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Old 07-06-2010, 05:06 PM
 
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taurus, it is Italy, you don't have to be "young and adventurous" to go on your own.
And if you get lost, many people speak English, I would say in larger cities almost everyone does.

I just believe you would enjoy your trip much more if you went on your own (without a tour), but anyway I hope you enjoy the trip.
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Old 07-06-2010, 06:08 PM
 
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This thread reminds me of when we went to see Anthony Bourdain and he talked about Italy and seeing the tourists in a long line waiting for the next "tour". He said he found it depressing to watch because all these people were missing the "real" Italy. He wanted to go pull some of them out of line and take them a block away to a small family run restaurant where they could have great food and interact with the locals.

When we go to Europe this is the attitude I want to have.
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Old 07-07-2010, 02:05 AM
 
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I think fear of getting lost is just fear of the unknown - what will happen, will I get hurt, will I ever find my way back...? We've gotten lost in Rome, Naples, and Athens and I have to say those have been the funnest times. We weren't on tours so had nowhere we *had* to be and just patiently worked through it each time. I love experiences that take you out of your comfort zone - builds character
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Old 07-07-2010, 02:34 AM
 
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This thread reminds me of when we went to see Anthony Bourdain and he talked about Italy and seeing the tourists in a long line waiting for the next "tour". He said he found it depressing to watch because all these people were missing the "real" Italy. He wanted to go pull some of them out of line and take them a block away to a small family run restaurant where they could have great food and interact with the locals.

When we go to Europe this is the attitude I want to have.
I did my very first trip out of the US alone - to Ireland. I rented a car and didn't know the road rules. Most of the driving was countryside so very easy. I did get very lost once and got really stressed when trying to get out of Dublin Airport and later through Cork. But it was fantastic to be adventurous and on my own. Everyone spoke English of course so I didn't worry about language.

Now living in Scotland I've seen England, Wales, France, Belgium, return trips to Ireland. All by car or train. Plan on trips to Germany, Switzerland and Spain.

But this trip to Italy was last minute - decided in mid-June for mid-September. I like to have a lot of time to research trips, book hotels, figure out transportation, study maps of the country, figure out when and where to go and for how long. I plan trips to the last detail but leave room for flexibility. Too busy to do this time. So the lazy way - coach. I know I won't like being told when to get up and looking at our watches often, or the chance we'll be stuck with some obnoxious tourists on a coach for days and days.

As usual I'll do a full review of this tour company on Tripadvisor when we return.
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