At last. Some inside, honest Italy tips!
Just when you thought you might know everything there is to know about Italy, these 35 travel tips will take you completely by surprise.
Not many travellers are willing to share such secrets, so you are in for a treat with this blog post.
Italy. Why Travel There?
Wouldn’t you agree that Italy has got to be one of the most beautiful places on earth?
I have been to Italy more times than I care to remember. I love it. Yes, I have made some big mistakes in Italy but nevertheless, I still adore the place.
Italy is one of those rare countries that ticks every box.
It has more than its fair share of unique destinations to visit. The ruins of Pompeii, the weather in Tuscany, the historic churches found off the beaten track in Florence, wine and pasta.
Lots of pasta.
I told you it was perfect.
I first discovered Italy as a twenty-something backpacker and then a few years later, on a romantic vacation, my husband proposed to me in the shade of an old church in one of the most secret spots in Florence.
As our family grew, I came to realise that taking kids to Italy is a dream. The Italians adore children – they are very family orientated, which makes the family travel thing so much easier.
Through the grapevine and by reading other travel blogs about Italy, I have heard a lot of so-called travel tips that just aren’t true; so I thought I would give you my own version of what you can expect when you to travel to Italy.
A few secret valuable tips that you can use for when you visit Italy alone, with friends, or as a family.
35 Italy Tips to Help Your Trip To Italia Run as Smooth as a Caffe Crema.
Italy Tips – Transport
1. Hiring a Car Italy Travel Tips
If you are thinking of hiring a car in Italy, then know that Italy is the cheapest place in Europe (apart from Croatia) that we found for car hire.
Hiring a car in Italy is inexpensive and easy, and as long as you don’t try to drive around the major cities (use public transport for that), you will find hiring a car gives you a greater sense of independence and is a relaxing way to see Italy.
2. Parking Italy Travel Tips
Talking of cars, be careful of parking in the major cities. More than once we had scam artists come up to us in Florence and said that we needed to pay for them to ‘keep an eye on our car.’
Don’t be intimidated by these people; they are simply trying it on. We said no every time, and they moved right on to the next car. It’s not a big deal but something to be aware of.
3. Driving In Italy ✇
If you do hire a car in Italy know that driving in this country is easy enough; just remember to stay on the right side of the road!
Talking of roads, these are better in the North of Italy than in the South – not so many potholes. We have driven the entire length of Italy and never had any problems.
Make sure your travel insurance covers the excess when you hire a car. Putting this in place before you leave will save you a fortune in Italian fees.
Italy tip: Don’t bother using the picnic areas on the main highway, they stink of wee and are full of rubbish. Yuck. Instead, take a 5-minute detour, and you will find what you are looking for.
4. Trains in Italy 🚆
Our experience with Italian trains was fabulous. Although we spent two months driving around Italy (more on that later), we took trains from Venice to Pisa, and we used the subway around Rome. Both were easy, clean and friendly.
One friendly word of advice about train travel in Italy.
If you are going to book any train trip in Italy use this company. They are the only train operator I would recommend in Italy and they never let us down.
Everyone at Italia Rail speaks perfect English and will get you the fastest and cheapest (and you know that it is legit) deal in Italy. Italy Travel Tips
Just remember, once you have your tickets don’t make one of the common Italy mistakes and forget to validate your ticket BEFORE you board the train – otherwise, you could face a hefty fine!
Italy Travel Tips – Wine, Food & Coffee
I love wine, and food and I am guessing that if you are travelling to Italy, then you do too!
Both wine and food are cheap and plentiful in Italy, but here’s a little travel tip that you might not be aware of.
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