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Sizes are different in Europe and the UK. You'll need to convert your US sizes to European sizes if you're planning on shopping in Europe.
Map of Italy showing the best Italian cities to visit with useful information for planning an Italian vacation.
Power sockets in Europe, things you need to know about plugging into electrical sockets in Europe. Power from European electrical outlets is different than it is in the US.
A map of Italy's Cinque Terre, showing the five villages and information on how to get around and where to stay in this interesting slice of Ligurian coast.
An illustrated guide to walking the Cinque Terre and its well traveled hiking trails, the most famous of which is the Via Dell'Amore, an easy trail along the sea.
Size comparison map shows the difference in size of western Europe and the US or United States. Interactive map allows you to position your state over any country in Europe.
Information on schedules and cost of the Leonardo Express, the shuttle service between Rome Termini and Fiumicino airport.
October is my favorite time to visit Europe. Our list of fall festivals, harvest festivals, and other things to do will show you why.
How much does Europe travel cost these days? Well, maybe it'd help if you looked at what I paid for gas, leased car, hotels and restaurant food and get some frugal tips for your vacation along the way.
These bags are certified carry-on luggage and may be all you need for that trip to Europe when you're determined to travel light and carry on your stuff.
A travel planning map for Europe linking to all the individual country maps on Europe for Visitors. Find information on travel in European countries and distances between cities.
How to get from Venice Marco Polo Airport to the city of Venice using public transportation or private car. Venice transportation options.
A map of rail lines in Italy and Sicily, public transportation travel planning along train routes in Italy and Sicily with information on ticketing and Italian rail passes.
Cellular phones and what you need to know about the purchase of the right GSM cellular phone and SIM card for use in Europe.
European distances calculator featuring driving distances for major cities in western Europe and train times between European cities.
Paris Train Stations Map and information on the six major Paris train stations with public transportation connections for each station.
Information on airports, trains, buses and bus lines, taxis, parking and other transportation options for Florence.
Map of the Romantic Road in Germany, including highlights of the cities along the Romantic Road and where to stay information.
You've heard that using an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) in Europe is the way to go. Find out the pros and cons of ATM usage in Europe.
An interactive map of the 20 regions in Italy, click on the regional name on the map for a more detailed map of that region.
Rome free? Yep, there's lots you can do for free in Rome. Here are my top ten picks for free things to do in Rome, Italy.
How to get from Paris to Rome. The Paris to Rome route can be covered by bus, train, car, and airplane.
Traveling to Rome? Here's how to get from Fiumicino Airport (Leonardo di Vinci) to Rome's Termini Station using the train.
The Azores islands are an interesting travel destination for people looking for active vacations in a beautiful island setting.
If you're around Ghent, Belgium in July, try to attend Europe's largest cultural festival, the Ghent Festival.
A timeline for planning your first trip to Europe, including what to bring, transportation and accommodation planning and more.
ATM cards tested for the lowest fees. If you're staying a while in Europe, ATM fees on your foreign ATM transactions can add up.
Normandy map showing the D-Day beaches at Normandy and the best cities and villages to visit.
Having trouble phoning a number in Europe? Here we decifer the calling codes so you can figure it out.
Vignette are the stickers you need to buy to drive on Austria's fast roads or toll roads.
Map of the wine regions of France and information on tasting wines and when to visit the wine regions.
Thinking about renting a motorhome or recreation vehicle (RV) in Europe? Here are the benefits and planning resources for a motorhome tour of Europe.
Gas prices will have a bearing on your European vacation budget. Get the latest gas and diesel fuel prices, learn how to save money on gas and diesel fuel.
Packing tip II, rolling your clothes before putting them in the suitcase is the best way to beat wrinkling. Page 2.
Traveling with your pet to Europe lots of advance preparation, including microchipping and rabies tests. Here's a reader's (un-fun) experience.
Power adapters allow you to run your US appliances and devices on European current when you travel, or in some cases, from your car, boat, or airplane.
Map of the Loire Valley of France with the important towns and chateaux to visit in the Loire valley.
A seaside itinerary that covers the Mediterranean coasts of Spain, France, and Italy, the best of the Med.
