Hiring a Car in France and Italy

Touring France and Italy can be wonderful thing to do but you should have some knowledge before you decide to do so try have a idea of the weather at the time you are planning to visit. To gather all this information you can use the internet and find out more about the sites one can visit and what is expected of you while in that place. By knowing where to visit and what to do, you are able to organize yourself and even avoid overspending or falling short of money.

Touring France

For years now, France has been commonly referred to as the country of love, its capital city Paris being the most romantic city. While in France you get a chance to visit attractive sites such as cemeteries, monuments, beaches ,hotels either on foot, cycling or by hire car.

Touring Italy

When one mentions Italy the first thing to hit your mind is the famous Rome city. While on holiday in Italy you can visit famous cities such as Rome with the Vatican, and it’s beautiful lakes. The Ligunia and Sicily regions are also a must see. You also have a chance to visit famous football clubs, visit Italys museums, stay in great hotels and get a chance to sun bathe and eat delicious food. Tourists are also allowed to have a chat with the pope on Wednesdays during his weekly briefing. Besides that if one is a singer or interested in musical arts, one can get a chance to improve their singing skills by attending music classes.

Car hire as the best way to get to sites when on tour

Car hire is believed to be the best transportation tool to used to visit different sites while on tour. This is simply because it is so easy and fast as compared to when using buses or cabs. By using a rental car there is no time limit on when and where to tour. Buses can be difficult as a bus cannot leave before it is full and you may imagine this takes time.

A car enables you to reach places on your list and spend more time without the worry of how to get back. It is also cheap because the different car hire companies involved rent out cars at low rates. The best thing with car hire is that they provide privacy and luxury for its user. The car hire agencies are easy to find online and with employees ready anytime to book reservations according to your transport needs.

What you should have in mind when renting a car

Compare the rates charged by different car hire firms and pick the best one that has low rates to enable you save some money. Be well aware of the the rules and regulations of an agency before you request its services. Some agencies might not be able to offer services in some locations and it is important for you to note of this since you might end up paying penalties.

Some Useful Tips for a Short Stay in Rome

This past March, I ran the Rome marathon. A good friend of mine from Germany, who had never been to Rome, accompanied me on my trip, which began in Milan and ended with three days in the Eternal City.

Because I had lived in Rome for over a year and have been to the city numerous times in my life, I didn’t give much thought to the fact that my knowing the city so well would be such a bonus to him. He even remarked that I should write a brief article and tell people how to make the most of a short trip to the Eternal City, especially for those who are spending time in other places in Italy and don’t have many days to visit Rome. So, I decided to take him up on his suggestion.

First and foremost is location. I would highly recommend a hotel near Piazza della Repubblica. There are a number of hotels in this area, ranging from two to five stars. Furthermore, the inexpensive (1 Euro per ride on the subway or bus) public transportation in the area is awesome.

The Piazza della Republicca area is a short walk from the main train station (Stazione Termini) where Rome’s two subway lines (A and B) meet. The subway stop in this area is "Repubblica," which is on the A line and allows you to easily reach the Vatican (Ottaviano stop), and the Spanish steps (Spagna stop), which is also in walking distance. If you walk (5-10 minutes) or take the subway one stop to Termini, you can switch to the "B" line, which will then get you to the Coliseum (Colosseo stop) and the Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo stop).

In addition to having a key subway stop, the Piazza della Republicca area is an EXCELLENT neighborhood to be in to take advantage of Rome’s bus system. The main artery leading to and from Piazza della Republicca is Via Nazionale, where you can take any number of buses to Piazza Venezia (about a 10 minute ride). From Piazza Venezia, you can then walk down Via del Corso, which will lead you to the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon. Just follow the crowds and the signs and you will certainly reach both!

If you are willing to walk a bit farther, you can proceed from the Pantheon to Piazza Navona and then to Largo Argentina, where you can then catch a bus (again there are many) that will take you back up Via Nazionale to the Piazza della Republicca area or hop on the tram and go across the river to visit the beautiful and very charming neighborhood of Trastevere.

