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Old Aug 23rd, 2002, 09:14 AM
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I am traveling to Italy in the spring and wanted to begin gathering information. When we went to Canada, I found a general website where I requested a ton of printed material. I was hoping to do the same for Italy, but so far have not stumbled across anything. Does anyone have any suggestions for a website where I can request this material and have it sent to me in the States? Thanks in advance!
Old Aug 23rd, 2002, 09:25 AM
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Canada tries to promote tourism and spends alot of money to print/send info. Italy doesn't have to promote tourism. I doubt they spend money on this type of publicity. You could go to a travel agent and ask for books on tours to Italy. That would give you a chance to look at some hotels and other things in the country.

Your best bet thought is to invest in some good travel guide books. You can learn so much and get so much from them. You could pick up 4 books for around $100 and I promise it will be the best $100 of your trip. It could save you so much in the long run.
I reccomend Fodors, Frommers, Lonely Planet, Rick Steves and Italy for Dummies. I bought all of these last year when planning my first Italy trip and I don't regret 1 cent of the purchases. I was able to plan my trip so much better, do so much more and saved tremendously on many things.

Half the fun of the trip is planning!!!

Old Aug 23rd, 2002, 09:31 AM
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We have a great library in our area. They have a good selection of current travel guides. I have checked out the guides for some trips and taken them with me on the trip. Then checked the guides back in when I returned. The internet is fine and useful, but you have a library full of info sitting there.
Old Aug 23rd, 2002, 09:36 AM
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You might start with the Italian Government Tourist Office:
Old Aug 23rd, 2002, 09:56 AM
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I'm not of the same opinion as Krista (about Canada having to promote tourism and spending alot of money to print/send info vs Italy...).
For my last trip in Italy I researhed a lot of italian websites and I got A LOT of documentation from them (by post).

Depending on your interest you can go to OR;
search for a city or region and there is alot of links.
Have fun surfing.
Old Aug 23rd, 2002, 10:24 AM
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In my experience, even the tiniest Italian towns have amazing tourist offices with lots of free info and maps. I try to time my arrival in a new town to correspond with the hours that the tourist office is open (consult a guidebook), and make that my first stop.
Old Aug 23rd, 2002, 10:41 AM
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A good website is:
You can print out a lot of helpful information.
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