the railway, should leave their heavier luggage at the station till
their return (dare in deposito, or depositare, 5 c. per day per
piece; minimum 10 c), or forward it to the final destination. At
small stations the traveller should at once look after his luggage in
person. — The luggage-ticket is called lo scontrino. Porters (fac-
chini) who convey luggage to and from the carriage are entitled to
5-20 c. per package by tariff; attempts at extortion should be firm¬
As several robberies of passengers' luggage have been perpetrated in
Italy without detection, articles of great value should not be entrusted to
the safe-keeping of any trunk or portmanteau, however strong and secure
it may seem. — Damaged trunks may be secured by leaden seals (piom-
bare) for 5 c. each package.
The enormous weight of the large trunks used by some travellers not
infrequently causes serious injury to the porters who have to handle them.
Heavy articles should therefore always be placed in the smaller packages.
Italian Railway Restaurants, especially those at frontier-stations,
leave much to be desired. Luncheon-baskets (3-4 fr.) may be obtained at
some of the larger stations.
Passengers by night-trains from the larger stations may hire pillows
(cuscino, guanziale; 1 fr., for abroad 2 fr.). These must not be removed
from the compartment.
Steamboats. Tickets for boats plying on the N. Italian lakes
should be purchased at the principal stations (a slightly higher
charge is made on board). Passengers embarking at intermediate
stations receive checks, which they show on purchasing their tickets.
There is no extra charge for embarking or disembarking at the
small-boat stations. Return tickets, are, in the absence of any notice
to the contrary, available for one day only. — Steamers of the North
German Lloyd ply from Genoa to Naples, but these cannot be
combined with any of the circular tours.
Italy offers an attractive field to the cyclist. The roads are good
on the whole, though often very dusty in summer and correspond¬
ingly muddy in wet weather.
Members of the Touring Club Italiano (Milan, Piazza Durini 7;
entrance fee 2 fr., annual subscription 5 fr.) command advantageous
terms at numerous hotels, besides having access to the special in¬
formation and maps of the club. One of its best guides is L. V.
Bertarelli's Guida-Itinerario delle Strade di grande Comunicazione
dell' Italia (3rd ed.; Milan, 1900), with numerous maps and plans.
The unattached cyclist on entering Italy with his wheel must
deposit 42 fr. 60 c. with the custom-house authorities, which sum is
returned to him (though sometimes not without difficulties) when
he quits the country. Members of well-known cyclist associations,
such as the Cyclists' Touring Club (London; 47 Victoria St., S.W.)
or the Touring Club de France (Paris; 10 Place de la Bourse), are,
however, spared this formality, on conditions explained in the hand-
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