Destination Information

France

Useful Web Sites

www.tapisserie-bayeux.fr< /br>
www.ot-honfleur.fr< /br>
http://www.ville-honfleur.fr/Musee-Eugene-Boudin,0,0,139.html< /br>
http://en.ot-honfleur.fr/v2/Maisons-Erik-Satie,0,0,35.html< /br>
Caen Memorial Museum< /br>
www.memorial-caen.fr< /br>
http://www.dinan-tourisme.com/< /br>
www.saint-malo-tourisme.com< /br>
www.amboise-valdeloire.com< /br>
www.vinci-closluce.com< /br>
www.chateau-amboise.com< /br>
www.chenonceau.com< /br>
www.chambord.org< /br>
www.chartres-tourisme.com< /br>
www.chateauversailles.fr< /br>

Paris

Useful Paris websites

www.cathedraledeparis.com-Notre Dame's site< /br>
http://www.theparistimes.com-insights into living in Paris< /br>
www.parisvoice.com-online only reviews of concerts, plays and current events< /br>
www.parismuseumpass.com-2 day pass 32 E< /br>
http://www.francetourism.com/< /br>
www.bonjourparis.com< /br>
www.timeout.com< /br>
www.franceguide.com< /br>
http://www.davidlebovitz.com< /br>
This One has a list of further helpful websites at the end< /br>

www.hungryforparis.com

Italy

Suggested Websites

www.http://www.italia.it/en/home.html

www.lifeinitaly.com

Recommended Reading

Florence

Suggested Websites

http://museogalileo.it/en/

www.mega.it/eng/egui/hogui.htm

Recommended Reading

Florence: The Biography of a City by Christopher Hibbert
Scholarly history of Florence

Rick Steves Florence by Rick Steves
Concise and complete city guide book

DK Eyewitness Top 10 Tuscany by Reid Bramblett
Pocket guide to the ten best of everything in Florence

Brunelleschi's Dome by Ross King
How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture

Florence Quick Info

Tourist i – downstairs across the large traffic circle facing the station, ask for a map, concert info

Shop For

paper
leather
mosaic inlay
art prints
gilt wood
sweaters/shawls/scarves/ties

Shopping Areas

San Lorenzo Market
Straw Market
Ponte Vecchio
V. Calzaiuoli/V. Tornabuoni
Piazza Santo Spirito, Oltrarno

Things to Do

Accademia – David
Uffizzi - world class paintings
S. Croce – tombs of Florentine greats, Michelangelo & others
S. Lorenzo – Medici Chapel, Laurentian Library
Mercato Centrale – two level ironwork produce, fish & meat market
Campanile – climb Giotto’s Bell Tower, 414 steps, remarkable view: dome/cityscape
Baptistery
Museo dell’Opera del Duomo
Bargello – world class sculpture
San Marco – Fra Angelico’s painted cells
Casa Buonarroti – Michelangelo’s home
Palazzo Medici Riccardi – Procession of the Magi room
Oltrarno – other side of the Arno
Brancacci Chapel – S.M. del Carmine
San Miniato al Monte
Piazzale Michelangelo

Dining

Trattoria 13 Gobbi Via del Porcellana, 9/r tel.055213204
Trattoria Za-ZaPiazza del Mercato Centrale,26r tel.055215411
La Grotta di Leo Via della Scala,41/43r tel.055219265
Trattoria Nella Via delle Terme, 19r, tel.338 253 7518
Ristorante la Maremma Via Verdi,16/r tel.055240972
Trattoria 4 Leoni Via dei Vellutini, 1/r t.055218562
Acqua Al 2 (Ristorante) Via della Vigna Vecchia, 40 (behind Bargello) tel.055284170
Acqua Cotta Trattoria Via dei Pilastri, 51 tel.055242907
Trattoria La Casalinga Via dei Michelozzi, 9/r near S. Spirito tel.055218624
Osteria del Caffe Italiano Via Isola d. Stinche, 11/13r(2blks.W.of S.Croce) tel.055289368
La Galleria Ristorante V Guicciardini, 48/r (Oltrarno) tel.055.2645988 closed Monday
Osteria de’Benci Via de’Benci, 11-13/r S of S Croce tel.0552344923
Trattoria Antellesi Via Faenza, 9/r tel.o55216990
Il Gatto E La Volpe Via Ghibellina, 151/r tel.055289264
Il Pizzaiuolo Via dei Macchi, 113/r tel.055241171
Trattoria Marione Via della Spada, 27/r tel.055214756
Trattoria al Trebbio Via delle Belle Donne, 47/49r tel.055287089
Boccanegra Via Ghibellina, 124/r tel.0552001098
Mario Via Rosina, 2/r Central Market/lunch tel.055218550

