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Resources to Plan Your Trip to Italy

 

By Michael Scardaville!

Planning your own trip: benefits

Is planning your own tour of Italy realistic?

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g1-i13626-k10240800-Is_planning_your_own_tour_of_Italy_realistic-Senior_Travel.html

Palio

https://www.discovertuscany.com/siena/palio-siena.html

San Gimignano

https://www.discovertuscany.com/san-gimignano/

Trastevere

https://www.tripsavvy.com/things-to-do-in-trastevere-rome-neighborhood-4157952

Crete Senesi, Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore

https://www.discovertuscany.com/what-to-see-in-tuscany/abbey-of-monte-oliveto-maggiore.html

The tradition of "Vino Sfuso" (getting wine in bulk) in Italy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FFJ0S76bCI

When to go

Weather in Italy

https://www.italylogue.com/weather/

White Truffle Festival, Alba

http://www.turinitalyguide.com/alba-truffle-festival/

EuroChocolate

http://www.bellaumbria.net/en/eurochocolate/

New travel security system for most EU countries in 2021

https://www.etiasvisa.com/etias-requirements/americans

Where to go

Italia (nice overview of regions, trip possibilities)

http://www.italia.it/en/

Regions of Italy

https://www.italylogue.com/regions-of-italy/

The Ultimate Guide to the Regions of Italy

https://www.oyster.com/articles/62385-regions-of-italy-places-to-visit-in-italy/

Via Francigena

https://www.viefrancigene.org/en/

La Pasta di Gragnano

https://www.eataly.com/us_en/magazine/culture/magazine-pasta-di-gragnano/

Slow Food: Food itineraries

https://www.slowfoodeditore.it/it/itinerari-86

What to do

Google regional specific sites: examples

Tickets for the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery,

https://www.visitflorence.com/what-to-see-in-florence/booking-florence-museums.html

Firenze Card

https://www.visitflorence.com/florence-museums/is-firenze-card-worth-it.html

Vatican Museums

http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en.html

OMNIA Vatican & Rome Card

https://revealedrome.com/2017/05/is-a-roma-pass-worth-it-or-omnia-card/

Venezia Unica Pass

https://partwaythere.com/2018/07/17/is-the-venice-pass-worth-it/

How to get around

Rome2Rio

https://www.rome2rio.com/

Maps.me

https://maps.me/

A beginner's guide to train travel in Italy

https://www.seat61.com/Italy-trains.htm

Trenitalia

https://www.trenitalia.com/

ItaloTreno

https://www.italotreno.it/en

Italia rail (be wary of additional fees)

https://www.italiarail.com/

Rail Europe (be wary of additional fees)

https://www.raileurope.com/

Auto Europe

  • Arranges cheap rentals with the major companies: Avis, Europcar, Hertz, etc.

https://www.autoeurope.com/our-car-rental-partners/europcar/

A Beginner's Guide to the Do's and Don't's of Driving In Italy

https://www.italymagazine.com/featured-story/beginners-guide-dos-and-donts-driving-italy

A beginner's guide to train travel in Italy

https://www.seat61.com/Italy-trains.htm

Where to stay

True Italian Agriturismos

https://www.agriturismo.it/en/

Bed and Breakfast

https://www.bed-and-breakfast.it/en/

Monastery Stays

https://www.monasterystays.com/

Where to eat

8 Signs You’re Eating at a Tourist Trap

https://anamericaninrome.com/wp/2018/06/8-signs-youre-eating-at-a-tourist-trap/

How to Read An Italian Menu

https://www.walksofitaly.com/blog/food-and-wine/dining-in-italy-italian-menu

Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants in Italy (and gluten-free)

https://www.happycow.net/europe/italy/

Eating Vegetarian in Italy (or Vegan, Gluten-Free, Lactose-Intolerant, Celiac)

https://www.walksofitaly.com/blog/food-and-wine/vegetarian-in-italy-vegan-gluten-free-europe

The Essential Gluten Free Guide to Italy

https://www.legalnomads.com/gluten-free/italy/

Slow Food: cookbooks

https://www.slowfoodeditore.it/it/foreign-corner-93

Decanter, Wine Travel – Italy

https://www.decanter.com/wine-travel/italy/

How to communicate

Google Translate

https://translate.google.com/

Google Translate: download languages to use offline

https://support.google.com/translate/answer/6142473?co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid&hl=en

Edoardo A. Lèbano, Italian: A Self-Teaching Guide (2nd edition)

https://www.wiley.com/en-us/Italian%3A+A+Self+Teaching+Guide%2C+2nd+Edition-p-9780471359616

Metro wine blog: Survival Italian

https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/learning-italian

Coffee Break Italian (Season 1 & 2)

£ 80 ($104.) each; £ 145 ($189) together  https://coffeebreakacademy.com/courses?query=Italian

Online Italian Club (free)

https://onlineitalianclub.com/

Rocket Italian (free)

https://www2.rocketlanguages.com/italian/

Wellesley College: Italian Language and Culture: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced (more academic; free)

https://www.edx.org/course/italian-language-culture-beginner-wellesleyx-italian1x

Learn Italian: How to Survive on Your Travels to Italy If You Do Not Speak Italian (3 parts)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbKO3R8j0RU

WhatsApp

https://www.whatsapp.com/

XE Currency: for offline currency conversions

https://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/

When in Rome . . .

When in Rome… A Look at Cultural Norms in Italy

https://mattathomeintheworld.com/2017/09/17/when-in-rome-a-look-at-cultural-norms-in-italy/

A Look at Italian Language, Culture, Customs and Etiquette

https://www.commisceo-global.com/resources/country-guides/italy-guide

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