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Italy Travel

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Italy by Air

There are several ways to visit Italy, and the internet is certainly an ideal way to start the search.

If you want to fly there, you can either book a flight directly through a specific airline website or what is known as an aggregator.

The idea behind aggregators (sometimes called comparison sites or price comparison sites) is to save the travelling client time and money by replacing visits to several websites with a visit to a single site, the aggregator’s, which searches for deals across multiple travel sites and displays the results in one place, making it easier to find the lowest rates or at least some of them. As is well known to anybody who has even watched the TV and seen the ads, aggregators exist in many other industries as well as travel, and some aggregators cover all or most sectors.

Not only you save time and money by booking flight and hotel, and possibly car hire (which you may require when arriving at the airport and to get to the airport for the return flight), together rather than reserving them separately, but also you are legally protected in case of unexpected problems because by law you are booking what is termed a “package holiday”, namely not just flight and accommodation (or car hire) not separately but with the same company at the same time or within a 24-hour period.

From the USA, one of the best known and most popular aggregators is Expedia (USA) .

From the UK, a good option is Skyscanner , and also Booking Buddy UK, a Trip Advisor company that compares over 50 travel sites for the best deals for flights, hotels, car hire and holidays.

A special case is that of the company TUI Holidays , which is just the new name of Thomson, Britain’s biggest travel company and one of the most loved, offering package holidays and cruises as well as budget travel insurance. Formed in the early 1960s, in 2017 it changed its name into TUI (Touristik Union International), the German firm of which it is now part.

TUI is not just a travel company, but an airline or rather 6 European airlines; it also has cruise lines, tour operators and travel agencies all over Europe.

Through its website you can book TUI airline low-cost flights to several Italian airports or a holiday package deal of your choice.

 

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Anacapri, view from Villa San Michele
Anacapri, island of Capri, view from Villa San Michele

Italy by Car

You can use the car in two ways: either by making it the main means of transport and travelling to and across Italy with it, or, if you fly to Italy, by driving from the airport and back to the airport at the end of your stay, and perhaps using the car during your stay to visit places which would be difficult to reach and, in cases like the highly photogenic Amalfi Coast, almost inaccessible without a motor vehicle.

Here are some of the car hire companies and comparison websites with extensive coverage of Italy and online car rental reservations, with links to their websites.

Avis

is a long-established leading rental car company with some of the best customers’ reviews.

Budget Car Rental

was founded in 1958 as a car rental company for the “budget-minded” customer. Today it has about 3,500 locations in more than 120 countries, including Italy, and is one of the world’s largest car hire suppliers for people who want value for money.

Auto Europe

has been a top brand in worldwide car hire for more than 65 years (founded in 1954) with more than 10 million customers. It searches the best suppliers like Enterprise, Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Budget, National, Dollar, Buchbinder and Peugeot to find the best rates at 20,000 pickup locations in over 180 countries worldwide.

It offers free cancellation Up to 48 Hours Before Pickup, Best Rate Guarantee and 24/7 service hotline from pickup to dropoff.

It’s based in the USA (Maine), but when you arrive on its website you can choose your own country of residence.

Here’s the direct link to Auto Europe’s page on car rentals in Italy:

Car Rentals in Italy

Holiday Autos

lets you compare prices from over 1,200 car rental agents across 30,000 locations in 174 countries.

You can make a search for the car you want from here:

 

Expedia

is not just for car hire but, as it’s a well known name, you probably already know that. It’s rather a comprehensive travel site for all sorts of needs, from flights to hotels, from car rentals to holiday packages, from holiday deals to guides and insurance.

The advantage of booking together more than one travel service is obviously not only the saving of time and hassle but also it’s cheaper. Here’s the link to Expedia cars, where you can choose only car, or car with hotel and/or flight and so on, if you wish:

Expedia.com – Cars

If you live in the UK, you can use a similar aggregator, Booking Buddy UK, a Trip Advisor company that compares over 50 travel sites for the best deals for flights, hotels, car hire and holidays.

Florence Cathedral - Brunelleschi's Dome Florence Cathedral – Brunelleschi’s Dome

Italy by Train

This is an increasingly popular option.

You can get an InterRail Pass if you have lived in Europe for at least 6 months, or a Eurail Pass if you live anywhere outside Europe.

And you can choose a Global Pass covering 29 countries, including Italy, or a One Country Pass covering 1 country, which can be Italy.

The disadvantage of the train versus the airplane is clearly the duration of the journey.

On the other hand, among the advantages of travelling by train to and within Italy rather than flying there is that the travel experience in itself is interesting and can be beautiful rather than boring, being immersed as you are in the places and landscapes you wish to visit and see rather than being suspended in mid-air (although obviously nobody is stopping you from exploring Italy by train once you got there rapidly by plane); you don’t have to stand in rather long queues; and you arrive in the middle of things, often the most central part of a city or town, and not at an airport in the middle of nowhere: actually, scratch that, Italy’s airports are often in the vicinity of lovely sightseeing and scenic landscapes.

Click on the following links to find a comprehensive list of books, DVDs, videos, CDs and other things on Italy, including auction items and web resources:

Italy from amazon.com

Italy from amazon.co.uk