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What You Should Know More About Italy

  • Travel advice

    • Italy is a very famous tourist place and so, you should book your stay in advance in order to avoid last minute inconvenience.

    • Beware of scammers who try to sell you different things and fool you.

    • Review your resorts or hotels before you pay for the stay booking.

    • Take care of safety precautions on the beach.

    • Enjoy the local cafes and nightlife, but do not fall into any drug related or other illegally problematic situations.

    • Travel by public transport instead of private cabs in order to save money.

  • Drinking law

    The legal drinking age for consuming alcoholic drinks in Italy is 16 years and 18 years for all types of distilled alcohol or hard drinks.

  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Cinque Terre

    A UNESCO World Heritage site and also a famous national park, this is the cleanse area of Italy. The Cinque Terre comprises of 5 villages on the rugged cliffs in Italian Riveria. You can stroll around the scenic portion of the Azure Coast and have an overview of the vineyards, serene coves, olive groves and while doing this, you can also enjoy a hiking train to reach this calm and serene place which is totally relaxing as well as romantic.


    Colosseum

    This ruined amphitheater from the ancient time is an epitome of grand architecture of the past. The Colosseum with its perfectly curved arches manages to mesmerize each and every tourist visiting this spot. Attracting around 5 million tourists every year, this place is indeed a must visit because of its unique magnificence.


    Sassi Di Matera

    The city complex of Sassi, carved out of White rock is a complex of prehistoric houses which are a very unique sight to witness. This is a maze of caves, underground dungeons and carven hides which makes it difficult to believe that this wonderful structure was built in the ancient times, without the use of any technology. This place is a legacy of outstanding ancient architecture which manages to maintain its charm even today.


    Amalfi Coast

    The Amalfi Coast, directly exposed to the sea is a jumble of multicolored villages located on a hillock on the sea side. This place is packed with rich traditions, culture and history and you should indeed stay in this part of Italy for as long as you can. If possible, book a private boat tour and enjoy amid the sparkling blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.


    Saint Mark’s Basilica

    The final resting place of Saint Mark, the Basilica di San Marco depicts the country’s history and is the most respected symbol in Venice. Located off the beautiful Grand Canal, this place oozes of cultural and heritage richness. The beautifully complex mosaic designs along with the beautiful architecture of this monument is really a treat for your eyes.


    Vatican

    The Vatican is one of the most sacred cities for Catholics from all over the world and is indeed a spiritual hub. The St. Peters Basilica and Piazza San Pietro are two of the most important places to visit in the Vatican, along with witnessing ancient, medieval and modern art as you walk on the streets of this state.


    Leaning Tower of Pisa

    He Leaning Tower of Pisa, one of the architectural wonders of the world is flocked by tourists to witness the monument and also to click some of the most fun pictures around the tower. The construction started sinking which caused it to lean and still silks at the rate of 1mm per year and this masterpiece of architecture will surely make you curious.


    Blue Grotto

    A visit to Blue Grotto is one of the most magical experiences you will have in your entire life. You travel on the waters in the cavern on boats and experience the silver illumination on the sparkling blue waters around you. With the average height of 7 meters, this cavern will take you on one of the most wonderful tourist experiences in Italy.


  • What you will like there?

    Ancient Monuments

    Italy has a plethora of ancient monuments. Right from ancient ruins, constructions, dwellings from the past, houses constructed on hills and churches, this place will leave you mesmerized with its intricately beautiful architecture and you will be overloaded with fascination as you go on visiting these places.


    Local Cuisine

    The local cuisine, made with some of the most exotic herb, oils and cheese are really relishing. You indeed cannot return from Italy without trying pizzas and pastas over there and it is a promising fact that you will never forget the taste of the food you tried in Italy as it will keep you tantalizing forever.


    Beaches

    The gleaming beaches of the Mediterranean coast in Italy are crystal clear, clean and really mesmerizing. You can totally unwind your soul on these scenic beaches and have some of the best solace and solitude in your life.


    Themed restaurants and Cafes

    The themed restaurants and cafes in Italy serve some of the world’s most favourite cuisines and also have some of the best ambiences in the world. No matter how many restaurants and cafes you visit in Italy, you will always find something new to satisfy your traveler soul.


  • Recommended reads for destination

    Website

    Italia tourism

    Books

    Lonely Planet Italy (Travel Guide)

    Frommer's Italy 2017


  • When is the best time to visit Italy?

