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  •  I was SO disappointed with Florence (none)
    I had heard so much about it and it pretty much sucked. Too many tourists. It was like they had Disneyfied Italy. The food was terrible, even when overpriced. Though I did have THE BEST gelato in the world there. I wish I could remember the name of the shop. It's famous. And I had gelato a minimum of twice a day from dozens of different shops throughout my three weeks in Italy, so I consider myself a pretty good judge.

    I forget the town in which we stayed in Umbria. But at night we would go to the town center and the whole village was out, drinking espressos with Amaretto and biscotti and just being neighbors, shooting the breeze. They were so warm and friendly. You wouldn't even find that in small town America.

    "Strength and wisdom are not opposing values" ~ The Big Dawg

    by John Campanelli on Tue Aug 03, 2004 at 01:20:27 AM PDT

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    •  Haven't been--yet (none)
      But a city full of Michelangelo and the rest of his crowd is worth it. The trick is to go outside of the tourist season. October was a great month for Rome, even in the Jubilee Year. The weather was lovely, and the crowds weren't too bad.

      Best gelato I've had came from Le Tre Tartuffe on the Piazza Navona. I also got some great art there, and one of the artists complimented me on my Italian while I was dickering for a painting my mom wound up buying. (I'd have bought it if she hadn't; it's a beautiful seascape, and at around $100 would have been cheap at twice the price.)

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