Buongiorno! If you’re headed to Italy, there are some things you should know before you go. From safety and currency information, to weather and how to travel right, this is what you should consider before leaving for your Italian vacation.
What to Bring
If you’re getting on the airplane for the first time in a while, you may need a refresher on what to bring and what to leave at home. If you’re carrying on, remember that liquids have to be in containers under four ounces and fit into one quart-sized bag. Make sure you wear comfortable travel clothes and pack a snack for the long flight. Leave room in your checked bag to bring back wine, olive oil and other souvenirs as well.
If you want to feel your best while on the plane and on your trip, try a supplement, like those created by Le-Vel Thrive, to keep your energy up and keep you feeling your best. Thrive side effects are negligible, and supplements contain vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants and more. Supplements can keep you from getting sick and give you the energy for all the walking you’ll be doing on your trip to Italy.
Aside from your plane ride into Italy, there are many easy ways to navigate the country, including trains and busses. Italy has a great train system. It’s easy and fast to hop on a speed rail and get from one region to another. Most major cities are relatively walkable, meaning you won’t need a car once you’re in the city. You can rent one though, or take a taxi. Driving on an Italian highway is a bit different than driving in the United States. Driving is much more aggressive and traffic laws are only loosely adhered to.
If you do rent a car, you may want to consider a convertible, as Italy is sunny, dry and warm for much of the year. The Mediterranean climate means perfect temperatures from June through September. Compared to much of the United States, the rest of the year feels relatively mild as well, making it a comfortable place to visit no matter which month you’re planning your trip.
No matter what time of year you visit, if you’re coming from the United States, you’ll need to exchange your dollars for euros. Fortunately euros are accepted in most EU countries, so you won’t have to deal with multiple types of currency if you’re visiting countries besides Italy. Your bank or credit union is the best place to make an exchange. Don’t forget to check your credit cards before you go either, as some have better exchange rates than others and some may have foreign transaction fees.
Walking around with cash on you is relatively safe in Italy. Muggings are very unlikely. Major cities, like Rome and Florence, are known for pickpockets though. Keep your valuables in a safe place and be mindful as you’re walking around. Also consider not putting anything of value in your back pocket.
Dress and Fashion
Another way to avoid pickpockets is to avoid singling yourself out as a tourist. Avoid money belts and fanny packs. Also, avoid baggy clothes and make sure everything you wear fits well. Italians love a classy look! Your clothing choices should be more on the side of business casual. If you wear jeans, pair it with a dressy top. Also be mindful of your shoes and accessories. They should be quality and add to your look. And be sure to dress for the occasion. You’ll dress differently for dinner than what you wear walking around in the late morning.
Dress For Visiting Churches
Clothing isn’t just about fitting in though. There are specific rules for visiting the Vatican and many other churches. Don’t wear anything that’s too revealing. Avoid tank tops and make sure your shoulders are covered. Also, stay away from short shorts and mini-skirts. You don’t want to come across as disrespectful.
Now that you’ve got the details on everything from what to pack to what to wear, it’s time to enjoy your trip to one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Ciao!