Wandering Italy

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Travel Planning

It may seem daunting, but we have tools to make your travel planning as smooth as an old Barolo. A timeline tells you what to do when, Cost gives you tools to determine the current prices of lodging, fuel, airline tickets, and food. And don't plan too much or you'll miss the unplanned pleasures of Italy.

Picture: Typical Street Sign Pointing to Genoa.

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Maps of Italian Places

Use the drop down list in the toolbar to see maps and travel guides to each region of Italy we cover. Our hand drawn maps clear the clutter to let you focus on the best destinations in Italy. Interactive maps like our distance map let you calculate how far apart the things you just have to see are.

Image: Map of Sicily.

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Where to Stay

Italy offers a variety of lodging. Some travelers prefer hotels for the level of service. Others like a vacation rental to test what it's like to live like an Italian or to accommodate family and friends. You might also like a farm stay in an agriturismo, as you see above.

Picture: Agriturismo Pieve del Colle in Pieve del Colle.

Hotels Self Catering Recommended
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Here we present little-known bits of Italy to explore, not "how to spend a week in Rome". You can discover the valley that forms Italy's first UNESCO World Heritage Site, for example, the Valcamonica, with Italy's largest collection of rock engravings--or you can discover the treasures along a Roman road in Puglia

Picture: Assisi

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Blog: Italian Culture

If you're the curious type you'd want to know about Italian culture and history and how it differs from yours before you take that Italian vacation. Along the way you might wonder how art and cucina povera go together, or what glorious festivals Sardinia offers, or how Padua brought medicine into the modern age.

Picture: Milan in Lombardia.

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Discuss Travel! Our Forum

Our new discussion forum on travel in western Europe is open and ready to go. We've gathered some pretty fine travel experts to keep you informed on the latest travel news and  answer your questions about destinations, packing, getting there, where to go, what's the weather going to be like and more.

Picture: Discussion in Fivizzano

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Experiential Travel

There are things you can do in Italy that you might never imagine you can do. Ever think about getting your donkey driving license? Did you know you can ride old rail tunnels along the Italian Riviera coast? Are you aware of the Cultural Anthropology of gleaming white Italian tablecloths?

Picture: A Truffle Hunt in Umbria

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Cucina Italiana

Everyone's heard of "Italian food" but in reality it's all a regional and local cuisine. We've never tired of the many variations. Did you know the food you're offered can get better if you order the local grub and interact with the waiter? Have you ever tasted REAL artisan olive oil? The taste may floor you.

Picture: Pasta at the Black Truffle Lodge.

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Get in Touch

You can email us with your Italy travel questions by using the contact link below. We're often on the road, so don't expect a quick answer. You can sign up for our free newsletter for timely travel info on Italy. You can also catch us on Facebook.

Picture: Tourists in Touch with with Giulietta in Verona.

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