What are the best resources for planning a trip to Italy?

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    #1Italy Magazine

    Italy Magazine
    This website has great information about lifestyle, culture, cuisine and travel in Italy. 
    Websites

    Free

    Brandon Sullivan
    Written on April 25, 2017
    "Whenever I travel abroad, I like to be as well informed ahead of time as possible. If I was headed to Italy, Italy Magazine would be one of my first reads. Things to do, travel spots, shopping, souvenirs, pretty much everything you'll need to know is in Italy Magazine. "
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    #2Lonely Planet

    Lonely Planet
    Lonely Planet allows you to plan and book your perfect trip, search for deals, find expert advice, travel tips, destination information and inspiration 
    Websites

    Free

    Jacob Palmer
    Written on July 14, 2017
    "Looking to be inspired in your travels? Look no further than Lonely Planet. With an assortment of sections meant to kick start the imagination, not to mention their ThornTree forum in which you can ask experienced travelers your unique questions, Lonely Planet is a perfect start-to-finish vacation planner for everyone."
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    #3My Itchy Travel Feet

    My Itchy Travel Feet
    At My Itchy Travel Feet, The Baby Boomer’s Guide to Travel, Donna and Alan Hull travel the world recording their experiences so that boomers know exactly what to expect on their next trip. Since May 2008, the Montana couple have reported on active travel adventures all over the world.
    Websites

    Free

    Socorro Espinosa
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "I'm going to be going on a trip to Italy soon and wanted a good resource for planning my trip. I found My Itchy Travel Feet, which is a wonderful resource for everything related to travel. The website is very well organized. I found just what I wanted for my trip, including destination recommendations. I love the layout of the site as it's very easy to use and everything is in just the right place. I love their recommendation lists. Very informative site and highly recommended!"
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    #4TripAdvisor

    TripAdvisor

    Tripadvisor features real user reviews for Italian hotels, restaurants and attractions, as well as dedicated discussion forums for the top Italian destinations, including Rome, Venice, Florence and hundreds other Italian cities.

    Websites

    Free

    Raymond Sullivan
    Written on April 24, 2017
    "TripAdvisor is my go to site for evaluating a trip. Can learn the local area, popular attractions and the best restaurants. I especially love the hotel features where you can see the cost and make reservations via their links. I would be lost without it!"
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    #5Nomadic Matt

    Nomadic Matt
    Nomadic Matt is a staple in the travel blog scene. His blog is useful if you're overwhelmed by all the travel information on the web, and want to find proven step by step tips and tricks that will save you time a money on your next travel adventure.
    Websites

    Free

    Carolyn Ward
    Written on March 16, 2017
    "This guy is where it's at! He gets you the scoop on everything travel related so you're not flying blind trying to figure out a trip to another country. I would definitely come here first before any other site! "
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    #6Culinary Backstreets

    Culinary Backstreets
    Want to discover the food that the locals eat? Then you should take a look at Culinary Backstreets travel blog. You'll find free information about hidden culinary gems in many cities, as well as guided culinary walks (but you have to pay for those).
    Websites

    Free

    George Graham
    Written on January 13, 2017
    "Culinary Backstreets is a fun website and planner for anyone looking to get some good eats while traveling. I think a huge part of traveling the world is getting the chance to taste all of the new and different foods, and with this website, you get a real general and planner of what foods to look for! "
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    #7Sonia's Travels

    Sonia's Travels
    Sonia's Travels is a YouTube channel that shows you the little nooks and corners that make trips special. And because every traveler needs to be prepared, Sonia also gives tips and tricks about everything you need when traveling: packing, apps, tipping, chargers, language, and more.
    Videos

    Free

    Samantha Richardson
    Written on April 1, 2017
    "Last time I traveled to Italy I wanted to make sure I got "off the beaten path" and saw the more local side of things. After all, that's when you experience the TRUE culture. I got all of my information from Sonia's Travels. She has been everywhere and can tell you about some great nooks and crannies that isn't overridden by tourists."
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    #8BootsnAll

    BootsnAll
    BootsnAll has travel articles, RTW and destination guides, e-courses on taking a gap year and traveling around the world, a traveler community, and and easy-to-use DIY route-planner.
    Websites