Like most great cities, it is impossible to see and do everything that Rome has to offer in a relatively short time. But if your goal is to hit some of the key monuments and sites, location and transportation will be crucial to your doing so in an efficient and easy way.

Michael Cestaro

President

www.youritalianheritage.com

Cheap International Last Minute Airline Flights Ticket

It’s the peak holiday season, but it still takes just a few minutes online and a few pounds to book a flight to Glasgow, Manchester, Dublin … even Prague, Rome or Barcelona.

Not for much longer, though, if an influential group of MPs gets its way. Alarmed at what it sees as the government’s wilful disregard of the effects of cheap air travel on global warming, the cross-party environmental audit committee will tomorrow lay out a range of proposals to get people to pay for some of the damage they do.

It may take time and, given the tangle of international agreements that govern flights overseas, it is far more likely to mean the end of bargain fares to Manchester than to Moscow (£118 this week, if you know where to look). But the aim is to shift at least some passengers from air travel to high-speed rail links. The MPs also want changes on Britain’s roads, with increases in road tax, targeted road tolls and more congestion charges.

It is vital, one committee member told The Observer yesterday, that the government should factor in the environmental impact of its transport policies – something the MPs were surprised to find is not happening. There is an ambitious overall target to cut Britain’s carbon emissions by 60 per cent before 2050, but no specific plan for transport – which is the biggest emissions culprit and shows every sign of getting worse.

‘They don’t even measure the relative emissions impact of building a new road as against a new public transport project,’ the MP said.

While a national road-charging scheme to charge motorists by the mile is being piloted, its aim is to cut congestion, not to discriminate between a higher-emissions Land Rover and an environmentally less damaging Toyota Prius.

But tomorrow’s report is expected to say that the main challenge is air travel. Jetting off to the Mediterranean with a budget airline can now cost less than a tankful of petrol for a 4×4. The MPs will argue that the problem has arisen because airlines don’t pay tax on their fuel, because passenger duty charges have been kept unrealistically low, and because no one in the government is prepared to take on the airlines.

The Transport Secretary, Douglas Alexander, told the committee that the government was addressing the problem of airline emissions by pushing for air travel to be included in the Europe-wide emissions-trading scheme. But with many of the airlines backing that strategy, the MPs were sceptical. Their fear was that this ‘soft option’ would not significantly change domestic policy on air travel, despite official figures showing that transport – particularly air travel – is the only sector of the British economy whose emissions have risen since 1990.

‘Given the predictions for aviation growth, transport emissions could take up our whole global target emissions, leaving no room for emissions by any other sector of the economy by 2050,’ said Desmond Turner, the Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown, during the committee’s questioning of Alexander.

Finding Apartments in Rome

Finding Apartments in Rome

It can be difficult at best to set about finding apartments in Rome. When you don’t live in the city, finding apartments in Rome is difficult because you can’t be sure if you are staying in the safest part of the city, getting the best accommodations for you money, and finding apartments in Rome that are central to the things you want to visit.

If you are serious about finding apartments in Rome, it is best to work with a reputable rental agency. Unfortunately not all rental agencies are that reliable when it comes to offering help finding apartments in Rome. Some online companies fail to accurately describe the lodging they are offering and when you finally get to your destination, you are sorely disappointed with the results. Other agencies that claim the help you with finding apartments in Rome play around with the price and then tack on extra fees when you arrive at your destination. There are even agencies that specialize in finding apartments in Rome that are located in the areas that no one would really want to stay.

When you rent an apartment from Best of Rome.com LLC you can be sure that they are dedicated to finding apartments in Rome that are perfect for your needs. Their friendly staff works hard finding apartments in Rome that are only located in safe and secure locales. Their site shows extensive pictures of all the properties they list, so you are never surprised when you work with them finding apartments in Rome. With a wide selection of apartments available, they have lodgings that are sure to fit your space and location needs.

You don’t need to work alone on finding apartments in Rome. The courteous team at Best In Rome.com LLC is waiting to help you plan the perfect Roman Holiday.

A quieter place to reserve Rome hotels: the Vatican surrounding area.

