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Planning Your Trip to Italy

There is a lot to read, but you will find some good information here for Italy travel and European travel in general. We list guidebooks, planning resources and some of our "where to go" notes.

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Recommended Books and Maps

Guidebooks: Recommended guidebooks.

Maps of Italy: Recommended maps to use for planning a trip to Italy, with links for purchasing maps.

Food Guidebooks: Recommended guidebooks to use for food and restaurants.

Memoirs: Pauline's recommended memoirs and novels about Italy.

A Book Tour of Italy for Kids: Recommended reading about Italy for children and teens.

Cookbooks: Peter's list of Italian cookbooks with regional food information to help you plan your trip.

Books Set in Venice - My Book List: Sharon gives us a list of all the Venice books she has in her library.

Naples Book List: Recommended books, including guides, fiction and historical to help you prepare for and enjoy your trip to Naples.

Start Planning the Trip

Travel Consultants: Using a Travel Consultant, lists of travel agents / consultants.

Italy Travel Budget: Bob the Navigator gives a typical budget for a trip to Italy.

Italy Transportation Overview: Bob the Navigator writes about driving in Italy and sample train fares.

Italy Car Rental Strategy: Save money by renting a car in Germany or Switzerland, then driving into Italy.

Agriturismo, Country House and Bed and Breakfast (B&B): What are the differences in these types of accommodations?

Rome Airport Guide (FCO): Airport layout, maps, trains and busses from Rome Airport FCO to Rome or other areas in Italy, where to meet at Rome Airport.

Arriving and Leaving from Rome Airport: Suggested first and last nights in Italy.

Traveling from Rome Airport to Other Cities/Regions: Tips for traveling to various cities and regions of Italy from Rome via public transportation.

Arriving and Leaving from Milan Airport: Suggested first and last nights in Italy.

Strikes in Italy: Resources to find strikes planned during your vacation time in Italy.

Planning Trip Activities

Group Tours: Lists of guided tours, bicycle tours, walking tours.

Tour Guides: Lists of tour guides.

About Tour Guides: Official tour guides are licenses for specific cities/regions.

Car Services: Lists of car services to pick you up from the airport, etc.

Cooking Classes: Lists of cooking classes and culinary tours.

Classes: Language, Painting: Lists of language schools, painting workshops and other classes you can take in Italy.

Museum and Gallery Reservations: Information about reservations for galleries and museums in Italy.

Buying Italy Events Tickets Online with Charta: How to use the Charta website to purchase tickets to events in Italy.

Italy Tourist Discount Cards: How to get  Italy Tourist Discount Cards.

What's on When: Worldwide events guide.

Where to Stay and When To Go

Suggested Itinerary - Tuscany: 2 weeks in Italy (Florence, one week in Tuscany, Rome).

When to Go: Suggestions on what time of year to travel to Italy.

Tuscany - Where to Stay: Descriptions of the parts of Tuscany.

Umbria - Where to Stay: Descriptions of the parts of Umbria.

Venice - Where to Stay: Map and a description of the neighborhoods of Venice.

Other Resources to Help You Plan Your Trip

Mysteries: Janet's list of mysteries set in Italy.

Other Books: Pauline's reviews of other memoirs about Italy.

Movies: Liz's list of movies about Italy or set in Italy.

Long Term Trips

Moving to Italy: Resources to help you make the move; relocation consultants, real estate agents, web resources.


Italy Maps: Our online maps of regions and cities of Italy - provinces of Tuscany, city maps of Rome, Florence and Venice, Rome airport, Levanto hiking trails.

Maps of Italy: Recommended maps to use for planning a trip to Italy.

Resources - Regional Tourist Offices: Links to official regional tourist offices.

Resources: Links to websites with travel information for Italy.

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