My first contact with Italy was in 1994 and in 2008 through two organized trips with a very similar itinerary. Here you can read my travel diaries and first impressions. We visited the following cities:
One of the best ways to get to know the country is to drive along its roads. Italy has a large network of freeways and most of the secondary roads are in an acceptable condition. Speed limits are 50 km/h in town, 90 km/h on secondary roads, 110 km/h on main roads and 130 km/h on freeways. However, be careful how Italians drive! They don’t usually look through the rear-view mirrors and don’t usually respect the safety distances.
The train is also a very good way to get to know the country. It is recommended to book in advance and online to get interesting discounts through the official website Italiarail. There are also special fares for senior citizens and children under 26. There are many direct services and sleeping cars that connect the main cities without the need to change trains.
Recommendation for travel to italy
What we do have clear is that traveling to Italy on your own is a before and after in the travel experiences of any foreigner who chooses this corner of the world. We do not know a single person who has not loved it. We came back completely in love with its people, its food and its cities. Shall we start?
We recommend the car option, only if you are going to make a route through nearby countries such as Croatia or France. Keep in mind that parking in cities like Milan, Florence or Venice can cost you a lot of money, since the downtown area is restricted to vehicles or is payable.
The big question you will ask yourself when organizing a trip to Italy. As always, it will depend on the days you have available and what you want to see, but we believe that 7/8 days is the minimum you need to enjoy this Mediterranean country.
To travel around Italy we recommend using the train, it is the best option. The stations are located in the center of the cities, besides being a comfortable and inexpensive transport. Calculate that a trip between Milan and Venice has a price of about 20 euros in modern high-speed trains. Check prices and availability on the Trenitalia website.
My first trip to italy
4. Stay through CouchsurfingCouchsurfing is a hospitality network in which locals host travelers in their homes because they are interested in meeting them, and this has no cost.The most important thing to keep in mind when doing Couchsurfing, is to understand that the main objective of the network is not to get free accommodation, but to generate a cultural exchange, so if your idea is to use the host’s home only to sleep and leave your luggage while you spend the whole day alone touring, we recommend you to look for another type of accommodation. In tourist cities, it is essential that you contact your potential hosts in advance, as there are many travelers who use this network, remember to send a personalized message telling them why you would like to meet them, and not a copy-paste identical for all.Traveling cheaply in Italy: tips to save on transportation
Travel to italy cheap
It is advisable to arrive two hours before the departure of your flight; you have to check in your luggage, and if the flight is overbooked it will take some time. In addition, in case of an unfortunate overbooking and the longer you take to check in, the more risk you run of being grounded.
Citizens from all other countries must present their passport at the border and, where required, also their visa, which must indicate the length of stay and the destination.
The visa must be requested at the Italian consulates of the country of residence, specifying the reason for the trip. It is usually obtained within 90 days of application. Once at the destination, if not staying overnight in a hotel structure, it is necessary to register at the police headquarters within eight days from the day of arrival. If the tourists stay overnight in hotels or other types of tourist accommodation structures, the registration will be made at the reception of such structure.