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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.
October is my favorite time to visit Europe. Our list of fall festivals, harvest festivals, and other things to do will show you why.
Information on schedules and cost of the Leonardo Express, the shuttle service between Rome Termini and Fiumicino airport.
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.
November in Europe starts the off season, temperatures have dropped, flights are cheaper, tourists are sparse. Tips from planning a European vacation in November.
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.
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.
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.
A timeline for planning your first trip to Europe, including what to bring, transportation and accommodation planning and more.
How to get from Venice Marco Polo Airport to the city of Venice using public transportation or private car. Venice transportation options.
Cellular phones and what you need to know about the purchase of the right GSM cellular phone and SIM card for use 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.
Paris Train Stations Map and information on the six major Paris train stations with public transportation connections for each station.
European distances calculator featuring driving distances for major cities in western Europe and train times between European cities.
Pictures of the view from the Torrazzo or clock tower of Cremona.
Visa information for visiting the European Union, Shengen visa information.
Packing tip II, rolling your clothes before putting them in the suitcase is the best way to beat wrinkling. Page 2.
A travel planning map for Europe showing driving distances and average train times for travel in Europe.
Traveling to Rome? Here's how to get from Fiumicino Airport (Leonardo di Vinci) to Rome's Termini Station using the train.
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.
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.
Having trouble phoning a number in Europe? Here we decifer the calling codes so you can figure it out.
Information on airports, trains, buses and bus lines, taxis, parking and other transportation options for Florence.
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.
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.
Off season vacations in Europe can be very rewarding if you plan right. We feature tools and tips for spring and fall travel.
The Azores islands are an interesting travel destination for people looking for active vacations in a beautiful island setting.
Map of Germany showing major tourist cities and towns. Use the map to plan your vacation in Germany.
Normandy map showing the D-Day beaches at Normandy and the best cities and villages to visit.
How to get from Paris to Rome. The Paris to Rome route can be covered by bus, train, car, and airplane.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Map of the wine regions of France and information on tasting wines and when to visit the wine regions.
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 seaside itinerary that covers the Mediterranean coasts of Spain, France, and Italy, the best of the Med.
Obsessed with the book the Da Vinci Code? The Hotel du Louvre in Paris has a special deal that includes a junior suite, tickets to the Louvre, and a Da Vinci Code map.
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.
Short review of the Charming Small Hotel Guides produced by Duncan Peterson.
Pompeii visitor guide. Learn how you can visit ancient Pompeii or take a virtual visit with our pictures of the Roman City.
Bruges transportation information, getting to Bruges
Take a bath on the wild side in southern Tuscany at Bagni San Filippo, where you bathe in thermal hot springs carved out of Calcium Carbonate deposits.
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 the Romantic Road in Germany, including highlights of the cities along the Romantic Road and where to stay information.
Florence train station information. Transportation guide to travelers using the train station Firenze Santa Maria Novella.
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.
Traveling with your pet to Europe lots of advance preparation, including microchipping and rabies tests. Here's a reader's (un-fun) experience.
Map of France showing the best French travel destinations, regions, islands and French cities to visit.
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.
Resources for the tourist to visit naturism parks and nude beaches in Austria. Nudism and FKK in Austria.
A Spain rail map for planning train travel in Spain. Rail routes for AVE and regional trains and other train information.
The Pantheon in Rome has survived plunder and invasions for 20 centuries to stand as the most complete example of Roman architecture known.
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.
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.
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 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.
Map of Bavaria in southern Germany and information on the best Bavarian towns and cities to visit and where to stay in Bavaria.
Vignette are the stickers you need to buy to drive on Austria's fast roads or toll roads. Here is how to buy and display a vignette.
Guide to eating Venetian small plates, called cicchetti, usually consumed in a Bàcaro. How to order cicchetti and wine in Venice.
The Tom Bihn Aeronaut Carry-On Bag was our recent favorite on a trip to Europe. Professional review of the Tom Bihn Aeronaut bag.
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.
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.
A map of Rome showing the major tourist destinations, Roman sites, and metro lines, with information on where to stay and when to go.
Map of the Loire Valley of France with the important towns and chateaux to visit in the Loire valley.
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.
You might not find a living crocodile in Europe outside of a zoo, but you'll find stuffed crocodiles hanging from odd places--like churches.
Bruges is a wonderful Flemish city in northern Belgium with an amazing historic center, visiting information for Bruges, Belgium.
Interactive map of Italy for planning your vacation. Our map of Italy will make travel in Italy easy.
How Long Can I Stay in Europe? Long term stays in Europe are determined by the terms of the Schengen Agreement.
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.
Map of Spain showing destination resources for travel to Spain citis, including rail maps, weather maps, language, tipping, and transportation facts and information.
Tips on being frugal rather than cheap while you budget your vacation so you can get the most pleasure at the lowest possible cost.
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.
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.
Switzerland map showing Swiss travel destinations and travel essentials for Switzerland.
A map of Germany regions showing the German states with population and other tourism information.
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.
Padua or Padova vacation guide. Padua, a short train ride from Venice, makes an excellent base for exploring the Veneto Region of Italy.
How I pack for a long vacation. Packing 101, from clothing to tecnology, to those little essentials everyone forgets.
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.
New Year's Eve in Europe. Where to celebrate New Year's Eve in European countries and cities, France, Italy, Scotland, Amsterdam, London, Iceland.