A travel planning map for Europe showing driving distances and average train times for travel in Europe.
Knowing what the hotel star rating system means could save yourself some grief when looking for a decent place to stay in Europe.
Map of Germany showing major tourist cities and towns. Use the map to plan your vacation in Germany.
Should you rent or lease a car on your holiday? A guide to help you choose between car hire and the French buy back lease offered to the tourist in Europe.
Map of the Netherlands showing the top tourist cities, train routes, and tourist and essential travel resources for the visitor to Holland.
November in Europe starts the off season, temperatures have dropped, flights are cheaper, tourists are sparse. Tips from planning a European vacation in November.
Florence train station information. Transportation guide to travelers using the train station Firenze Santa Maria Novella.
Visa information for visiting the European Union, Shengen visa information.
Belgium as a travel destination has a lot of charm packed into a small area. You'll get around quickly and cheaply, enjoy great food and beer, and discover wonderful medieval cities in Belgium.
Scams, tricks, thievery and other things to watch out for when you travel within Europe, plus some hints on minimizing the potential for danger on your European trip.
Resources for the tourist to visit naturism parks and nude beaches in Austria. Nudism and FKK in Austria.
Tips on being frugal rather than cheap while you budget your vacation so you can get the most pleasure at the lowest possible cost.
A day trip out of Rome that can be combined with a trip to Hadrian's Villa, the Villa d'Este is an 18th century Villa and Gardens with fabulous fountains and water works.
Map of Bavaria in southern Germany and information on the best Bavarian towns and cities to visit and where to stay in Bavaria.
Map of France showing the best French travel destinations, regions, islands and French cities to visit.
Germany's Castle Road is a great way to see Germany's medieval castles. Our map will get you to all the major sites on the Castle Road.
A Spain rail map for planning train travel in Spain. Rail routes for AVE and regional trains and other train information.
The Palace of Versailles is one of the top attractions in France. Find out what you need to know about visiting Versailles, a 30 minute rail trip from the heart of Paris.
Rail passes have multiplied in recent years. Here are some tips on how to make sure you choose the best rail pass for your European vacation.
A map of Rome showing the major tourist destinations, Roman sites, and metro lines, with information on where to stay and when to go.
Italian emergency telephone numbers may be essential for travelers to Italy. Here is a list of Italy's emergency telephone numbers.
Lucca, the concise guide to the Tuscan walled city. Lucca has many attractions for the tourist, including intact ramparts you can walk or bike around.
Map of Santorini and travel guide to the best towns, beaches, and archaeological sites to visit on the island of Santorini or Thira in the Cyclades Islands.
You trust that your good credit will allow you to purchase anything you want when you travel--but with increasing interest in fraud, you may be wrong.
Switzerland map showing Swiss travel destinations and travel essentials for Switzerland.
Padua or Padova vacation guide. Padua, a short train ride from Venice, makes an excellent base for exploring the Veneto Region of Italy.
Map of a suggested Itinerary in northern Europe covering 5 countries: London,Lille France, Belgium, Holland and Cologne, Germany.
Off season vacations in Europe can be very rewarding if you plan right. We feature tools and tips for spring and fall travel.
How Long Can I Stay in Europe? Long term stays in Europe are determined by the terms of the Schengen Agreement.
Winter is a great time to take in cultural events in Europe. Sure, you can ski, but you can also eat great food, visit the Opera or a Christmas Market, and getting there is cheap!
Navigo and Navigo Découverte are the names of two new transportation passes for public transportation in Paris. How to buy a Navigo Découverte
Review of the 21-inch Roll-Aboard carry on bag by Rick Steves. Carry on luggage professional review.
Sicily travel guide with city map, featuring train, ferry and road travel information. Sicily is a fascinating Island that's easy to get to from the south of Italy. Here is a map of Sicily with information on how to get to the island and how to get around, as well as some suggestions on what to see in Sicily.
Compact digital cameras perfect for travel. Slip one of these travel cameras in your pocket before you take that European vacation.
Neuschwanstein Castle is everybody's favorite fantasy castle. Built by King Ludwig between 1869 and 1886, you can visit Neuschwansein castle best armed with our travel guide.
