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.


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WORLDWIDE

Cross-Pollinate

An apartment rental agency with branches in several European cities.

Doorways

A villa rental company with a deep portfolio in Italy and France

DuVine Adventures

Bike tours in Europe: France, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland, while staying in luxurious hotels, expert guides, and world class wines.

Country Walkers

A walking tour company offering unsurpassed multi-day, small-group walking tours, hiking vacations, and private & custom adventures.

Indagare Travel

A membership-based community for sophisticated travelers, providing access to curated online archives, printed Black Book guides and custom advisory and booking services.

Quintessentially

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

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.

Wandering Educators

A global community of Educators sharing travel experiences. We love these guys and what they do!


ROME

Dolce Roma

Natalia rents several lovely apartments throughout Rome.

Maureen B Fant

The website of culinary expert and Context docent Maureen Fant.

Rome City Guide for Kids

Comprehensive guide to all things child related in Rome. Written by Context docent Eleonora Baldwin.

ATAC

The official website of Rome’s transport agency. Here you will find information about strikes and public transit routes, complete with a trip planner.

In Rome Now

Listing of events, concerts, exhibits and more happening in Rome. Updated weekly.

060608

 

Official tourism website of Rome.


FLORENCE


The Florentine

The website for Florence’s local English-speaking newspaper. Full of interesting articles and event listings.

Polo Museale Fiorentino

Official website of Florence state museums.

Dining in Florence

An excellent resource of dining information in Florence with reviews contributed by users, many of whom are Florentine residents.

APT Florence

Official tourism board site of Florence.

Firenze Lodging

Family, run apartment rental agency with numerous properties in Florence.


NAPLES


Napoli Unplugged

Wonderful website that is one of the most comprehensive in English for news, museums listings, and more about Naples.

APT Naples

Official tourism board site in Naples.

SNAV

One of the largest ferry companies in Italy. Here one can look up ferry timetables for Capri, Ischia, and the Amalfi Coast.

B&B Tribu

Lovely and centrally located bed and breakfast where Context staff lodges when in town.

Circumvesuviana

Official schedule for the local Circumvesuviana train that runs between Naples, Sorrento, and numerous archaeological sites.

Sopritendenza Archaeologica Napoli and Pompeii

Official website for the archaeological sites surrounding Naples, including Pompeii and Herculaneum.


VENICE


Venice Connected

Website where one can purchase vaporetto passes and more in advance of your visit.

Hello Venezia

Comprehensive listing of current events and transport information.

About.com Venice

About.com’s Venice section has useful information on transport in the city, traveling with children, and more.

Oltre Il Giardino

This charming, family run boutique bed and breakfast is located in the quiet San Polo neighborhood.

Venice in Peril

British non-profit organization that works to preserve the heritage of Venice.


ITALY-WIDE


TrenItalia

Official website for all Italian trains. Please note that purchases with non-European credit cards are not possible.

Why Go Italy

Informational site by the BootsnAll Travel network about travel in Italy.

Accessible Italy

Resource for access friendly travel in Italy, including information on wheelchair rental and accessible accomodation.

Insider’s Italy

Customized travel planning services – accommodation, transportation, gourmet eating, and itinerary planning – to Italy.

Italy Beyond the Obvious

Good blog with info about Italy. Also provides travel planning services.

 


PARIS


SNCF

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.

RATP

The official website of Paris’ transport agency. Here you will find information about strikes and public transit routes, complete with a trip planner.

About.com Paris

About.com’s Paris section has useful information on transport in the city, exhibition, events, hotels and reviews and other interesting articles.

Paris Info

Official tourism board site of Paris, provides a calendar of exhibits and events and information regarding hotels and other tourism tips.

Haven In Paris

Haven in Paris luxury vacation apartment rentals, offers a unique variety of personally selected properties to accommodate every type of traveler and budget.

Paris Luxe

Paris Luxe offers top luxury apartments in the most sought-after areas of Paris, a strong advantage is unlimited access to the Paris Luxe Concierge, Rik Gitlin, who will coordinate your itinerary and book your activities.

Paris Perfect Apartments

Paris Perfect offers luxury and high quality vacation rental apartments with every comfort in the heart of Paris.


LONDON


Visit London

A comprehensive site about what’s going on in London, accommodation, restaurants, entertainment.

Transport for London

Download maps, find the best itinerary, learn about the most convenient ticket for your London journeys

About London

The wonderful Laura Porter has all sorts of information for travelers going to London.

The British Monarchy

Here you can find all info about the Royal family, visiting Royal residences, and even take a look at the British Monarchy Flickr account!

One Fine Stay

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.

Fonmigo

Rents smart phones and mobile wifi in the UK. Follow our link and get 10% off.


MADRID

In Madrid

A local English-language newspaper for Madrid, with lots of event listings and relevant news for English speakers.

Spain Scoop

Travel resources for Spain, including events, shops, and restaurants.

MAP

A comprehensive and well-written resource for everything Madrid.

EMT 24-hour Airport Shuttle

Schedule for this excellent new transport option into central Madrid. Fare costs just €2 each way.


BARCELONA

Barcelona Babysitter

A network of babysitters in Barcelona.


ISTANBUL

IDO

The public ferry system for Istanbul, with timetables for crossing the Strait from various piers throughout the city.

Deniz

Private water taxis for the waterways of Istanbul, website in Turkish.

ARIT

American Research Institute in Turkey has a facility in Arnavutkoy and sponsors academic digs all over Turkey.

Hurriyet Daily

Hurriyet is a good, English-language daily published in Istanbul.

My Istanbul Info

Alper and Helen at My Istanbul Info publish a trove of useful information about visiting Istanbul and planning your trip.

 


ATHENS


Greek Ministry of Culture

A comprehensive website listing all archaeological sites in Greece, opening hours, etc.

Type Greek

A good website for translating Greek words.

Diane Kochilas

A culinary expert and chef in Athens who organizes cooking classes.


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Boston Vacation Rentals

A great resource for travelers who prefer renting an apartment instead of checking in a hotel