Italian emergency telephone numbers may be essential for travelers to Italy. Here is a list of Italy's emergency telephone numbers.
Here is what you need to get done about six months before your European vacation, part of our Europe Travel 101 series.
Review of the 21-inch Roll-Aboard carry on bag by Rick Steves. Carry on luggage professional review.
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.
Navigo and Navigo Découverte are the names of two new transportation passes for public transportation in Paris. How to buy a Navigo Découverte
Here are things you need to do right before your European vacation, part of our Europe Travel 101 series.
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.
Testaccio, what is in Testaccio for the tourist to Rome? A virtual tour of the Rome neighborhood called Testaccio.
Transportation options for getting between Munich and Venice on your European vacation, using rental or lease car or public transportation.
Provence map showing the best cities to travel to in the popular region of the south of France.
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.
Thinking about renting a motorhome or recreation vehicle (RV) in Europe? Here are the benefits and planning resources for a motorhome tour of Europe.
Map of the Champagne region of France with travel tips, major cities to visit, information on getting there, and other essential tourist information.
Azores Islands Map and transportation information for getting to and getting around the Azores Island archipelego.
Pictures and explanation of the Luminaria di Santa Croce, an ancient religious possession through the streets of Lucca, Italy lit only with candles.
Compact digital cameras perfect for travel. Slip one of these travel cameras in your pocket before you take that European vacation.
Map of Greece showing location of Crete
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.
Driving Distance between Major Cities in Germany Need to drive between major cities seen in our Germany
Scotland map showing the major tourist attractions and best cities for visiting on vacation in Scotland.
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.
A Scandinavia itinerary map with instructions for a trip visiting the tourist high spots of Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland using public transportation.
Location map of Lascaux prehistoric painted caves and information on visiting Lascaux.
The Nurburgring is the most challenging race track in the world.
Information on requesting an audience with the pope in Rome's VAtican City.
Westminster Abbey, near the parliament in London, has seen nearly every English king and queen crowed since William I.
The best of Europe, including best cities, top off the beaten track places, best nude beaches, most evocative walks. Some of my favorite destinations in Europe
Rothenburg transportation - how to get to Rothenburg ob der Tauber along the romantic road in Germany.
Map of the Netherlands showing the top tourist cities, train routes, and tourist and essential travel resources for the visitor to Holland.
Four ways to get between London and Amsterdam, two major vacation destinations in Europe, via public transportation or private vehicle.
Description of the trail and the conditions for walking to the summit and crater of Mount Vesuvius
Map of a suggested Itinerary in northern Europe covering 5 countries: London,Lille France, Belgium, Holland and Cologne, Germany.
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.
Map of Alsace in France showing train lines and cities to visit in Alsace with visiting information for Alsatian tourist attractions.
Eurostar, the Chunnel Train: An introduction to the services of Eurostar, the high-speed trains that link London to Paris and Brussels.
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.
Wondering how to find the best deals in European lodging? Here are strategies to deal with finding the best and cheapest hotels in Europe.
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.
Fall is a great time to vacation in Europe. Think wine, truffles, wild mushrooms, fabulous festivals--and for the contrarians there's always Iceland to consider!
Ostia Antica, the excavations of the ancient Roman port, makes a fine day trip done with a single metro ticket from central Rome.
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.
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.
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.
How to visit Dachau Concentration Camp outside of Munich and what to expect when you get there.
Is Halloween celebrated in Europe? We explore the origins and manifestations of Halloween in Europe.
Travel guide to Nantes, a French regional capital located along the Loire River in northwest France and an interesting travel destination.
Greece to Turkey ferry map and ferry information for ferry and hydrofoil transportation between the Greek Islands and Turkey.
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.
France rail map showing the major rail routes in France. Information on train travel in France.
European Travel Guides - Guidebooks to Western and Central Europe
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.
Rural Europe is significantly different than rural U.S. Here are our favorite rural countryside destinations in Europe.
The cost of eating out and buying groceries in Western Europe and Turkey, and discussion of the places to eat and drink inexpensively.
One of Italy's best kept secrets, Ferrara is a Renaissance gem close to Venice and other tourist hot spots.
Here's your guide to the year's most significant change in European currency - the Euro.
Map of the Dordogne departement in France, known for its prehistoric caves and cuisine.
A Location map of Florence Peritola Airport. Florence, Italy airport map and information.
Picture of food preparation at Nerbone restaurant inside the Mercato Centrale in San Lorenzo. Page 4.
Belgium map showing cities, train routes, and essential travel information for planning a trip or vacation to Belgium.
We settle into our Provence apartment in Lourmarin and see the compelling towns of Saignon, Bonnieux, and Lacoste on the first day of our week in Provence.
Mont St. Michele map and visitor information. Mont Saint Michel is a UNESCO world heritage site in France.
Meersburg, Germany is located on the shores of Lake Constance in southern Germany. It is considered the most charming of the towns on Lake Constance.
How to get between Venice, Italy and Florence, Italy by car, train or other means of transportation.
Hydra island makes a fine day trip out of Athens, or part of a longer expedition around the Saronic Gulf. Hydra has a very picturesque port.
Geneva is an expensive city, we find cheap eats, restaurants that will feed you for little money, in Geneva, Switzerland