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Guida Turismo

The Italian National Tourist Board sponsors the site www.italiantourism.com  
or Ufficio Turismo: ENIT (Ente Nazionale Italiano per il Turismo)
www.enit.it
Other helpful sites include www.initaly.com and www.wandering.com  

General Information

 One of the best resources for general travel and destination-specific
information is: www.city.net/countries/italy
 Other good general sites are: www.travel.it; and www.gatourism.it
 The Italian Tourist Web Guide: www.itwg.com
 Italy in a Flash: www.italyflash.com
 Rome boasts the most sites of any Italian city. One of the best is run by: www.travelocity.com

 Currency Converter: Get an instant exchange rate by logging onto
the site: www.x-rates.com/calculator.html

For information on the euro, check out the:

www.taxfree.se
Travel Information: www.customs.ustreas.gov/travel/travel/htm


Embassies/Consulates
In case of an emergency, embassies have a 24-hour referral service.
Consulate in Naples at: Piazza della Republica Tel.(081/583-8111) Fax (081/761-18-69) Open Monday to Friday 8am to noon.
The Embasy of the United States is in Rome at: Via Vittorio Veneto 119 A
Tel.(06/46-741) Fax (06/467-422-17)

The Insider's Guide to Rome

The saying "all roads lead to Rome" still rings true in Italy, where the capital is at the convergence of a dozen highways, including the A1 autostrada, which connects Rome with Florence, Milan, and Naple. The Grande Raccordo Annulare, called the "GRA," is a highway ring around the greater Roman urban area into which all incoming roads feed. Rome's a headache to drive in, so use the GRA to circle around to the side of the city closest to your final destination rather than trying to cut across downtown.
Rome's official web sites:

www.comune.roma.it
www.roma2000.it
www.nettuno.it/electric-italy/metropolitan.html
www.vatican.va
www.frommers.com
www.romeguide.it
www.timeout.co.uk
www.christusrex.org
www.romagiubileo.com Jubilee 2000
www.enjoyrome.com Enjoy Rome


Your way to the Incredible City of Florence, Italy

www.arca.net/florence.htm


Venice Today

www.doge.it
venezia.net


A Great General-Interest Web sites

www.infohub.com The InfoHub Specialty Travel Guide
www.capri.it
www.inmedia.it/puglia (info on the entire region)
www.ilgirasole.com (Capri)
www.starnet.it/buca
www.bestwestern.com/thisco/bw/98153_b.html
www.ansa.it
www.ifinet.it/bottega
www.italytraveller.com
www.italiantourism.com


Organized Tours & Package Tours
The biggest operator of escorted tours is Perillo Tours, family operated for three generations, Mario Perillo, and his son. Perillo's tours cost much less than you'd spend if you arranged a comparable trip yourself. Accommodations are in first-class hotels, and guides tend to be well qualified and well informed. www.perillotours.com
One of the more moderately priced package-tour operators for travel in Italy is Italiatour, part of the Alitalia Group, www.italiatour.com which offers a wide variety of tours at great saving in the off season.
Trafalgar Tours is one of Europe's largest tour operators, offering affordable guided tours with lodgings in unpretentious hotels. www.trafalgartours.com
Globus has first-class escorted coach tours of various regions lasting from 8 to 16 days. Tours must be booked through a travel agent www.globus.com
Abercrombie & Kent offers a variety of luxurious premium package. Your overnight stays
will be in meticulously restored castles and exquisite Italian villas, most of which are four- and five-star accommodations. www.abercrombiekent.com

Central Holidays Tours (CHT), affiliated with Alitalia offers low- and high-season package tours. www.centralholidays.com

Pino Travel www.pinotravel.com offers a pick-and-choose menu of car rental, air, and hotel.