Also recommended but not tried

Osteria del Caffe Italiano Via Condotta, 56/r (off Via Tornabuoni) tel.055291082
Cibreo Trattoria Piazza Ghiberti, 35 tel.0552341100
La Baraonda Via Ghibellina, 67/r tel.0552341171
Trattoria Il Caminetto Via d. Studio, 34/r (near Duomo) tel.0552396274
Dino Via Ghibellina, 47/r tel.055241452
Osteria Belle Donne Via delle Belle Donne, 16/r tel.0552382609
Cafe Chiarscuro Via del Corso, 36/r tel.055214247

Gelato

Carrozze Pz.d.Pesce, 3
Neri Via d Neri, 20
Vivoli Via Stinche, 74
Festival del Gelato Corso, 75
Carabe Ricasoli ,60/r
Grom Via del Campanile, 2
La Carraia Piazza N. Sauro, 25/r

Milan

Milan Quick Info

Things to Do

Duomo – walk the roof
Galleria Vittoria Emanuele – window shopping, people watching
La Scala Opera House Museum – daily 9:00-12:00 and 13:30-17:30
Brera Art Gallery Via Brera 28 8:30-19:15
Il Cenacolo – Leonardo’s Last Supper, SM della Grazie off Corso Magenta, reserve 8:15-18:45
Sforza Castle – 9:00-17:30
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana oldest museum, Piazza Pio XI, 10:00-17:30
Via Speronari – oldest streets, fruit and veggie store, Princi bakery Via Speronari,6 and other locations
San Satiro – architectural gem, Bramante optical tricks Via Torino 9, 7:30-11:30 and 15:30-18:30
Villa Belgioioso Bonaparte Museum Via Palestro 16, 9:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:30, best part is building itself-recently restored
Museo Poldi – Pezzoli Via Manzoni 12 tel.02-794 889
Fashion District – “ The Quadrilateral” Northeast of Duomo, Via Manzoni, Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga, Via Sant Andrea, Via Verri, Corso Matteotti
10 Corso Como – Suzy Gershman’s “best store in Italy”
10 Corso Como Outlet – Via Tazzoli 3
La Rinascente – Piazza del Duomo Suzy Gershman’s “best department store”

Dining

Ristorante Pizzeria Sabatini Via Boscovich 54 tel.02.29.40.28.14

Trattoria Milanese Via Santana Marta 11 tel. 02-8645-1991, 12:00-14:45 and 19:00-22:45 near Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
Ristorante Bruno Via M. Gonzaga 6 tel. 02-804-364, 12:00-14:45 and 19:00-22:45
Ristorante’Pizzeria Al Dollaro Via Paolo da Cannobio 11 tel. 02-869-2432, 12:00-16:00 and 19:00-23
Peck Italian Bar Via Cantu 3 tel. 02-869-3017, 11:30-20:00
Agnello Pizzeria Via Agnello 8 tel. 02-8646-1654 north east of Duomo, 12:00-14:30 and 19:00-23
Ciao Self Service Cafeteria Piazza Duomo, second floor above Autogrill, 11:30-23:00
Peck Via Spadari 9 tel. 02-802-3161 aristocratic deli
Standa supermarket/deli Via Torino at San Maurilio
Dolce In – best cappuccino and pastry Via Turati 2/3

Vegetarian

Joia Via Panfilo Castaldi 18 Porta Venezia tel.02-29522124
Joia Leggero Corso di Porta Ticinese 106 tel. 02-89404134
Latteria Cucina Vegetariana Via Torino at Via dell’Unione 6 tel. 02-874-401, 11:45 – 16:30

Gelato

Odeon Gelateria Piazza Duomo far side of square opposite cathederal façade

Rome

Suggested Websites

Vatican Museum
Vatican
Official Rome Tourism Site

Recommended Reading

Rome: The Biography of a City by Christopher Hibbert
- A scholarly history

A Traveler in Rome by H. V. Morton
- Excellent travel writing

Rick Steves Rome
- Concise and complete city guide book

DK Eyewitness Top 10 Rome by Reid Bramblett
- Pocket size guide to the ten best of everything in Rome

The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
- A biographical novel of Michelangelo

Basilica by R. A. Scotti
- The splendor and the scandal: building St. Peter's

Rome Quick Info

Tourist info- green octagonal kiosks ~ask for map, concert schedule, tour info, walking tour brochures

Shop For

silk scarves and ties
fashion/shoes/accessories
antiques
art supplies (Vertecchi, Via Della Croce 7)
chocolates (Giandiua, Bacci)
pasta/olive oil (grocery stores)
books (Feltrinelli, Rizzoli, Galleria Colonia)

