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Where and How to Live and Ride Cheap in Italy for 3 months(3 posts)

Where and How to Live and Ride Cheap in Italy for 3 monthsSwat Dawg
Jan 22, 2004 11:49 PM
Alright, I posted on here a little while back about my post-college plans, and like everything in life they change. Fortunately, I've been offered a job in DC and been told that I can start in January of next year if I would like to take some time off after graduation. I am definitely taking the time off, and am gonna travel. One of my friends from school here who is a classics major and speaks Italian is going to be heading over to Southern Italy where he is going to be studying in October. I was going to go over and stay with him at least until october, when I might go and live in spain or Mexico til I have to come home. Anyway the main question is what cities in southern Italy are good places to live that American students can live for mega cheap? I'll be paying for everything myself, and may need to get a job. Is it sensible to entertain working as a Bike messenger or in a bike shop if I don't know the language or city that well? Or should I aim for being a cabana boy for some young wealthy Italian seductress? Another big thing is how is the cycling in Southern Italy during the summer? Is it too hot? Finally, I remember reading something on here a while back that if I wanted to race I had to be on a trade or club team. Is that true? That's all I'll ask for now. I'll probably be asking a lot of questions on here in the next few months so please don't hestitate to toss any info you have out there as even bad or wrong info can give me ideas of how to direct my further search effots. Thanks for your help.

Swat Dawg
re: Where and How to Live and Ride Cheap in Italy for 3 monthsbrad nicholson
Jan 23, 2004 1:07 AM
with unemployment in southern italy running almost sky high you might want to rethink living in northern italy where there are far more tourists coming from germany austria etc to the area around trieste, friulia and veneto regions. also the giro will be there this summer. if you don't know the language it will be very hard to work in italy, english is not so wide spread as it is in the northern european countries. and if you think it is confusing to drive in rush hour in the us just wait until you come over the pond! directions are useless!
agree with BradMJ
Jan 23, 2004 5:12 AM
check this link out for Euro cycling tips:

finding work in Southern Italy will be very difficult - unemployment is high, you'll have to speak fluent Italian and you are probably not entitled to work legally

I was in Naples in July - it was hot, there were no bike messengers and few bike shops

if you are going to live abroad for a while before you start your job (which is a great idea) and are still at university why not consider BUNAC:

if you are going to live in a country where you don't speak the language - take a language course before you go so you at least know the basics - and keep taking formal lessons while you're there