Travelers with Special Needs

 Travel Information Service, Moss Rehab ResourceNet, is a great source for information, tips, and resources relating to accessible travel. www.mossresourcenet.org
 Another excellent online source of travel agents who specialize in planning trips for travelers with disabilities. Access-Able Travel Source www.access-able.com  
 (SATH) Society for the Advancement of Travelers with Handicaps. The organization provides information sheets on destinations and referrals to tour operators who specialize in travelers with disabilities.www.sath.org  
 Flying Wheels Travel
offers various escorted tours and cruises with an emphasis on     sports, as well as private tours in minivans with lifts. www.flyingwheelstravel.com  
Another reputable operator is Accessible Journeys, for slow walkers and wheelchair    travelers www.disabilitytravel.com 
Holiday Care is a national charity advising on accessible accommodations for the elderly and persons with disabilities. www.holidaycare.org.uk  
American Foundation for the Blind; www.afb.org    
Accessible Italy Web site that concentrates on info pertinent to Rome, Florence, Venice, and Milan for the traveler with reduced mobility. www.tour-web.com/accitaly/index.html
Armchair World www.armchair.com

For seniors:
Grand Circle Travel
www.gct.com
AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) Members get discounts on hotels, airfares and car rentals. www.aarp.org
If you want something more than the average vacation or guided tour, try Elderhostel www.elderhostel.org

For Students
The best resource for students is the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) . This organization can set you up with an International Student ID card, and its travel branch , Council Travel, the world's biggest student travel agency, can get you discounts on plane tickets, rail passes, and the like www.counciltravel.com
Hostelling International/American Youth Hotels
(HI-AYH) www.hiayh.org
Also try USIT Campus www.usitcampus.co.uk


CyberDeals for Net Surfers Microsoft Expedia www.expedia.com
www.priceline.com
Opereted by the European Travel Network, www.discount-tickets.com is a great online source for regular and discounted airfares to destinations around the world. You can also use this site to compare rates and book accommodations, car rentals, and tours.
www.moments-notice.com
www.180096hotel.com
Epicurious Travel www.travel.epicurious.com
Fly- Cheap www.cheaptickets.com
Airhitch www.airhitch.org
EurairPass www.europeflightpass.com

Council Travel www.counciltravel.com
STA Travel www.sta.travel.com
1-800/AIRFARE www.1800airfare.com
1-800/FLY-CHEP www.flycheap.com
Yahoo! Travel
http://travel.yahoo.com

Airlines
Alitalia is the Italian national airline, with nonstop flights to Rome from different North American cities, including New York (JFK), Newark, Boston, Chicago, and Miami. Nonstop flights into Milan are from New York (JFK), Newark, and Los Angeles. From Milan or Rome, Alitalia can easily book connecting domestic flights if your final destination is elsewhere in Italy. Alitalia participates in the frequent-flier programs of other airlines, including Continental and US Airways. www.alitalia.it
Canadian Airlines International www.cdnair.ca
American Airlines: www.americanair.com
Continental Airlines: www.flycontinental.com
Northwest Airlines: www.nwa.com
US Airways: www.usairways.com

Travel by car

The Three major car rental companies in Italy are:
Avis www.avis.com
Budget www.budgetrentacar.com
Hertz www.hertz.com
Other US-based companies
Auto-Europe www.autoeurope.com
Europe by Car www.europebycar.com
Kemwel www.kemwel.com

In some cases, slight discounts are offered to members of the American Automobile Association (AAA) or the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). Each pampany offers a collision-damage waiver (CDW) at $15 to $25 per day (depending on the car's value). Some companies include CDWs in the prices they quote; others don't. This extra protection will cover all or part of the repair-related costs if you have an accident. (In some cases, even if you buy the CDW, you'll pay $200 to $300 per accident.) (Check your existing auto insurance and also see what's available through your credit cards. Note that credit cards might cover collision but will usually not cover liability.) In addition, because of Italy's rising theft rate, all three of the major U.S.-based companies offer theft and break-in protection policies (Avis and Budget require it).
Emergencies Dial 113 for ambulance, police, or fire. In case of a break-down on an Italian road, dial 116 at the nearest telephone box; the nearest Automobile Club of Italy (ACI) will be notified to come to your aid.

Travel by train
For Italian an European rail information, visit CIT Travel at www.fs-on-line.com
Where to buy a pass: Rail Europe www.raileurope.com
www.cittours.com

Apartments, Villas and Palazzi

If you're looking to rent a villa or an apartment, one of the best agencies to call is Rental in Italy www.rentvillas.com , www.theparkercompany.com , www.homeabroad.com
A popular but very pricey agency is Villas International www.villasintl.com
If you want to stay in a historic palazzo, contact Abitare la storia www.abitarelastoria.it This nonprofit organization represents owner-managed hotels, residences, restaurants, and convention centers around Italy, in the city and the country.
Vacation, inc. web site at www.vacation-inc.com/home.html
Interhome, with vacation homes all over Italy (and other countries) www.interhome.it


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