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15 Things to Know Before Going To Italy

The Streets in Lucca

Italy has lengthy been on the highest of many vacationers listing for many years. The nation is majestically lovely, has world-class meals, and a spoken language that may immediately make you drool and fall in love.

I’ve had the pleasure of spending time there on a couple of totally different events, and I discovered that there are numerous issues to know earlier than going to Italy.

Issues to Know Earlier than Going To Italy

1. Italians Take Riposo Very Significantly

Riposo is Italy’s noon siesta. From 1-Four p.m. you possibly can look forward to finding many outlets and eating places closed.

Italians wish to take time within the afternoon to go house, have lunch, and chill out with household earlier than heading again out to do enterprise once more. Life earlier than work, adore it!

The Streets in Lucca

2. Plan to Eat Late

That being stated, most eating places gained’t open till 7 or later. Plan your meals accordingly to keep away from any hangry moods.

three. There’s No Tipping, however…

Many eating places have a canopy cost referred to as “coperto”, so until specified as “no service cost” you might as nicely get used to having to pay a payment if you sit down at a restaurant.

This may be anyplace from 1 to five Euro, and no it isn’t simply because you’re a vacationer. Italians and foreigners alike should pay the cost to take a seat on the desk. Learn extra of our recommendations on tipping in eating places all through Europe.


The view close to our Airbnb in Perugia. Right here’s $40 so that you can get your personal condo rental!

Four. Your Salad Has a New Greatest Good friend

And her identify is Olive Oil! You’ll not discover something however olive oil and perhaps some vinegar on your salad.

Not in a restaurant, upscale restaurant, or a grocery retailer – belief me, it’s not there. Buh bye ranch dressing – hellllooo bikini season! Italy, my waistline is thanking you.



5. €1.30 is the Worth for a Cappuccino. Interval.

Cappuccinos and espressos are all over the place in Italy, and it’s WONDERFUL. Our day in Italy wasn’t full until we had about three cups of foamy goodness. Italy isn’t recognized to be the most cost effective nation, however espressos are meant for everybody and are subsequently very reasonably priced.

We often pay €1.50 for a Cappuccino and €1 for espresso. Something greater than €1.50 and you’re getting the straight up vacationer fare.

Italian Coffee Guide

Italian Coffee Guide

6. The WiFi is…Creating

For a developed nation, accessible WiFi in Italy is critically missing. In a lot of the Airbnb’s, hostels, and inns we stayed on the WiFi was lower than satisfactory. This stunned us, after which we came upon that greater than 30% of Italians have by no means been on-line. So 1999.

Sorrento Mill

Sorrento Mill

7. The New Cafe Tradition is Non-Existent

There are not any Starbucks in Italy. Not completely shocking, and truly very endearing. This doesn’t hassle me as I’ve come to hate that seductive inexperienced Siren, and have a tendency to solely use their amenities for a free rest room in Europe.

Nevertheless, we didn’t discover any cafes in Italy the place we might simply go sit and work on our pc. A easy idea that has develop into so widespread again house is nearly non-existent in Italy. Maybe this correlates to the creating WiFi. Hmm.

know before you go to Italy

know before you go to Italy

eight. “Ciao,” “Grazie,” and “Non-Capisco” will go a great distance

The Italians are extraordinarily pleasant and well mannered individuals, however I nonetheless discovered that studying a couple of phrases of their language will get you a great distance. It’s straightforward too! “Ciao” can be utilized for hey and goodbye, “Grazie,” is used in all places to offer thanks, and when an area mistakenly make you out for an Italian simply merely say “Non-Capisco” (I don’t perceive). Or simply decide up an Italian language e-book! Learn my full record of what to convey to Italy right here.

Is Venice worth a visit

Is Venice worth a visit

9. All the time validate your practice and bus tickets

Simply shopping for your tickets on the bus or practice station shouldn’t be sufficient. You should validate them on the little machines close by to show that you’re utilizing the ticket proper then and there. Not doing so will end in a hefty advantageous and an sad inspector.



10. All Roads Result in Rome

We discovered the easiest way to get to many Italian cities, was by way of Rome. Termini station in Rome is a serious transport hub linking the remainder of Italy. This turned type of a ache, as numerous time we had no want to cross again by means of the town simply to go some other place.

