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Last-minute travel deals
London calling; Italy for four; Arts funding
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ondon calling
Travelers to London can protect themselves from a fluctuating currency by locking in a fixed-­dollar rate at the Metropolitan hotel overlooking Hyde Park. Rooms start at $199 per night, prepaid. Valid through Sept. 6. Contact: Metropolitan.como.bz

Italy for four
TourCrafters’ 12-day vacation to Italy for a family of four starts at $2,559. Includes rental car, four days in Florence, and seven days in the Tuscan ­countryside. Offer runs July 13 to Aug. 31.
Contact: Tourcrafters.com


Arts funding
Throughout 2009, writers with a published manuscript or proof of a work in progress get 25 percent off a two-night stay at New York’s Algonquin Hotel. Entertainment union members get 20 percent off at the bar. Contact: Algonquinhotel.com

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