While doing research for clients we come across many wonderful resources on the web to help visitors plan their trips. Below is a curated list of our best resources across all Context cities. Our listing of excellent blogs can be found directly on our blog roll.
An apartment rental agency with branches in several European cities.
A villa rental company with a deep portfolio in Italy and France
Bike tours in Europe: France, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland, while staying in luxurious hotels, expert guides, and world class wines.
A walking tour company offering unsurpassed multi-day, small-group walking tours, hiking vacations, and private & custom adventures.
A membership-based community for sophisticated travelers, providing access to curated online archives, printed Black Book guides and custom advisory and booking services.
A private club with 24-hour global concierge service, and part of the world’s leading luxury lifestyle group, they are committed to the notion that quality matters.
Untours, as the name suggests, offers an entirely different approached to the packaged tour. They arrange accommodations (usually in villas or apartments) and all sorts options for do-it-yourselfers and people who hate being shepherded around. We love their approach, as it fits well with ours.
A global community of Educators sharing travel experiences. We love these guys and what they do!
Natalia rents several lovely apartments throughout Rome.
The website of culinary expert and Context docent Maureen Fant.
Comprehensive guide to all things child related in Rome. Written by Context docent Eleonora Baldwin.
The official website of Rome’s transport agency. Here you will find information about strikes and public transit routes, complete with a trip planner.
Listing of events, concerts, exhibits and more happening in Rome. Updated weekly.
Official tourism website of Rome.
The website for Florence’s local English-speaking newspaper. Full of interesting articles and event listings.
Official website of Florence state museums.
An excellent resource of dining information in Florence with reviews contributed by users, many of whom are Florentine residents.
Official tourism board site of Florence.
Family, run apartment rental agency with numerous properties in Florence.
Wonderful website that is one of the most comprehensive in English for news, museums listings, and more about Naples.
Official tourism board site in Naples.
One of the largest ferry companies in Italy. Here one can look up ferry timetables for Capri, Ischia, and the Amalfi Coast.
Lovely and centrally located bed and breakfast where Context staff lodges when in town.
Official schedule for the local Circumvesuviana train that runs between Naples, Sorrento, and numerous archaeological sites.
Official website for the archaeological sites surrounding Naples, including Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Website where one can purchase vaporetto passes and more in advance of your visit.
Comprehensive listing of current events and transport information.
About.com’s Venice section has useful information on transport in the city, traveling with children, and more.
This charming, family run boutique bed and breakfast is located in the quiet San Polo neighborhood.
British non-profit organization that works to preserve the heritage of Venice.
Official website for all Italian trains. Please note that purchases with non-European credit cards are not possible.
Informational site by the BootsnAll Travel network about travel in Italy.
Resource for access friendly travel in Italy, including information on wheelchair rental and accessible accomodation.
Customized travel planning services – accommodation, transportation, gourmet eating, and itinerary planning – to Italy.
Good blog with info about Italy. Also provides travel planning services.
Official website for all French trains. Purchases can be made with non-European credit cards, however, be careful in the station—if you don’t have a ‘chip’ credit card you need to collect your tickets at the ticket sales desk.
The official website of Paris’s transport agency. Here you will find information about strikes and public transit routes, complete with a trip planner.
About.com’s Paris section has useful information on transport in the city, exhibition, events, hotels and reviews and other interesting articles.
Official tourism board site of Paris, provides a calendar of exhibits and events and information regarding hotels and other tourism tips.
Paris Attitude is a real estate agency in Paris specialized in short and long term furnished rentals for every budget.
The Haven In Experience: Indulge in unique rentals in Paris, Provence, Tuscany and London with luxury in-home amenities and round-the-clock services. A one-of-a-kind vacation apartment and villa rental experience. The Haven in Paris blog also provides editorial on hip Paris culture.
PerfectlyParis offers high-quality, self-catering apartments for rent in the Paris’s quaint Montmartre neighborhood.
Paris Perfect offers luxury and high quality vacation rental apartments with every comfort in the heart of Paris.
Just France offers superior and luxury vacation and holiday rental properties in Paris, the South of France, and other regions of the country.
Paris Copia focuses on luxury vacation experiences in Paris—exceptional properties and personalized concierge service.
Savoir Faire Paris is your ultimate English-speaking personal assistant in Paris.
A comprehensive site about what’s going on in London, accommodation, restaurants, entertainment.
Download maps, find the best itinerary, learn about the most convenient ticket for your London journeys
The wonderful Laura Porter has all sorts of information for travelers going to London.
Here you can find all info about the Royal family, visiting Royal residences, and even take a look at the British Monarchy Flickr account!
Looking for an apartment to stay while in London? One Fine Stay may be what you are looking for. A selected group of apartments, carefully picked and beautifully managed.
Rents smart phones and mobile wifi in the UK. Follow our link and get 10% off.
A local English-language newspaper for Madrid, with lots of event listings and relevant news for English speakers.
Travel resources for Spain, including events, shops, and restaurants.
A comprehensive and well-written resource for everything Madrid.
Schedule for this excellent new transport option into central Madrid. Fare costs just €2 each way.
A network of babysitters in Barcelona.
The public ferry system for Istanbul, with timetables for crossing the Strait from various piers throughout the city.
Private water taxis for the waterways of Istanbul, website in Turkish.
American Research Institute in Turkey has a facility in Arnavutkoy and sponsors academic digs all over Turkey.
Hurriyet is a good, English-language daily published in Istanbul.
Alper and Helen at My Istanbul Info publish a trove of useful information about visiting Istanbul and planning your trip.
A comprehensive website listing all archaeological sites in Greece, opening hours, etc.
A good website for translating Greek words.
A culinary expert and chef in Athens who organizes cooking classes.
A great resource for travelers who prefer renting an apartment instead of checking in a hotel