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On 3/3/2020 at 11:07 AM, ex-ghost said:

We have an England-France-Spain-Portugal trip in late-June. Airfare and all housing already set. Holding steady for now.

No longer holding steady. CANCELED. Waiting on airbnb to allow more cancelations with full refunds into June, same with airlines.

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On 12/26/2019 at 8:42 PM, Getzlaf15 said:

Ok, so tomorrow we are booking a trip/cruise.   Youngest son (:bye: @kutta) is leaving for Bilbao, January 11th for a semester at the college there to almost finish his Spanish degree so he can become an interpreter.   

Please feel free to add anything of value to any part of our trip.  We have been to Europe once, two years ago on Viking River cruise (21 days) from Budapest to Amsterdam.  Did three days in Prague before it.

4/7 - Fly from Boise to FCO Rome.  Land about noonish on 4/8.  Light day resting. @Chemical X recommended we stay here   In the center of the city.    I like the location, feel and price on this place....  :thumbup:  :banned:  :hifive:

4/9-10-11.... three days in Rome to do it all.   

4/12.... Board Viking Ocean Cruise for 8 days.   Can board pretty early, but it doesn't leave until 11pm.
Viking includes "walk tours" in every city as part of the price and some optional pay tours also.  We did like 50/50 on the river cruise.  Anyone have any "musts/avoids" in the cities below?

Mon 4/13...  9am .... arrive in Florence/Pisa for 33 hour stay.
Tue 4/14...  Florence/Pisa until it leaves at 6pm.
Wed 4/15.... 8am.... arrive in Monte Carlo, Monaco..... leaves 11pm
Thur 4/16....  7:30am.....arrive in Marseille, France....... leaves 6pm
Fri 4/17..... 8am..... arrive in Montpellier, France...... leaves 9pm
Sat 4/18.... 8am.... arrive in Barcelona..... have all day, does not leave.
Sun 4/19....  AM, disembark ship.....    train? to Bilbao (6 hours)

Mon 4/20, Tue 4/21, Wed 4/22 in Bilbao.  Going to Bilbao vs RCD Mallorca match on 4/22.  We actually saw Athletic Bilbao of Spain play in Boise in 2015. And in just looking up that old date, they are coming to Boise again July 25, 2020, for another friendly.  (Huge Basque population in Boise).   Any cool things to do/see in Bilbao?  TIA

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56 minutes ago, Getzlaf15 said:

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Sorry, big man. I feel that way about this entire thread. Those pictures of Italy on lockdown make me so sad for their country. Such a beautiful place, I can't imagine what Florence looks like right now. Dante, where are you?

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Yeah we pulled down our May 2020 trip as well.  Full refunds on everything except I can't figure out the train tickets (FLO-ROM), and haven't heard back from the Vatican re: the breakfast / early entrance for the Vatican/Sistine tours.  All in all, just a terrible situation for those in Italy having to live through this.  We really hope to rebook everything and try again for May 2021!  Thanks for everyone's advice in here, and really hope everyone gets a chance to travel there in the not-too-distant future!

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really wonder what will remain open after this.  the big cities will survive, its little villages like my area that most concern me.  they don’t do take out.  tourism isn’t huge to begin with.  hoping we get back in 2021, but 2020 is out for us.

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1 hour ago, Boulder Toads said:

Yeah we pulled down our May 2020 trip as well.  Full refunds on everything except I can't figure out the train tickets (FLO-ROM), and haven't heard back from the Vatican re: the breakfast / early entrance for the Vatican/Sistine tours.  All in all, just a terrible situation for those in Italy having to live through this.  We really hope to rebook everything and try again for May 2021!  Thanks for everyone's advice in here, and really hope everyone gets a chance to travel there in the not-too-distant future!

Since my trip was in June, I am waiting for airlines and airbnb's to be included in no penalty cancellations. Waiting, waiting.

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4 hours ago, Boulder Toads said:

Yeah we pulled down our May 2020 trip as well.  Full refunds on everything except I can't figure out the train tickets (FLO-ROM), and haven't heard back from the Vatican re: the breakfast / early entrance for the Vatican/Sistine tours.  All in all, just a terrible situation for those in Italy having to live through this.  We really hope to rebook everything and try again for May 2021!  Thanks for everyone's advice in here, and really hope everyone gets a chance to travel there in the not-too-distant future!

We got a refund on the special low person vatican tour.    Did not get a refund on our four day hotel in Rome.  Did buy non-refundable, but they will only give us a credit until end of 2020. We can't commit to that at this time. Really sucks.  

