Oh my God – All of a sudden I feel the time crunch – I am leaving for Italy in two weeks and just realized that I still had not booked all my train reservations. So today I spent time on the Trenitalia website rectifying the situation. I still have a few to do yet, so tomorrow you know what my agenda entails.
I love that I have come to know so many people in Italy and around the world thanks to Twitter. One of the great things about social media is interacting with others with similar interests. I have come to know so many people that I feel comfortable asking for advice and taking advantage of their expertise for information.
Here is an example. I will be going back to Venice this trip and am excited about it, because it is one of my favorite places in Italy. I have only been there twice before and neither time have I experienced the flooding which is associated with high tide, or acqua alta. My luck is due to change, I’m told, because Venetian locals have had to deal with an unusual amount of rain this year.
Thanks to Karen Henderson, Venice tour operater and fellow blogger on Italian Talks, I now know to expect that and to be prepared. “Disposable boots are a great option, you don’t have to carry that extra weight in your suitcase. And the latest models are sturdy enough to be reusable, and come with a little carrying case,” Karen mentions to me in an e-mail. She advises that I will have plenty of advance warning, saying “if the water is going to be above 110 cm- you will know it! The sirens will go off all over town. If you are sound asleep,it will wake you. If the water is going to be extremely high, you won’t even need boots, you won’t be going out in it. Everyone waits a few hours for the water to recede.”
It’s this personal advice from a local that is something you don’t find in typical travel guide books. I also found this convenient app, called hi!tide Venice. It monitors the current tides and informs you which areas in Venice are flooded. Pretty cool. I will be in Venice near the end of my trip so stay tuned for weather from Venice updates and photos.