So you want to eat well and pay little? Meet Franco

You would like to eat some excellent fresh food. Fancy fish? Or pizza. Or some of the best vegetables I have ever tasted. In a modest place where the owner is a wonderful host, understands English perfectly and should really be on the stage. This eating house is on the coast near Naples.

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The location is very well known to the American and NATO military as the NATO base is only a few kilometres away, hence his English. Pizzeria Lucrino has only about 10 tables plus a very active take away service mainly in the summer months. The food they produce is a mix of local veg (and fruit), wonderful pizza Napoli style (so quite filling), local and very fresh fish and sea food plus very tasty pasta dishes too so really there is something for all tastes.

NOT expensive at all (typically between 10 and 15 Euro per head) and great fun listening to the various languages, the Pizzeria Lucrino is really well worth a visit and is open more or less always.

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A few helpful hints for visitors to Roma, the Eternal City

Some general points.

  • The spring and autumn seasons are usually warm in Roma so wear light materials (cotton) but bear in mind that you must be covered to enter St Peters and the Vatican City, as well as most churches. Light showers are possible. Summer is hot and sometimes very hot.
  • Roma has a large population of gypsies and petty criminals and pickpockets. Be aware that tourists are the easiest targets so be careful and never carry loads of cash. Avoid large handbags and wear bags on your front (where you can see them) and not on your back.
  • If a child or group of children gather round you with newspapers or maps then SHOUT AND MOVE AWAY. They are very talented and fast, while they push against you asking for money they move unseen under cover of the newspapers and very quickly take your bags/money or whatever.
  • Always ask the hotel to help you with bookings, taxis, map of the city etc. One excellent taxi service I use is 06 5551, the biggest is 06 3570. Taxis to and from the airport can be prebooked and the rate is fixed, ask your hotel reception for details.
  • Bars have several prices for a coffee: the lowest price is standing at the bar, you pay more if you sit at a table and more again if you sit at an outside table. Prices should be clearly shown.

Shopping.

  • Window shopping: Via Condotti and all of the area around the Spanish Steps where you will find Gucci, Armani, Valentino, Fendi and all of the expensive brands.
  • Buying: Clothes, bags, leather goods etc in Via del Corso, Via Nazionale and Via del Tritone (Benetton, Rinascente).

Sights to see.

  • Piazza Navona, Piazza del Popolo, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, St Peters Church and the Vatican City (a wonderful view of Roma can be had from the top of St Peters church but the lift only takes you halfway up so you must be fairly fit), Colosseum and Roman Forum, Circo Massimo, Campidoglio, Pantheon and sooooo many more.

A few places to eat (note that you generally eat well in most of Roma and indeed Italy, these are just a few places I know). Eating times are a little later than the UK but not as late as Spain so typically lunch between 13-00 and 15.00, dinner from 20.00 onwards.

  • Excellent pasta, pizza and meat at a very fair price: Disco Volante, Via Alessandria 50, Porta Pia area tel 06 44249849. Ask for Mimmo or Ignazio as they both speak excellent English. They have good reviews on Trip Advisor and plenty of seating inside, plus in the summer 20ish places outside.
  • Excellent pasta and meat dishes in the centre very close to the Roman Forum, Trattoria Romana, Via Madonna di Monti next to Via Cavour, tel 06 4745325. Small family run business with only a few tables so book and get there early and you will need a guide book or some basic Italian. Meat is the speciality and is wonderful.
  • Fairly posh place in centre but not too expensive, Roof Garden on the top floor at Hotel Bernini Bristol tel 06 488931 see http://www.berninibristol.com then Roma.
  • Best place to eat in Roma is La Pergola at the Hotel Cavalieri Hilton roof garden, the chef is Hans Beck and must be booked well in advance, needless to say very expensive but worth the experience. See Hilton web site.

Hope this helps!!

Do you fancy learning how to ride a bike on a race track?

Most countries in Europe, as well as the USA, offer track courses. Many ex-racers offer themselves as instructors from Ron Haslam to Freddie Spencer and several of them are excellent. So what can we offer here in Italy?? Well all of the above PLUS some great tracks AND some wonderful warm sunny weather from Easter through to early October. Run x Fun (see http://www.runxfun.it)  is the most complete school in Italy (they can even provide the bike and leathers) and it is run by ex-racer Luca Viola. He uses a team of racers second to none including Fabio Massei, currently in the World Superstock championship. Below are some pics from a course I attended last year and these guys are exceptional and can run courses in English with my help!!. These pics are from Magione and they also work at Vallelunga and upon request at any other track in Italy.

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I have never experienced such wonderful fresh food and drink, anywhere

Last summer with friends, our motor bike tour of Abruzzo took in a town called Pescasseroli, for an overnight stop. We were booked in at the “hotel” but we had been told by other friends that the real experience was the food rather than the room.

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And indeed that was the case, and how. The place we found was Ristorante PLISTIA (see http://www.albergoristoranteplistia.it/) and what an experience it turned out to be. We met the owner Ciccito and his lovely wife and we soon discovered that he is the “host” and wine expert and she is the chef. There is no menu as such, as the food they serve is the fresh food that she finds at the market that day, and thus changes with the season

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The food was simply amazing and we MUST return, the hospitality too is amazing and even the breakfast was all freshly cooked. Mmmmm. Wonderful.

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Wanna see some stunning old cars and motor bikes?