How to plan a European vacation. Here's an where to start if you're a first time European vacation planner using the travel information on the about.com network.
Guide to the the best lakes in and around Berlin. Berlin sunning a swimming hotspots.
Caffe Shakerato. Iced espresso coffee, shaken, refreshing, cooling, and uplifting. Don't go to Italy in the summer without knowing what caffe shakerato is.
The Nurburgring is the most challenging race track in the world.
A map of the travel routes to Sardinia from the Italian mainland. Find airports and ferry routes to Sardinia to plan your Sardinian vacation.
Like festivals? Taking a summer vacation in Europe? Here are some festivals to plan a trip around - the best festivals in Europe.
Underground Rome. If you've only seen Rome from above, you may have missed half its history and archaeology. Here's how to see the best of underground Rome.
Map of Mykonos Island showing Mykonos town and airport as well as popular Mykonos beaches, including Paradise Beach, a popular nude beach on the island of Mykonos.
Buy Back leases offer a good alternative to renting a car in Europe for 17 days or more. The pros and cons of the French buy back lease are compared to traditional car rental in Europe.
Pompeii visitor guide. Learn how you can visit ancient Pompeii or take a virtual visit with our pictures of the Roman City.
Mont St. Michele map and visitor information. Mont Saint Michel is a UNESCO world heritage site in France.
Greece to Turkey ferry map and ferry information for ferry and hydrofoil transportation between the Greek Islands and Turkey.
The value of the countryside, the wealth of tradition in Asturias and Cantabria makes it a fine place to unwind for a week or two.
Azores Islands Map and transportation information for getting to and getting around the Azores Island archipelego.
Wondering how to find the best deals in European lodging? Here are strategies to deal with finding the best and cheapest hotels in Europe.
European Travel Guides - Guidebooks to Western and Central Europe
Testaccio, what is in Testaccio for the tourist to Rome? A virtual tour of the Rome neighborhood called Testaccio.
Information on Mount Vesuvius, including pictures of climbing to the crater and the views along the way.
Provence map showing the best cities to travel to in the popular region of the south of France.
Umbria makes a fine travel destination. Use our Umbria map to find the best Umbria cities to visit and get information on travel in Umbria.
Map of the Champagne region of France with travel tips, major cities to visit, information on getting there, and other essential tourist information.
Here is what you need to get done about six months before your European vacation, part of our Europe Travel 101 series.
Our suggested travel itinerary takes you from Amsterdam, through the best of Germany, Switzerland and Northern Italy's Lake Region. See it all on our travel itinerary map.
So what are the best big cities for tourists to visit in Europe? Well, here are my selections for Europe's top big city destinations.
A rail travel planning map for train travel in Germany. German train travel is safe, comfortable and easy with our rail map of Germany and essential transportation information.
A Scandinavia itinerary map with instructions for a trip visiting the tourist high spots of Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland using public transportation.
Driving Distance between Major Cities in Germany Need to drive between major cities seen in our Germany
The Tom Bihn Aeronaut Carry-On Bag was our recent favorite on a trip to Europe. Professional review of the Tom Bihn Aeronaut bag.
Map of the Côte d'Azur, known as the Azure coast or the French Riviera, with tourist destinations and hotel and attraction information.
France rail map showing the major rail routes in France. Information on train travel in France.
September is shoulder season. If you're planning your European vacation in September you'll find fewer tourists, lower prices, and decent weather on the continent.
How to visit Dachau Concentration Camp outside of Munich and what to expect when you get there.
A map of Germany regions showing the German states with population and other tourism information.
Rothenburg transportation - how to get to Rothenburg ob der Tauber along the romantic road in Germany.
It's not easy to work the wine harvest in Europe unless you know someone. Here are some leads to volunteering and working in European vineyards.
Transportation options for getting between Munich and Venice on your European vacation, using rental or lease car or public transportation.
One of Italy's best kept secrets, Ferrara is a Renaissance gem close to Venice and other tourist hot spots.
Bruges is a wonderful Flemish city in northern Belgium with an amazing historic center, visiting information for Bruges, Belgium.