Have you decided to spend your Holidays in Rome? Are you a traveller on you own? Did you decide to pack your stuff and leave in search of some inspiration or just to relax your mind by looking at something that centuries ago inspired superior minds such as Bramante, Bernini and Michelangelo? Well, then welcome to Rome.

If you’re just looking for a quieter place to stay in Rome (Italy), the Vatican surrounding area is the one in which you should start looking for an accommodation. Whether if you prefer Rome apartments or Rome hotels, this quiet yet wonderful area will be able to suit your needs perfectly.

If you are around Termini train station, you can easily and for very little money (2 euros only) take bus line 64 and reach in about 15/20 minutes another country. Can you believe that? That is right: in no time you will reach the Vatican. Remember to dress properly! No shorts, tops or any that could be considered an offence to the holy church.

You will be immediately thrown back in 315 a.d. when, during Emperor Constantine, and only after Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire, what is today known as the most important cathedral in the Christian world was just dust and concrete. St. Peters’ was at its origins and probably nobody could even imagine what important role it would have covered.

Today in fact, the Vatican is an independent country governed by the Pontiff but at the time of King of Italy, Victor Emmanuel II, it has been the cause of a battle lasted only one day, short but yet terribly violent. The reason? Power. The king of Italy wanted Rome as the capital of Italy while Pope Pio IX did not want to give up other “territories” already taken away from the Church during Renaissance.

Only the Lateran Treaty, also called the Lateran Pacts signed in 1929 decreed the mutual acceptance and recognition of two different, independent countries. The kingdom of Italy and the Vatican. If you want to experience this subtle but yet very important distinction, we do suggest to walk through Via Della Conciliazione built by Mussolini after the Lateran Pacts. Only by doing that, you will feel the almost imperceptible feeling of crossing two lines. Lines that have created controversies, wars and conflicts for centuries.

Everybody deciding to visit San Peter’s Basilica knows exactly what to look for once there. The Piazza San Pietro built by Bernini, the columns, excellent example of Baroque architecture. The obelisk in the centre was moved to its present position by Domenico Fontana in 1586. The obelisk, although was older than that. It dates back to the 13th century BC in Egypt. The famous Dome. Inside visitors can admire la Pietà by Michelangelo, the Baldachin by Bernini and the Sistine Chapel.

Rome is a big city, multi cultural and everybody looking for an accommodation in Rome can find the perfect solution according to its own needs. From 2 star Rome hotels to a 5 star Luxury hotel.

Prague CZ: Great Free Pocket Travel Guide by Flashbooking accommodation website

Flashbooking is a growing cheap hostel Prague and hotels directory specializing in budget accommodation for independent travellers, students, adventurous backpackers, international volunteers, families and all the ones that travel on a budget.

Those who love travelling light, those with a sense for adventure, those who love flexibility in their trips, those who like meeting locals and travelling slow and low… those are Flashbooking happy travellers!

Flashbooking accommodation database is easily available online and comes completed with all relevant information about youth hostel and hotel location and map, description, services, hostel contacts, customer ratings, six pictures and updated prices inclusive of taxes and services together with instant real availability.

Having the reservation final price is also convenient as it does give the transparency our users pretend while booking. Having the final total amount of your booking means you do not have to worry about other extra surprises! Flashbooking cheap lodging solutions are all available for online bookings and divided by Countries.

Travellers have free access to the updated list of Europe hostels and budget hotels, North and South America hostels, Caribbean and Central America hostels as well as for Asia cheap accommodations, Oceania youth hostels and Africa hostels. Flashbooking’s happy travellers can book their rooms and beds not only in cheap hotels or youth hostels but also consider other budget accommodations in Bed and Breakfast, Guesthouses, Campsites, apartments, farm houses and much more.

Flashbooking chose to provide backpackers, students and families with a list of budget selected and independent accommodations worldwide, mostly run by locals, in order to promote an alternative tourism respectful of cultures and different societies.

For this and other reasons Flashbooking is becoming a recognized source of information and services for who loves creating a trip by him/herself and book bed nights securely online. In fact, thanks to a secure server certified SSL provided by Thawte (the global certificate authority) www.flashbooking.com is able to guarantee instantly confirmed and secure online reservations.

