#1
Basically, so me and a friend are going to live in Italy for a while. We are WWOOFing (Worlwide Organisation of Organic Farming) which means, in exchange for a few hours a day working the land, we get free food and accommodation.

We are flying tomorrow to Pisa, spending two nights before spending two nights in Florence. We start our job on Monday, which consists of planting olive trees and looking after the bees.

We are travelling North to South, and hope to end up at the 'boot' after a few months.

Is anyone familiar with Italy? Live there? What should we look out for on our travels? Any particular hot-spots?

Also, as of tomorrow, I shan't be posting in the Pit (not that anyone really cares ), because I will be too busy drinking red wine and chasing Italian girls.

Anyway, its been a pleasure Pit. Salute!



#3
You have to climb (well, follow the footpath up) Mount Vesuvius, and visit Pompeii.

For Vesuvius, I'd recommend getting one of the coaches up to the base area, and following the path from there, there's not really much on the way up to there, and the coaches coming each way take up just about every last mm of space on the road!
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how could you leave us TS?
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It's also well worth spending a couple of days exploring everything that Naples has to offer, there are some wonderful churches to explore there, and the narrow, store lined alleys have a real charm.
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#9
Only been to Italy once but the leaning tower of Piza (however cliche) is actually thoroughly impressive, it leans much more than you think it would. I also remember Florence being a pretty brilliant city, have fun.
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Spent almost 2 weeks there, this summer.

The women are indeed as beautiful as they say. I'd say even more. If you're walking around Rome, I'd say 80-90% of women ages 18-38 look like a model. You'll see tons of women that look like Marisa Tomei or Jamie Lynn Sigler.

Thing is unless you look like a male-model who speaks Italian, they'll want nothing to do with you.

People there are very superficial. It's a good and bad thing. Good as the women there will wear things half of Americans girls don't have the confidence to wear. But, such materialistic behavior leads to snobbery. In the US, f you see a guy wearing a suit, he's most likely a businessman or accountant. You see a guy wearing a suit in Italy, he can be a wealthy businessman or a poor cashier.

I tried to walk around like a normal person, and they were friendly with me. If you walk around like a clueless tourist, they'll f*cking hate you.
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Spent almost 2 weeks there, this summer.

The women are indeed as beautiful as they say. I'd say even more. If you're walking around Rome, I'd say 80-90% of women ages 18-38 look like a model. You'll see tons of women that look like Marisa Tomei or Jamie Lynn Sigler.

Thing is unless you look like a male-model who speaks Italian, they'll want nothing to do with you.

People there are very superficial. It's a good and bad thing. Good as the women there will wear things half of Americans girls don't have the confidence to wear. But, such materialistic behavior leads to snobbery. In the US, f you see a guy wearing a suit, he's most likely a businessman or accountant. You see a guy wearing a suit in Italy, he can be a wealthy businessman or a poor cashier.

I tried to walk around like a normal person, and they were friendly with me. If you walk around like a clueless tourist, they'll f*cking hate you.


This is true, but also the case in many, if not all, cities. Actually, scrap that. That's not true. Paris is though - the stereotypical rude waiters are a thing to behold!

I imagine we will be in pretty rural areas to be fair, and hopefully we will pick up a fair amount of the lingo. I doubt many people are going to speak English, so we will literally have to get buy with Italian.
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This is true, but also the case in many, if not all, cities. Actually, scrap that. That's not true. Paris is though - the stereotypical rude waiters are a thing to behold!

I imagine we will be in pretty rural areas to be fair, and hopefully we will pick up a fair amount of the lingo. I doubt many people are going to speak English, so we will literally have to get buy with Italian.
Yeah, it's not just Italy, but in US cities like LA, we're not gonna say bad things about people right next to us at obnoxiously loud volumes because they're new to the city and taking pictures or something.

I found a good portion of Italians to be very negative and rude.

EDIT: People in rural areas were quite nicer. I went to two little cities called Orvieto and Tavernuzze in the Tuscany region and most of the people there were pretty nice. Although it was in those towns I encountered the biggest jackasses of the whole trip in Italy, too.
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#13
I'm Italian, and I suggest to you not to be blinded by the art/food/women. Italy is an incompetent , useless, backward country run by scumbags, voted by scumbags, and blessed by a scumbag dressed in a white robe.

Ask yourself why most italian university graduates leave the country (well most get their degrees at foreign unis) and never come back.

/cynical student who's been living outside the country for more than 14 years.
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I'm Italian, and I suggest to you not to be blinded by the art/food/women. Italy is an incompetent , useless, backward country run by scumbags, voted by scumbags, and blessed by a scumbag dressed in a white robe.