Nevertheless most journeys to Italy will possible begin in Rome, I might recommend taking at the very least three days to discover the town. It’s one of many oldest on the planet and one I hold discovering myself again in. To take advantage of out of your time you will get a “Skip the Line” three-hour tour into the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s.

E-book your tour right here!

When in Rome

When in Rome

11. Get to Naples for the Greatest Pizza Pie

Arms down one of the best (and least expensive) pizzas are in Naples. It’s truthfully value making a visit to the town only for the €three.50 Margarita Pizzas. It might have ruined all future pizza for me, however bringing that good pizza to my lips simply as soon as was value it.

12. Pickpocketers, Schmishmocketers

For a rustic that has two cities listed as the highest 10 pickpocketing locations on the planet, we by no means as soon as felt like our possessions have been in peril. Perhaps it’s the New York mentality in us, however we discovered Italy to be extremely protected. Simply use some widespread sense and check out to not appear to be an entire vacationer and there’s nothing to fret about.

Exploring the Cinque Terre Trail

Exploring the Cinque Terre Trail

13. Throw Every part You Know About Italian Meals Out the Window

Spaghetti bolognese shouldn’t be all over the place and cannolis are solely common in Sicily, additionally you’ll by no means ever see pepperoni. As an alternative, you’ll discover the actual Italian staples like bruschetta al pomodoro, scrumptious prosciutto layering a pizza, and spaghetti alla carbonara as an alternative of fettucini alfredo. And the cheese!

Oh, don’t even get me began on the cheese in Italy. It’s scrumptious and recent and nothing in your common supermarkets will ever examine. I labored on the American restaurant meals chain Carrabba’s Italian Grill for Four years. Belief me, the “Italian” meals we expect we all know doesn’t even examine.

Cheese in Venice

Cheese in Venice

14. Select Your Gelato Correctly

There’s good gelato and crap gelato – even in Italy. Learn your evaluations on-line, and make sure you check out a number of totally different outlets. Once you discover the most effective, you’ll know. Our favourite gelato in Italy was palms down in Florence and was referred to as Gelateria Della Passera.

Gelato in Venice

Gelato in Venice

15. Italy is a Huge and Diversified Nation (So, Convey a Digital camera)

Italy is so utterly totally different from north to south. There are 20 totally different areas in Italy, and every focuses on totally different wines, meals, and traditions. It’s superb how one nation may be the identical but in addition so totally different. Rome and Florence are nice cities, however there’s far more to discover the boot-shaped nation! I’ve spent a complete of 5 months in Italy and there’s nonetheless a lot left I’ve to see. If it’s your first time to Italy and you’ve got a number of weeks, right here is a superb advised itinerary.

I by no means depart my Airbnb, lodge, or guesthouse and not using a digital camera in order that I can acquire all of the reminiscences of the gorgeous nation. I’m presently touring with a Fujifilm X-T3 and love it as a result of for its small, trendy, and light-weight body – good for Italy! You possibly can see a few of our favourite journey cameras right here.

This is Italy

This is Italy

What to Pack for Italy

Journey Water Bottle

Plastic air pollution is an issue around the globe so it’s greatest to not contribute to the issue shopping for plastic water bottles in all places – plus the water from the faucets right here is completely protected to drink. We’ve shifted to utilizing an insulated aluminum water bottle because it handles the recent solar nicely. Nevertheless, we additionally love filtered water bottles in areas we’re unsure of the water provide. Learn extra about favourite water bottle for journey in our publish.


There are lots of outside actions in Italy (Dolomites, volcanoes, and hilltop cities), that require some activewear to take pleasure in. So, if you’re questioning what to put on in Italy contemplate packing a minimum of one lively outfit. To not point out all the carbs you’re going to wish to burn off!

Tasha’s favourite model of activewear is Alala. Alala makes high-quality yoga pants, sports activities bras, and cozy tops.  For those who’re planning on doing a hike within the Dolomites ensure that to get an excellent climbing backpack.

For males, it’s time to ditch the saggy basketball shorts and go for a shorter minimize operating brief (not an 80’s minimize). As for the trainers, I’m an enormous fan of Brooks and Mizuno’s neither have completed me mistaken.