The Daphne Inn has two locations in Rome, both near the Piazza Barbarini, a very central location in Rome's historical center. The Daphne Inn is highly recommended.
Here are things you need to do right before your European vacation, part of our Europe Travel 101 series.
Rural Europe is significantly different than rural U.S. Here are our favorite rural countryside destinations in Europe.
Information on requesting an audience with the pope in Rome's VAtican City.
Check out these five different ways to eat inexpensively in Stockholm, Sweden, if you're traveling there on a budget.
The Pantheon in Rome has survived plunder and invasions for 20 centuries to stand as the most complete example of Roman architecture known.
Tuscany map and guide to the cities and attractions that make the Italian region of Tuscany one of the best regions of Italy to visit.
Here's your guide to the year's most significant change in European currency - the Euro.
Interactive map of Italy for planning your vacation. Our map of Italy will make travel in Italy easy.
Travel guide to Nantes, a French regional capital located along the Loire River in northwest France and an interesting travel destination.
How to get from Munich, Germany to Rome, Italy by car, train and plane, along with links to maps, tickets and guides for both cities.
Map of Greece showing location of Crete
Geneva is an expensive city, we find cheap eats, restaurants that will feed you for little money, in Geneva, Switzerland
Map of Spain showing destination resources for travel to Spain citis, including rail maps, weather maps, language, tipping, and transportation facts and information.
Giverny and Vernon travel guide. Giverny is where the gardens and house of impressionist painter Claude Monet are located.
Heidelberg is a popular travel destination in the southwest of Germany along the castle road, a University town with a romantic castle and great river views.
A Location map of Florence Peritola Airport. Florence, Italy airport map and information.
Driving the old Gotthard pass route is a lot more interesting than passing through the tunnel in summer, when two hour delays are frequent.
Map of Alsace in France showing train lines and cities to visit in Alsace with visiting information for Alsatian tourist attractions.
Dijon, in the Burgundy region of France, known mostly by Americans for its mustard, offers the tourist many fine attractions. Dijon has a well-preserved medieval center and is the historic capital of the Burgundy wine region.
Map of the Dordogne departement in France, known for its prehistoric caves and cuisine.
Recommendations for buying the most useful digital SLR cameras and lenses (with high definition video) specially suited to travel photography.
How Much Does Food Cost in Europe? I compare food costs in the U.S. and in France and Italy. Food cost is just about the same, even with the extremely weak dollar.
Here's a list of the best European small cities, cities smaller than 200,000 population.
Eurostar, the Chunnel Train: An introduction to the services of Eurostar, the high-speed trains that link London to Paris and Brussels.
A test of the Pack-It clothing compression system. How much space can you gain in your suitcase if you took all the useless air out of your clothes?
Location map of Lascaux prehistoric painted caves and information on visiting Lascaux.
Here is what you need to get done about a month before your European vacation, part of our Europe Travel 101 series.
Füssen, a 700 year old city in southern Bavaria, is a gateway to Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau, the famous castles of the King's Nook in Germany.
Colmar in pictures and travel planning information on the Alsace town and one of Europe's most beautiful cities.
Budget dining guide to cheap restaurants in Brussels. Five of Brussels's affordable eateries from Belgian fries to Moroccan pancakes.
How I pack for a long vacation. Packing 101, from clothing to tecnology, to those little essentials everyone forgets.
Terme Tettuccio is a spa in the Tuscan town of Montecatini Terme. Learn about taking the waters in Terme Tettuccio with our virtual tour.
Beaune makes a fine hub from which to visit the famous wine region of Burgundy. We offer tips on wine tasting, Beaune attractions, our favorite gourmet Beaune restaurant and transportation options.
Florence travel essentials for the tourist. What you need to know about Florence or Firenze Italy, from location within Italy to airports to museums in Florence.
The Thalys train links Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and Cologne with high speed rail service. Use our route map and Thalys information to plan your trip to these cities.
Map of Portugal showing major tourist cities with essential information on the best cities and towns to visit in Portugal.
Ostia Antica, the excavations of the ancient Roman port, makes a fine day trip done with a single metro ticket from central Rome.
France regions map with regional information for planning regional vacations in France.