HELPFUL ITALIAN HINTS:
Read up on Italian culture with these suggestions.
Green Guide—Italy | Michelin Publications | The Green Guide is a very handy reference guide with maps, information, hotels and easy reference
Italy, A Short History | Harry Hearder | Elegantly written, generous and enormously informative, this compact book takes in the sweep of Italian history from the Roman Republic, through the Renaissance, World War II, and up to the present.
http://www.italiantourism.com | The Italian Government Tourism Board site provides detailed information on traveling in Italy.
http://www.goitaly.about.com | A comprehensive site from About.com to vacationing in Italy, it includes everything from hotel and restaurant information to national news and regional information.
http://www.turismo.toscana.it/new/sitoinglese/apet.htm | A helpful site for all things Tuscan! Detailed information on every aspect of a visit to the region, with well-organized sections and helpful links to other sites.
http://www.terresiena.it | A great web site offering a wide range of information for the Siena region. Read up on the places you will visit on the trip and learn about the region.
http://www.visiteurope.com | The web site of the European Travel Commission with practical information about traveling in Europe as well as links to some commercial booking services.
WHAT TO SAY
Fortunately, getting around in Italy with little or no exposure to the Italian language is not very difficult. The Italians are, by nature, outgoing and often appreciate even the slightest attempt at communicating in Italian. Here are some useful words and phrases to help you get started:
Yes / No Si / No
Hello / Hi / Goodbye Ciao
Please Per Favore
Thank you Grazie
You’re welcome Prego
Excuse me Mi scuzi
I’m sorry Mi dispiaceGood morning Buongiorno
Good evening Buona sera
Good night Buona notteGoodbye Arrivederci
To the left A la sinistra
To the right A la destra
Straight ahead Sempre dritto
Scooter Moto, Motorini
ITALIAN HISTORY AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION
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