With more than 48 million people traveling there each year, Italy is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. Famous for its history (and the effort Italians have made to preserve it), food and fashion, most travelers have a long list of places to see and things to do upon arrival. In fact, most tourist regret not having enough time to see it all. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of tips to help you maximize your time and maybe even find that out of the way gelato spot that’s crept its way into your Italy vacation fantasies. So, what are some travel tips for Italy?
Italians don’t cram their schedules and they have perfected the art of leisure. Go with their flow and you will notice things and find places that you might miss while bouncing from place to place.
Know the dinner rules
When you go out to eat, you will be charged a “coperto”. Think of it as a cover charge in place of a tip. And, no they’re not just ripping you off because you’re a foreigner. Also, don’t expect dinner until later. Many restaurants don’t open their doors until 7.
Grab food on the go
If you’re on a tighter budget, grabbing slices of pizza or paninis on the go can be a delicious alternative to a full sit-down meal. Both can be found for just a few dollars compared to roughly $30 at nicer sit-down spots.
Engage in the history
No matter where you are, go out of your way to learn the history. Whether it’s exploring the more famous sites in Rome, the preserved city of Pompeii, or the war memorials at Cassino and Anzio (the sites of critical WWII battles in the Italian Campaign), knowing a little background will enrich your experience.
In a country famous for its beauty, the Amalfi Coast stands out. The colors of the coastal towns and the azure water are from a dream.
Don’t dress down
Italians are known for their style. Don’t stand out the wrong way! Cover up and think traditional, but bring some of your best if you want to make a good impression.