Earth To Italy

So I have been planning a trip to Italy to travel around as well as to visit my parents.  Finding hotels has not been an easy process.  For instance, during my time in Rome, there will be a sporting event that could equate to our Super Bowl. Google Earth has this great feature where you can turn on icons to represent lodging.  But even with that great tool, almost every place I searched for in Rome ended up being unavailable.  Eventually I found a place through  

I figured out general locations where I wanted to be situated in each city.  Then, when looking for a room, often the hotel would claim that they are near that location.  But Google Earth has been a great tool in this.  I would merely punch in the address of the hotel, and it would show me exactly where it was in relation to where I wanted to be.  You would be surprised at how many hotels claimed to be near the Duomo in Florence, only to be not so close.

At this point I have everywhere booked, except for 3 nights – 2 of those nights are in the Cinque Terre.  Here are the screenshots from Google Earth and websites where appropriate.

Here is my itinerary:

  • May 7th leave San Diego
  • 8th land in Milan
  • 8-9 Lake Como
  • 10th Milan (I am hoping to  get tickets to the soccer game or the opera as a fallback)
  • 11-12 Venice
  • 13-14 Cinque Terre
  • 15, 16, 17, 18 Florence
  • 19, 20, 21, 22 Montalcino
  • 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 Rome
  • May 28th Fly home


Lake Como
La Pergola

La Pergola, Hotel and Restaurant, drawn from a sixteenth century-building, lies by the lake, in a most typical fishermen’s hamlet called Pescallo, right on a shore of the promontory of Bellagio, turning south-east and facing the Lecco branch of Lake Como. The House was drawn from a building dating back to 1500, and assigned to a convent in the past centuries. The centre of Bellagio is but 10 minutes’ walk, among the luxuriant olive trees and mediterranean vegetation spread out on the Spartivento Point.

La Pergola


Best Western Cristoforo Colombo
About a 15 minute walk from the train station and about a 15 minute walk from the Duomo.  Im desperately hoping to get tickets to the Juve v. Milan soccer game, but am considering the opera as a backup plan.


Hotel Ai Do Mori
They have a crappy website.  They need Gorirra.  But it is only about 10 meters from St. Mark’s Square.  

Venice Hotel


Cinque Terre
Ivo Camere
The apartment which is also in the center of the town is accessible via a characteristic “carugio” (small side street) and is steps away from the piazza and the sea. 



Brunelleschi Hotel 
Hotel Brunelleschi is located in the middle, pedestrian area of the historical center of Florence, just steps away from the Cathedral and the Signoria Square, from a part overlooking the Via Calzaiuoli.

Florence Hotel


With My Parents
Next time I get the address from my parents, I’ll take a Google Earth pic.



Private Apartment
its perfect location. From there the most important sights of the City can be reached with a short walk. You are just in the heart of the centre. 200 metres from Piazza Navona and Pantheon, 300 metres from Spanish Steps or Trevi Fountain and, in the opposite direction, just crossing the Tiber, you can reach Sant’Angelo Castel and St.Peter Cathedral (400 metres).

Rome Apartment

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10 Responses to “Earth To Italy”

  1. Joey says:

    looks like research for sniper positions…
    and yes, that hotel definitely needs some gorirra action (THAT site is elementary)

    bring a couple of biz cards and get us some italian biz!

  2. debbie says:

    13 via matteoti, montalcino,si italy now google me

  3. So if you have a stalker, they can totally follow you around Italy now!

  4. Jeff Serfass says:

    We will leave Piacenza, near Milan, on the 8th, the day you arrive, to head south, although our plans are very flexible. No hotel rooms involved. If we can help you out, you have my cell. We will leave your parents place in Montalcino on May 14 but our plans could include anything in between. Maybe we will find a way to connect for some wine and cheese.

  5. Lisa Liguori says:

    Wow, that is awesome. Very creative use of technical resources, Andy. you’re so creative!

  6. […] Our son Andy and his dear friend Lisa will be coming over to tour italy as well as visit us.  We cannot wait for their visit.  If you’d like to check out their itinerary (which looks marvelous), go to his website. […]

  7. Joey says:

    btw… large-sized t-shirts…

  8. Andy says:

    “youll get nothing and like it”

  9. Andy says:

    kevin, I tried even put in a request to stay with someone in venice, and a request to stay with someone in the cinque terre.

    Sadly, no one ever wrote me back.

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