“Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life”
It’s true what they say about Italy… I can’t stop thinking about it.
I was lucky enough to spend 16 packed full days in this beautiful country. There is just so much to do and see that you can come back multiple times and still find yourself exploring new things.
This time, I hit Florence, Lake Como, Rome, and the Amalfi coast and I’m excited to be sharing some insight and personal recommendations on each location.
I love sharing and spilling all the best secrets of my travels with you, so please read on! Soak it all in until I’ve convinced you it’s time for your own trip to Italy!
Make sure to connect with me the moment you’re ready to start planning so I can help you plan the trip of a lifetime - like it was for me.
10 Tips to Make the Most of Your Trip to Italy:
1. Keep an eye open for the champagne at breakfast and make yourself a mimosa each morning- You’re on vacation! In Italy!
2. Prosecco is served like water… you actually pay for water but your first glass is usually complimentary of Prosecco. (This is a plus in my book!)
-Bring a book for the train rides, most don’t have wifi. It’s a great opportunity to unplug.
-Make sure you arrive to the stations a little in advance as it will take some time to get your tickets if you haven't booked in advance (I like to be on my own schedule and take the train time I decide on day of, so I don't book in advance but it can save you a bit of money if you want to plan it out.)
-Once you get your tickets, be sure to validate it from the yellow machine before you enter (big fines are imposed if you’re caught without it validated, and they do come around and check).
(I should write a book on how to use European trains since it can be confusing at times, but once you do it a few times you’ll love it!)
4. Be VERY careful of pick pockets especially at train stations and crowded areas. They are very good at their job and I’ve heard quite a few stories of it happening to people I know.
5. Its hard to just hail a taxi in Italy. Go to the closest hotel or restaurant to call one if needed. Also don’t rely on Uber or Lyft here.
6. You don’t have to tip, only if you want to at times. You will notice you have to pay a coperto or cover charge for sitting and eating. Don’t be surprised when you see this extra line item. Mostly between 2-8 euros
7. When asking for a morning latte at breakfast don’t be surprised when they just bring you just warm milk! (this happened to me) be specific with your order, and be sure to ask questions about what you’re ordering so you receive what you’re expecting!
8. Avoid traveling to Italy in high season (summer). You will experience longer lines, expensive rates and the heat! The ideal time to explore Italy is September/ beginning of October.
9. If you plan to visit churches make sure you bring along a conservative sweater or cover up as your shoulders can’t be exposed.
10. Avoid restaurants right next to popular tourist areas. They are typically more expensive and not as good as the hidden gem, “hole in a wall” type places.
Try local dishes when visiting the specific areas. My favorites:
Gnocchi in Sorrento, Seafood in Amalfi, Caprese salad and lemon drinks in Capri, Pesto in Cinque Terre.
Stay tuned for my upcoming series detailing my trip!
I can't wait to share it all!
Some of my favorite photos from the trip: