Calling Italy

Oct 27th, 2003, 06:29 AM
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Calling Italy

I am trying to make a resevation for the Secret Itenararies Tour at the Doge Palace in Venice. The phone number listed in the Foder's guide book is 041-522-4951. I am calling from the US, so I am adding 011-39 to the begining of the number, but the call won't go through.

What am I doing wrong? Have I got the wrong country code?

Any advice will be greatly appreciated!
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Oct 27th, 2003, 06:42 AM
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You're doing everything correctly. Maybe fodors got the phone number wrong? Won't be the first time. Maybe you're calling at the wrong times. They probably only work 2 hours a week and you're missing them when you call.

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Oct 27th, 2003, 06:57 AM
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Sometimes you have to drop the "0" from the 041...if this doesn't work, you will not be calling a wrong #, it just won't go through....Also, it depends on your long distance company, give them a call and ask why it won't go through...it won't cost anything for the info....good luck!
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Oct 27th, 2003, 07:46 AM
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You only drop the "0" when you're making the call from inside Italy.

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Oct 27th, 2003, 07:54 AM
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This is the info I pulled from one of Ira's posts.

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For the Secret Itineraries tour the number for reservations more than one day ahead is 011 39 041-520-9070.
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Also, be sure that you call early in the morning from the US since Italy is six hours ahead.
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Oct 27th, 2003, 09:00 AM
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carniecosmo: thanks for the tip...I never know when and when not to use that "0"
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Oct 27th, 2003, 09:09 AM
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Our hotel made the reservation for us. You might try to email your hotel and save the phone call.
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Oct 28th, 2003, 04:02 AM
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Statia, thanks for the number from Ira's post. It worked like a charm and I now have my reservation.

I guess the number must have recently changed, because the one listed in Fodor's (and several other guide books) is no longer working.
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Oct 28th, 2003, 04:28 AM
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Glad it worked for you, newesttraveler. Have a great time on your trip!
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Nov 5th, 2003, 11:52 AM
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Actually Carniecosmo didn't give a correct info. I live in Italy so I know what I am saying: here in Italy when I want to call another number IN ITALY i dial the 0. Therefore if I want to call from here to Venice I dial 041 and the phone number. If I want to call my friend who lives at 10 miles from here I dial 06 (Rome area code) and then the number. When I am in the US (and I have been to the US recently) and I want to call Italy, I dial 00139-the area code WITHOUT the 0 and then the phone number.
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Nov 5th, 2003, 12:13 PM
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Actually carnecosmo is right.. I call from the US Pescara and Piacenza quite often..
for Pescara I use 011-39-085....
.and Piacenza is 011-39-053.....
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Nov 5th, 2003, 12:32 PM
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I am sorry to contraddict you girls but this is what I do and it is also written in many sites that I am going to show you:

Per chiamare dagli Stati Uniti il prefisso 01.139, seguito dal numero del distretto senza lo zero e dal numero desiderato. (translation: to call from the US dial the code 01139, followed by the area code WITHOUT THE ZERO, and then the phone number)
I got it from this site: http://www.baiana.com/informa/usa.htm

The same info is to be found here:

Per chiamare l?Italia dagli Stati Uniti è sufficiente comporre la sequenza 011+39+Prefisso della città italiana senza lo zero+numero dell?abbonato. (same translation). Taken from this site:
http://www.inauto.com/invacanza/se/i...001005458.html
And sorry to be repetitive but also here there is the explanation of what I have said:

Dopo aver ascoltato quanto credito vi rimane procedete alla digitazione del numero rispettando questa "sintassi": 011+39+prefisso senza lo zero+numero abbonato. ES: per chiamare il numero 051/1234567 dagli Stati Uniti dovrete digitare 011-39-51-1234567.
Taken from this site:
http://www.jekoz.net/info6.htm

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Nov 5th, 2003, 01:35 PM
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I think both parties are right. If you dial the one, you are dialing direct without an operator. If you dial the 0 first, you are calling upon an operator to make the transaction for you.

newesttraveler, enjoy the tour!
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Nov 5th, 2003, 01:35 PM
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Hi Batufollina, I have no idea about your quotes but among the European countries I know, Italy is the only one you must not drop 0 before the city code when you call from outside the country. Thus I always do 00(I live in Europe) + (e.g.for Venice) 041.... At first I found this so strange because to any other country you have to drop the 0. Italy seems to be an exception.
That's what I have been doing and it works. And now your post confused me...
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Nov 5th, 2003, 01:37 PM
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Kite, for what it's worth; it confuses me as well. My friends and family call from the U.S., and they do not drop the zero.
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