Here Are Some of Our Favorite Resources for Planning a Trip to Italy:
For 86 years, the Italian Sons & Daughters of America (ISDA) has kept its strong sense of community alive and thriving, becoming one of the largest and most financially successful Italian American organizations in the country. They unite Americans of Italian descent across 48 states and the District of Columbia to celebrate the culture and preserve the traditions our ancestors brought with them from Italy.
Plan your trip to Sicily with Karen La Rosa. Visit her great website La RosaWorks to check out her stories, recommendations and news about Sicily. Sicily is magical, fascinating and still somewhat of a tourist secret. La RosaWorks hopes to bring some of that magic and fascination your way. You can also find La RosaWorks on Facebook.
WhyGoItalyis a comprehensive site on all sorts of travel information and advice. It's kind of a one-stop shopping for all aspects of traveling to Italy.
BridgePugliaUSA is a wonderful resource for information about the lifestyle, art, culture, music, wine and food of Pulgia (Apulia) in Southern Italy. This is by far the best place to discover all that Puglia has to offer the Voyager.
Sue's European Education Continues is a great Facebook page about an American learning the customs, trails, and tribulations of living in Italy and traveling through Europe. Sue gives honest accounts of everyday experiences that give you a good feel of Italian lifestyle. I highly recommend her page--it's a fun read.
Tripadvisor is without doubt the best way to find out about hotels, tourist sites, restaurants and travel services in Italy and all over the world. Besides the honest reviews one of the things I love is seeing members' photos. It's one thing to see a staged, professional photo of a hotel, but another thing to see how it looked when a guest actually stayed there.
Booking.com is without doubt the easiest way to find, review and book apartments and hotels all around the world. This site was virtually flawless when booking accommodations.
Balloonintuscany.com is simply the best ballooning experience you can have in Tuscany. Please don't even bother with their competitors.... Stefano more than likely taught them how to pilot a balloon anyway. Stefano and Gianna will treat you like members of their family.... and take you back to their 400 year old country home for apres' flight brunch. Forget the plastic folding tables and cheap bubbly the others slap together. This is a unique experience!
Travelwithkids.tv is a great inspirational resource for parents wanting to travel with small children. They even have a PBS TV show! It is possible to take your kids along if you make things interesting for them!
Craigslist in Italy is just what it sounds like... Craigslist for Italian cities. Want to rent a house or apartment? Check here first. Want to buy a cheap scooter rather than rent a scooter for more than the price of a rental car? Maybe you'll find one. This is in Italian, so keep Google Translate open in another tab to help find what you need.
Google Translate is a fantastic tool when researching all things Italian. Use it to paste Italian website text into and you'll get a fairly decent translation. Use it also to create a personal phrasebook (You should be logged into your Google account to make this stick) by saving "favorite" words and phrases. This is invaluable!
Slow Travel is one of the best sites for traveling the world. They have a heavy slant toward food also. The Italy section is excellent.
Italiakids is a site really tailored to expats living in Italy with children, but there are many resources that would suit the traveler who needs help in planning fun for their kids while in Italy.
SeatGuru is a site that helps you pick the best seats for your flights. You can use the website or the app. Now, which seat is furthest from the bathroom?
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