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We have not cancelled anything for September yet.  I used points for the plane tickets so I need to wait and see if I can get them back without a fee.  All of our hotels and airbnb's are refundable.  Might lose out on a tour or two, but hoping for a credit for next year.  I still hope we can go, but I know it won't happen.

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11 hours ago, ex-ghost said:

Since my trip was in June, I am waiting for airlines and airbnb's to be included in no penalty cancellations. Waiting, waiting.

We got an Email from Air B N B about 3 weeks ago indicating that we could cancel our Barcelona stay in mid April for a full refund.

We did so and already got the refund on our credit card.

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9 hours ago, Getzlaf15 said:

We got a refund on the special low person vatican tour.    Did not get a refund on our four day hotel in Rome.  Did buy non-refundable, but they will only give us a credit until end of 2020. We can't commit to that at this time. Really sucks.  

you tried this;

info@hotelpontesisto.it    

ask for and beg; maybe extension thru 2021.

Marcello Masi

Front Office

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1 minute ago, Getzlaf15 said:

My emails are with:
 

Luca Amedeo Rosa

Front Office


And the extension was not end of year, it was Oct 8, 2020.    

I would try again.  I mean, let them know you'd hate to post this information on TripAdvisor.

They are very TA savvy and likely wont want the bad press.  But with 15,000 deaths and out government telling us we cant fly there, you cant do much.

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3 minutes ago, Chemical X said:

I would try again.  I mean, let them know you'd hate to post this information on TripAdvisor.

They are very TA savvy and likely wont want the bad press.  But with 15,000 deaths and out government telling us we cant fly there, you cant do much.

I just disputed the CC charge on my Visa.  Pretty sure the dispute will stick.   Posted on their FB yesterday.  

We exchanged a series of emails.  This is the last one I send on 3/13, that did not get a response.   Really don't want to deal or stay with them any longer.

Liezel, no one knows how long this will last. At this time, we can't make any plans for a trip until this issue is resolved. All other parties we have dealt with have given us a refund. And we will be doing business with them again. Please reconsider your decision and let us know. Thanks!

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5 minutes ago, Getzlaf15 said:

I just disputed the CC charge on my Visa.  Pretty sure the dispute will stick.   Posted on their FB yesterday.  

We exchanged a series of emails.  This is the last one I send on 3/13, that did not get a response.   Really don't want to deal or stay with them any longer.

Liezel, no one knows how long this will last. At this time, we can't make any plans for a trip until this issue is resolved. All other parties we have dealt with have given us a refund. And we will be doing business with them again. Please reconsider your decision and let us know. Thanks!

Yeah, i am always hesitant on the pay in advance option - non refundable.  But this should fall outside the boundary for businesses wanting to continue operating.  At the very least, give that credit thru 2021.  At most, give a perpetual or transferrable credit.  Heck, i'd buy it from you if i could so and i am travelling.

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1 hour ago, Mr. Mojo said:

We got an Email from Air B N B about 3 weeks ago indicating that we could cancel our Barcelona stay in mid April for a full refund.

We did so and already got the refund on our credit card.

Yep, most things are being refunded through May 31.

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Just now, ex-ghost said:

Yep, most things are being refunded through May 31.

We ran three ABB homes in the Boise are for 18 months.  And quit doing them Jan 1 this year.  Maybe one of our best decisions ever.  Have a friend that has 7 of them. Just about everyone cancelled starting 24 days ago.    Main reason we got out is we found out that normal landlord insurance does NOT cover renting it out as an ABB. Someone slips and falls?  NOT COVERED on standard landlord policy.      To get fully covered rate went from $600 to $2400 per year.

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On 4/7/2020 at 10:06 AM, bcat01 said:

We have not cancelled anything for September yet.  I used points for the plane tickets so I need to wait and see if I can get them back without a fee.  All of our hotels and airbnb's are refundable.  Might lose out on a tour or two, but hoping for a credit for next year.  I still hope we can go, but I know it won't happen.

AA canceled our flights to and from Italy, but not our connecting flights in the U.S.  I guess I have to do that myself.  There are British Airways and Iberia flights for those days, but I am going to wait and see before I would consider booking those.   

AA is starting flights back up Oct 25.  Has anyone been in early November?  This could be an option if they open things back up. 

