How to Create an Italy Tour

How to Create an Italy Tour
Planning for a tour of Italy is almost as fun as the trip itself, as you begin to live the experience while creating your touring plans. One of the great things about Italy is its extensive train system, which is fast, reliable and environmentally friendly, although if you plan to go to the more remote parks, you might need a car. In addition to spectacular landscapes and wonderful possibilities for hikes and photography, Italy's food is worth the trip by itself.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Map Train guide Phrase book Valid passport
  • Map
  • Train guide
  • Phrase book
  • Valid passport
Step 1
Learn some basic Italian--the more you can speak, the more enjoyable your trip will be. You will find Italians that speak English in most places, but even if you just speak a little and make the effort to communicate in Italian, it makes a big difference and people will appreciate it. You will remember the human interactions as much as the views and flavors. Start by learning some basic words and phrases.
Step 2
Find out if you need a visa. If you are a U.S. or Canadian citizen and are staying for fewer than 90 days, you don't need a visa, but you do need a passport that will remain valid for the entirety of your trip.
Step 3
Get a rail map and/or road map of Italy. Research your locations and itinerary and plot them on the map, whether it's parks and seasides, cities and museums or more. Unless you have gourmet tastes, don't worry about making special trips to find great food: it can be found anywhere in the country, as the standards for food quality, freshness and preparation in Italy are unsurpassed. The rail system can take you to all but the more remote areas. Use the Trenitalia link in Resources below to check train durations. Count on being able to use mass transit within major cities such as Rome or Milan. Smaller cities such as Florence and Venice are largely walkable for most areas of interest.
Step 4
Set up your bankcard or ATM card so that it can be used for foreign transactions. Most cards have this capacity, but in many cases you need to request it in advance of your trip. Once in Italy, withdrawing funds from your bank account at home using your card is efficient and gets you a good exchange rate. Since there is usually a per-use fee for foreign withdrawals, it is advantageous to take out larger amounts at a time. You can find ATM machines ("Bancomat") just about everywhere in Italy, beginning with the airport, so you do not need to purchase Euros at exorbitant prices before your trip.
Step 5
Purchase a rail pass in advance or make car reservations. For a tour where you will be making many train trips, an unlimited rail pass might be a money saver, but you can always purchase tickets when you need them in Italy. For the longer, more popular Eurostar routes, such as Rome to Milan, you might want to purchase your tickets a day or so ahead of time to make sure you get the train you want. Rail Europe handles all European rail pass sales in the United States and Canada. For car rental, Autoeurope and Europecar handle most rentals for most Americans and Canadians. You do not need an international driver's license to drive in Italy, but be aware that road speeds are generally faster and drivers more aggressive than in the United States. and Canada. Stay to the right on the highways until you get the hang of things.

Article Written By Bill Brown

Bill Brown has been a freelance writer for more than 14 years. Focusing on trade journals covering construction and home topics, his work appears in online and print publications. Brown holds a Master of Arts in liberal arts from St. John's University and is currently based in Houston.

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