Amalfi Adventure Eco-Luxury Yoga Retreat July 1-7, 2013

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HELPFUL ITALIAN HINTS:

USEFUL BOOKS

Read up on Italian culture with these suggestions.

Green Guide—Italy | Michelin Publications | The Green Guide is a very handy reference guide with maps, information, hotels and easy reference

Naples and Compania—Lonely Planet | An informative resource of history, culture, food and wine. Also a great starting point to uncover and explore the infinite number of gems in Naples and surrounding area including Ischia.

Italy, A Short History | Harry Hearder | Elegantly written, generous and enormously informative, this compact book takes in the sweep of Italian history from the Roman Republic, through the Renaissance, World War II, and up to the present.

Adventure Guide: Naples, Sorrento and Amalfi Coast | Find this on Amazon.

Frommers: Amalfi Coast with Naples and Capri | Find this on Amazon.

USEFUL WEBSITES

http://www.italiantourism.com | The Italian Government Tourism Board site provides detailed information on traveling in Italy.

http://www.goitaly.about.com | A comprehensive site from About.com to vacationing in Italy, it includes everything from hotel and restaurant information to national news and regional information.

http://www.turismo.toscana.it/new/sitoinglese/apet.htm | A helpful site for all things Tuscan! Detailed information on every aspect of a visit to the region, with well-organized sections and helpful links to other sites.

http://www.terresiena.it | A great web site offering a wide range of information for the Siena region. Read up on the places you will visit on the trip and learn about the region.

http://www.visiteurope.com | The web site of the European Travel Commission with practical information about traveling in Europe as well as links to some commercial booking services.

BACKGROUND

Italians are true to their reputation of being proud, passionate and lively characters. Complemented by their first class hospitality and excellent cuisine, the locals always welcome those who share an appreciation for life’s simple pleasures. People-watching in Italy is entertaining, particularly at the end of the day when social interaction is the only element of importance. Any attempts to speak their language are highly appreciated by Italians, so be sure to learn a few words and phrases. More importantly, the people you meet will be excited to help you out with your speaking skills. Finally, Italians have a deep appreciation of beauty and take great pride in art, sport, history and wine! In Italy, there will always be a full glass of red wine to toast the treasures of these truly wonderful people and their truly captivating culture.

WHAT TO SAY

Fortunately, getting around in Italy with little or no exposure to the Italian language is not very difficult. The Italians are, by nature, outgoing and often appreciate even the slightest attempt at communicating in Italian. Here are some useful words and phrases to help you get started:

English Italian
Yes / No Si / No
Hello / Hi / Goodbye Ciao
Please Per Favore
Thank you Grazie
You’re welcome Prego
Excuse me Mi scuzi
I’m sorry Mi dispiace
Good morning Buongiorno
Good evening Buona sera
Good night Buona notte
Goodbye Arrivederci
To the left A la sinistra
To the right A la destra
Straight ahead Sempre dritto
Bicycle Bicicletta
Hotel Albergo
Scooter Moto, Motorini

7 thoughts on “Amalfi Adventure Eco-Luxury Yoga Retreat July 1-7, 2013

  1. What is the actual beginning date of the s.Italy trip? July 1 or July 5?

    I would love to join you! The last trip was so much fun.

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    • Hi Sue,
      We miss you! Have thought of you often feeling sentimental. For sure this is an incredible trip! Magic. The dates are July 1-7, 2013. And we just updated our facebook page and our website with details. Early birds save $300 by Dec 15th. So great time to save your spot. We know it will be wonderful! Peace in all ways, Silvia

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    • Ciao Monica,
      It is truly amazing. One of those places that even while you are there living it you can’t believe exists. It’s incredible and very non Europeans ever discover it. And yes, vegan/oil-free is certainly an option.

      We send out surveys to all our clients registered for the trip way in advance so that the chef at Villa Lina can design menus specific to the group. And there are so many vegan options you’ll love it!

      Email us directly anytime hello@alchemytours.com

      We’d love to have you join this beautiful group of open hearts!

      Peace in all ways.

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    • We are too! Can close our eyes and feel the sunshine, feel the relaxing spirit of the island of Ischia and breathing quiets. Everything feels calm but happy. Can’t wait to share this with you!

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