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so, i had a cruise planned for september 2020, 9 nights greek leaving from Rome on RCCL.  i saw they were running some kind of price protection if you move the cruise 1 year forward and within 30 days of the prior year.  i called and after 2.5 hours, got them to move me to next october, they needed a supervisor cause the boat changed and the itinerary now has an overnight in athens.  i told them they only offer 3 greek cruises and i can’t do anything if they make tweaks....they agreed.  interesting part is that i owed them $3300-.  the new cruise is $1400- more, but i owe them only $2200- now.  no questions on my end.  

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ive have cancelled 3 trips so far since this has started  . canada june  , germany/portugal sept  and tanzania jan 2021 
have the DR in october , just bought that last week as i got a deal and an india trip in nov whicj i 90% sure will get cancelled 

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1 hour ago, DA RAIDERS said:

Enjoying a few aperol spritz’ out in the yard, in honor of our amalfi coast trip, 3 years ago. :cry: 

 

59 minutes ago, Don Quixote said:

I had an Aperol spritz this afternoon, thinking about Italy as well.

Had one on Friday at one of my favorite local Italian restaurants... 

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So is anyone planning trips for next summer or fall?  Flights will be available soon to reschedule our trip to Italy, but I am concerned we will end up having to cancel again.  The good thing is we received all of our refunds so that should not be an issue as long as I keep copies of the cancellation policies when I book.

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Was fortunate enough to get full refunds from the planned June 2020 trip.  It pained me and still does to this day.  Every time I have a spritz or see something about Italy, I get a little dust in my eyes.  Was hoping to reschedule for June 2021, but feeling like that might be a long shot at this time.  

I miss Italy.

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It was just uncanny timing that we did 2 big trips last year, Positano and Switzerland, knowing that we were buying property in Boise for a move this year. We expected not to do any big trips for a couple of years but not this way. We really are missing Europe and Italy specifically. I don't know how long it will be before there is a semblance of normalcy going overseas. I'm just glad we travelled as much as we did over the years.

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if things only begin to improve by spring 2021, that would be a good step, but we aren’t there yet.  i need likely 6 months to be comfortable personally after things are clear, so i am pretty much ruling out 2021 by that thought.  at least my r.e. agent has been checking on my place.  been 16 months since i’ve been.

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17 hours ago, Chemical X said:

if things only begin to improve by spring 2021, that would be a good step, but we aren’t there yet.  i need likely 6 months to be comfortable personally after things are clear, so i am pretty much ruling out 2021 by that thought.  at least my r.e. agent has been checking on my place.  been 16 months since i’ve been.

So, having been so close to moving to Italy, where would you have rather been during this whole thing?

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17 hours ago, jamny said:

So, having been so close to moving to Italy, where you have have rather been during this whole thing?

i am so thankful things didn’t work out.  we were thisclose.  if we found a suitable property we would’ve had everything in motion, but ultimately, our boat over was cancelled and we had no way to get there. plus, the wife got sick, compounding issues.  CV sadly was a blessing in disguise for us.  we decided to stay here and let our dog live out his life.  when he goes, so do we....no ifs ands.  we’ll just need a different visa.

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just an fyi that last sunday CNN started airing the first of 6 episodes hosted by stanley tucci, basically hitting food stops in different italian regions.  this week is rome.  i think he hangs out with a tour guide i used back in 2019, katie parla.  sunday’s at 9p.

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1 hour ago, Chemical X said:

just an fyi that last sunday CNN started airing the first of 6 episodes hosted by stanley tucci, basically hitting food stops in different italian regions.  this week is rome.  i think he hangs out with a tour guide i used back in 2019, katie parla.  sunday’s at 9p.

My GB told me about this show and said it was really good.  I plan on checking it out.

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5 hours ago, Chemical X said:

just an fyi that last sunday CNN started airing the first of 6 episodes hosted by stanley tucci, basically hitting food stops in different italian regions.  this week is rome.  i think he hangs out with a tour guide i used back in 2019, katie parla.  sunday’s at 9p.

Wife and I really enjoying the show.

Can’t wait to get back to Italy

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Finally got to watch the Naples episode , man do i miss Italy . 
I wish i would known of the hole in the wall restaurant (the 1st one mentioned) as i would of for sure tried it out as i mostly walked the city exploring . 
The others looked great as well but would've been tough for me to get to 

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I see that the Tucci show will be in Bologna in an upcoming episode. We've only driven through and never spent time there. Any opinions on it from those who have? If we ever go back, we'll probably look more north/north-east. We loved Venice and Verona.

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