Ten advices for your trip in Italy!
Italy is one of the European countries preferred by tourists from all over the world. Everyone who meets Italy falls in love with it! This country has so much to show that a lifetime would not be enough to visit and discover it completely. When you come to Italy, you can’t be in a hurry: the ‘Bel Paese’ is best seen slowly, savoring its language and its way of expressing itself. So, enjoy the ride enjoying in full “relax”, maybe even making a break tasting a cappuccino and a cornetto (croissant). So, take note of our ten advices for your trip in Italy? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
When you go to a foreign country, it is always good to have some advices from someone who really knows where you are going to, the more information the better, right? Mainly I suggest you to make a research about the habits and customs of the local people to avoid possible inconveniences (and, of course, to be more cautious in general). Find out here: What are the cultural differences between northern and southern Italy.
For this reason, I tried to organize a kind of list (to be more specific, there will be 10 tips / advices) in which I will put the information and suggestions that may be useful for tourists who wish to visit Italy. So, let’s start with our list and find out the ten advices for your trip in Italy!
1) Ten advices for your trip in Italy! ORGANIZE YOUR ITINERARY VERY WELL!
Organize your itinerary very well: Try not to do or see many things, this is one of the mistakes that many people make. Trying to see the whole country at once and deciding to see “everything” from the main cities in one day, well, let me tell you something: you can’t do that! You need to focus on some things and see them well. Set up enough time for you to also be able to relax while on vacation. Find out more reading this post: “How many days do I need to visit Italy?”
Another thing to do is try to visit not only the wonderful tourist cities, but also their surroundings. For example, the villages, which would surprise you for being so beautiful and for the many traditions they express – enriching you as much as they do, as an exchange of cultures is created (in fact, this is one of the main reasons why you travel). Be sure to go to the Example Itineraries category to understand how to organize your trip in the best possible way! I’m sure that the various posts will help you a lot in this stage of the organization 😉 Be sure to read: “Is it worthwhile to hire a Specialized Consultancy in Travel in Italy!”
2) Ten advices for your trip in Italy! KNOW THE VOLTAGE BEFORE YOU TRAVEL!
Electricity in Italy: in Italy, the electric voltage is 220 volts and is distributed by alternating, according to European standards. Most hotels offer adapters for specific plugs; in any case, take with you your own adapters.
3) Ten advices for your trip in Italy! DRINK WATER IN FOUTAINS!
Can you drink tap water? For sure! In Italy, the supply of drinking water is guaranteed throughout the national territory. You can calmly drink the water that comes out of the taps and drinking fountains, as it is periodically controlled. When the water is not drinkable there will be a warning note, otherwise you can fill the bottle of water in any drinking fountain throughout Italy (there are so many and some are even beautiful). Since the water is good to drink, avoid buying new bottles, especially in the most “famous” cities, as it can be expensive. Take your bottle! But, please, don’t try to drink from Fontana de Trevi, for example!
4) Ten advices for your trip in Italy! KNOW THE BUSINESS HOURS!
The usual business hours in Italy are from Monday to Saturday from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and, then, from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm – but shopping centers and large stores are always open from 10 am to 9 or 10 pm. On some Sundays during the year, especially in large cities, shopping malls also remain open. In small towns, there is also the tradition of closing the stores for lunch at certain times (it is up to each owner of each establishment).
Pharmacies follow business hours (9:30 am to noon, and 3 pm to 7 pm); however, in the capitals there are pharmacies open 24 hours a day for occasional night emergencies, following a rotation system. When the pharmacy is closed, you will see the information about the opening hours and the directions of the nearest drugstore. In Italy there is still no culture of opening stores every day, as mentioned earlier, Italians love to enjoy life, this behavior happens mainly in the south-central part of the country. Do you like shopping? So be sure to check out our Shopping section in Italy.
5) Ten advices for your trip in Italy! KNOW THE RESTAURANTS HOURS!
What are the meal times in Italy? In Italy, breakfast is usually served from 7:00 am; in hotels it is common to serve coffee until 10:00 am (after this time it is not possible to order the meal). In restaurants, lunch runs from 12:30 to 4:30 pm and dinner is served from 07:30 pm to 11:00 pm. These times are approximate and can vary a lot – in the North there is a tendency to anticipate the announced times and in the South it is common to stretch meals until late. Want to know more about food? Discover our Section Food and Wine in Italy.
6) Ten advices for your trip in Italy! CHOOSE THE BEST PERIOD TO TRAVEL!
What is the worst time to visit Italy? August is not a good month to travel, as most Italians are on vacation and almost everything is closed. In addition, it is also difficult to find vacancies in hotels and inns, among other forms of accommodation, unless you have booked in advance, PLUS the prices are very high, so avoid this month! Not to mention it’s the hottest month! I don’t recommend it for children and seniors! Find out here “What is the best time to visit Italy?”.
7) Ten advices for your trip in Italy! UNDERSTAND THE FEES IN RESTAURANTS!
Italy offers one of the best gastronomic cultures on earth, and you eat well in any part of the country. However, when we see the menu we must pay attention to the inclusion of the cover charge, as an extra fee is charged that varies from restaurant to restaurant (about two euros, more or less). This addition is usually indicated at the bottom of the menu – so you won’t be surprised when they bring you the bill.
In Italy you cannot refuse a good artisanal gelato – in fact, it is a pleasure that you will never want to refuse. A scoop of gelato can turn even that dissatisfied tourist into a calm and relaxed resident of the region. Eat gelato every time you can! Want to know more about food? So be sure to visit our Section Food and Wine in Italy.
8) Ten advices for your trip in Italy! UNDERSTAND THE TIPPING SYSTEM!
How do tips work in Italy? Tips are not mandatory. In Italy, there are no consolidated rules regarding tips, but it is common to leave some change (around 10% of the bill amount) if the customer is satisfied with the service provided. However, it is not a rule, as can happen in other European countries. Do you have any dobt about how to behave in Italy? Click here!
9) Ten advices for your trip in Italy! KNOW A LITTLE MORE ABOUT TAXIS!
How to take a taxi in Italy? You can’t stop a taxi in the middle of the street – it’s even fun when Americans do that. Be wary of anyone approaching you and trying to convince you to get in the car. Authorized taxi drivers are parked at their station, a place delimited by the yellow strips on the floor and signposted “TAXI”. Anyway, it is more advisable to get around by public transport (like the subway) or walking. Would you like to know more about transport in Italy? Then enter our section on Transport in Italy and find all your answers!
10) Ten advices for your trip in Italy! ENJOY ITALY!
Live one day at a time! Enjoy the country! You are in the country that for centuries has inspired and attracted visitors. Immerse yourself in beauty and lifestyle, art, music, literature. Smile at the Italians and take home the memory of a truly splendid country, unlike any other in the world.
A smile, a buongiorno, buonasera, tutto bene, can open doors, but remember that Italians are like everyone else in the world, we can find super friendly and available people, as well as meeting people who are unhappy with their lives, so don’t create expectations, just live your trip, because it’s not every day that you can get to know a country with such a wonderful and unique history, right? Find out here How to communicate in Italy?
Ten advices for your trip in Italy! When it comes to traveling to Italy, many are frightened by everything that must be done, they wonder how to plan every detail, but in our blog you will find a lot of information that will make all the difference to help you to know this amazing place. 😉