To help you overcome the fear of the unknown, and focus on the exhilarating aspects of heading abroad, here are Avventure Bellissime’s top tips for travelling in Italy…
This is the first one, and it’s important. Italy is full of great places to visit, alongside stunning art and architecture to enjoy. You can’t possibly see it all! To experience Italian culture properly, you need to slow down and savour what you do see.
Dinner is Later
Prepare to eat dinner late. Most Italian restaurants, especially the good ones, don’t open until 7pm. But with the slower pace of life in Italy, this simply gives you more time to explore the quaint streets and the world-famous art galleries and build up an appetite for some fine Italian cuisine.
Learn Some Italian
After all, it is what’s spoken in Italy! These days there are plenty of tools to help you learn Italian, too. From great free apps to taking some online classes before heading out to Italy, you can pick up some key phrases easily. This will make your trip that bit more accessible.
Don’t Go in the Summer
Of course, Italy in the summer is the dream. Romance, sun kissed beaches, and long days basking in the heat… what’s not to love? But the summer months also draw in the most tourists, especially in August. So, when booking your vacation, consider an off peak time
You’ll Get Lost
Yes, this will happen and it’s not always as romantic as you’d imagine. The winding rural Italian roads, where phone signal is hard to come by, aren’t easy to navigate. So, make sure you have an offline map on your smartphone just in case you take a wrong turn!
Use the Trains
The train network in Italy is fast and efficient. You can, for example, travel between Rome and Naples in just over an hour, and it takes just ninety minutes to journey between Rome and Florence. With some of Europe’s fastest trains, and some of the most scenic countryside to travel through, Italian trains are a great way to see the country.
Read our detailed guide to using public transport in Italy.
You’ll Fall in Love With the Country
So, be prepared to never want to leave. From the great food and drink on offer like pastas, pizzas, coffees, and wines, to the stunning architecture dating all the way back to the Roman times, Italy will steal your heart.
Whether it’s your first trip to Italy, or it’s a yearly excursion, use some of the above advice to make your vacation even more relaxing. Learn a little Italian, slow down, and embrace the pace of life over there. And make sure to follow our blog, too. It’s full of great tips and advice for visiting Italy!
Why not book one of the many tours of Italy on offer from Avventure Bellissime? Make your Italian trip even more relaxing and leave the logistics to us!