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 Post subject: Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi e Positano
PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 5:39 am 
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Ciao Amici! I will be traveling to Roma(Rome) , Napoli (Naples), Surriento (Sorrento), Capri (this one is a maybe), Amalfi and Positano.

Except for the first couple days in Roma, we will be with a local tour guide but we still fend for ourselves in terms of finding restaurants. The tour is a bit... loose so mostly a lot of freedom on what we do and restaurants are on our own so any recommendations would be appreciated. Some of our hotels provide breakfast (especially in Rome) so that isn't a big deal.

Also, I would like to bring a couple bottles of wine back and wonder if I can wait until we go to Amalfi? or is it better to buy in Rome or Naples?

Any hints/tips/tricks/etc are appreciated.

I also signed up for an immersion class for travelers to Italia and I've been listening to podcasts like crazy so I hope to be able to say some simple phrases at least and I also have a small travel dictionary that will go with us :)

Grazie mille!

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 Post subject: Re: Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi e Positan
PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 6:37 am 
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Duolingo is a pretty decent app for learning basic Italian I've found, with limitations of course (namely: it's very translation intensive from English, which I find makes me able to understand things but not REALLY learn, but)… Anyway, it's free, the iThing app is pretty nice, and I've found it the best way to motivate myself to chug along a little each day. Of course, I also haven't touched it in a month or so but we've been crazy busy so that's why.

When will you be in italy? We just got to Naples; it looks like we'll be living out in town and hopefully settled somewhere within a couple of months, but we find out more about that during the orientation next week. Would love to meet up, though we've got a busy few months ahead between finding a place to live, settling in, and with baby Euclid due in early June.

Un Sorriso Integrale is the main restaurant I've been able to find out about online, but I actually haven't eaten out here at all yet since at the moment we are stuck on a military base in kind of a rural area. Hoping to take the bus to Aversa today and explore a little! It looks like the main natural foods supermarket (NaturSi) is just east of the big park in the Pozzuoli area, though again I haven't been there. When I do go, I will certainly take some photos of my vegan finds to post in the Naples thread. I'm probably one of the only people on earth who gets weirdly excited about new natural food grocery stores in new countries!!

If you can extend your trip by a few days, we're not very far from the Country House Montali in Umbria (Lake Trassamino) and I *highly* recommend staying there. it's a vegetarian hotel that does breakfast and fabulous, multi-course fancy dinners, within day trip distance of Siena, Perugia, and other towns. Their dinners were some of the best meals I've had in my life (they are very good at accommodating vegans and you don't have to constantly remind them or anything, there's just a set meal and they remember you since they don't have very many guests). It's just an incredible place, and for the meals included a big bargain too!


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 Post subject: Re: Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi e Positan
PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 4:20 pm 
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We are coming in May. I think we will be visiting Italy again in the future, I'd like to visit other parts as well. I almost made a huge mistake and almost booked us arriving on good friday and staying through Easter.. in rome... oops. I don't think my husband would've forgiven me for taking him to Rome during the biggest Catholic holiday of the year.

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 Post subject: Re: Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi e Positan
PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 4:45 pm 
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I would invite you to stay with us but I have no idea whether we'll be settled in a house by May! But anyway, I'll try to report back on the Naples and area situation a little better in the months ahead. We just got here Thursday afternoon, so I still am very clueless about the veg situation beyond what I've found online. I've been living off Amy's and Gardenburger food from the commissary the last couple days, so I'm failing at international living at the moment ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi e Positan
PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:19 am 
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No worries, we have all our hotels paid up for now. I'm a bit excited. I like the tour we are doing as basically, they just drive us between major cities(or book the trains and manage transfers) , book the hotels, and give us a few 'must see' tours and then let us work with the local travel guide on what else we would like to do.

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 Post subject: Re: Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi e Positan
PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:31 pm 
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So I looked at Happy Cow and there are 5 or 6 vegan restaurants listed in Rome and a ton of vegetarian which is what I would've expected, more or less.

Naples and surrounding area seemed to be less but I found this website that listed a few finds for where we will be:
http://www.venere.com/blog/campania-veggie-10740/

The restaurants listed aren't vegan and some aren't vegetarian but seem like may have good options. I'm not lying though when I say I just plan to eat bread when I go to Italy.

And I found a blog entry for a vegan who went to Positano
http://keepinitkind.com/vegan-travel-positano-italy/

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 Post subject: Re: Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi e Positan
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I got excited reading the description of Umberto but looking at the menu, I am definitely not seeing a vegan friendly or even vegetarian menu: http://www.umberto.it/index.php

We haven't really done much eating out, though, unfortunately.


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 Post subject: Re: Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi e Positan
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Oh and another thing I just found, despite the annoying background here, check out the last picture with the pizza... hell yeah
http://whativegan.wordpress.com/2012/10 ... -in-italy/

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Oh yeah, at first glance it doesn't but it seems workable if you get a margherita pizza senza formaggio and one of their side dishes. Unless they have a separate vegetarian menu that isn't on the website.

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