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Deal of the Week

September 22, 1996

A five-night package in Rome, including hotel and round-trip air fare from Los Angeles, will be available starting in November at $799 per person, based on double occupancy, taxes included. The offer, from Alitalia airline, also includes daily continental breakfast and airport-hotel transfers. It is available Nov. 1 through Dec. 14 and Dec. 25 through March 12. Reservations must be made at least 21 days in advance. The hotels, all rated three-star by the Government Tourist Office of Italy, include Hotel Academia and Hotel Tritone, an Alitalia spokeswoman said. For an extra $99 per night, travelers may stay two more nights in one of 11 other cities, including Florence and Milan. Reserve through travel agents or Italiatour: (800) 237-0517.

Free for the Asking

Want to know where to find a laugh in Brussels? Turn around a bad-hair day in Berlin? "Concierge Confidential," a pamphlet published by Inter-Continental Hotels and Resorts, provides a page of quick tips on dining, shopping, transit and sights in each of 22 European cities, plus 24 shorter profiles of destinations in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, North America and South America. Among the sights: Brussels' Comic Strip Museum and Berlin's Friseur Museum on the history of hair. To order, call (800) 615-6085. .

This Week's Holidays

Banking and government offices will be closed or services curtailed in the following countries and their dependencies this week because of national and religious holidays:

Monday: Israel, Japan, Neth. Antilles, New Caledonia, New Zealand

Tuesday: Bolivia, Dominican Rep., Guinea-Bissau, New Caledonia, South Africa, Spain, Trinidad

Wednesday: Mozambique

Thursday: Sri Lanka, Yemen

Friday: Belgium, Ethiopia, South Korea, Taiwan

Saturday: Hong Kong, Israel, South Korea, Maca~o, Taiwan, Turks and Caicos Islands

Source: J.P. Morgan

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