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Italy - Instructions for Visitors
Sometimes when you are in Italy, you feel like you are flying by the seat
of your pants. These notes explain how some things
work there - how they are different from what we are used to in North America. This is not a Survival Guide - survival is easy in Italy. These are Instructions
for Visitors - how to do the every day things so that you will fit in and
life will be easier.
Driving in Italy: The rules of the
road on the Autostrada, how to get gasoline, all about parking, and the
maps you need for navigating. Parking in Florence, Siena, Chiusi train station, Perugia. Picking up or returning rental cars at Rome airport, Rome downtown, Florence airport, Florence downtown.
road signs and their meanings.
Trains in Italy: The types of trains, how to get tickets, how to find your train, etc.
Rome Public Transportation:
Using the buses and metro (subway) in Rome. Also a page on taxis.
Perugia's Minimetṛ: Information about Perugia's hi-tech mini railway.
Bus Travel in Rome and Florence : You can save quite a bit of money getting around in Italian cities by using the bus instead of taxis, whose minimum fare is often as much as three bus tickets.
The Bus Station: Lists many, if not all, the tiny bus services throughout Italy
Accessible Rome: Seeing
Rome from a wheelchair, general travel advice, which sites are accessible,
how to get to them, maps showing routes.
Food Shops, Restaurants, Cafes
Food Shops: Types of food stores,
how to find them, how to use them. Details on using the carts at supermarkets.
Restaurants: How to order in
restaurants, sample menus, what to expect.
Caffes: How to order in caffes, sample
menus, what to expect, gelato.
Travel Recipes: Italian recipes
created for Slow Travelers - easy to make in your vacation rental kitchen,
by Judith Greenwood. Basics for following Italian recipes, 19 easy to
make recipes to make in your vacation rental.
Italian Fashion: What they are wearing
this season, advice for what to pack, by Judith Greenwood. Articles are
Language Resources: Learn some Italian
for your trip or go to Italy and study there. This section gives you some basic Italian language lessons:
how to count, how to order in caffes and restaurants, how to make reservations as well as information and stories of others who studied abroad.
Internet, Phones, Cell Phones and Dialing
Mobile Broadband: How to connect to the internet using your cell phone
Phoning To, From and Within Italy - How to Dial:
How to call Italy from another country, long distance calls from Italy,
calling within Italy.
Public Phones: How to use public phones
European Cell Phones: Options
for using a cell phone in Europe.
More Notes about Italian Cell Phones:
Buy a GSM phone and SIM, by Sebastian from Cellular Abroad
Cell Phones in Italy: Recharge your Italy
SIM card, buying cell phones in Italy.
Our Europe Trip Planning section has information that
is common to countries across Europe.
Internet Access: To access
the Internet in Europe, use Internet Cafes or take your computer with
Bringing your Electronics to
Europe: For most electronics (camera chargers, computers, etc.) all
you need is are plug and phone adapters.
All About Vacation Rentals: This is
in the Vacation Rental section, but I am including the link here because
it has basic information about what a vacation rental is and what to expect.
About Vacation Rentals in Italy: What
to expect in vacation rentals in Italy.
Living in an Italian House
No Air Conditioning: How to keep cool
the natural way.
Utilities and Your Italian Vacation Rental:
You may have to pay for the utilities you use. Hints for keeping costs
Doing Your Laundry: Doing your laundry in
Italy either at your vacation rental or at a laundry.
Washing Machines: How to use your Italian
The Stovetop Espresso Maker: How to
make coffee in that strange espresso pot that is in your vacation rental.
Garbage: No garbage pickup at your house
Other Things Italian
Common Misperceptions: There are many common misperceptions about traveling in Italy. Lisa Byrne dispels them.
Swimming at Beaches: How to use the paid
Doing the Beach in Italy: Valerie's tips for a day at the beach.
Going into Churches: How to dress and other
notes for viewing art in churches.
Carrying Wine Home: Robert's tips for taking wine home from Italy.
Photo Albums: Pauline's collection of photo albums about Italy (e.g.
photos of grocery stores, towns, meals, vacation rentals, hotels, etc.).
Slow Travel Community
Photos: See our Members Photo Gallery for over 25,000 photos by other
Amusing Flash Movies about Italy
Bruno Bozzetto is
an Italian film maker. He created two very funny Flash movies about Italy.
You can order the tapes on his web site.
www.flashplayer.com: You can
find both movies on this website (click links above to see the movies)
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