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  • Dear Parussella, The road coming back from Bormio towards Malpensa will take to past Sondrio and then Lake Como. The Lake is certainly worth a visit and if you like sleepy quaint villages try Varenna. It is winter so the smaller towns are especia…
  • Ciao Mathieu Kate is exactly right, act in Cape Town as you would around the Paris or Milan train station where you have increased risk of pickpockets or bag snatching. There is no ad-hoc violence towards tourists at all, just take care not to fl…
  • Yes do the drive, its a fantastic scenic route. Its important that you book the car soon though or all the best deals will be sold out.
  • Your Schengen visa is valid for all Schengen areas - there is not even a border post.
  • The further south you travel down the boot of Italy, the more "creative" the driving becomes. From Naples southwards, the standard of the average car is not very good - generally they are badly damaged from multiple small collisions. The further sou…
  • Unfortunately the costs during SWC have soared - much to the digust of the locals. An article highlighting just how bad it is (http://www.gotravel24.com/theme/world-cup-2010/great-south-africa-rip) has really stirred things up a bit. There is curren…
  • Hi Mathieu, South Africa is essentially an unusual mix of first world luxury surrounded with 3rd world poverty. This contrast creates an environment where you could totally insulate yourself against the slightest risk or you could increase risk by t…
  • Dear Roopat, There is a risk of the most convenient train being full because many travellers on the cruise ship will plan to get the same train. Good news is that the trains are very frequent and you should be able to book with your credit card. The…
  • The drive to Florence from the Pisa airport is around 85kms so a taxi will cost you a lot. There is a train service directly from within the Pisa airport, leaves 5 x per day (http://www.pisa-airport.com/aeroporto_di_pisa_221.html) and this would be …
  • For all train bookings in Italy use the new website which also has english. BTW once into central Rome (arrive at Termini and then take a taxi), taxi fares are reasonable and taxis are also far quicker than Metro or other means (as the metro needs i…
  • Unless Britain goes to war against a country you wish to visit, the British passport will get you everywhere easier than a South African passport except when you decide to move back home.....
  • You may continue to use your new and old passport so long as there is space on a page for immigration to stamp entry and exit and the dates have not expired. If you require a VISA to enter the country, these normally require one full page plus anoth…
  • Hi Alvin Durban is my hometown!! Send some detail to bb-08@live.co.uk and I will forward it when requested.
  • Hi Ed, Certainly in Florence you do not need any transport as all the major galleries and sights are within easy walking distance from the station. There are buses to Sienna as well as San Gimignano however you would be far better off driving yourse…
  • Of course what you do depends on your personal taste. June is not too bad from a weather point of view but more importantly, the Italian schools close late June so you will miss the peak crush and July is typically the hotest month. The classic most…
  • My Advice would be to get a visa rather than try to prove your relationship on arrival. Every port of entry into Italy may interpret the requirements differently based on local knowledge and they have little remorse in refusing to entry to a non-EU …
  • If his South African passport is valid, thre is no issue in him arriving into South Africa. The issue will be departing from immigration in Italy as they will not accept his Italian ID for travel outside of the EU and he will not have a valid Italia…
  • Guided tours will of course cost you some premium and they will also take some time as the tour will be more comprehensive rather than just cherry picking the best to see artifacts (as U have little time). If you feel you do not need the full tour, …
  • Hi Mark, Its not easy to get a work permit or a long leave of stay in Italy for non-EU citizens. I was transferred by the company I work for and so they managed to get me a permanent work permit in the end. Either employment, proven substantial fina…
  • BTW skiing at the end of March is normally risky at altitudes lower than 2000m depending on the actual weather conditions at the time. This year there has been good levels of snow. Private schools have mid term break on the week of 14th Feb so avoid…
  • Bormio is also a quaint traditional italian alpine village which also has some natural hot springs. http://www.bormio.it/english.htm. There is a range of types of accomodation available and generally its very affordable/ the slopes are comprehensive…
  • DavidF is very right about rather staying in central Venice rather than Mestre and surrounds. Use the website http://www.venetia.it/ for last minute best deals without paying any surcharges.
  • I am on my 6th SA passport (they fill up quickly when U require one page VISAs all the time). Everyone had a new number....
  • Wow Nahani, Its World Cup!! R800 will be a struggle in central areas so areas like Pinetown (as per Lorna above) is where you may have to look although 15 minutes driving (no public transport) is a little on the optomistic side. Your own transport i…
  • The UK is part of the EU but is NOT part of the Schengen territories (as Holland is). Go to the British Consulate in your country for details on requirements
  • Also check that your card is enabled for internet payments eg Mastercard's Securecode. Trenitali also requires you to register before you buy