Operating Shorts

Journey Towel

Most motels will give you a towel, however they typically aren’t appropriate or allowed on the seashores. I wish to journey with a microfiber towel as a result of they’re mild and fold up small, they usually additionally don’t cling on to sand our dust. Listed here are a couple of of our favourite journey towels.

Solar Hat

It will get sunny in Italy, and until you’re strolling round museums you’ll be outdoors a lot of the day. Make certain to guard your face with a pleasant solar hat.

Purchase a Solar Hat

Italian Guidebook

We like to have a bodily guidebook when touring. We spend sufficient time hooked up to our telephones in on a regular basis life and planning our journeys. As soon as we attain a vacation spot like Italy we put the telephone away and decide up a guidebook to assist with our journey.

Lonely Planet — Italy

Journey Insurance coverage

We don’t journey with out journey insurance coverage and neither do you have to. You by no means know what can occur in another country and it’s greatest to be ready. World Nomads supplies good brief time period protection.


 Keep in mind that Italy makes use of each the  “Sort L ” Italian adapter and the Europlug. Many adapters are interchangeable, so ensure you discover a good one just like the one I’ve to maintain you charged.

See our full Italy packing record right here!

Winter skiing in Italy

Winter skiing in Italy

Transport to and round Italy

Attending to Italy has by no means been cheaper with price range airways resembling RyanAir working out of many Italian cities. In case you are flying from a special continent the primary hubs are Rome, Florence, and Milan. As soon as in Italy, the easiest way to get round is by way of practice. For long-distance routes it’s greatest to guide beforehand with Trenitalia and reserve a seat. In case you are touring shorter distances it’s additionally potential to point out up on the practice station a purchase a ticket there. Or get round Europe with a Eurail.

We’ve rented a automotive quite a few occasions in Italy and it’s a good way to get round by yourself schedule. An automated rental automotive can go for as low €15 a day within the off-season as much as €45 a day within the larger seasons and can make sure you get to all the perfect locations in Italy. Understanding methods to drive a guide automotive will typically get you cheaper charges in Europe. In case you’re touring as a gaggle it’s value your whereas to rent a automotive on your journey. Our greatest experiences have been with SiXT. Examine automotive rental costs right here.


Pizza within the Dolomites!

The place to remain in Italy?


Each time we go to Italy we keep in at the least one Airbnb. Most condo leases in Italy really feel very Italian and staying in someones house can actually improve your journey experiences. To really feel extra at house we use Airbnb you possibly can take a look at some ideas and skim extra about getting an Airbnb coupon code right here. Or simply take this coupon on your first keep!

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The Gritti Palace, Venice

This lodge is arguably one of the best lodge in all of Italy. It’s an establishment and occupies probably the greatest spots on the Grand Canal in Venice. The palace is located instantly throughout from Santa Maria Della Salute considered one of Venice’s biggest church buildings and an unimaginable sight. By way of personal jetty, visitors are in a position to keep away from the vacationer crowds on their strategy to the lodge.

Guests may have a tough time discovering what to attract their consideration to within the luxurious palace as a result of even the frescoed flooring are masterful artistic endeavors. When you’re capable of raise your eye off the ground you’ll discover marble-clad partitions, priceless work, and unique antiques from the palace of a former Doge of Venice. There’s hardly a greater or extra becoming place to expertise Venice than from The Gritti Palace. Our first time in Venice we even tracked down the lodge to see the well-known inside.

Villa Cora, Florence

With all the bells and whistles of a contemporary lodge, this new-comer on the Italian lodge scene locations visitors of their very personal Tuscan goals. The centerpiece right here the 19th-century villa constructed by Baron Oppenheim, one of many principal financiers of the Suez Canal.

The villa is Italian decadence with parquet flooring, monstrous mirrors, crystal chandeliers and an entire collection of reception rooms. Visitor at Villa Cora won’t have to fret about being pampered as a result of the lodge additionally homes probably the greatest spas in Florence providing a variety of providers.

The providers and facilities don’t cease there with a free shuttle bus that may decide you up anyplace within the metropolis and an outside heated pool open yr spherical. In the summertime, the rooftop buzzes with friends and out of doors guests at the champagne bar there to take pleasure in the nice and cozy Tuscan evenings.


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