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My Italian Friends Ltd is committed to protecting your privacy. We use the information we collect about you to keep you informed of important functionality changes to the web site, new services and offers My Italian Friends Ltd thinks you will find valuable. If you would rather not receive this information, please send an e-mail with the subject line UNSUBSCRIBE to news@myitalianfriends.com

By using our web site, you consent to the collection and use of this information by My Italian Friends Ltd. If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances we disclose it.
My Italian Friends Ltd welcomes your questions and comments about privacy. Please send an e-mail to care@myitalianfriends.com

My Italian Friends Ltd owns and maintains this site. All rights reserved. Product and company names mentioned on this web site may be the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Permission is granted electronically copy and to print in hard copy portions of this website. Any other use of materials on this website-including reproduction for purposes other than those noted above, modification, distribution, or republication-without the prior written permission of My Italian Friends Ltd is strictly prohibited.

All bookings/enquiries made electronically via this website must be made in advance. Completing an electronic booking request via this site does not constitute acceptance of the travel arrangements until such time as My Italian Friends Ltd sends or communicates confirmation of the booking.
Certain Facilities must be arranged in advance. My Italian Friends Ltd does not accept any responsibility for supplying any such facilities unless these are arranged at the time of booking and subsequently confirmed by My Italian Friends Ltd.

Although all reasonable steps are taken to ensure that the content is accurate and up-to-date, My Italian Friends Ltd will not be held liable for any delays, inaccuracies or omissions it may contain.

Each trip description on our site includes directions with suggestions to local restaurants and bars, an itinerary, and cultural, historical and literary points of reference provided for your information and not necessarily an integral part of the trip contract. Based on the participants’ preferences, the tour leader could organize the trip so that some of the activities described on the site won’t be included and other activities not indicated on the site will be added to the new itinerary. 

Except as specifically stated on this website, to the fullest extent permitted at law, neither My Italian Friends Ltd nor any of its affiliates or other representatives will be liable for damages arising out of or in connection with the use of this web site. This is a comprehensive limitation of liability that applies to all damages of any kind, including (without limitation) compensatory, direct, indirect or consequential damages, loss of data, income of profit, loss of or damage to property and claims of third parties. For the avoidance of doubt, My Italian Friends Ltd does not limit its liability for death or personal injury to the extent only that it arises as a result of the negligence of Bourne Travel or other representatives.

Links from this site to other sites are provided for your information and convenience only, and no responsibility or liability can be accepted for the content, accuracy or any other aspect of these sites. The provision of a link does not imply an endorsement of any kind by My Italian Friends Ltd.

What are cookies?

When you visit a website for the first time it is likely that one or more cookies will be sent to your computer by that website. A cookie is a small text file that can be used to assign a unique reference number to your computer. That number only makes sense to – and is only readable by – the domain (usually a website) that served it. When you return to that website on another day from the same computer, the website can read your cookie and, in effect, recognise you.

This simple technology gives websites a memory. It is possible to set your browser to block all cookies, but doing so will make some websites difficult or impossible to use.

Third party cookies

Sometimes a website will facilitate third party cookies. This is very common when the website displays advertising. A publisher, such as a newspaper website, typically will outsource to a third party the task of selecting the adverts to display on its website.

In many cases the third party will be a network that operates across multiple websites. The publisher will display a tiny, invisible image on its website, known as a web beacon (it is also called a web bug, a pixel tag or a clear gif). That image is hosted by the advertising network. The browser of a visitor to the publisher’s website will access the ad network’s domain to load that tiny image.

The visitor is oblivious to the fact that he is visiting the ad network’s domain to retrieve this image, but in doing so, the visit opens a channel of communication between the visitor’s browser and the ad network. It is through that channel that the ad network can serve cookies to the visitor and read any cookies that it served him previously. Consequently, the ad network never knows the name of Visitor X, but it can recognise that Visitor X previously visited websites A, B and C, provided the ad network has relationships with each of these websites. On the basis of that information, the network will select the advert that it deems most appropriate for that visitor. The selection of adverts based on a visitor’s prior online activity is known as behavioural advertising or interest-based advertising.

Because some web users consider the use of third party cookies unreasonably intrusive, most browsers allow a user to block third party cookies without blocking first party cookies.

Some websites also use a form of cookie that cannot be controlled by most browsers. When a website uses Adobe Flash content, so-called Flash cookies may be stored on users’ computers (they are properly called Local Shared Objects). Users can control Flash cookies by visiting Adobe’s website. The laws described in this guide apply to Flash cookies as well as HTTP cookies.

The website operator must not store information or gain access to information stored in the computer (or other web-enabled device) of a user unless the user “is provided with clear and comprehensive information about the purposes of the storage of, or access to, that information” and “has given his or her consent”.  The consent requirement in the UK Regulations replaces the previous position which provided that visitors should be given the ability to refuse cookies.

The only cookies that do not need users’ consent are those that are strictly necessary to fulfill the user’s request for services. That will cover, for example, the use of cookies to remember the contents of a user’s shopping cart as the user moves through several pages on a website. Other cookies, including those used to count visitors to a website and those used to serve advertising, will require consent.


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