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How to Plan Your Travel to Italy

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Traveling is a fun activity that not many people get to do as often as they want to. When people do get to travel, they end up stressed over a lot of things that they forget to bring or do. Traveling should be something you enjoy and not stress over, especially with such an activity happening only once in a while. This is why it is essential that you plan your trip before you even book your tickets for it.

Italy is a country that many tourists put on their bucket list, and this popular tourist destination is one that you should be able to savor and not rush through. This means you need to have an itinerary that suits your pace and what you want to experience. This also means having enough time to see, do, and taste everything that you want to in this majestic country, and getting there without too much hassle or worry.

Things to Know Before Traveling

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Before you embark on such a journey, find out all you can about the places you want to visit in the country and list these down. Know what tourist sites you should visit and what you should not miss there. Technically, you cannot visit all the popular spots of Italy in just one trip, unless if you are planning on staying there for longer than a week. So you have to prioritize which parts of Italy you want to see on your first trip and plan the others for a second and third vacation.

You also need to learn about bus and train schedules, where to buy tickets, museum schedules, what to bring, what not to bring, how much money to have on hand, and other important stuff. You also need to know about the common mistakes that people make when they go on vacation to Italy and how to avoid doing these. You should also find out about the weather, what clothes to wear, how to get around, and where to stay.

Where to Go

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You need to know where to start your journey, which city or town is next, and so on. You can start in Venice and work your way down to Rome via Florence, then Tuscany, followed by the Amalfi Coast, then on to Rome. Word of advice though: Don’t try to squeeze in too many places in one go since it will dilute the experience due to all the rushing around you will do because of too many places to go and too many things to see.

  • Prioritize according to popularity – If you only have a week to visit the country, prioritize the cities that are more popular such as Rome, Venice, and Milan. If you don’t want to spend too much time on the road or in the air moving from one city to another, choose cities that are close to each other and don’t require you to spend too much time in transit so you don’t spend most of your vacation time in airports, trains, and buses.
  • Plan according to your desired activity – You can also plan your visit around what you want to do or see. If you are aiming to see the popular sights, then you need to include these in your itinerary. If you are aiming to simply chill by the beach and enjoy the culture, you can choose the places in Italy that can help you achieve such a goal for your trip.

 

When to Go

It is also important that you know what time of the year it is best for you to visit the country according to what you want to do. Here are some ideas that you might want to wrap your head around.

  • Go during off-peak months – If you want to save money on your trip, try to find out when the off-peak seasons are so you can book cheaper flights, cheaper hotels, and not have to worry about large crowds. Of course, if you are to go to Italy during the off-season, which is between April and June, or September and November, expect rainy or cold weather. This is why most tourists come to the country from July to September when the weather is perfectly warm.

 

How Long to Stay

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Another consideration you need to make when you plan a trip to Italy is how many days (or weeks) you are planning on staying. This will help you determine which parts of the country you can visit and how many places you can add to your itinerary. You will need to take into consideration your budget, how much vacation time you have, and how much time it will take for you to enjoy each destination you are planning on visiting.

When you find that planning a trip to Italy seems rather daunting, it might be a good idea for you to plan your trip with the help of an expert. It can also help if you have a vacation guide and travel checklist to consult with before your trip and while you are there.

If you want a hassle-free vacation that you can adjust to your whims, you should consider a customized tour that is handled for you by someone who knows Italy very well, and can suggest great places to go and amazing things to do without giving you the undue stress that sometimes comes with planning a trip as monumental as one that takes you to Italy.

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By Priscila Siano (265 Posts)

Priscila Siano is the Marketing Director of Tour Italy Now, an online tour operator specializing in Italy travel. She's a respected expert on making dream Italy vacations a reality for clients.

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  1. babouri soumaya
    Posted October 23, 2014 at 1:30 PM | Permalink

    Meraviglioso e romantico e rinfrescante

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