Sunday, October 27, 2013

Alice Travels: Backpacking Italy in...

In less than three weeks (time flies!) I’ll be flying off to Italy and landing in Rome. The Eternal City will be my base. For a regular dose of my travel updates, please follow my Facebook page at The Weekend Traveler.

I also foresee myself spending lots of my days at the Stazione Termini, Rome’s main railway station, commuting from one place to another.

One of the highlights of my Italy backpacking trip would be the Pisa Book Festival held in, well, Pisa, Tuscany! As one of the things I really want to do in Italy is to take train rides, I’ll be doing a Rome-Pisa-Rome trip by train. I managed to book a bed and breakfast (B&B) that is very near the Leaning Tower of Pisa (only 5 minutes’ walk away), so I’m a lucky girl! Apparently the Pisa Centrale train station is not that far away from the Palazzo dei Congressi.


This year, Germany is the Country/Guest of Honor. Apart from the 150 independent exhibitors, meeting with authors and showcase of books by publishers, there are many other reasons for visiting the Pisa Book Festival such as: programs by the PBF Centre for Translation, coffee by La Repubblica (HURRAH!), and Twitter wall at the show to share your comments (this would be interesting to follow live on the scene…).

Apart from the above and amongst many more activities, there are also literary translation workshop, seminars for professionals, creative writing course with Sebastiano Mondadori, and information seminar organized by the Goethe Institut on contributions to translation from the German, but most likely I will not be joining these. I do not think my Italian has reached that level of advanced proficiency for good understanding of the contents.

Pisa Book Festival will be held from 15 through 17 November, 10 AM to 8 PM. I think the timing’s perfect and I’m so lucky for being in Italy when the book festival is happening. Non posso mancare! (I cannot miss it!) I'll be staying in Pisa for two nights.

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