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Jean Gilman Oct 11, 2015 at 01:55 PM

Thanks, Carole, for the heads up about customs and making connections in Italy. A relative and I plan on taking this or the Amalfi Coast trip in May.
Carole Kenyon Oct 11, 2015 at 02:08 PM

You're quite welcome. Both great places to visit and a good month, too.

Carole Kenyon Oct 09, 2015 at 11:51 AM

HEADS UP, people leaving on 11 October, particularly on ALITALIA!. Our flight left a hour late from JFK. The flight at Fiumicino (Rome) was met by reps but NOT for our flight to Pisa. We looked at the postings and moved quickly through the airport, but it's huge. TWO passport clearances: first soon after disembarking from our international flight but then a second, before the bus to get to the in-country, transfer flight. Alitalia, again, NOT THERE to help us when we left the plane. We missed the flight to Pisa and had wait FIVE hours for the next flight. I strongly advise that you ask for "special assistance" from the airline. This will pretty much guarantee that you'll make your flight. NO wheel chair necessary. Jane Bacon (wonderful) advised that we do this for our flight home last night. We did as we probably would have missed this flight, too. Flight from Pisa left 20-30 minutes late. We were picked up in a small van and driven on the tarmac to the terminal we needed. Then another assistant took us through the 2nd passport check etc. We got to our international flight 15 minutes before it was scheduled to leave. Is that 5 minutes before they close the door? Not to worry: they waited for many passengers coming on another international connecting flight. Take care of this today, I'd advise, most emphatically!
Also, many of the restaurants etc. do NOT take credit cards, so make sure that you have sufficient folding and/or your atm card etc.
ALSO, few receptacles / electrical outlets in the room. We had a 5 USB port "pluggable" charging device, so we were o.k.
Pillows and mattresses very "firm." I got a bad neck muscle (?) sprain from sleeping on 2 pillows as I do at home. Bring your own feather? or sleep on only 1 pillow. And Enjoy - the trip itself is great!

Robert Perry Oct 04, 2015 at 12:54 PM

Anyone flying out of Savannah or JFK. Oct. 11th
James Gieseke Oct 04, 2015 at 08:09 PM

My wife (Debby) and I are flying out of JFK on 11Oct on AZ 603 (Alitalia) to Rome and then continuing to Pisa on AZ 1663.

Andrea Sjoreen Sep 27, 2015 at 11:14 AM

Does anyone who has taken this trip know if there is a self-service laundry nearby? We will be doing an Umbria walking trip before, and it would be nice to do some laundry.
Bob Durkin Oct 04, 2015 at 03:50 PM

We are on the trip now. It's $6 euros per kilogram (about 2.5 lbs) to have th lady just a couple of doors down from the hotel do your laundry, dry and fold it in one day... Ther are no self self serve laundrys we know if in the area. Hope that helps.. Wonderful trip
Carole Kenyon Oct 09, 2015 at 11:53 AM

How was your trip home? Hope you weren't too very exhausted! Hope to see you again for more good conversations and wine. :-)

Bob Durkin Sep 25, 2015 at 05:11 PM

Looking forward to meeting everyone soon. We are from Vermont, so we will will be flying out of Boston... Yes, part of any trip to Italy includes the wonderful food and wine. Bob and Alice Durkin
Carole Kenyon Sep 25, 2015 at 09:12 PM

Hi Bob and Alice, Hope you've had a wonderful summer of adventures. Happy packing and if you haven't done so already, check out the weather in the Cinque Terre: much cooler than here and showers and rain upcoming. Look forward to meeting you personally. Carole & Ralph
Carole Kenyon Sep 25, 2015 at 09:12 PM

Jean Gilman Sep 25, 2015 at 04:19 PM

I was referring to the people from Syria and that area, but I can see where 4000 tourists from a cruise ship could seem like an invasion too. Thanks for your comment.

Jean Gilman Sep 25, 2015 at 01:01 PM

Have seen photos in news, on tv, and online of the recent invaders looting tourist buses and creating general havoc in Italy and Greece and other countries. Has anyone on this program experienced any inconvenience or felt unsafe from same?
Carole Kenyon Sep 25, 2015 at 01:08 PM

No problems on our trip 2 years ago to sicily.
Carole Kenyon Sep 25, 2015 at 01:23 PM

Cousins recently returned from Cinque Terre said that very large cruise ships can come to La Spezia with 4,000 passengers + crew. I would think that that would present opportunities to thieves?

Carole Kenyon Sep 21, 2015 at 12:08 PM

Just read a detail of the upcoming trip (9/27). If I recall correctly, on the trip to Sicily, we had carafes / bottles (?) of wine on the table with meals. Now, we are being rationed to 1 glass. Did this present awkwardness at the large tables typical of groups at hotels? One bonus of traveling to Italy for us is to eat well and to drink the excellent and very inexpensive, local wines. So what do we do? Buy one bottle for the two of us and have the wait staff keep it for us for the next meal? Wow, this seems pretty awkward. Looking forward to hearing from earlier travelers of this trip. In the meanwhile, I'm going to give some feedback to the organization.
Gerald Cutler Sep 21, 2015 at 01:19 PM

Some of the menues stated that you got 1/4 carafe (one glass) but in most cases , whether in bottle or carafes, the wine kept coming. There is one local restaurant you visit more than once. Perhaps they will save your bottle if you really need your own. We always had plenty.
Gerald Cutler Sep 21, 2015 at 01:22 PM

You only eat breakfast in the hotel. All other meals are at local restaurants or WINEREIS.
Carole Kenyon Sep 24, 2015 at 08:50 PM

Thanks, Gerald. Your assurances were much more reassuring than Trinity Colleges! Now I can relax as it's a non-issue. In Sicily, we were at the same hotels for a number of days.

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