Before you travel to Italy, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Here are the “Top Tips” you should know to better prepare you for your travel to Italy and while you’re there.
▼ Top Tips Before Traveling To Italy
Before you purchase your plane tickets
- August 15 is a major holiday in Italy. – Ferragosto
- During mid-end of August, lots of restaurants in Northern Italy are closed. Everyone goes on vacation for Ferragosto.
- Most popular spots in major cities like Rome and Florence are open during Ferragosto.
- January 6 is a major holiday in Italy. – Epiphania
- January is the best time to travel to Italy for shopping.
- Take an evening flight to Italy so you get there in the morning.
- Stay away from connecting flights in Italy. They are a mess.
Before you get to the airport
- Most air bnb’s have washers and no driers. Be sure to pack liquid fabric softener. Trust me, you’ll miss it.
- Pack your student id. Lots of museums give discounts to students.
- Purchase the apps I recommended in my article.
- Be sure to exchange your currency before you go. TD Bank has foreign money on the spot.
- Weigh your luggage or it’ll cost you anywhere from $100-$300 in over baggage fees.
- Jail break your phone with your wireless carrier.
- Let card companies know you will be traveling.
- Bring an empty water canteen.
At the Airport
- When you arrive in Italy, at the airport buy a sim card.
- Do not be persuaded by any of the bus companies to drive you to your hotel. Just take the train where you need to go.
- Some major cities in Italy have Uber.
▼ Top Tips While You’re In Italy
- Many stores close daily between the hours of 1:30-4:00 pm except in the heart of the touristy spots.
- In most cities, you can pretty much walk anywhere.
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