Thawte is a system which encrypts all the processed data and guarantees that this will not be read, used or modified by other parties. Confirmed online bookings mean that your holiday is just a click away, that you can get all the information needed to book online, that you can save time and money!

Recently added a new free customer service online at travellers disposal to suggest the perfect accommodation for their trip and voyages. The Skype account ‘Flashbooking Customercare’ gives more assistance also in the booking process for all our travellers and backpackers needs.

Other reasons to chose Flashbooking? Flashbooking helps you saving money with a special promotion that allows travellers to earn money and credits of 1,5 euros by inviting other friends to subscribe and receive the monthly newsletter, rich of information about hostel and hotel deals. For each friend that sings up, our travellers get 1,50 euros: it is possible to earn up to 40 euros! These credits are immediately registered in the user’s personal online account ‘My Booking’ and at the reach of 40 euros they are automatically deducted to pay your online hostel reservations !

With the monthly newsletter, Flashbooking puts at travellers’ and partner hostels’ free disposal some useful information tools as pocket travel guides of the top world cities: the Amsterdam City guide, the London City guide, the Barcelona City guide, the Paris City guide, the Rome City guide, the Florence City guide, and the freshly issued Prague City guide!

In general, these guides have been written for giving the essential information about the most visited cities in the world and in particular for any traveller or first-time visitor. For a short visit, a week-end, a city break, these free pocket guides are useful printable and downloadable tools available online.

The free City pocket guide of the Czech Capital contains, in just 9 printable pages, all the essential information and very good suggestions divided by areas: Prague New City and Prague Old city, the Jewish quarter (Josephov), the Malastrana district and the Castle. Prague is renown for wooden toys, crystal products, flea markets and Christmas markets, Wenceslas Square and museums, Art Galleries, breweries and beers and cheap lodgings, classic itineraries in the Boemian countryside and a lot more to make a visit worth wise. Free for anyone who wish to book and go and rich of colour pictures, the Prague Travel Pocket Guide is at backpackers disposal in Flashbooking.com! For Flashbooking users and travellers that might have a personal website or a travel blog, or even manage a youth hostel or a hotel accommodation, and are interested in the travel city guides, the pocket guides can be collected and put at your visitors’ disposal.

In the Prague City guide students, families and backpackers can get a large selection of cheap or low cost accommodation with plenty of low cost solutions in budget youth hostels, Prague bed and breakfast, guesthouses, cheap hotel deals.

Our travellers are also our good partners as they help us either giving their ratings of some accommodations, lodgings, BandB, youth hostels and budget small hotels where they personally stayed, either enlarging the hostel offer by reporting some new contacts.

Flashbooking policy tends to privilege small and family-run hotels in order to promote an alternative tourism respectful of cultures and different societies.

So mates, we are looking forward to finding you THE budget accommodation that meets your needs and pocket for your next trip!

Rome airport shuttle: the strike of the taxi drivers in Rome

Italian Taxi drivers renewed the strike in the middle of July 2006 after talks over government plans to deregulate the sector ,causing chaos in many cities.

The drivers staged various forms of protests, besieging main squares, deliberately snarling traffic, blocking access to several airports and organizing go-slow drives, local media reported.

In Rome, the drivers descended on central Piazza Venezia, the city center of Rome, soon after midnight after taxi unions abandoned the negotiating table.

They remained there throughout the night and forced local authorities to close the square off to traffic.

Some 60 other taxis took part in a go-slow drive from the city’s main airport to the city and back again, causing further problems.

The protests were replicated in Naples, Turin, Genoa and Milan, where drivers blocked access to the city airport.

Italian Economic Development Minister who drew up the bill contested by the drivers, said that “they (the taxi drivers) do not own the city.”

The matter of controversy is a government decree that intends to liberalize taxi licensing and break the virtual monopoly status of local taxi federations.

This decree orders municipal administrations to increase the number of taxi licenses issued and give out temporary permits during predictably busy periods.

One of the most controversial aspects is a measure which would have allowed private firms to enter the sector by acquiring licenses and then hiring their own drivers.

