Italy from a local perspective! This guide highlights the insights gathered from my years of living in & traveling around the boot. Guaranteed to help you to make the most of your Italian adventures!
The home of The Coliseum, DaVinci, Armani, great works of art, stunning landscapes, passionate people who like to talk with their hands, vespas, pizza, gelato & wine. Lots of wine!
Italy is one of a kind. And here you will find amazing things on just about every corner.
But, make no mistake. A trip to Italy is not just about what you see or do, it’s about how Italy changes you.
Making the most of a trip to Italy starts before you go. Be prepared so you can choose places & experiences that will bring you joy.
Slow down and enjoy the pace of Italian life. Revel in the in-between moments like savoring your morning espresso in an outdoor cafe.
Extend the good feelings by sharing your memories with friends & family. Share that photo or facetime your sister from Rome!
Whether it is walking the ancient streets of Rome, driving the Tuscan countryside or eating a mouthwatering meal- Italy delights & inspires like no other.
With thousands of years of history & more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than just about any other country, it really is no wonder it’s one of the most visited places in the world.
Italy is the ideal place to explore like a local, create authentic experiences, & find unexpected surprises. So, go on & pack your bags! Italy is waiting for you.
The information & insights in this guide have been gathered over my years of living in and traveling across Italy. I've certainly learned a thing or two, both the easy & the hard way!
So rest assured, these tips will save you time, energy, money and most likely a few headaches :) That way you can better focus on making the best of what Italy has to offer!
What to know about
First, know that Lodging costs can vary greatly due to the location and season.
Budget Accommodation (Hostels / shared rooms) run from 20-50 euro a night & private rooms are more
Mid-range lodging runs from about 40-100 euro a night per person
Convent & Monastery Guest Houses offer economical lodging across Italy
An Agriturismo stay is a local & authentic way to experience a working farm
Transportation in Italy
There are many transportation options in Italy & choices ultimately will depend on the destination.
Italy has an extensive train network, and tickets can be bought in advance on-line or the day of travel. It's an efficient way to get from city to city.
Public transport like buses and subways are reasonably priced & readily available in large cities.
Buses are a good option for getting from city to a city &/or village.
Car rental is a good option for seeing the countryside, mountains or coastline (rent a fun to drive & easy to park Fiat 500).
Taxis are found in large cities & usually hailed from a taxi stand.
Be sure to stamp & validate train, bus & boat tickets before you depart.
1. Museums & activities typically cost 10-20 euro
2. Wine & Food tours start around 50 euro (and worth every penny!)
3. There are often reduced fares for children, students, seniors and/or families
4. Guided & private tours will cost more
5. Passes can help to save money & are often possible for multiple attractions
6. Book online to save time waiting in line (another it's so worth it!)
7. Book directly with official websites to save third party fees
- debra Levinson
“One of the great joys of traveling through Italy is discovering firsthand that it is, indeed, a dream destination.”
Walk: much of Italy can be discovered on foot
Active Pursuits: take in the beautiful scenery while hiking, swimming, skiing, etc.
Relaxation: hot springs, thermal parks & full-service spas are aplenty from north to south
Slow food: eating Slow Food supports local food cultures & traditions
Wine: get the health benefit of antioxidants & try one of the hundreds of varieties
Reflection: with an abundance of churches, museums & nature- take time for quiet contemplation
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