Car Rental: http://www.autoeurope.com/aff/italvacvillas Our link to AutoEurope. This company guarantees the lowest rates and provides excellent service.
Trip Insurance: Travel Guard Our link to Travel Guard International, a leading provider of trip insurance.
Cell Phone Rental: http://www.autoeurope.com/aff/italvacvillas Our link to AutoEurope. This company provides cell phones.
Transportation and Weather
Italian Railway System: www.trenitalia.it/homepage_en.html Train schedules throughout Italy. Information available in English.
Rail Europe: www.raileurope.com European train schedules and fares.
Lazzi: www.lazzi.it Bus timetables in Tuscany.
EuroWeather: www.euroweather.net Weather by city in Italy and the rest of Europe.
Maps for Italy: www.trektools.com Excellent source to buy detailed and useful maps of the country, the regions, and cities.
Michelin: www.viamichelin.com Access to driving instructions.
Italian Government Tourist Office: www.italiantourism.com Useful information about regions of Italy, museums, events, touring.
U. S. Department of State: "Italy Consular Information Sheet." www.travel.state.gov Site contains valuable information for Americans traveling abroad. Consular Information Sheets are available for all countries, including Italy. The direct link for Italy is: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1146.html
Italian Tourist Web Guide: www.itwg.com Guides to areas of Italy, history and art in cities, maps, transportation, links to other Websites.
Destination Italy: www.lonelyplanet.com Information about events, places to visit, touring. Detailed information on Forence, Rome, the Holy See.
Region of Piemonte: www.sterlingpropertiesitaly.com Property rentals for the Piemonte area offered by Sterling Properties: Northwest Italy.
Parking locations in Florence: www.firenzeparcheggi.it Click on the word “parcheggi” since this site is in Italian. It has maps of parking locations and gives fees.
Internet Cafes: www.cybercafes.com Where to get on the Web in cities in Italy.
In Italy Online: www.initaly.com Train schedules, autostrade tolls, travel tips, regional information, museum tickets, shopping guides.
Chianti Classico Wine Consortium: www.chianticlassico.com Website of the Chianti wine producers, with information and maps about Chianti, its wine, and food.
Context:Rome: www.contextrome.com Rome cultural information and walking tours for groups up to six people. Formerly known as Scala Reale.
Through Eternity: www.througheternity.com Walking tours in Rome for groups up to 20 people.
Wanted in Rome: www.wantedinrome.com Rome information, including up to date listings of exhibitions, dance, music, opera and list of museums.
Umbria on the Web: www.umbria.org Information on cities, events, the arts, and touring in Umbria.
Traveling to Tuscany? Visit www.talktuscany.com for Tuscany events, dining, news, and more.
Links to Special Bed and Breakfasts (B&B)
Locanda Rosati: www.locandarosati.it. Giampiero Rosati and family members run a wonderful B&B with 10 rooms, and join you in evening meals. Located just outside of the cathedral town of Orvieto in Umbria.
Borgo Personatina: www.borgopersonatina.com. Located close to Siena, Orsa Pellion and her family recently restored a farm hamlet with several buildings as their home and an agriturismo. Orsa gives professional cooking lessons, and excursions to local food producers and markets can be organized.
Purchasing Olive Oil
Tutta Toscana: Superior Class Olive Oil: www.tuttatoscana.com. Our friends Betty and Cesare Nadalini sell estate bottled Extra Virgin Olive Oil from the Maremma area of Tuscany. This high quality oil is shipped to you from the US, its quality and local authenticity assured.
Additional Properties offered by our Italian Partners
Villas with Pools. Photographs and descriptions of properties.
Apartments, Farmhouses, and Villas. Photographs and descriptions of properties.