Taxi licenses in Rome are regarded as private property by their holders, who trade them on when they retire or pass them on to their children. The practice has created a grey market in which the cost of a permit can reach as high as 200,000 euros (about 240,000 U.S. dollars).

Italy’s 40,000-strong fleet of taxis is the smallest in Europe. According to official statistics, there are 2.1 taxis per thousand inhabitants in Rome compared to 8.3 in London and 9.9 in Barcellona.

The number of taxis operating in Rome is 5,820, compared to more than 61,000 in London, almost 43,000 in New York and 17,000 in Paris, the report said.

Complaints from residents and tourists over the difficulty in finding taxis during peak hours and at night have shot up in recent years, with taxi drivers accused of deliberately restricting the number of cars available in order to safeguard their earnings and the values of their licenses.

Rome is a City of Rich History and Ancient Ruins

Rome is the capital city of Italy as well as one of the most famous cities in the entire world. One of the things that makes it so unique from other cities is the fact that within its walls is the smallest nation in the world, the State of the Vatican City, a sovereign territory of the Holy See.

Within the Vatican City is Saint Peter’s Square and Saint Peter’s Basilica. Between the years 1656 and 1667, the open area in front of the basilica was redesigned so that it could accommodate the largest number of people possible during blessings given by the Pope.

In addition to surrounding the Vatican, Rome has an extremely long and interesting history. The legend of its founding says that Romulus and Remus, twins who were supposedly raised by wolves, established the city. However, the archaeological evidence indicates that Rome developed out of pastoral settlements and became a city around the 8th century BC.

For around one thousand years, Rome was very important in the political world and was considered the largest and richest city in the Western world. It remained an important power even after the Roman Empire began its decline. However, it did eventually lose its status as a capital city to Milan and then to Ravenna.

One of the things Rome is known for today are the ancient structures that still exist there. The Roman Colosseum has become a symbol of the Roman Empire and of Rome itself. It was the largest amphitheatre ever built by the Roman Empire and was capable of seating 50,000 people. Its original use was as a venue for staging combats between gladiators, which was a popular spectator sport of the time.

Rome is also home to many beautiful villas and gardens. The center of the city is surrounded by many green areas and gorgeous old villas. Among them is the Villa Borghese, which has a large, landscaped garden constructed in the 19th century naturalistic English style. The villa also has a number of buildings, museums, and other attractions.

For the many tourists vacationing in Rome, there are a number of lovely places to stay, including both hotels and holiday apartments.

Examples of hotels in Rome, Italy are:

Hotel Aldrovandi Palace: This historical hotel was built in 1899 and remodeled in 2004. It is located between the Villa Borghese Gardens and the Borghese Gallery in a quiet, upscale residential area. It is also very close to the Spanish Steps. The hotel features an outdoor pool, private park, and garden dining.

Examples of holiday apartments in Rome, Italy are:

Casa Cesi: This two bedroom apartment sleeps up to six people and is located between the Vatican and the Spanish Steps. It’s a spacious apartment that has been carefully decorated to make guests feel at home. The kitchen is modern and fully equipped and the master bedroom has an en suite bathroom.

Frattina Beauty: This stylishly decorated apartment has bright, cheery colors to welcome its guests. It’s just minutes from the Spanish Steps in the historical centre. It’s on the second floor of its building and has an elevator to get you there comfortably.

The famous old structures of Rome make it an exciting place for any traveler to visit. While its sites may be ancient, its hotels and holiday apartments are comfortably modern to accommodate even the most discerning of vacationers.

Vacation Rentals in Tuscany and Umbria

Visiting the Tuscany and Umbria border Region

South eastern Tuscany meets its smaller neighbour Umbria, on Umbria’s north eastern border. The border area of Tuscany and Umbria in Italy is a wonderful place to stay as the visitor is able to visit the many cities and towns of the two regions while staying in one of the most picturesque areas the world has to offer and enjoying one of its greatest cuisines. The area is largely rural, the main crops are sunflowers, maize, olives, vines and tobacco which is being phased out. Modernity has been slow to reach this area and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, many visitors feel as if they had stepped back in time 30 or 40 years. Staying in this area you are within 90% of UNESCOs world art treasures: Rome and Florence are within two hours drive and one must not forget the important art works of nearer towns such as Arezzo, Siena, Perugia and Assisi. Apart from their art treasures these towns are places everyone enjoys visiting. All have their own architectural delights and meandering lanes and interesting shops and restaurants. Also worth visiting are the Tuscan towns of ; Cortona and Sansepolcro and the Umbrian towns of Gubbio,Citta di Castello, Todi and Orvieto. Lovers of ceramics will also want to visit Deruta which produces some of the finest majolica.

