

– George

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Watchtowers of Southern Italy

Southern Italy has Watchtowers all along the coast line. Watch the video below for the story about these towers:

Title: Italy – Watchtowers in Southern Italy

Countries: Southern Italy

What are Watchtowers? They are towers usually built of stone high enough to be seen by the next tower along the coast. When Saracens (pirates) were spotted, they would light a fire in the tower to warn everyone along the coast. The next tower would see it and light theirs and so on along the entire coastline. You might say this was the Internet of their time. Some towers had a bell as well that was rung to warn locals of the pirates coming.

The locals would gather their families and valuables and head to their sister town usually high up on a hill. These towns were fortified castle like structures that prevented the pirates from entering.

 

Ciao,

George

 

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How to Travel to Europe Cheaply

This video shows you how to save big money on your next trip to Europe. The techniques can also be used anywhere in the world. When we travel we find airfares for $300-$400 Round Trip. We find 3.8 to 5 star hotels for $100/night on average. We limit our daily spending to about $100/day. This means a trip to Europe will cost you around:

  • 7 Days – $1,700 – $1,800
  • 14 days – $3,100 – $3,200
  • 21 Days – $4,500 – $4,600

Listen to how we did it in the YouTube Video below:

Europe is exciting and it is more fun when you saved $1,000 on airfare over the person next to you on the plane or got the same room in the same hotel for $125/night instead of $400/night. Budgets are easy and this video will give you ideas on how to save money and get started.

In the near future we will be offering a service to help plan your trip for you. If you are interested drop me an email at: georgefebish@yahoo.comtoday.

Covered in this video:

  • Airfares (on major carriers)
  • Hotels in both small and large hotel chains
  • Sightseeing
  • Meals
  • Tricks to enjoy a fantastic vacation for much less money

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My BLOGs & VLOGs:

Scott’s Cheap Airfares: https://youtu.be/rLo4VJzaSFY

Scott’s Website: https://scottscheapflights.com

How to get a wonderful cheap breakfast in Italy: https://youtu.be/A-MoV4fEQ9o

Spain & Italy: https://youtu.be/oWljnUNo7CI

My Order of Seeing Italy Cities: https://youtu.be/GdHryl4b0FM

Venice Italy: https://youtu.be/mxVFoO0nVtU

Rome Italy: https://youtu.be/GOtXr5KXZ08

Florence Italy: https://youtu.be/MkgpBamYAho

Naples Italy: https://youtu.be/ey9jJHUQl50

Capri: https://youtu.be/hntIE8olfHw

Amalfi Coast Italy: https://youtu.be/G_FQOK_qhHY

Beaches of Southern Italy: https://youtu.be/yiKblgybw0w

Campania: https://youtu.be/zEhV1KMeyhY

Grotta Palazzese (Cave Restaurant in Puglia): https://youtu.be/RwOTSFbiJ0U

Tuscany: https://youtu.be/luTkqYrqsvs

Umbria: https://youtu.be/SDXfNlxiVP0

Puglia: https://youtu.be/rMUunXHFdBc

Italian Trains: https://youtu.be/e0lo5W9l_Vg

Differences between Italy and the USA: https://youtu.be/BQ7yWOS9U60

Frankfurt Germany: https://youtu.be/cVQsOYjVemY

Viking Overnight Cruise Stockholm to Helsinki: https://youtu.be/Wrt7WWoQhcY

Scenic Railway Oslo to Bergen: https://youtu.be/iV2vu1MrK2Y

Scandinavia: https://youtu.be/0HGtkSazeJY

 

AND SO MANY MORE PLACES ON MY YOUTUBE PAGE!

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– George

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Italian Drinking Fountains – A User Guide

The water in Italy in usually safe and delicious. There are water fountains everywhere. They can be used to drink water or fill a water bottle. This video is short and shows how simple it is to use these fountains.

– George

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Breakfast in Italy

Breakfast is an important meal but Italians eat a light and sweet breakfast because they eat dinner so late. Hotels and B&Bs serve breakfasts of pastry, yogurt, meats and cheeses, rolls, and of course coffee or tea. If your hotel does not serve a free breakfast … DO NOT BUY ONE! go to the nearest bar and eat like all the other Italians. Order a coffee, espresso or cappuccino and a cornetto. Cornetti look like croissants but are softer. They come filled with cream, chocolate or jelly. Be an Italian while you are in Italy. I look forward to breakfast at a bar.

