Italy is perhaps the most romantic place in the world (except maybe Paris). Immediately imagine pizza, pasta, wine, strolling through cobbled streets and enjoy the history and beauty. Traveling there is a fairly memorable vacation and many people regard this as a dream trip that they will save for years.
Although you can’t go wrong with the food and view in Italy, it helps to plan a little in advance. Here is a travel guide to Italy and 10 things to know when planning your trip.
See Capri from above and visit the Ponte Vecchio in Florence
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A Reddit user suggests going to Capri to see how beautiful the city is from high up. You can take the famous chairlift (as long as you are cool with heights …) and you will be completely surprised.
You can also spend some time in Florence and visit the Ponte Vecchio, which is a beautiful bridge. The coolest part? There are stores that are literally part of the bridge. That is certainly not something that you can see elsewhere and is really unique.
Travel to Italy in October (or spring and winter in general)
The Cultuurreis suggests going to Italy in October, because the weather will be very nice (and certainly more comfortable than the summer when it is super hot).
The Points Guy says it would be a good idea to go in the spring or winter, because a lot of people travel to Italy in the summer months. Summer is considered “high season” and you may not want to be everywhere with many people.
Hotel Artemide and Hilton Garden Inn Florence Novoli are good places to stay
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Hotel Artemide would be a nice place to stay in Rome because there is a rooftop bar, it is near the Trevi Fountain and it looks like a super luxury hotel. It is also close to the metro if you want to take public transportation.
If you want to stay in Florence, or maybe stay in Rome for most of your trip and then spend a night in Florence, try the Hilton Garden Inn Florence Novoli. There is a cute courtyard, beautiful views and there are also many restaurants nearby.
Stay in Rome and take day trips
Italy is a beautiful place and there are so many cities where you could stay. So how do you decide in which city you want to settle?
Rome would be the perfect base for you, because you can easily make day trips. According to The Crazy Tourist you can easily go to Naples, Vatican City, Florence and the Amalfi Coast. With this you can see a lot of Rome, but also explore a number of other places.
Eat in the Barred restaurant and don’t miss a real Margherita pizza
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While in Rome, you absolutely must go to a restaurant called Barred that has received great reviews. Lonely Planet says that you can order tapas there, which is always a very nice way to enjoy other food.
Although you’ve probably tried a Margherita pizza, you really can’t beat the ones you get in Naples, Italy. Go to a restaurant called Sorbillo and see what everyone is talking about. Chances are that you want to go back a few times during your trip.
Definitely take the train to travel through Italy
You have probably heard that when you live in Europe, it is very easy to travel from one city to another. That is why many people make weekend trips.
When you travel to Italy, you can take advantage of the great train system and from Rome to every city or town that you choose. According to Wandering Italy this is affordable and although there will be many people, it is still a great and efficient way to get where you want to go. There are buses, but you might want to forget that, because the times may not match what you want.
Go to the Colosseum, the leaning tower of Pisa and Pompeii
Since you will spend most of your time in Rome, you must go to the Colosseum, because it is definitely a milestone in Italy.
If you take a day trip to Naples, go to Pompeii to see what once was a city, as Planet Ware suggests. You will see what is left, and it is an incredible historical structure. And of course no trip to Italy would be complete without seeing the Leaning Tower of Pisa, about which you have probably heard a lot.
You need some euros and tipping is a fun thing to do
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The currency in Italy is the euro, and according to Finder.com a nice dinner costs 70 euros and a gourmet meal costs 100-600 euros. It is a good idea to take as much cash with you as you think you will need when buying coffee or sandwiches and perhaps also for some admission fees to the museum.
Do you have to leave a tip when dining in a restaurant in Italy? According to Smarter Travel, you don’t necessarily have to do that, but there are some things to look out for. First, if a server or hotel employee is really great, you have to tip them, because that way you show that they did a great job. For another, the tip can be calculated in your check. If that doesn’t happen, 10-50 percent is a good rule of thumb, comparable to other places.
Find affordable flights in May
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You may think, “The best time to go to Italy is now because it’s winter and I need some beauty and excitement in my life.” And while that is true (and it will be great to go any time), there are some better times to go if you want to save some money.
According to Cheap Flights you pay the most money to go to Italy in December, but in May you can find a number of affordable flights. The website also recommends that you go on Monday and ensure that you make your travel arrangements two months in advance to get the best price.
The local culture is beautiful
Life in Italy is really beautiful, and there are a number of things you need to know that make you feel there (you can dream …).
According to Forbes, people in Italy eat something sweet as breakfast together with a cappuccino. They also enjoy an “aperitivo” which is a kind of early dinner. You will have some small snacks and drinks around 5 p.m. and this could last until a few hours later when you had your actual dinner.
Sources: Thecrazytourist.com, Theculturetrip.com, Thepointsguy.com, Lonelyplanet.com, Wanderingitaly.com, Forbes.com, Finder.com, Smartertravel.com, Planetware.com, Cheapflights.ca
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