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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Chillin' and Thrillin': See Italy In A Ferrari

I was a guest on The Debbie Nigro Show this morning. Her radio program is syndicated throughout the U.S. as part of the Lifestyle Talk Radio Network. She runs a "Chillin' and Thrillin'" segment at the end of each show and wanted to talk to me about touring Italy in a Ferrari -- a topic we covered in the current issue of Dream of Italy. Red Travel runs these extravagant tours!

Click here to listen to the broadcast. The Chillin' and Thrillin' segment is at the end of the hour.

Monday, October 24, 2005

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October Issue

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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Delta Adds Flights to Italy

In an effort to improve its financial situation (airlines have far more pricing power on international routes) and to take on American, British Airways and Continental, Delta has announced that it will be adding a significant number of new international routes this year and next. The New York Times gives details:

In May, Delta plans to add flights from Kennedy to Budapest; Dublin and Shannon, Ireland; and Manchester, England. Flights from Atlanta to Edinburgh; Nice, France; Venice; and Athens will also start in May. In June, Delta wants to add service from New York to Kiev, Ukraine, contingent on approval in both countries. Delta had previously announced other new international routes from Atlanta, including Tel Aviv, beginning in March; Düsseldorf, Germany, in April; and Copenhagen in May. Delta also said yesterday that it would add another summer-only flight from Atlanta to Shannon, and extra service from New York to Rome, giving it 11 flights a week between New York and cities in Italy.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Deciphering Italian Hotel Ratings

Any frequent visitor to Italy knows that the star ratings for Italian hotels can be a bit sketchy. A hotel billing itself as a 5-star might resemble a decent 3-star, a 2-star may turn out to be more exceptional than the 4-star next door. A feature in the September issue of Conde Nast Traveler explored how various countries allocate stars to lodgings, saying about Italy:

Italian hotels are evaluated by regional boards, and standards vary from region to region. In its online accommodations guide, the Italian tourism board aways from one to five stars. The top two categories are five-star and five-star deluxe. Unfortunately, the criteria by which properties are judged are not specified.

The magazine goes on to recommend Michelin Red Guide to Italy as a good resource for rating properties.