Some bars are PATISSERIES and have a huge selection of pastries and cakes. These are special experiences but can affect your waistline.

Join us in the YouTube video below as we show you the different breakfasts of Italy:

– Ciao
– George

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Rome 2

Rome or Roma in Italian is a wonderful city to walk around. There is good and safe public transportation but if you enjoy walking, you can walk everywhere in Rome. The food and wine are first class. Of course you can find great pastas and pizzas but Rome has so much more to offer including great fish.

This is my second VLOG on Rome and brings the familiar places and some not so familiar. I hope you enjoy this video and get to experience Roma!

Come walk with us around this amazing capital city. Watch my YouTube video below and discover Rome and these sites:

  • Spanish Steps
  • Trevi Fountain,
  • Temple of Hadrian
  • Pantheon,
  • Campo dei Fiori,
  • Old Rome,
  • Mouth of Truth (Bocca della Verita),
  • Aristo Campo Trattoria in Trastevere,
  • Saint Peter’s Basilica,
  • Vatican City Museum & Sistine Chapel,
  • Colosseum,
  • Arch of Constantine,
  • Pizzaria San Marco,
  • Orvieto,
  • Tivoli,
  • Villa Borghese and the Museum,
  • Trolley ride in Rome.

 

-George

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How to Find Reasonably Priced Hotels in Italy

Next to airfare, hotels will be your biggest cost. If your staying for an extended period of time, they may be the biggest cost of the trip. You first have to decide on:

  • Is it a special occasion like a honeymoon where you want an expensive hotel with nice amenities and views.
  • Are you independently wealthy and the price is of no concern
  • Are you visiting Italy to see the country, the people, etc. In this case you will only be sleeping in your hotel room. The small Italian hotels will work fine and give you more of a sense of being in Italy.

Hotels, like anywhere, change price seasonally and as they become more popular. Shop and see what the prices are. DO NOT PAY EXTRA for breakfast! Breakfast in Italy, as the Italians do it, is the cheapest and easiest meal. Go to the nearest bar (they are everywhere) and order an espresso, cappuccino, latte or coffee Americano and a sweet roll. This will cost you 2 Euros outside the big cities and maybe 5 Euros in the cities. Italians usually choose a cornetto. This is a small roll that can be plain, filled with chocolate, jam or cream.

What ever you choose, enjoy Italy. Do not try to do too much. Be an Italian while you are there. You do not need Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and eggs! Eat like the Italians which is so much more healthy for you.

– George

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Traveling by Train in Italy

Public transportation can be daunting in a foreign country but train travel in Italy is easy and common once you understand the basics. There are different types of trains from high speeds to locals and the cost changes accordingly. Having a ticket doesn’t always mean you have a seat. Some tickets require validation before boarding. If they are not validated a heavy fine may be imposed.

The rules are simple and train travel in Italy is relatively easy. You can go almost anywhere by train or get close enough to your destination. Trains even go to Sicily. The train is loaded on a ferry and travels to the Island of Sicily where it is put back on tracks and your journey proceeds. There are European trains that will take you to any major city in Europe.

Sit back and watch our short VLOG video on how to use the Italian train system.

– George Febish

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Paestum, Italy

Some of the best Greek ruins are in Italy. Greek wealth and nobility would give the first son the site in Greece and the second son got the one in Italy. Southern Italy was a favorite place for the Greeks. It was easy to get to and there was plenty of land there. Paestum is in Campania, south of the Amalfi Coast and south of Salerno. It is between Salerno and Agropoli on the coast. This site was inflected with malaria and lay untouched by humans for a long time. It was for this reason it is so well-preserved.

Paestum today is a large outdoor museum. You buy tickets in a building across the street and then enter the site. Inside you can walk around this huge site with beautiful Greek ruins. The site is so well-preserved that it should be on everyone’s bucket list. If you are visiting the Amalfi Coast, this is a short drive to Paestum.

Come walk around these ruins at Paestum with us in our YouTube video below:

– George Febish

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