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Report 1920: Rome, Tuscany, Venice & Amalfi for Beginners

By nikkihop from USA, Summer 2011

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Page 16 of 16: Day 15: Leaving Italy

photo by nikkihop

View from the Casa Del Garbo in Florence

I cannot stress the importance of Rick Steves' Guidebooks. He's got pretty much everything covered and I don't want to take away anything from his hard work by repeating everything I learned from him.

Check out his section on the Leonardo Express train to the Fiumicino Airport in Rome 2011. We followed his instructions to the letter and he's right about everything, from the times to get there and the way you must validate your ticket at the little yellow boxes on the station walls before boarding. The one thing he didn't cover was that the stations may change boarding tracks and you must pay attention to the reader boards to find out if you're in the right place. I highly recommend learning a few basic travel phrases so you can communicate with personnel (not just the English-speaking information booth staff). It came in handy to be able to query the baggage handlers and other likely looking staff members.

DB and I got to the airport in plenty of time for our 8:30 a.m. flight back to Austin, with one plane change in Newark. For any travelers who made it through my lengthy report, I hope it helps even a little bit. Happy traveling!

Notes about Resources (below)

  • SlowTrav: obviously
  • TripAdvisor: This was the website I liked best for reviews of hotels. I compared the reviews to the ones I found on
  • Mappery: You canít beat this site for tourist maps of all your travel destinations. I saved maps for Rome, Florence, Pisa, Venice, Assisi, Sorrento and Amalfi as PDFs or images on my iPad and had them wherever I went, even if I didnít have internet access. It was one of the best things I ever did, plan-wise.

Reading List

  • Rick Steves: Rome 2011; Italy 2011; Florence & Tuscany 2011
  • The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti, John Addington Symonds
  • The Lives of the Twelve Caesars, Volume 01: Julius Caesar, Gauius Suetonius Tranquillus
  • The Lives of the Twelve Caesars, Volume 02: Augustus, Gauius Suetonius Tranquillus
  • Stones of Venice, John Ruskin
  • Italian Hours, Henry James
  • Last Days of Pompeii, Baron Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Pompeii, Robert Harris
  • Behind the Wheel Ė Italian 1 (audio), Mark Fobrose


Aciugheta Restaurant Review (Venice)

Casa Del Garbo (Florence)

Discuss this trip

Hotel Apollo (Rome)

Hotel Fontebella (Assisi)

Italian Word of the Day - Daily Email

Locanda Querini (Venice)

Mappery (Maps for your iPad)

Michelin Maps & Route Planner

Palazzo Abagnale (Sorrento)

Rick Steves Guides

Ristorante Antica Sacresita (Venice)

Roma Pass (Rome)

Romeing Tours (Rome)

Trip Advisor

Venice Kayak Tours

Venice Vaporetto Map

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