It is safe to say that most people have Italy at the top of their "places to see before I die" list. With its beautiful scenery, breathtaking Mediterranean beaches, delicious cuisine and bewildering architecture and art, it is not to be missed. Having been lucky enough to spend a summer in Italy, I managed to explore much of the country's lesser-known regions as well as the must-see tourist destinations. The following are a few tips for traveling to Italy.
During the peak traveling season (June to August), Europe sees an influx of travelers from all across the world, making for increased prices on food and lodging. The best thing to do is book your accommodations as far in advance as possible to make sure you get the best rate and location. The last thing you want is to arrive in a location only to discover that there is little or no room availability. Make sure you find your accommodation ahead of time to save you from an unnecessary headache.
Get Out of the City
Many people vacation in Italy and never leave Rome, Venice or Florence. Although these are all great cities that deserve a lengthy stay, Italy offers so much more. Venture to Cinque Terra in northern Italy and the Amalfi Coast, a beautiful stretch of beach about two hours outside of Rome. These two locations are as beautiful as Italy gets. Both are old towns with vibrantly painted homes built into hillsides that overlook the Mediterranean Sea. Even if you do not make it to either of these locations, there are plenty of quaint towns up and down the coast to discover. So grab a map and pick a spot. You will not be disappointed.
Although it may be redundant and obvious to tell you to be safe on your trip to Italy, it must be reiterated to those who have not been to Italy before. The metropolitan areas of Italy, Spain and France are well known hot beds for pickpocket artists. It is not unusual for tourists to have their purses cut from the bottom or their wallets discreetly taken from their back pocket. It is crucial to be mindful of your surroundings, to properly store your belongings and to be respectful to the locals, as many pickpocket targets are bad mannered tourists. So remember these tips on your next trip to Italy, and you will be sure to have an unforgettable experience!