The Coronavirus has hurt us all. Even if we are healthy, we are in lockdown. Lockdown is good because it keeps the spread of the virus to a minimum. We get depressed because we are social animals and need social interactions. The internet, FB and apps like Zoom allow us to socialize at a distance but it is not the same as being with family and friends.
In the US we are lifting some restrictions on the lockdown to get the economy going again. I do not agree with this since many needless people will die.
For those of us that are travelers, we have anxiety over not being able to travel to the countries we love so much. My YouTube VLOG below takes you through planning a vacation in 2021 if this fall proves that the virus is not on the rise.
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I feel that City Passes are almost never worthwhile! They cost a lot of money and you have to visit a large number of places in a day or two to justify the cost. If you are like me, you don’t want to have someone dictate what you must see and when. Visiting Italy is not about how many places you can see in a day but about the experiences of seeing places, meeting people and tasting the wonderful food & wine.
Skip-the-line Tickets are worthwhile for sites with very long lines. The major attractions can have lines of 3-4 hours long. I for one do not want to spend my vacation & visit to Italy waiting in lines. Skip-the-line tickets allow you to show up at a time and jump to the beginning of the line. They do cost more than the attractions cost of entry but you save the line time.
This YouTube video explains all about these two types of tickets.
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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
- 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,
- Arch of Constantine,
- Pizzaria San Marco,
- Villa Borghese and the Museum,
- Trolley ride in Rome.
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This is a summary of out trip to Spain and Italy and gives details on how we planned the trip. Rory and I travelled to Madrid, Seville, Barcelona, Venice and Rome. How did we plan this trip? How many days do you need in each place? How do you get from one city to the next?
these questions and more are answered in the YouTube video below:
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People always ask me, “What order would you see places in Italy?” All of Italy is great! You can not make a bad decision! Everyone that has been there has an opinion. This BLOG/VLOG is mine. I would see the famous big cities first because they are important. So the order would be:
But Milan, Siena, San Gimignano, Positano, Capri … are also important places to see.
The only rules I have are:
- Take your time in each place. Don’t rush and try to see all of Italy in a single trip. You will only see the inside of busses and trains.
- Sit at outside bars or trattorias and observe the people (non tourists) around you. Begin to understand Italian life.
- Try to communicate with locals.
- After the big cities, go to small resorts and mountain towns.
- Eat where the locals eat. DON’T EAT AT TOURISTY PLACES!
- Stay in small Italian hotels.
- Go on your own not with large tour groups. If you must use a group, keep it small.
Traveling to Italy is meant to be fun. So enjoy it! Watch our YouTube video below for more tips:
– George Febish
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The Vatican is the seat of the Catholic Church. It is located in Rome but is not part of Rome or of Italy. It is an independent country with the pope as the Sovereign (President). It is the smallest independent state in the world by both population and area. It has its own much sought after postage stamps. it uses the Euro even though it is not part of the EU. Its Euro is minted for the Vatican.
Saint Peter’s Basilica is part of Vatican City and can be entered from Rome through the large piazza. The Vatican museum is entered around the side and is the official entry to the museum. from the museum you can exit back the way you entered or into Saint Peter’s. You can not return to the museum. The Sistine Chapel is the end of the museum tour and is usually very crowded. No photos or talking is allowed here.
Come walk with us through the Vatican Museum in this YouTube VLOG:
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