Shopping Areas

Via del Corso
Spanish Steps/Condotti
Via Babuino/Via Marguta
Via Coronari (antiques)
Campo dei Fiori
Via Tritone
Via Nazionale
Via Giubbonari
Via Gouvenor Vecchio

Things to do in Rome

Climb St. Peter’s dome great views inside St. Peter’s and outside over Rome
Vatican Museum – Sistine Chapel world class art
Campo de Fiori fruit and vegetable market in the AM
Palatine Hill/Colosseum same ticket for both in a 24 hour period
Capitoline Hill Museum original she wolf statue, Dying Gaul, great views over Forum
National Museum of Rome ancient Roman art, coins, mosaics
Villa Giulia Etruscan art
Castle Sant’Angelo Hadrian’s tomb, papal fortress, great views over Rome
Galleria Doria Pamphilj Piazza d. Collegio Romano 2 (near Victor Emanuel Monument)

Book ahead for

Nero’s Golden House t.06/3996.7700
Borghese Gallery t.06/32810 (press 2 for English)

Outside of Rome

Ostia Antica ancient Rome’s port city, amazing ruins in a park setting

Dining

Target Via Monte della Farina 28 tel.06/ 64760475
Arancia Blu Via C Beccaria 3 tel.+39 3913509971
Emma Via Monte della Farina 28 tel.06/ 64760475
Orto Via G.Gioacchino Belli 142 tel.06/ 4567 8050
La Montecarlo Vicolo Savelli 11 tel.06/68618774
Tratoria MontiVia di San Vito, 13/A+39 06 446 6573
da Gino Vicolo Rosini 4 tel.06/6873434
da Ugo al Gran Sasso Via di Ripetta 33 tel.06/3214883
Dal Pollarolo 1936Via di Ripetta4/5 tel.06/3610276 www.dalpollarolo1936.it
Nonna Betta Via del portico d'Ottavia 16 tel.06/68806263
ALPA Pizzzeria Via dei Serpenti 122
WantedVia Leonina 90 tel. 06 48930118‎
Trattoria “da Lucia…” Vicolo del Mattonato, 2 Trastevere tel.06/5803601
Da Gildo Via Della Scala(Trastevere, near Porta Settimiana) tel.06/5800733
La Buca di Ripetta Trattoria Via di Ripetta, 36 tel.06/3219391
Nino Via Borgonona, 11 (near Spanish Steps) tel.06/6795676
Ditirambo Piazza della Cancelleria, 74 tel.06/6871626
Hostaria Costanza Piazza Paradiso, 63/65 tel.06/6861717
Tre Pupazzi Borgo Pio, 183 tel.06/68803220
Le Naumachie Via Celimontana, 7 (near Colosseum) tel.06/7002764
Sitar Via Cavour 256A tel.06 4884004
Osteria "da Luciano" Via Giovanni Amendola, 73-75 tel.06/4881640
Ristorante Monte Arci Via Castelfidarodo, 33/35 tel.06 4941347
Dino & Tony Via Leone IV, 60 tel.06/39733284
Trattoria Morgana Via Mecenate 19/21 tel.06/4873122 www.trattoriamorgana.com
Il Margutta RistorArte Via Margutta, 118 tel. 06/32650577
Danilo Via Petrarca 13 tel.06/77200111
Pizzarium Via della Meloria 43 tel.06/39745416

Gelato

first two are near and north of the Pantheon

Giolitti Via Uffici del Vicario, 40
Palma Via della Maddalena, 20
Palazzo del Freddo Giovanni Fassi Via Principe Eugenio, 65-67 tel.06/4464740
Fatamorgana Via degli Zingari, 5, 00184 Roma, Italy and other locations in Roma
Fior di Luna Via della Lungaretta, 96 tel.06/64561314
Gelateria dei Gracchi Via dei Gracchi 272tel.06/3216668

Caffe'

Caffe' Sant'Eustachio Piazza Sant'Eustachio 82 tel.06/68802048
La Tazza D'Oro Via Degli Orfani 84 tel.06/6789792
Panella Via Merulana, 54, 00185 Roma, Italy tel. 06 487 2651
Antico Caffe' del Brasile Via dei Serpenti 23tel.06/4882319
Sciascia Via Fabio Massimo 80A tel.06/3211580

Churches

Near Pantheon

San Luigi dei Francesi between Pantheon and P. Navona (3 Caravaggio “Matthews”)
Santa Maria sopra Minerva Bernini elephant, Michelangelo Christ Bearing the Cross
Chiesa di St. Ignazio lovely piazza, interesting dome
Gesu Church Jesuit headquarters, richly Baroque