Ask yourself why most italian university graduates leave the country (well most get their degrees at foreign unis) and never come back.

/cynical student who's been living outside the country for more than 14 years.
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Indeed, but if you're an artsy person and like food/farming/nature, I'm sure you'll be ok

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(just don't go anywhere south of Rome)
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I'm Italian, and I suggest to you not to be blinded by the art/food/women. Italy is an incompetent , useless, backward country run by scumbags, voted by scumbags, and blessed by a scumbag dressed in a white robe.

Ask yourself why most italian university graduates leave the country (well most get their degrees at foreign unis) and never come back.

/cynical student who's been living outside the country for more than 14 years.

I agree with this. Haven't really seen the south but the North ain't Pandora either
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I'm Italian, and I suggest to you not to be blinded by the art/food/women. Italy is an incompetent , useless, backward country run by scumbags, voted by scumbags, and blessed by a scumbag dressed in a white robe.

Ask yourself why most italian university graduates leave the country (well most get their degrees at foreign unis) and never come back.

/cynical student who's been living outside the country for more than 14 years.


I'm not Italian, nor have I even been in Italy, but doesn't that pretty much relate to a lot of other countries as well? Like Portugal, Spain, and the UK? (UK for politics, everybody knows the UK doesn't have hot women)
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everybody knows the UK doesn't have hot women)

Or good food.

Or even that much nice art.
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All the restaurants that I've been to in the UK would not survive if they were in Germany, Portugal, or Canada.

Sometimes I think you could serve the Scots dog food on a plate, call it a Risotto, and they'll eat it.

Just personal opinion, sorry if it sounds offensive.
#23
italian people liked me when i was there. granted i spoke spanish and italy is sort of similar to latin american countries like brazil and mexico.

also watch some neorealisme italiam films: La Strada, Ladri di Biciclette, Le Notti di Cabiria, etc.


things are awesome in italian, actually.


i don't think this is true :
I tried to walk around like a normal person, and they were friendly with me. If you walk around like a clueless tourist, they'll f*cking hate you.


maybe it's just an american thing, i'm not american and people treat me nicely.

also : spanish = italian.
#24
You should just know that italian women are a myth.

Worst part of the story is, if we were yesterday I would totally have said "french girls are the nicest" but dude, today was my first day in college here in France and god I am disapointed.
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All the restaurants that I've been to in the UK would not survive if they were in Germany, Portugal, or Canada.

Sometimes I think you could serve the Scots dog food on a plate, call it a Risotto, and they'll eat it.

Just personal opinion, sorry if it sounds offensive.


Nah I'm kidding Most of our food over here is shite
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italian people liked me when i was there. granted i spoke spanish and italy is sort of similar to latin american countries like brazil and mexico.

also watch some neorealisme italiam films: La Strada, Ladri di Biciclette, Le Notti di Cabiria, etc.


things are awesome in italian, actually.


i don't think this is true :
I tried to walk around like a normal person, and they were friendly with me. If you walk around like a clueless tourist, they'll f*cking hate you.


maybe it's just an american thing, i'm not american and people treat me nicely.

also : spanish = italian.
Watched that film. Fantastic.

I like the scene where he and the lad have wine in that restaurant, with the live music playing. Great stuff.
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Age hits them like a brick? Someone is here to disagree:



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is that a painting?
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#33
Pizza. That is all.
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You should just know that italian women are a myth.

Worst part of the story is, if we were yesterday I would totally have said "french girls are the nicest" but dude, today was my first day in college here in France and god I am disapointed.

Having left france about a month ago, I can honestly say, that there are very few French girls that are really quite nice looking. I agree with you there.

However, now I'm in Wales, and I'm pleasantly surprised by how many nice-looking girls there are here.

Italy though, I'd love to wile away a week in Rome, Firenze and Venice. Cool places.
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North Italy is where u would encounter the most arrogant and unfriendly people on the planet. They will try and scam the clothes of u so beware!I hear the South is better but can't really say...metered taxis usually start the meter at 4 euros and demand 5 euros extra than what it says on the meter at the end of a trip, this is apparent in almost any businesss exchange, it is best dealt with either a swift kick to the face and the correct amount thrown on the crumpled body, or a "this is all im giving u asshole!" and the correct amount thrown in the face.either works like a charm!
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#37
If you go to Milan, go eat lunch at Luini's. It's a little shop next to the Duomo that sells these things:



They are fried and have all sorts of delicious stuff inside, and you can get five for about 6 euros.
Also, if you get the urge, NEVER EVER eat in any cafè in the galleria, as they are all assholes evading taxes and being generally unlikable.


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