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  • Links To Travel Guides and Travel Agencies. Our place pages will link you directly to the page on some popular travel guide sites for the place.  We have our standard set of travel sites and we usually try to find some travel sites in English that originate from the country itself. We also link to some popular travel agencies. External links always open in a new window.
     
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  • Links To Language Pages.  Each place page has a link to our language page for each major language spoken there.  Our language pages have links to websites that offer free online-lessons, translation dictionaries and automatic translation websites. We also link to some sites that offer commercial language products such as phrasebooks, dictionaries and language learning software.
     
  • Place Toolbars.  As shown below, a place page may have one of two types of Place Toolbars, or both of them or may not have a toolbar at all.  We plan to eventually have both toolbars on all our place pages. These toolbars make it easy to find essential tourist information for the place and also to go there virtually sometimes via a webcam or a 360 degree virtual photographic tour.
     
  • Location Map.   The location map will take you to Encarta's map of the country along with it's neighboring countries so you can get some idea of where it is in a region.  If you have the time, it is always interesting to visit neighboring countries especially if they are not so well known. 
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Italy
Capital:  Rome     Other cities:  Venice
Languages:  Italian (official), French, German, Lombard, and Sicilian
 

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We usually link you to the page at each of the following travel sites with information on this place:  Expedia, Encarta, DMOZ Open Directory, About.com, Travelocity and Lonely Planet.  The toolbars, when present, have links to more travel information.
 
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To all Travelers and Tourists

Take a minute out of your life on this planet and enjoy some travel wisdom. Here are some of our favorites:
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness."
-Mark Twain
 
"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page."  - St. Augustine
 
"He who would travel happily must travel light."
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 
"One of the gladdest moments of human life, me thinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden weight of routine, the cloak of many cares and the slavery of home, man feels once more happy"
-Sir Richard Burton, the explorer
 
"To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries."  - Aldous Huxley
 

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