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Rome has an APT (Azienda Per Turismo) Tourist Information Office in the city center. Green APT information kiosks called Punti Informativi Turistici (P.I.T.), with multilingual personnel, are near the most important sights and squares, as well as at Termini station and Leonardo da Vinci and Ciampino airports. They're open 9–1 and 3–7:30 and provide information about cultural events, museums, opening hours, city transportation, and so on. You can also pick up free tourist maps and brochures.

In Rome

060608 (Tourist Information and Tickets). City-sponsored cultural resources portal 06/0608. www.060608.it.

TurismoRoma (06/0608. www.turismoroma.it/?lang=en.)

Online Resources

The Turismo Roma website is www.turismoroma.it and is packed with information about events and places to visit. For more information specifically on Italy, visit www.italiantourism.com, www.initaly.com, and www.wel.it. Another particularly useful site is www.romeguide.it, which has an English version. Particularly provocative, fascinating, and up-to-date are the monthly Web issues of The American, a popular English magazine based in Rome; their website is www.theamericanmag.com. Magnificent is the only word to describe this passionate writer's ode to the city's treasures of art and architecture, replete with hundreds of photos and little-known facts: www.romeartlover.it. An official website for many of Rome's most famous sights, and a place to make ticket reservations, is www.060608.it. If you’re particularly curious about the history of food and where to get the best of it in Rome, check out food writer Katie Parla’s comprehensive blog, www.parlafood.com. One example of a top website devoted to one sight in Rome is www.capitolium.org. Two handy guides to the bus lines threading Rome and its surrounding areas are www.atac.roma.it and www.cotralspa.it.