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Hello,

  I found this website(passports and visas.com). They claim to be able to expedite your passports & visas applications. Would you recommend using their services?

 Thanks, Jim

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Hi Jim,

I can only speak to my personal preferences to answer this question.  Generally, I do not recommend using a middle man for passports and visas.  (You won't need a visa in Italy unless you're going for more than 90 days.)  It you need an expedited passport, you should be able to get it from your normal passport office.  The website: travel.state.gov.   Has all the information you need to arrange a passport, and will also help you find a passport office near you.  
The process is very strait forward, and doubt you'll need to pay another company to help arrange your travel documents.

I hope this helps!  

Marjorie

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Marjorie Sterne

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I can answer many types of questions about travel in Venice Italy including questions on the topics of transportation, wireless communications, restaurants and/or shopping for food, bars and nightlife, shopping for locally produced souvenirs, where to acquire personal necessities, how to do laundry, the Lido di Venezia, excursions to the outlying islands, and how to rent apartments for short terms stays. Unfortunately I am unable to answer questions about hotels in Venice and I do not hold myself forth as an expert on the historical sites of the city. But I can, of course, recommend my personal favorite museums!

Experience

My first visit was in the summer of the year 2000, when I stumbled off a train at Santa Lucia Station with absolutely no idea of the wonders that awaited me outdoors. I have since been visiting Venice at least twice a year, usually spending at least three weeks at a stretch. Yes! I am one of those people who fell in love with the city at first site. In the winter of 2010 I authored and published the OG Venice Travel Guide which is a top ten guide to Venice on the iTunes App Store and is now also available through Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, the Google eBookstore and the Apple iBookstore. OG Venice Travel Guide focuses primarily on providing detailed practical information about life in Venice such as how to get around town, where to eat good food at a reasonable price, where to buy genuine locally produced goods and how to do normal things like wash clothing or buy outlet converters. Originally imagined as a guide primarily for students and long term visitors, OG Venice Travel Guide has proved popular with a much larger audience and has gained a reputation locally in Venice as the guide that introduces the "real Venice" to visitors.

Organizations
State of Wisconsin Bar Association American Bar Association

Publications
OG Venice Travel Guide Law & Entrepreneurship News

Education/Credentials
High School: Loomis Chaffee School College: Sarah Lawrence College Graduate School: University of Wisconsin Law School Abroad Studies: Institute for American Universities, Aix en Provence, France 1994; George Washington University at the Max Plank Institute, Munich, Germany 2004; Vanderbilt University in Venice, Venice, Italy 2004

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