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Trip Planning: Our favorite guidebooks, books about Italy, lists of Travel Agents, lists of Tour Guides and car services, descriptions of regions to visit, and more.

A cottage in the Tuscany countryside

Vacation Rentals: Read hundreds of reviews by other Slow Travelers. Lists of agencies, estates and sites for booking vacation rentals. See our SlowTrav Favorites.

Soaking your feet in the natural hot springs in Bagno Vignoni, Tuscany

Travel Notes: Things to do by region, travel guides, traveling with kids, lists of shops, where to go swimming, living in Italy, etc.

ST Google Maps: Detailed, annotated Google Maps, made by Slow Travelers.

Postcards: "Travel vignettes" - short stories about an event from a trip.

A hotel in Rome

Hotels: Hundreds of reviews of hotels by region and notes on how to search for hotels and how to book them.

Morning espresso, cornetto and newspaper in a Tuscany caffe

Restaurants/Cafes: How to read the menus, how to order, how to pay, etc. Reviews by region of restaurants, caffes and gelaterias.

Dean's Wine Notes: All about Italian wine.

An Alfa 146 driving in the Tuscan countryside

Instructions for Visitors: Survival guide for Italy: driving, parking, picking up rental cars at Rome or Florence airports, trains, Rome transportation, food shopping, phones, cell phones, Italian washing machines, etc.

Language Lessons: Learn a little Italian for your trip. How to order in caffes and restaurants, count, pronounce place names.

Accessible Rome

Accessible Rome: Seeing Rome from a wheelchair, general travel advice, which sites are accessible, how to get to them, maps showing routes. By Mary Murphy-Hanson

Italian Fashion Italian Fashion: What they are wearing this season, advice for what to pack, articles for each season by Judith Greenwood.

Photos of Italy: We have thousands of great travel photos.

Vacation rentals in Italy, cities and countryside. Use this site to learn more about Slow Travel.

Classified Listings

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Classified Listings: Vacation rental agencies, listings by owner, hotels, B&Bs, travel consultants, tour guides, cooking schools, and more.

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Forums: Meet Other Slow Travelers! Ask your questions and join our discussions on our forums.

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What's New?

- Traveling from Rome to Tarquinia

- Secrets of Rome

- Traveling from Rome to Urbino

- Traveling from Rome to Todi

- Traveling from Rome to Siena

- 2013 Italy Travel Budget

- Day Hikes in the Dolomites

... more of what's new

Italy Transportation Strikes

We've got a new blog, this one detailing upcoming (and past) Transportation Strikes in Italy. Check it out before you travel!

Recommended Books & Maps

Recommended maps for planning your trip.

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Italy, Instructions for Use

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Chow Venice: Food and Wine

Read Our Trip Reports for Italy

Trip Reports is our most popular section! Read these travel journals written by other Slow Travelers. Learn from their experiences to plan your trip or just have some fun doing "armchair travel".

Latest Trip Reports for Italy

Spring in Italy and France: Two different walking tours, one in France, one in Puglia Italy with additional time in Rome, Sicily and Perugia.

A Wonderful Four Days in Rome and One Day in Florence: Family of three adults spends five days in Rome, including a day trip to Florence, visiting the highlights.

Beautiful Italy: From 11 September 2013 to 1 October 2013 my sister and I spent time in Venice, the Dolomites, the Veneto (Verona, Bassano del Grappa and Asolo), and Lake Como, seeing the sites and doing some walking and hiking.

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