Travelling to Italy is considered a wonderful trip by tourists all around the world. Here are some tips to make your trip as perfect as possible!
1.Don’t wear revealing clothes when visting Vatican
The Italian might wear sexy clothes on the street but when they go to Vatican, they always wear discreet clothes. Vatican, the Catholic Church, is considered one of the most sacred places in the world. Any clothes that reveals arms, shoulder or don’t go over the knee,… are not acceptable here.
Therefore, when visiting Vatican, bring a scarf to wear over the shoulder if you don’t have discreet clothes.
2.Don’t hope that the Italian will turn up on time
‘Turning up late’ is a habit of the Italian. Public transportation might suddenly shut down on an unexpected day of the week, therefore, tourists should always check the information very carefully on the website before going. The Italian public administration is no exception, they work late and might be closed on some days of the week.
3.Gondola or traghetto?
Tourists when visting Venice all want to try the Gondola boat, however, its expensive price, about 65 USD/per person, make them have to think twice. If you can’t affort the Gondala boat, rent a traghetto boat instead. Traghetto is the boat the Italian use to travel on the main canal. Except for the shorter ride, traghetto boat is almost the same as gondola and a traghetto ride is only 5 USD/per person.
4.Be careful if you want to drive by yourself
Roads in Italy are mostly small, narrow and rugged which require firmly driving. If you are not confident in your driving ability, travel by train, bus or other public transportation instead.
5.Try the authentic specialties
When visting Italy, tourists will see many restaurants with a sign “Italian specialty”. However, the spaghetti or pizza in those restaurants might not be as delicious as you expect. To enjoy the Italian authentic specialties, research the Italian cuisine on the internet first. For example, Napoli is famous for its pizza, Bolgna is mostly known for its delicious spaghetti alla Bolognese or if you visit Parma, don’t forget to order dishes with cheese,…
Tipping is not a part of the Italian culture, it’s not compulsory, therefore, just tips for the services that you really find good and pleasant.
7.Learn some Italian words
The Italian is one of the worst English-speaking countries. Of course you can still check-in at the hotel or order at the restaurant in English. However, if you want to buy street foods, ask for the way, ask where the train station is,… you have to learn some Italian words or language gestures.