Essential Travel & Culture Resources
General Information, Museum Tickets, Airfare
Italian Tourism - General information on traveling to Italy.
Italian Highways - Information on highways in Italy, especially if you're planning on renting a car.
Roma Turismo - General information on traveling to Rome.
Roma Pass - A practical and inexpensive way to move around Rome, as well as get tickets in advance to museums without having to wait in line.
Rome.info - Great information on Rome, hotels, itineraries, events, sites, and much more.
Go Porta Museum Tickets - Go Porta is a website where you can reserve your museum tickets in advance. You may have heard about the long lines that may await you, so you should get your visit times in advance, especially if you go in Spring, Summer, or Fall. You will receive e-mails to print out which you need to hand in at each place to pick and pay for your tickets. You are not purchasing your tickets but paying the service to reserve your times.
Venezia Turismo - General information on traveling to Venice.
Hello Venezia - Vaporetto (water bus) schedules, exhibits, events, guided tours, and more on Venice.
Ticketeria - A website to purchase museum tickets in Rome ahead of time.
Italy by Train / Bus / Car / Organized Tours
Trenitalia - Official website for the Italian railway system. You can check on train routes, schedules, and even book your train ticket online.
Caf Tours - Company based in Florence that organized regular daily bus tours around Tuscany and other regions, as well as guided museum visits.
Site Seeings.com - A company based in Rome that organized regular daily bus tours around Rome, Amalfi Coast, and other areas, as well as guided museum visits.
Driving in Italy - Information on driving in Italy.
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Maps and directions in Italy - This is Mapquest's International site, just as useful for traveling abroad.
Michelin Road Guide - Get directions through Michelin's website.
Weather - Get information on weather anywhere on the planet.
Rome Airport - Official website of Rome's Leonardo Da Vinci airport in Fiumicino.
Florence Airport - Official website of Amerigo Vespucci Peretola Airport in Florence.
Venice Airport - Official website of Venice Marco Polo International Airport.
Milan Airport - Official website of Milan's Malpensa airport.
Passport Services and Information - What to do to apply for a passport.
US Customs - Know what you can and can't bring back home.
Italian Consulate - Getting married in Italy? Want to apply for citizenship? Start from here.
Exchange Rate & Money
Euro to Dollar Exchange Rate - Find out the exchange rate online, so you know if it's a good time to travel to Europe!
Global Refund - Learn how you can get a sales tax (VAT) refund from your purchases while in Italy and save about 13%!
Italian Embassy in Washington DC - Are you of Italian origin and would like to apply for citizenship? Thinking of getting married in Italy? Do you need a visa to travel to Italy (if you're not a US citizen)? Want to start doing business with Italy? This is where you can get a lot of those questions answered.
Learn Italian! Culture & Language Links
Language Course.Net - A website specialized in language schools in various cities in Italy and compares them side-by-side based on price and customer review so you can find the one that's right for you.
WordReference.com - A great online translator to understand the meaning and uses of vocabulary.
Italianize Yourself! - A friendly website dedicated to free language lessons, articles on culture, history, movies, and Italian cuisine.
Cartoline.it - Italian Greeting Cards. Why not say it in Italian?! These fun e-cards are free and will give you a creative alternative to give your friends and loved ones a moment of light-heartedness.
KnowItal.com - History about specific Italian regions and interesting cultural facts.
Italian Magnetic Poetry Kit - CHE DIVERTENTE! HOW FUN! Put together the words on your own and see what phrases you can create! A great study aid for adults and kids!!
EllisIsland.org - This one's for all the Italian-Americans! You can trace back the date and the ship from which your ancestors walked off - including the documents and other interesting data they had with them on the day they came to America to start a better life.
ItalianAncestry.com - Similar to the one above, but this is a portal with a bunch of links and resource guides for you to find about your Italian background and possibly reconnect
with your relatives in Italy. Very interesting website!
Eupedia.com - Interesting Facts about Italy and trivia!
LifeInItaly.com - Updated news, current affairs, politics, articles on life, weather information, as well as a section on learning Italian. Great website.
ProudItalians.com - Want to show your pride by wearing a t-shirt from your hometown in Italy? Here's where you'll find it!
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