Travel Tips for Your Italy Holidays
Located in Southern Europe, Italy is a peninsula extending into the central Mediterranean Sea, northeast of Tunisia. Known for its food, wine, people, culture, music, countryside, Italy holidays happen to be one of the most required after holiday destinations in the world. Italy is where culture, history and traditions mix together beautifully with modernity and fashion. When traveling to Italy it is important to remember that you are not at home, so always be respectful and conservative.
Here are a few things that you should know before you go’ because Italy is very different from many of the places that you may have traveled to before. Knowing these things before hand will help you have an enjoyable Italy holidays.
Food & Fashion
Italians have an ongoing love affair with food and fashion. The Italian Food is well-known worldwide and is a gastronomical to all the senses. Fashion is a very important part of the Italian culture, after all Milan is the fashion capital of the world, where haute couture is the word most heard. Italian food finds it roots back to different regions and is influenced by a variety of factors. If you are looking for healthy and cheaper food, then you must venture into South Italy and try the world famous and supremely popular Pizza.
Dinning Out in Italy
While you are in Italy remember to drink only drink bottled water NOT tap water. In an Italian restaurant it is good to know that ‘what you order is what you get’. There are not a lot of extras like salad, soup and choice of potato that automatically come with every meal. There are not many special requests in restaurants in Italy. They frown on changing your mind when your order comes and also on sending your order back. It is always safe to order spaghetti. Use a spoon and fork to twirl your spaghetti rather than cutting it. Cutting your spaghetti is bad table manners in Italy. Do not wait for your check if you are eating out either. You need to ask for your check to receive it. Remember to tip with cash in Italy. If you are looking for fast food in Italy, try a pizza shop, or pizzeria. Most of the restaurants in Italy are sit-down restaurants with several different courses. And no one, absolutely no one eats dinner before 9 pm.
Italians are measured to be one of the best-looking people in the world. They are very proud of their history, their culture and for them it is all about family. Italians are very friendly. They are friendly and will talk to anyone, what’s most attractive about them is their sense of good humor and humor. In Italy Trip you will hear the various kinds of dialects and accents of Italian, which sound so melodious to the ear.
Enjoy the hidden beauty of the Italian Riviera while discovering a land of quaint harbors and trendy seaside resorts, where the tranquil Ligurian Sea beckons visitors. Experience the mystic allure of the famous Cinque Terre, where the Mediterranean landscape is at its very best. The popular cities to visit in Italy are Rome, Venice, Florence, Milan, Tuscany ( please read our article : Italy Vacation Ideas) . If shopping is your main attraction while in Italy, please read our article: Italy Shopping Guide. photo credit: Artur Staszewski
Some of the sites and attractions in Italy are absolutely breathtaking and you will want to remember them forever. There are rules for some of the places that you travel to such as taking pictures. Not all of the places will allow you to take pictures (especially museums) and if you are allowed, you are probably can’t use a flash. It’s always safe to buy postcards.
Where to Stay
When travel to Italy, make sure that your stay will be well worth the flight. Italy boasts several 5 star resort hotels that accommodate to every need you could imagine. Click the following for searching the best hotel deals in Italy and specific Italy cities : Rome – Venice – Florence
When you are getting ready for your trip, think about what medications you need to pack and how much of each medication you need. You can’t always find your medicines in Italy. Drugs that are common and easy-to-find in your home town, may not be available in Italy. Make sure that you pack yourself a kit with all of the medicines that you may need for both on the plane and while traveling. Remember to pack over-the-counter medicines too. Leave all medications in their original containers.
Italians love to dress up – everyday, everywhere. Leave your shorts, tank tops and flip flops at home. It is essential to follow dress standards (no bare shoulders or knees) and is strictly enforced in many churches, especially in Rome at St. Peter’s and the Vatican Museums and at the Basilica di San Marco in Venice. There is a booth selling paper clothes for anyone who forgets the Vatican dress code. So dress up in Italy and get ready to have fun.
In general the weather is very hot and steaming in the dead of the summer. We recommend that you wear light clothing. Be sure to have sunglasses, hat and sunblock, as they are essential. Afternoon thunderstorms (brief) are common in Rome and inland cities, so you may want to consider bringing an umbrella.
Remember to protect yourself against purse-snatchers and pickpockets. It is recommended that you wear a money belt or a pouch on a string around your neck, both concealed. When you have to carry a purse make sure that is around your neck and tucked between your body and arm. A word of caution: “gypsy” children are widespread in Rome, are skilled pickpockets that are quick, and know more tricks than you do.
Since hotel tend to overcharge for long distance and international calls. It is best to make such calls from public phones, using telephone cards. For general information in English dial 176. To place international telephone calls via operator assisted service, dial 170 or long distance access numbers. The country code for Italy is 39.
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