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As a blogger about Italy and travel, I think it’s important to highlight other useful online resources that may complement the information on our site.
I spent some time browsing through InItaly.com, and it’s clear to me that this Web site exudes true passion for Italy. The staff at InItaly.com has been collecting more than 4000 pages of content over 13 years. Topics span from selected places to stay (which seems to be their core business), to things to do (practical planning tips) to recommended things to see.

I tested the depth of the suggested itineraries by reading what the editors said about my region, Friuli Venezia Giulia. I was impressed by the accuracy and breadth of relevant linked material, such as recipes, historical notes, events, facts and more.

While the site could benefit from a fresh redesign, I praise the huge effort of the staff to keep it up-to-date and to offer a wealth of free useful information to travelers.

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We’ve been receiving several requests about the Italian train system. Questions like ‘How do I make a reservation?’, ‘What types of trains are there?’, ‘Can kids travel for free?’, and more…
So we decided to extract the Trains chapter from our eBook and transform it into a mini-eBook on its own. It’s FREE for you to enjoy, print it out and/or pass it along to your friends. We’re quite sure that if you’ll like this chapter, you’ll probably like our full eBook too.

Download the FREE chapter about Trains in Italy
(PDF 540K – Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

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UPDATE
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Did you ever need to do a quick word translation or a simple currency conversion? Google has been offering for some time a few useful extensions to its Search engine that may just be what you need. Google language tools lets you translate text or entire Web pages in 9 different languages. I tried English to Italian and the results are good for single words, but fairly inaccurate for entire sentences.
The Currency Conversion feature performs quite well. Check out how much is ‘1 Euro in USD‘ at today’s exchange rate. These services are also available via SMS using your US cell phone.