Elsewhere

S. M. degli Angeli Piazza Republica – part of Baths of Diocletian
S. M. della Vittoria near Piazza Republica – Bernini’s St. Teresa in Ecstasy
S. M. in Trastevere one of Rome’s oldest
S. M. del Popolo 2 Caravaggio’s, Peter’s Crucifixion, Paul’s Call
S. M. Maggiore Pilgrimage church
S. John Lateran Pilgrimage church, Papal seat, Santa Scala

Venice

Suggested Websites

www.turismovenezia.it

www.aguestinvenice.com

www.basilicasanmarco.it/eng

Recommended Reading

Venice For Pleasure J. G. Links
Great travel writing

Venice Lion City by Gary Wills
Scholarly history of 15th and 16th Venice

Rick Steves' Venice by Rick Steves
Concise and complete city guide book

DK Eyewitness Top 10 Venice by Gillian Price
Pocket guide to the ten best of everything in Venice

The World of Venice by Jan Morris
"A classic book that offers an incomparable take on an incomparable city."

The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt

Venice Quick Info

Venice IS the sight! It's an island. You can't get very lost. There are now 4 bridges over the Grand Canal:a new one connecting Piazzale Roma with the train station, one at the train station [Ferrovia or FS], the Rialto in the middle, and the wooden Accademia bridge closest to the mouth of the Grand Canal. Yellow directional signs help.Ferrovia, FS and Piazzale Roma are upper north west, Rialto is central and Piazza San Marco is south east.

Tourist i ~southwest corner of Piazza San Marco~ask for map,schedule of current events, list of current museum/church hours. Newstands have more detailed maps.

Shop for

glass
lace
spices
leather bound books

Shopping areas

Rialto Bridge markets
Merceria-between St. Mark's and Rialto
Behind St Mark's Square to the west
Strada Nuova

What to do in Venice


Ride a vaporetto on the Grand Canal
early or late, day or night, both ways out into the lagoon and back
Doges Palace/Correr Museum same ticket, two locations
Original horses in St. Mark's view up close, mosaics inside, view out over square
Campanile di San Marco tower in S. Mark's square, elevator to top, great view
Rialto Bridge area produce market/street stalls
Gondola workshop
Santa Elena untouristy leafy residential area in the fish's tail
Galleria dell'Accademia treasure house of Venetian paintings
Scuola di San Rocco 54 paintings by Tintoretto, scenes from OT & NT
Naval Museum 4 stories of Venetian & Italian navies, gondolas, shells, Arsenale
Other islands:Burano>Murano>Torcello>Lido Vaporetto from Fondamenta Nuove

Churches

Basilica di San Marcocreation & flood mosaics in foyer, cut stone mosaics in floor
Santa Maria Gloriosa dei FrariTitian's Assumption, Donatello's John the Baptist
Santa Maria della Salute 1630, fine marble floor, Titian's OT paintings in sacristy
Santa Maria dei Miracoli small Renaissance jewel, colored marble inside & out
Santi Giovanni e Paolo Gothic, very large, lots of sculpture, Doge's tombs inside
San Giorgio Maggiore Palladio, Tintoretto's Last Supper elevator to top for view

Venice Restaurants

La Zucca Ponte del Megio, Santa Croce t. 041/5241570
Ai Sportivi Campo Santa Margherita,Dosoduro3052 t.041/5211598

Ai Barbacani Calle del paradiso 5746, Castello t. 041/5210234
Il Refolo Santa Croce,1459 t.041/5240016"sublime pizza" near La Zucca
Ostaria da Rioba Cannaregio,2553 t.041/5244379 canalside dining near Tintoretto's house
Osteria Da Alberto Cannaregio 5401 near SM Miracoli t.041/ 5238153
Algiubagio Cannaregio Fondamente Nove 5039 t.041/5236084
Al Mascaron Santa Maria Formosa Castello 5225 t.041/5225995
Cip Ciap Santa Maria Formosa Castello great on the street pizza
Al Covo Campiello della Pescaria, Castello t.041/52.23.812
da Sandro PizzeriaSan Polo Campiello Meloni t.041/5234894
La Donna Onesta Dorsoduro3922 near Campo Marguerita between S. Pantalon and S. Toma' t.041/5229586
Vini da Gigio Fondamento della Chiesa San Felice just off Strada Nuovo t. 041/5285140
Alle Oche Calle del Tintor 1552 Santa Croce, just S. of C. San Giacomo dellíOrio t. 041/524.1161 pizzeria
Marchini Time Caffetteria Pasticceria San Marco 4589 t. 041/2419953

Pasticceria Didovich Campo S Marina 5908 t. 041/5230017

Gellaterie

Nico Zattere
Boutique del Gelato Salizzada S. Lio
Grom two locations Campo San Barnaba Dorsoduro 2761 and Strada Nuova