Italy Trip Planning

This is my collection of links for planning travel to Italy.

You can also check the trip planning and detail itinerary of our 2003 trip to Rome and Meta di Sorrento.

Slow Travelers

Slow Travelers is a Web site oriented toward staying a week or more in one place, rather than the "see everything in 2 days" tours. Slow Travelers Italy has a wealth of information about travel to Italy. The focus is not on Rome in particular. Slowtalk - Italy is the Slow Travelers message board for Italy.

Rental agencies

Roman Homes is a full-service agency, with there is a lot of information about connections to the airport, train stations, excursions, etc.

Summer in Italy specializes in the Sorrento peninsula. Their Web site has a bunch of useful information and links to maps, train schedules, and the like.

Slow Travelers Italy: Vacation Rentals - Rome lists various rental agencies in Italy, with brief reviews. There are links to user reviews of listings from the various agencies.

Lodging in b&b or apartments in Rome, Italy -


The Hotel Romano is a clean, modern, and inexpensive across the street from the Forum.

Getting Around

We decided early on that we would strongly prefer NOT to drive in Italy. While on a future trip we may decide to rent a car and explore Tuscany or Umbria, for the most part this did not limit us. Public transportation in Italy is excellent.

If you're flying into Rome and heading north, here is a Slow Travelers discussion detailing how to catch the train to destinations north (including Florence and Assisi) without backtracking into Rome.

Things to do and see in Rome

MMDTKW has a massive amount of information on archaeological touring. An example of the kind of information they have is...

Scala Reale Architectural Itineraries in Rome is a tour company featuring walking tours lead by architecture students. Very highly spoken of by people who have taken the tours (including us!)

Travels with Ed and Julie was an excellent site that is now retired, but is accessable through the Internet Wayback Machine. They had Rome For Travelers... Tips & Tools For Visitors To Our Favorite City with a lot of information and personal reviews of various things to do in Rome, including tours they thought were good. One of the tours that requires advance planning is the Scavi tour, of the necropolis under St. Peter's. Rome - Excursions and Sights Outside the City is more from Ed and Julie about day excursions such as Ostia Antica.

Ostia - Harbour of Ancient Rome is the home page for Ostia Antica.

InItaly's Welcome To Latium & Rome! has a bunch of tips and links.

The Enjoy Rome City Guide has a lot of the basic tourist information, including where to find the tourist kiosks that give away maps, how to use public transportation, etc.

Need to find where something is located? gives you a searchable map of Rome.

Santa Susanna is the American national church in Rome. They offer help with things like attending papal Mass and audiences, and general advice.

Roma sotterranea / Subterranean Rome has a lot of information and pictures about underground Rome. This does not seem to include a lot of tourist stuff, it's more like "crawl under the fence and you'll see a hole in front of you". Bring a flashlight! (Oops, the English version seems to have gone away. Oh, well.)

Yes, Rome even has a quilt shop: KreativaKraft, Via Caio Lelio, 16 - 00175 Roma, telefonando al numero 0671072794.

Things to see and do in Sorrento

From Sorrento, you can take a ferry to Capri, or hop on the Circumvesuviano local train to Pompeii. There is a great trip report on the Slow Travelers site about somebody who did both, including renting a boat on Capri after taking the ferry from Sorrento. Sounds very cool!

InItaly's Welcome to Campania has general information.

Welcome to Capri Island is pretty much the Capri home page.

Last updated January 31, 2005 by WRT