    The ideal time to visit Italy is when the country has clear blue skies and comfortable temperature. These conditions are available during the months of April to June and September to October when the country has spring and autumn season going on thus making it the best time to visit Italy.

  • How to reach Italy?

    Italy is well connected to all parts of the world. It is a famous tourist destination and has a number of airports in various cities.

     

    • Reaching Italy by Air

    Travelling by air is the easiest way to reach Italy. Italy has international airports in all the major cities like Rome, Florence, Pisa, Milan and Sicily.

    • By Bus

    As Italy is a peninsula, it is surrounded by land on three sides. It shares borders with four countries and the Vatican City. People travelling from countries like France, Switzerland and Austria can take direct buses.

    • By Rail

    Italy is well connected to the rest of Europe by rail so you choose to travel to Italy either using the Italo Rail or the EuRail. The eurail website and sites like seat61 is where you can book your tickets.

     

    • By Road

    Italy being well connected to countries that share borders, one can choose to travel by road. Either hire a private car or share a cab with someone booking a Bla Bla car

     

    • By Water

    Venice, Ancona, Bari and Brindisi are the major ports in Italy. You can use the waterways to travel to the islands of Italy, Sicily and Sardinia.

  • Do I need a visa for Italy? How does one get a Italy visa?

    Depending upon the purpose of your visit to Italy, there are multiple types of visas that you have to apply to. Whether you are a tourist, going there to study or work or reside there permanently, you have to apply for a different Italy Schengen Visa, accordingly. If you wish to go to Italy on a short stay visa for a period not more than 90 days and your country is not on the visa-free list, you need a Schengen travel visa. This visa is not a work permit. You can apply for a visa minimum 10 days prior to your trip or maximum 3 months prior to your trip from the intended date of travel. Indian applicants have to pay a visa fee of EUR 60

  • What is the currency of Italy and where can I get my money exchanged?

    The currency used in Italy is called Euro. You can practically have your currency changed in any part of the country. There are money exchangers on airports and in banks. These service providers charge slightly high cost but are the most convenient and quick money exchangers.

  • What are the things to do in Italy?

    Italy is the top country with maximum number of UNESCO world heritage sites. You can imagine the beauty this country has. Moreover, not to forget, Italy is a kingdom of artists and scientists. So your time and money spent on Italy is going to be totally worthy. Here are some of the things you should definitely do in Italy…

     

    • Visit the Valley of Temples-Valle dei Templi
    • Explore Cinque Terre
    • Tour the finest universally acclaimed museum-Uffizi Gallery
    • Do not miss out on the archetypal amphitheater-Colosseum
    • Visit Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
    • Discover the ruins of Herculaneum
    • Discover the ghostly ruins of Pompeii
    • Eat at Trattoria da Amerigo
    • Party all night at Santa Rosa Bistro
    • Enjoy drinks at Mad Souls & Spirits
    • Some opera ta Teatro San Carlo

  • What is the local food of Italy? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    The local food of Italy is the Italian cuisine which indeed is famous all around the world. To enjoy the authentic Italian food, here what you should order-

     

    • Antipasto (appetizers)Zuppa e salsa (soups and sauces)
    • Pane (bread)
    • Common pizzas.
    • Pasta varieties.
    • Pasta dishes.
    • Rice dishes.
    • Pesce (fish dishes)

     

    And here are some best places that serve the yummiest Italian food in the country-

     

    • Eataly in Southern Rome
    • Pasticceria Marchesi in Corso Magenta & Sant'Ambrogio
    • Ristorante La Madia in Licata
    • La Torre degli Aquila in Pavia
    • Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia in Milan
    • Colline Emiliane in Tridente, Trevi & the Quirinale
    • Vespasia in Norcia & the Valnerina
    • Donna Rosa in Positano
    • Ristorante Silvio in Bellagio
    • Il Focolare in Ischia
    • Osteria Sali e Tabacchi in Lake Como East Bank

  • What is the best public transport to commute around Italy?

    All the major cities in Italy have good transportation facility that includes bus and underground-train networks. In Venice, the main public transport option is vaporetti which is a small passenger ferry.

     

    • METRO

    Extensive metropolitan transport exists in cities like Rome, Milan, Naples and Turin. While smaller metros are available in cities like Genoa and Catania. The Minimetrò in Perugia connects the train station with the city centre.

     

    • BUS

    Regular buses are available to travel from one place to another within cities as well as from one city to another.

     

    • TAXI

    You can board a taxi from any part of any city. They are easily available and very convenient.

