Travel Resources

Travel for Rookies has selected these travel sites below as the best travel resources for you!

After a lot of my own travels in Italy, I found these to be the most competitive and user-friendly sites and travel resources in Italy and Europe. Pay close attention to the Rookie Hints & Savings Tips!


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  • Hipmunk
    Simplest interface, almost elementary actually, and their colorful design makes it super easy differentiate the airlines. It's Rookie proof and makes comparing flights a joy!
  • Bravofly
    Bravofly is a search engine for European airlines, but the best part is their low cost map which automatically points you in the right direction if you’re looking for cheap getaways last minute!
  • Airlines to Venice
    Airlines to Venice
    Click on the image to get the list of the various airlines that go to Venice, Italy. Some may even be offering Rookie Savings for you!
  • European Low Cost Airlines
    European Low Cost Airlines
    Check out the low-cost airlines that leave VCE everyday and where they get you to!
  • Trenitalia
    Find train fare throughout Italy in a few clicks. This is the Italy's official railway site. Rookie Hint: Be sure to click on "All Solutions" to see the cheaper fares, since they like to only show the most expensive ones first!
  • Rail Europe
    Rail Europe
    This takes you to the latest promotions by Rail Europe. You can get a Eurail pass or unlimited Italy train pass at a discounted rate!
    This aggregator site particularly catered to Venice tourists includes car rental companies such as Avis, Budget, Hertz and Thrifty. It's a quick one stop shop when looking to rent your car in Venice or Marco Polo airport.
  • Cruises and Ferries
    Cruises and Ferries
    Find out which cruise lines come and leave from Venice's dock; which cruise lines go to Sicily, Croatia, and Greece; and the easiest system to book those cruises. Rookie Savings: Find an inexpensive and scenic way to get to Sardinia and Elba Island!
  • Holiday Velvet
    Holiday Velvet
    Apartment hunting made easy! The interface rocks, the apartments are high-end, centrally located, but with rates as low as €100/nt for 4 ppl! I'm talking Grand Canal, St.Mark's square and San Polo district locations!
  • HostelsClub
    HostelsClub is a Venice-born company with over 25,000 properties worldwide for budget travelers, and no membership required. This includes apartments, B&Bs, guest houses and more, so don't be fooled by the name. Rookie Tip: Become a facebook fan so you can get their membership card for free which allows you to get additional discounts at Venice's restaurants and bars!
  • Rentalia
    This site has few, but well-picked apartment rentals which aren't sketchy and have good pictures. You can book apartments in Italy, Portugal and Spain. Their map feature is helpful and the prices start from $100-$120/nt! Perfect for a couple or families.
  • SleepingVenice
    Where else can you find an apartment for 30€ a person in Venice's city center? They have awesome apartments and great service. A Rookie Recommendation since it's all about living like a local even during your short stay! They also have if you're headed there too!
    Book a bed from over 1,000 hostels worldwide. Get cheap beds and there are no booking fees! The site is in 6 different languages.
  • Groupon – Venezia
    Groupon – Venezia
    Find out how you can get the latest Groupon deal for a cheap stay in Venice for Two! Or you could really find out how to stay for $30 for Two with the Venice for Rookies guidebook.
    Find some great restaurants, hostels and attraction information on Venice from this site that Paul and his Italian wife maintain.
  • Select Italy
    Select Italy
    This site is a one-stop shop for Italy travel. Buy your Trenitalia train tickets or reserve seats of musical and opera events hassle-free!
  • CheapOair
    Pros: Book online or call their toll-free number; they have a great multi-city flight search function for multiple legs; and they usually have an immediate discount off already cheap airfares.
  • Wedding Planner – Your Friend in Italy
    Wedding Planner – Your Friend in Italy
    Denise, the owner of Your Friend in Italy, is a full-service travel consultant and wedding planner in Italy. Ask her about your next trip to Italy, honeymoon or destination wedding in Italy.
  • Vayama
    Vayama specializes in international flight searches and can include alternative methods of transportation like bus/train rides to save some bucks but be sure to look closely at the itinerary. However their discounted int'l flight specials can save you around $50-$100 buckaroos!
  • Skyscanner
    I heart Skyscanner! It has a really easy search engine which includes most major lost cost airlines within Europe and you can also easily search for the best price with their calendar view!

Hand-picked them myself.