10 Things You Must Know Before Going To Italy
10 Things You Need to Know Before Going to Italy
8. Book Your Reservations in Advance
It may sound exciting to take a spontaneous trip and find your own accommodations while you are already there so that you can keep your schedule flexible. However, you’ll find that most places that are top-rated and have reasonable prices will fill months in advance. Even though Italy is one of the top travel destinations in the world and there are hundreds of hotels to choose from, there are still not many that are centered in prime locations near piazzas, with sweeping views off of a private balcony but still located away from a busy street (if that’s what you’re after!) Many boutique hotels only have twenty to thirty rooms, if that many, so there might not be space for you by the time you try to request one. If you’re planning a trip during the busy season, some places book up six months to a year in advance. What’s more, you may not know how to find the best deals or how to choose the right accommodation, especially if this is your first time to Italy. Italy4Real has an experienced team that can advise you, so you can rest easy knowing you’ll get to stay in the room of your dreams.
9. Live Life the Italian Way
Italians’ daily schedules will most likely be different than your own. Shops, museums, and churches close mid-day so that locals can take their riposo (a siesta, or an afternoon rest or nap). This break usually starts between noon and 1:30pm and runs until 2:30pm to 4pm. These are prime resting hours because the heat reaches its peak and it becomes too hot to be outside. You may want to head to a grocery store earlier in the day so that you have snacks for the afternoon, as Italians usually eat dinner later than you may be used to – between 8pm and 9:30pm. Most tourist sites, restaurants, and shops are closed on Sundays, as it is the day of worship. That means any churches you were planning on visiting will also be closed that day. Also, most Italian restaurant owners are forced by law to close their establishments once a week. If you’re not sure what the status of a shop is, look for the sign that says “chiuso”, which means “closed.” Be sure to also carry change around. Although people do take credit cards, public bathrooms require euros to enter, and it’s expected for you to leave a few coins on the table after a meal, which serves as a tip. Although many Italians speak English, it’s always helpful to learn at least a few basic Italian phrases, such as:
- Grazie (thank you)
- Per favore (please)
- Si (yes)
- No (no)
- Prego (you’re welcome)
- Buon giomo (Good day)
- Buona notte ( Good night)
- Arrivederci (Goodbye)
10. Have Fun!
This goes without saying, but it’s still a nice reminder. Planning a trip can be stressful and the travel time can be long, but it’s worth it. Once you get there, remember where you are: you’re in Italy, where they are limitless experiences for you to enjoy! Get lost on the windy streets within the hilltop towns, try food dishes that you’ve never had before in the family-owned ristorantes, tour the ancient architecture of all the duomos and towers, and say ciao to the locals you pass on the street. Make the most out of your vacation, and when you come home, you’ll have gained a newfound knowledge of all the sites that you never could have imagined you’d see if your lifetime. Contact Italy4Real to help with tour, car, and flight reservations, and they can make your ideal vacation a reality.
Rem is the owner of Italy4Real and the original Italy enthusiast! If you need inspiring or want to know about anything travel, he’s your man.