The last time we checked, there were 526 million hits when we googled for 'Italy'. So, to save you the search within the search, here are a few choice sites that we can recommend!
Wordreference are the current stars for language dictionaries, including English-Italian. Once you have your translation, you can then delve deeper, such as conjugating a verb, check phrases using the word, or even search linked forums for questions regarding the word. They also have a WAP site for your mobile.
Altavista has an online-translation service for translating a few paragraphs of text, or a web page. Don't rely on it to compile your CV or love letters, but it will give the gist of a message.
Italian Tourist Web Guide (ITWG) is an excellent site with reviews and information on destinations within Italy, plus events, hotel and travel information, special offers, and even online shopping for authentic Italian products.
The WorldBy.com series are an excellent range of websites with a good focus on the major Italian tourist destination cities, providing comprehensive tourist information and online reservations for each. Individual sites are at italyby.com, romeby.com, veniceby.com, florenceby.com or tuscany.net.
WhatsOnWhen contains up-to-date information on destinations, festivals, concerts, and other events. Once you've booked your trip, check this site to see if there's anything on while you're over there.
There's plenty of low-cost airlines from the UK to Italy, including Ryanair, Easyjet, Jet2 and bmibaby. However, you might not have been aware of some of the Italian low-cost carriers, particularly useful if you want to visit a few locations while you're there. So check out AirOne, AlpiEagles, VolareWeb, Meridiana and Air Italy.
Or, save yourself the bother, and just use the excellent Skyscanner.net site to search all low-cost airlines at once. Or try their WAP site.
The Autostrade site contains useful information for those who are driving in Italy, so check the Live Travel News.
Trenitalia is the official Italian Rail Network site, where you can check timetables and buy tickets online.
Of the many radio stations online, Radio Deejay is a very popular commercial radio station who broadcast on the web in both audio and video.
There are many sites which feature pre-set lessons that you can study online.
The BBC offers Talk Italian, an online course by with video and audio resources.
Oggi e Domani also feature some online lessons with audio.
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