Wine lovers are also in for a treat as many great wines are found in this area. Although Chianti is not strictly on the Tuscany Umbria border it is only a short drive. The brunellos of Montalcino and Vino Nobile of Montepulciano are found in this area.

There is a wide choice of accommodation available for those wishing to come to this area of Italy. “Agriturismi” offering either self-catering apartments or B&B type accommodation have sprung up everywhere. A popular choice for the visitor to this area of Tuscany and Umbria is to rent a self-catering villa, farmhouse or apartment through a rental agency. With a rental agency one can be sure that the house or apartment has been properly scrutinised and is priced fairly to reflect its quality, situation and accessibility. Farmhouses, villas and apartments with or without swimming pools are all available. If one wishes to stay in a country property in this area car hire is almost essential. Public transport in the rural areas of Tuscany and Umbria although reliable, is sparse. Most villages have a bus service once a day, relying upon this creates a lack of flexibility. Many of the farmhouses and villas for holiday rental are on hillsides a good walk from a main road. Often vacation rental houses in Tuscany and Umbria are reached along gravel roads or “strade bianche” . City inhabitants are often alarmed at these gravel roads but after the initial drive along them the nerves are soon overcome.
Please visit www.tuscanyumbria.com to find a rental property for your holiday in the Tuscany or Umbria regions of Italy.

A Guide to Your Cheap Holidays to the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands which is a Spanish Archipelago has seven large islands, one small island and a number of smaller islets. It is also called Islas Canarias in Spanish, Fortunate Islands in Ancient Rome. The Canary Islands were named after the large dogs that were found living on the islands.

It is located off the northwestern coast of Africa in the North Atlantic. These islands were formed out of a volcanic erruption. These islands also form an autonomous community of the Canary Islands being Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria the two capital cities.

The Canary Islands’ weather conditions are just plain perfect. Their tropical location has the best temperature and climate for the whole year which gives them a permanent spring-like conditions, made it a desirable place for holiday makers. The weather in the islands is dry (often windy), with high temperatures all year round which is almost 72 degrees. 100% sunshiny days are commonplace. Rainfall here is also sparse, with most falling in the winter months. So basically, the islands are perfect if you want to have a summer or winter holidays.

The Islands has over eight million visitors every year because of its perfect weather, excellent topography, and beautiful beaches. There are a lot of activities to enjoy in there like water sports, recreational activites or just lazing around on the sandy beaches. For the more adventurous ones, there are forests and beautiful sceneries to explore in the islands or go nature tripping.

The local fish, plantain bananas, and Papas Arrogates served with Mojo Picon are just some of the lavish foods that tourists could enjoy.

If you are looking for cheap holiday packages, it is recommended that you start a few months before your target date. Especially during the holiday seasons such as Christmas and New Year, you should book as early as you possibly can because they are sold out very quickly. Booking early can also give you better chances of grabbing a cheap holiday package because it would be very expensive already or you might just find no vacancy at all if you book a little late since the place is highly in-demand during these seasons.

Looking for cheap holiday packages online would be a good idea since travel tour operators who do business online have lower fixed costs and they can have better cheap holiday package offers for you. Another thing you must not forget when you want to travel to Canary Islands or even to any holiday destinationsis to look for cheaper flights a few months before the holidays wherein you may just avail discounts of up to 80 percent. To cut more costs, it is highly recommended that you rent a villa if you are traveling with a group or with your family because its cheaper than staying in a hotel.

Even from the descriptions of it, the Canary Islands are really a great place to have a lavish holiday. With the excellent weather and beautiful sceneries and beaches, you’ll definitely won’t get tired going back in there again and again.