    Free

    Debra Morris
    Written on February 17, 2017
    "My family was going to plan a trip to Italy and every resource we found online was a dud. Either it was filled with information but poor constructed or it had no information. We found BootsnAll and where that is a great resource, it's still not what we are looking for. BootsNAll is for more people who are planning on a European extended trips where we were jsut going for a week or two. "
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    #9GetYourGuide

    GetYourGuide
    GetYourGuide helps people discover and experience the world by letting you book tours, activities, visits and more plans from all over the world. You'll be able to choose from an extensive collection of things to do, wherever you’re headed.
    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Kimberly Beck
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "After planning my dream vacation to Italy, I had such a problem figuring out what to do while I was there. After searching around on the internet for things to do while on my trip, I discovered Get Your Guide. This website was extremely helpful. I was easily able to search the cities that I would be visiting, see all the top local attractions, and then book tickets! This website made the planning portion of my trip to Italy a breeze and I couldn't have been happier with all the sites that I saw! "
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    #10Wikitravel

    Wikitravel
    Wikitravel is a free, crowdsourced, up-to-date, complete and reliable world-wide travel guide.
    Websites

    Free

    Tyler Kelly
    Written on July 25, 2017
    "Alright, so you're trying to plan a trip to Italy and you need some good resources? I have a great site for you to check out. It's called Wikitravel. It is an up to date, and free, travel guide that will help you plan you trip and help you get to where you want to go. Great site with a lot of great information. "
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    #11Google Translate

    Google Translate

    Google Translate is a free language app available for Web, Android and iOS devices. This language learning/translation platform provides access to instant translations to and from various languages, so users will have a way to communicate.

    Apps

    Android, iOS, Chrome

    Free

    Zachary Butler
    Written on August 15, 2017
    "This is a must have if you are traveling to another country and do not know thhe language well. I espcially like the photo text translation piece of this app. A very handy tool to have."
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    #12That Backpacker

    That Backpacker
    That Backpacker is a blog by Audrey Bergner that focuses on helping you travel in a way that suits your budget and lifestyle. Explore it for inspiration and tips for your own adventures.
    Websites

    Free

    Matthew Anderson
    Written on March 19, 2017
    "That Backpacker is a great solution for planning a trip to Italy. I used this website to find out where the best places to eat were and what the best food to order was. It really enhanced my travel experience. I visited many obscure tourist attractions that I wouldn't have found without That Backpacker."
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    #13Duolingo

    Duolingo

    With the Duolingo app, you can practice and improve your speaking, reading, listening and writing skills while playing games at the same time. Just answer questions and complete lessons to improve both your vocabulary and grammar skills.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Jordan Gonzalez
    Written on February 28, 2017
    "This will help me learn a little bit of Italian before I go on my trip. But, it is not really the type of resource that I was looking for in planning my trip."
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    #14Google Trips

    Google Trips
    Google Trips is a free app for travel, that allows you to organize all the info that you need in one place. It also gives you activity suggestions and daily plans for your trip. It's available for iOS and Android.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Christian Davidson
    Written on April 10, 2017
    "I was recently planning a trip to Italy and needed to find a great resource to help me along. I ended up coming across Google Trips - Travel Planner on the Google Play Store and it ended up solving my planning issues quite adequately. It helps you plan a trip day by day and provides plenty of suggestions for attractions to see and various activities to do. I loved the high level of customization available and it made the stressful task of planning a trip so much more convenient. I highly recommend it to anyone planning a trip in the near future."
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    #15TimeOut

    TimeOut

    Time Out inspires and enables people to make the most of 108 cities like Barcelona, New York, and more, across 39 countries. If you want to know about food, attractions, art, culture, shopping and nightlife, buy tickets and more, then Time Out is your social companion.

    Websites

    Free

    Angel Tata
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "TimeOut is a pretty decent all-in-one resource for exploring both the touristy and local sections of a famous location. It's got most of the major vacation spots that people tend to think of when they go on vacation, so it's a great start if you're wanting to find information in a hurry."

Summary

Best What are the best resources for planning a trip to Italy
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Italy MagazineWebsites 27 Free
2Lonely PlanetWebsites 24 Free
3My Itchy Travel FeetWebsites 21 Free
4TripAdvisorWebsites 20 Free
5Nomadic MattWebsites 18 Free
6Culinary BackstreetsWebsites 14 Free
7Sonia's TravelsVideos 14 Free
8BootsnAllWebsites 12 Free
9GetYourGuideWebsites 9 Free
10WikitravelWebsites 6 Free
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