     

    • TRAIN

    Trains are another convenient option for commuting in Italy. They are reasonable, fast and very convenient.

  • What is the local language in Italy and which are the most commonly used greetings? (mention at least 4) (Hello, Thank you, Good morning/night, What is the price of ____?, How far is _____?)

    Italian is the official language used by the locals of Italy. Here are some common greetings used in Italy so you can understand every time someone uses them. Moreover, you can also use these yourself!

     

    • Ciao! ( Hi; Bye [Informal])
    • Salve! ( Hi; Bye [Formal/Informal])
    • Ciao! Ciao! ( Bye-bye!)
    • Buon giorno! ( Hello; Good morning; Goodbye [Formal])
    • Buona sera! ( Hello; Good evening; Goodbye [Formal])
    • Buona notte! ( Good night! [ Formal/Informal])
    • Arrivederci! ( Goodbye! [ Informal])
    • Arrivederla! ( Goodbye! [ Formal])

  • Which are the best shopping places in Italy and what are they famous for?

    Shopping is a very enjoyable activity in Italy as the country has many famous streets specially for shopaholics. We are listing a few for you below…

     

    • Rome - Via Del Corso
    • Florence - Via Giovan Battista Zannoni
    • Milan - Via Montenapoleone
    • Venice - Mercerie
    • Naples - Via Toledo
    • Genoa - Via Garibaldi
    • Turin - Via Polo
    • Portofino - Streets near the Harbor
    • Bologna - Via Rizzoli

  • What are the best romantic experiences for honeymoon couples in Italy?

    Italy is undoubtedly one of the most romantic destinations in the world. It is popular amongst couples and there is a lot partners to indulge in to have the best time of their lives. Here are some destinations honeymoon couples must visit to have the best romantic experience in Italy…

     

    • Unforgettable Rome
    • Stunning Venice
    • Colourful Tuscany
    • The Italian Riviera-Liguria region
    • The Amalfi Coast
    • Lake Como
    • Blue Cilento
    • Mountains of Piedmont
    • The Vibrant Naples

  • What are the best places to experience nightlife in Italy?

    The life at night in Italy is an extremely different culture than during the day. Every night each major city is host to a crazy night. The clubs and nightlife experiences are perfect for everybody who are looking for a good time. Here are some best places to experience nightlife in Italy…

     

    • Milan
    • Rome
    • Florence
    • Venice
    • Sicily

  • Which are the top beaches to visit in Italy?

    Italy is a beautiful country and so are the beaches here. Each one unique and well maintained offering stunning views of the sea. Here are some of the top picks that will surely not disappoint you…

     

    • Mazarró, Sicily
    • Riserva Naturale di Vendicari, Sicily
    • Cala Gonone, Sardinia
    • Alghero, Sardinia
    • Anzio, Lazio
    • The Lido towns, Emilia-Romagna
    • La Pelosa, Sardinia
    • Marina di Vasto, Abruzzo
    • Forno, Elba, Tuscany

  • What are the different water sports to do in Italy are the craziest adventure parks in Italy?

    The country of Italy has various opportunities for watersports enthusiasts. The clean and clear coastline offers some of the best water activities which can often be spotted at beaches. Some of these commonly found activities that can be tried by you are-

     

    • Kayak tour from Sestri Levante to Riva Trigoso through Punta Manara
    • Kayak Tour at night with dinner or day trip in Crapolla Cove
    • Kayak trip from marina del Cantone
    • Rafting tour in Verona
    • Banana Boat Ride in Sorrento
    • Snorkeling in Sorrento
    • Isola Bella Diving Tour from Taormina

  • Here are the best tips Thrillophilia has to offer for your trip to Italy…

    Italy is a diverse country with different culture and lifestyle. Before your visit here, you may want to know a few things that can help you have a smooth trip. So here are some tips from us…

     

    • Do not say “ciao” to everyone!
    • You need to show your passport to check in a hotel
    • Tipping is not a trend
    • Discover the ancient history of Italy
    • You can buy bus tickets, phone cards, and postage stamps at tobacco stalls
    • Electricity is very expensive
    • You get free drinking water
    • Beaches in Italy are beauty!
    • Card Payments are allowed
    • Trains are very convenient
    • North and South vary a lot!
    • Italy has volcanoes
    • Wine in the country is great!
    • Tuscany is the best place for steak
    • You can ski in the country
    • There are countries inside Italy
    • Italian road trips are fun!

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