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Italy Vacation Checklist: Getting Started Is As Easy As 1, 2, 3

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Italy, the European nation is beautiful and inspires artists from across the globe. It is the birthplace of the Renaissance and the home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Italy’s beauty extends beyond art galleries, museums and forts, it is a nature’s masterpiece loaded with scenic vistas all around. If you are planning a vacation in the boot-shaped peninsula, you can download Tour Italy Now free Insider Vacation Checklist. It is a comprehensive guide consisting of tips and advice that will make your holiday memorable.

We thought that it would be a good idea to talk about these practical tips here on the blog so that it gets easier for you to plan accordingly. There are several things to consider but the most important ones include booking for the vacation, getting or renewing your passport and travel insurance.

Designing the itinerary and booking for the vacation

Finally, your dream vacation is happening and the first step in planning the trip requires careful consideration. Here, your choice of dates and also the budget plays a very important role. The next big choice is deciding on the tour operator with whom you want to take this trip. And lastly, what kind of trip do you prefer. There are options for an escorted tour with preselected destinations or customized trips where you can make your itinerary. The best thing about escorted tours is that you still have free time to explore places on your own. You can meander through the cobblestone streets, sit down at a pretty cafe or explore an attraction. Hence, there is freedom to see and do things that are close to your heart. In case you are interested in a customized itinerary, our travel experts would be happy to answer your queries.

Get or renew your passport

One of the most significant elements of your Italy vacation checklist is the passport. It is very important to get or renew your passport before the trip. In case you have a valid passport, make sure to check the date of expiry. It is an absolute must that the passport must be valid for 90 days beyond your planned date of departure. If you do not have a passport, it is easy to make one. But you must have enough time for that. It might take a minimum of six weeks during the busy seasons. It is advisable to make photocopies of the main pages of the passport and keep them in different corners of your bags. It is not a big deal to get a replacement passport especially when you have copies to show to the Embassy.

Travel Insurance is highly recommended

Travel Insurance is not technically required but it is essential if you want to travel with peace of mind. Countless people pay and book a package but due to unforeseen circumstances, the tour gets canceled. And you cannot get a refund if you do not have travel insurance. Booking a tour package is an expensive affair and paying more for travel insurance indeed works well in the long run. For more information, you can visit our travel insurance page. It is advisable to make your travel insurance as soon as the trip is booked. You can contact Tour Italy Now experts to know in details.

A few other important tips

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In Italy, you will mostly find all the medicines that are available in your local drug store. However, medicines are more expensive in this country. Kindly note, it is a norm in Italian pharmacies keep the painkillers behind the counters and you need to ask for them.

Pickpockets are common in Italy but you must know how to stop them. Be very careful with personal belongings especially when it is crowded. If you are sleeping in a train or a public space, make sure to fasten your luggage to the seat or yourself. In case you are carrying expensive items, it is better to leave them in the hotel room when you are on the street.

Carry your extra cash, airline tickets, credit cards and rail pass in your money belt and tuck them under the clothes. Look for money belts with a few pockets so that you can keep things organized. But make sure to keep only those items that you are planning to use for that particular day.

It is not enough to have a ticket when you are traveling by bus, train or tram. Be sure to validate it to ensure that you are not using the same ticket for multiple rides. In case you are caught, be prepared to be taken off the public transport and pay the fine in cash.

It is worth mentioning that you can skip the currency exchange counters in Italy. Proceed to the ATM, commonly known as bancomat and you can avoid paying the fees for currency conversion as well as using the service. It is better to divide the money and keep it in different safe places while traveling. Keep some cash with you in case of an emergency.

The northern and southern parts of Italy vary greatly and you will find the difference if you are traveling across the country. The Italians living in northern Italy tends to be modern and stylish while the people in the south are more traditional and hospitable.

Drinking on the streets is not illegal in Italy. So take a glass of wine and enjoy it while watching people in a piazza. Kindly note, Italians is very particular about their public image. You will never find them drunk or disorderly on the streets.

What are your thoughts on planning an Italian vacation? If you have any advice, tips or suggestions, you can share with us in the comments or on our social media pages.

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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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