possible, know the weight of his luggage approximately, in order
to guard against imposition. The luggage-ticket is called to scontrino.
Porters who convey luggage to and from the carriages are sufficiently
paid with a few sous, where there is no fixed tariff; and their impudent
attempts at extortion should be firmly resisted. Travellers who can
confine their impedimenta to articles which they can carry them¬
selves and take into the carriages with them, will be spared much
expense and annoyance. Those who intend to make only a short
stay at a place, especially when the town or village lies at a distance
from the railway, should leave their heavier luggage at the station till
their return (dare in deposito, or depositare, 5 c. per day for each
package, with a minimum of 10 c). Luggage, however, maybe sent
on to the final destination, though the traveller himself break the
journey. On alighting at small stations, the traveller should at once
look after his luggage in person.
During the last few years a large number of robberies of passengers'
luggage have been perpetrated in Italy without detection, and articles of
great value should not be entrusted to the safe-keeping of any trunk or
portmanteau, however strong and secure it may seem. For a charge of
5 c. per packag ■ passengers may have their luggage secured with leaden
seals (piombare = to seal with lead).
The enormous weight of the trunks used by some travellers not un-
frequently causes serious and even lifelong injury to the hotel and railway
porters who have to handle them. Travellers are therefore urged to place
their heavy articles in the smaller packages and thus minimize the evil
as far as possible.
The most trustworthy time-tables are those contained in the
'Orario Ufficiale delle Strade Ferrate' . . . d'ltalia (published monthly
by the Fratelli Pozzo at Turin; price 1 fr.). The ordinary tourist
will probably find the smaller editions (80, 50, and 20 c.) sufficient
for his purposes.
Through Tickets to different parts of Italy are issued in London
(at the principal southern railway-stations; by Messrs. Cook & Son,
Ludgate Circus, Messrs. Gaze & Sons, 142 Strand, etc.), in Paris,
and at many of the principal towns in Germany and Switzerland.
They are available for 7-60 days, or even longer.
Those with whom economy is an object may save a good deal by buy¬
ing return-tickets to the Swiss frontier, travelling third-class through
Switzerland, and then taking circular tour tickets in Italy. The latter
may be ordered beforehand by a post-card (written in French or Italian)
addressed to the 'Capo Stazione' at the frontier-station, so as to allow the
traveller to proceed without missing a train. In this case it is desirable
to have the fare ready in Italian money.
Circular Tickets (viaggi circolari) to the principal towns in
Italy, available for 20-60 days, may be purchased in London, in
France, and in Germany, as well as in Italy, at a reduction of 20-
35 per cent. Such tickets are issued for fixed routes (combinati)
or for routes arranged to suit the traveller's convenience (combina-
bili). Full particulars will be found in the 'Orario' mentioned above.
Travellers with circular tickets from Northern Italy to Rome may
obtain, in connection with these, return-tickets from Rome to Naples