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HELPFUL ITALIAN HINTS:
Green Guide—Italy | Michelin Publications | The Green Guide is a very handy reference guide with maps, information, hotels and easy reference
Naples and Compania—Lonely Planet | An informative resource of history, culture, food and wine. Also a great starting point to uncover and explore the infinite number of gems in Naples and surrounding area including Ischia.
Italy, A Short History | Harry Hearder | Elegantly written, generous and enormously informative, this compact book takes in the sweep of Italian history from the Roman Republic, through the Renaissance, World War II, and up to the present.
Adventure Guide: Naples, Sorrento and Amalfi Coast | Find this on Amazon.
Frommers: Amalfi Coast with Naples and Capri | Find this on Amazon.
http://www.italiantourism.com | The Italian Government Tourism Board site provides detailed information on traveling in Italy.
http://www.goitaly.about.com | A comprehensive site from About.com to vacationing in Italy, it includes everything from hotel and restaurant information to national news and regional information.
http://www.turismo.toscana.it/new/sitoinglese/apet.htm | A helpful site for all things Tuscan! Detailed information on every aspect of a visit to the region, with well-organized sections and helpful links to other sites.
http://www.terresiena.it | A great web site offering a wide range of information for the Siena region. Read up on the places you will visit on the trip and learn about the region.
http://www.visiteurope.com | The web site of the European Travel Commission with practical information about traveling in Europe as well as links to some commercial booking services.
Italians are true to their reputation of being proud, passionate and lively characters. Complemented by their first class hospitality and excellent cuisine, the locals always welcome those who share an appreciation for life’s simple pleasures. People-watching in Italy is entertaining, particularly at the end of the day when social interaction is the only element of importance. Any attempts to speak their language are highly appreciated by Italians, so be sure to learn a few words and phrases. More importantly, the people you meet will be excited to help you out with your speaking skills. Finally, Italians have a deep appreciation of beauty and take great pride in art, sport, history and wine! In Italy, there will always be a full glass of red wine to toast the treasures of these truly wonderful people and their truly captivating culture.
WHAT TO SAY
Fortunately, getting around in Italy with little or no exposure to the Italian language is not very difficult. The Italians are, by nature, outgoing and often appreciate even the slightest attempt at communicating in Italian. Here are some useful words and phrases to help you get started:
Yes / No Si / No
Hello / Hi / Goodbye Ciao
Please Per Favore
Thank you Grazie
You’re welcome Prego
Excuse me Mi scuzi
I’m sorry Mi dispiace
Good morning Buongiorno
Good evening Buona sera
Good night Buona notte
To the left A la sinistra
To the right A la destra
Straight ahead Sempre dritto
Scooter Moto, Motorini