Top 10 Tips for Traveling in Italy

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Research the best time to visit


The shoulder seasons (spring and fall) are generally considered the best times to visit, as the weather is mild and there are fewer crowds. July and August are the hottest months, and can also be the most crowded and expensive.

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Consider buying a tourist pass


If you're planning on visiting a lot of museums and attractions, a tourist pass can save you money.

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Learn a few basic Italian phrases


Even if you only learn a few basic phrases, such as "Buongiorno" (hello), "Grazie" (thank you), and "Scusi" (excuse me), it will go a long way with the locals

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Pack comfortable shoes


You'll be doing a lot of walking in Italy, so be sure to pack comfortable shoes.   cobblestone streets are common.

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validate your transportation tickets


Most train and bus tickets in Italy need to be validated before you board.

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Be prepared for siesta


Many shops and businesses in Italy close for a siesta in the afternoon, usually from 1pm to 4pm.

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Consider bringing an adapter


The electrical outlets in Italy are different from the outlets in North America.  You will need an adapter to charge your electronic devices.

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PUrchase tickets in advance


Some popular attractions in Italy, such as the Colosseum and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, can sell out of tickets.

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Consider flying into different airports


If you are traveling to multiple cities in Italy, especially those located in different regions, consider flying into one airport and out of another. This can save you time and money on transportation between cities.

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Don't be afraid to ask for help


If you're lost or need help with something, don't be afraid to ask for help.  Most Italians are friendly and helpful.