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1. Posted by FINALLYTHERE (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y

Hello fellow travelers,
I just joined the community and would love to share ideas and
Hopefully find some companions to talk to and travel with.

I'm presently in Sri Lanka until end of January and then plan to go north - February to March
India and Nepal, ending in Thailand in april.

If anybody is going to any of those destinations or is already there,
Please let me know if you want to get in touch.

If anybody needs information about Florence, Bologna, Sienna
Also Barcelona and Northwest US, please ask away.
I had great experiences in those countries/cities and would love to share inside
Information.

Thank you all

[ Edit: Edited on 08-Jan-2013, at 09:21 by FINALLYTHERE ]

2. Posted by deboo (Inactive 2 posts) 1y

Hi all,

I am new here just joined this forum. i love traveling specially nature.

3. Posted by acconte (Budding Member 8 posts) 1y

Hi could you help me with tips from these places?
Florence, Bologna, Sienna

tks

4. Posted by FINALLYTHERE (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y

Of course, what would you like to know?

5. Posted by acconte (Budding Member 8 posts) 1y

best restaurantes, best places to see and visit, interesting to do there besides the ordinary tours... this things!

tks

6. Posted by FINALLYTHERE (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y

Hi Acconte,

Sorry to take long time to reply, I'm traveling at the moment.
Here are a few ideas:

Siena - I loved little place called Zest Cafe - google it and it'll come up easy.
They have free wi-fi, which is hard to find in Siena (there are a few payed internet spots and no cafes (that I found) that offer free internet.
Another best thing - is that they have monthly ethnic food party, it's a lot of fun and we you get on their facebook list, they'll send updates and invites. The cooking is excellent and prices are very reasonable - it's just a fun atmosphere, you'll meet there both Italian and foreigners that live there.

Another great place - cheap, great traditional pasta and just around the corner from Pz Campo:
http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-2884561-trattoria_la_torre_siena-i

They don't speak much English and customers are mainly local Italians, but if you like more local experience right in the heart of tourist center - it's the place to go!

Florence: I really stayed away from food downtown, too expensive and not very good. I stayed on the foothills of Fiesole and it's a place to visit up on the hills - very lovely views of Florence and many neat cafes and restaurants. There is a free movie night on thursdays after dinner at a place I can get a name too if you want.
But mainly I would recommend going to Cave de Maniano: There are three trattorias on that hill: first is a family owned estate with their own wine, olive oil and oil press - their prices are not bad and so their food, the best part is the view - just breathtaking outside seating.

A few steps away is the second place - don't remember the name. A little more pricey and nicer

Third place right at the top is the cheapest and simplest place, the owner is really nice and food is good. There is also a Gelateria with home made gelato (highly recommend - hard to find well-made gelato, everything is powder-made downtown. Although people say Vivole & Grom chain are good.)

Also, don't miss the Oblate Library by Duomo - great views and outside seating, cafe, couches, books.

And last Bologna - don't remember food places, but I absolutely loved the city! It has a great feel, a nice balance between old and new, young energy. And my experience was Portico di San Luca. It's about 2.5 mile climb up the stairs and inclined stretches along a mountain side. Views are amazing, arches are beautiful and a lovely church on top.

Hope this gives some ideas - if you have more questions and don't care about the timing - ask aways.

Cheers