Are you planning a trip to Italy in the future? We are here to help. We are here to help.
Do you want to make the most of your trip to Italy? These tips will help you have the most memorable and rewarding trip to Italy, especially if your goal is to visit the major cities and tourist destinations such as Rome, Venice, or Florence.
Italy travel tip #1 – Make sure to make time for relaxation and recreation
Not Raphael or Rome… relaxation and rest, of course! We know that Italy is a trip you will never forget. It can be tempting to bring everything. Accept the fact that you won’t be able to. Accept that you won’t be able to see all the amazing art, ruins and medieval towns of Italy even if you live there for a lifetime.
Let go of the notion that you must see all the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Choose the activities that are most important to your interests. These activities might not be what everyone expects. You can choose to enjoy top-notch Italian wines, observe people on a piazza or search for local artisans. We promise that your trip will be more enjoyable and relaxing if you forget the notion that “everything” is required.
Italy travel tip #2 – Don’t bother the locals
Locals in Italy’s most popular tourist destinations are used to tourists. However, this doesn’t mean that tourists shouldn’t try to respect and understand the culture of their destination. We know that one of the biggest complaints from many Florentine city dwellers is their inability to respect and understand local culture. Tourists block narrow streets and sidewalks by walking slowly shoulder-to-shoulder, not realizing that anyone is there (let’s say, someone late for work). They might be able to pass them. You should remember that not everyone visiting Venice/Florence/Rome are on vacation. This will make your interactions more enjoyable with Italians.
Italy travel tip #3 – Do not follow the beaten track
The major attractions are important for a reason. To truly experience “authentic” Italy, you have to escape the crowds. We love staying in alternative destinations near tourist attractions. For example, we prefer staying in Salerno to take in the Amalfi Coast. Even if you are planning to travel the classic Venice, Florence, and Rome route during high season, it is possible to get off the beaten track. It just takes some planning. Stay in the Cannaregio and Castello areas in Venice or the Oltrarno area in Florence. You should add off-the-beaten path sights to your must-see list, such as the Santa Priscilla catacombs in Rome.
Italy travel tip #4: Avoid falling into tourist traps
It’s easier said than done. If you follow these tips, you can avoid going to touristy, unauthentic, and expensive places that could ruin your trip. Be sure to follow tip 1 and avoid the tourist traps, whether you are shopping or dining. If a store or restaurant is located just a few steps from Piazza Navona and the Duomo of Florence for example, they will likely cater only to tourists. This is not the way to go if you want to see the real Italy. ).
Instead of buying souvenirs, you can look for local artisans. Even though the item may be more expensive, it will last longer and support Italy’s economy more than a T-shirt made in China. Avoid restaurants that boast no cover charges, have host outside the door, or places that offer tourist menus. These are some other tips to avoid being ripped off while eating in Italy.
Italy travel tip #5 – Be aware of your belongings at ALL times
Pickpockets are attracted to certain areas of Rome, Venice, or Florence, just like anywhere else that attracts millions of tourists every year. You can probably walk around with your purse open and your wallet out, but it is not worth the risk.
Be especially alert on the bus and metro, especially when they are crowded. Pickpockets are attracted to tourists who want to take a photo and not their wallets. You shouldn’t leave your bag at the table next to you when you are sitting in a cafe, restaurant or outside. However, you should always be aware of where your belongings are, even if you’re trying to capture the perfect shot of Rialto Bridge.
Zipper pouches under-the-shirt pouches are the best way to keep your cash safe. Men should keep their wallets in the front, not back, of their pockets. Women should have zippered purses with multiple zip compartments. Even if your waistpack is in front, backpacks and “fanny bags” are especially vulnerable.
Italy travel tip #6 – Don’t expect Italy work the same way as places back home.
It’s different from the country you came from. Accept it, even though it can sometimes be frustrating. Even if you don’t immediately see it, the culture was created for a purpose. Keep an open-minded, positive attitude regardless of the circumstances.
Italy travel tip #7 – Dress appropriately even if your intention is to visit a church.
Yes, major churches like St. Mark’s Basilica or St. Peter’s Basilica have a dress code. There are many other churches in Italy that you should visit. You never know when you might stumble upon one. If you don’t have a tank top with spaghetti-straps, you will feel ridiculous. For both men and women, it is recommended that shoulders and knees be covered. You may need to bring a few scarves and a cardigan if it is hot outside. Do not try to “sneak into” the churches in shorts or tube tops. Respectful attire is what you should do.