A crazy friend of mine has a love for cars. Indeed he used to race historic Alfa Romeos. And he owns a collection of some 30 complete cars which are mainly Alfas but he also has a stunning Mini, a Lancia, an old Rolls and a handful of motorbikes. See these pics and let me know if you find anything to be of interest, I can take you to visit him and his amazing collection, more pics to come soon.

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A new car just added to the servicenolimits fleet….

A very elegant Audi A5 has just been purchased and joined the Services fleet. This is a lovely 8 speed automatic version with the super smooth and almost silent 3.2L V6 petrol engine with 265 bhp, a very relaxed workhorse with leather interior. More photos coming soon, this is a pic from Google. This beast joins the Merc Vito V6 diesel van which is also auto and perfect for lugging motorbikes and kit around. I recently drove to the UK and back to collect a new motorbike, Roma to Cambridge in 28 hours and return in 22 hours, the Vito flies….

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So you fancy some gentle motorcycle off-roading fun then?

Although I have had a motorbike since I was 14, I had never tried “proper” off-roading until a couple of years ago. Luca Viola of Run x Fun (www.runxfun.it) now organizes courses for beginners and he provides everything including the bike and even the petrol and the boots, you just supply your helmet and gloves, some money and loads of er…. courage!!

They have some wonderful Gas Gas 300 2-strokes and mmmmm what fun (I use my own bike, I have a Beta Alp and a BMW G450X). And the ride is NOT difficult, it is aimed to be fun and therefore tailored to your experience and ability. The location is near Orte (in Umbria, central Italy, 1 hour drive north from Roma) and the places we saw are truly amazing with Etruscan ruins all around, so if the weather is good then it is also a wonderful day out. See these pics, and I have more. A full day of fun including bike hire, instruction and kit costs only about 200 Euro and small groups are welcome providing the level of ability and experience is similar. Enjoy……

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We offer services that others don’t……

Ok so you know that Italy offers alot, from culture to weather, from nature to food. But you are not sure how to get there and find things and have them explained in English???

Fancy visiting the Ducati factory and museum in Bologna?? Or the Bimota factory in Rimini?? Perhaps the Ferrari factory and museum? A stunning place to eat perhaps?? Arts and crafts?? Or you would like us to take you and/or some luggage and/or a motorbike from Roma to Amalfi? No worries we have an excellent Vito van plus trailer, we can do it.Assisi

We can help you to discover the beauty of Italy and avoid the pitfalls. Just ask.

Italy is a beautiful country with great weather, so much to explore….

assisi-umbriaI use a motorbike (this is my lovely Yamaha XJR1300) all year round and even the softies can use 2 wheels for some 10 months of the year, only December and January are cool and wet usually.

I love to explore Italy and the bike is a great way to get around. I can supply you with a list of great places which you would not find easily even with Lonely Planet. I can take you and help with the language, or I can supply you with a programmed Tom Tom, as you like. Try me.

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We do more, we try harder, we go further, we help you in Italy….

DSCN1728Dear Visitor to Italy,

Servicenolimits can help you to find all the best of Italy and avoid the many potential traps. How can we help?? Well, why not contact me and ask me what you need. For instance you would like to know more about Lazio (or Campania or Abruzzo or Umbria) or you would like to visit the Ducati Factory or the Bimota factory or the Cuma ruins. I can get you more information and I can take you there. Or you want to see a stunning collection of historic cars for sale?? Look at the Alfa Romeo above or the Lancia below, this guy has maybe 30 cars….plus motorbikes.

I can book a hotel or other accomodation. I can help you to buy some of Italy’s lesser known products and services. Try me.

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Welcome to all, time for me to explain servicenolimits.com…….

Dear All,

Ok this has been a long time coming but as last I am ready to start working!! I am Simon Fowler, I am from the UK and I have lived and worked in Roma (Italy) for a long time, more than 20 years.

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Over those 20 years I have travelled extensively for my job (Export Manager) and I have also experienced alot that Italy has to offer. My idea is to put to better use my experiences in Italy to help visitors to enjoy and appreciate Italy and to avoid all of the pitfalls. How?

Well Italy is for sure an amazing coutries and offers loads to visitors. But at the same time the language barrier causes some difficulties and in addition some visitors experience problems to find and to enjoy places when some locals seek to take advantage of the visitors. I speak and understand the Italian language and people so I can guide or even take you to the best of Italy and protect you from the many pitfalls.

Through this very site I will link you to places and people and activities that I know and recommend, most speak some English and a few not. I can also offer you a rental car (a red Alfa Romeo “Duetto” two seater droptop) and I have a van and a luxury car if you need transport, plus some motor bikes which I can rent you.

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So please have a look and see what you think and all feedback is read and appreciated, I will be adding links as we go and or ask me for whatever you need and I will try to help.

Simon

A new venture, to aid anyone to experience and to enjoy Italy

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Italy is said to possess more than 60% of the historic art and buildings of the world. All of us know of the Roman Colleseum, the Roman Forum, the Uffizi in Florence and of course Venice, the (almost) floating museum. The Amalfi coast is stunning too and Naples offers sooo much.

But? Well the main but is perhaps the language, and that leads to the second which is the er inventiveness of some Italians when dealing with non-Italian speakers. You wanna see wine made? Or perhaps pasta? Or limoncello?? No worries.

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