Facts & Figures


This is a very practical list. There is a link to a site that announces strikes, demonstrations etc. in Italy. Always check this site a couple of days before traveling in Italy. You can also find links to other useful information for planning Transportation Strikes - Here is another site that lists transportation strikes in Italy. Check this site prior to traveling to or in Italy.

Rome Specific - Strikes, Demonstrations etc. - If you are stopping in Rome on your way to or from Il Rifugio, check out this site first. It is full of information about Rome. The link is to the section on strikes etc. but you can also check out other great information about Rome on this site.

Driving in Italy - This site offers practical tips and suggestions about driving in Italy.

Measurement Conversions - This page is on this site and it has conversion calculators for length, area, volume, weight and temperature. It is here mostly for the Metric to US conversions you might me interested in.

Exchange Rate - If you are wondering what the most recent Dollar value is against the Euro, then go here.

Current Weather - This is a weather site (in English) with a 5 and 10 day forcast for the Cortona.

Weather Statistics - Want to now what the weather is like? At this Weather Base site you can get statistics for the are (Arezzo is the closest city to Cortona that is monitored) and if you click on the link at the bottom left of page you can get the 5-day forecast.

International Airport Guide - Guides to major airports in US and world cities. International Airport Guides information for each airport includes; hotels at and near the airport, airport car parking, car rental options, driving directions, area maps and details of the airport terminals including the airlines and destinations.




Car Rentals


Here you will find links to some local and several on-line agencies where you can select car models, pick up and drop off locations and dates. Do It In Tuscany - Incoming travel agents specialized in services such as car, scooter and bicycle rentals, tours and much more. Our contact person for Il Rifugio is Federica and you can contact her directly at info@doitintuscany.net.
Auto Europe - The consensus of opinion that I have heard is that Auto Europe usually has the best rates and are the easiest to deal with.

Europcar - Online booking and a location at the Rome and Florence airports.

Hertz - A US based company with International offices. Online booking and a location at the Rome and Florence airports. Hertz offers "Club" deals that might be more competitive.

Car Rentals
- This link is to the Car Rentals.co.UK "Rent a Car in Italy" page.




Tours & Services


Here are some other travel-related sites. Do It In Tuscany - If you are looking for local services such as tours or car, scooter and bicycle rentals, please contact our affiliate ‘Do It I Tuscany’. They are travel agents specialized in services such as car, scooter and bicycle rentals, tours and much more. Our contact person for Il Rifugio is Federica and you can contact her directly at info@doitintuscany.net.

Museum & Tour Tickets - Here is a list of related sites where you can purchase tickets for the major museums. To purchase your museum tickets, click on the city name below and then look on the left side of the page for specific museums. You can check out other services such as excursions and shopping by clicking on the links at the top of each page.




Travel Insurance


We highly recommend travel insurance and suggest making the necessary arrangements with a reliable insurance company to cover all stages of the holiday including the unlikely possibility of flight, transport, or rental booking cancellations. Here is a list of agencies that I found by searching the Internet. Be assured we have no affiliation with any of these companies and suggest asking your travel agent to recommend a travel insurance company that best suits your needs. Travel Insurance.com - Comprehensive Plans are designed for the customer looking for Trip Cancellation & Interruption and higher coverage benefits in the areas of Medical Expenses, Baggage & Personal Belongings, Baggage Delay, Travel Delay, and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation.

World Travel Center - This is a link to "WorldTravelCenter.com". The site appears to have a broad selection of travel insurance policies with an easy to use "Policy Picker" search capability. We have no connection with WorldTravelCenter or any of it's affiliated companies and recommend that you always read the policy and the terms of use prior to making a purchase.

Travel Insured - Another on-line travel insurance company that looks well organized with a lot of useful information The web site provides a schedule of benefits with a broad range of products and rates. We have no connection with Travel Insured International or any of it's affiliated companies and recommend that you always read the policy and the terms of use prior to making a purchase.




About Italy


This category includes on-line magazines, articles and sights that relate to Italian culture and history. Dual Citizenship Italy USA - Helping people learn about how to to apply for Italian American dual citizenship. Working with people who are a descendant of an Italian citizen or married to an Italian citizen to obtain Italian citizenship by descent (jure sanguinis) or Italian citizenship by marriage.

Jen Reviews - Here you will find a very useful site with a specific article on the 100 Best Things to do in Italy. This site also covers a wide range of other topics.

Expats in Italy - Ex-pats web site offers assistance for those moving to or traveling to Italy. The site also has a forum with lots of information for the new or experienced traveler.

Italian Phone Book - Find the phone number and address of anyone (well almost anyone) in Italy. Search by name or reverse lookup an address if you have the phone number.

Cyber Guide to Rome - Clickable maps and more than 800 pages with Rome's places of interest.

Regions - Regional map of Italy with each region's flag.

Dolce Vita - On line magazine about Italy.

Delicious Italy - On line magazine about Italy.

Italian Made - On line magazine about Italy.

Discover Italia - On line magazine about Italy.





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