Italy Travel Tips
What to Expect in Italy
Here is some practical information you can expect when traveling to Italy.
Language: Italian is the national language. I would recommend downloading Google translate. While English is widely understood, it is always appreciated to try and speak basic Italian. You will find locals are much more welcoming!
Currency: The Euro is used in Italy.
Cards/ATM’s: Credit Cards are widely accepted and ATM’s can be found everywhere. It is always good to have a couple of Euros on you for tipping.
Tipping in Italy: Tipping is not necessary, however it is usually appreciated. Rounding up to the nearest Euro generally is fine.
Italy Safety: In General Italy is relatively safe to travel for Solo Female travelers. Use regular caution and beware of pickpocketers. Never put your belongings down or carry lots of bags (making you look like an easy target).
Power outlets: Italy uses general Europeans standards of voltage between 220 V to 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. I recommend using universal adaptor.
Getting Around: It’s very easy to get around Italy by public transportation and by foot. I would definitely recommend a data package with your cell phone carrier for Google Maps!
Renting a car in Italy is not usually recommended, especially on the Amalfi Coast. Parking can also be very hard to find. The only time renting a car might be worth it is if you are driving in the country areas of Italy. Overall since it is so easy to get around Italy by train, it’s not worth adding more worry or stress to your trip.
Best Time To Visit Italy
While people visit Italy all year, the best time to visit is during the shoulder months. This is April- May and Sept-early November when the weather is generally nice, without so many crowds.
During the summer months June-July, you can expect tons of tourist and very long lines.
In August, most of Italy closes down for Holiday, so it’s best to avoid August as well.
Italy Travel Guides
Getting To Italy
Italy has plenty of Major airports to fly into. Most Popular airport in Italy is Fiumicino in Rome. Other popular airports are in Venice, Milan and Naples which all have non-stops from New York.
Find find the best flights for Italy check SkySkanner here!
Italy has tons of trains running through all the big cities. These trains are not only a great way to get into Italy from other places around Europe but also a perfect way to get around the different cities of Italy. Fast-trains going over 200 kph are available from Italy’s nation train service Trenitalia and a private but equally comparable company, Italotrento. When booking your fast trains through Italy, it is best to book the tickets in advanced to guarantee a seat. For tickets: Trenitalia Tickets here. Check Italotreno here for tickets!
Food and Drinks to Try in Italy
Get into the Italian spirt by trying some of these dishes and drinks below. It’s also worth trying a cooking class during your visit, especially if your a foodie! Check cooking classes here with Cooky!
1. Try fried Zucchini flower
2. Eat Pizza in Naples
3. Have fresh Seafood in South Italy
4. Try Truffle in the North Italy
5. Taste the house wine
6. Have a shot of Limoncello
7. Sip on Aperol Spritz
8. Indulge in gelato
9. Try Cacio e Pepe in Rome
10. Sip on espresso at a local bar
Finding Accommodation in Italy
You can find a wide variety of different accommodation in Italy depending on your budget. Italy offers Hostels, mid-budget, and luxury hotels along with Airbnb (which is what we used). We found both Airbnb places we used to be spectacular and even included washing machines!