10 Things to Know Before you Visit Italy

Italy is the paradise for history lovers. With the museums, churches and archaeological sites, Italy feels like a lesson to be learned by everyone. It has a different story for every traveler. For some its pizzas, while for some it’s the art and paintings. You literally get lost in the beauty of art the country has to offer you. The Italian culture is distinctly different than that of the other countries. Especially, the America.

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So, here are the 10 things to keep in your mind before visiting Italy.

1) Pre Booking your Tickets –

pre ticket bookingSummertime is the most favorite tourist season to visit Italy. Therefore, it is advisable that you book your tickets 3-4 months prior your trip.

2) Know Some Italian-

ItalianIt is always good to know few Italian words which will help you communicate with locals easily. People in Italy are friendly and so they feel better when someone speaks Italian. Knowing words like “ciao” to greet someone or “gracias” for thanking someone will really help you get along with people.

3)See an Opera in Verona-

Opera in VeronaWhether you are a big fan of Operas or no, but the experience of sitting in a Roman amphitheater  watching the show with thousands of people as per the tradition is a must do.

4) There’s time and then… there’s Italian time-

Italian TimeRemember when someone says the show starts at 7, it actually will start at 7:30. Italian people are laidback people. It is the same for restaurants, museums and public transports especially trains. To avoid being stuck up in situations of waiting make it a rule to be there a bit late.

5) Get a Tour Guide-

Get Tour GuideItaly is a big country full of surprises. It has variety of places, arts, restaurants, etc. If you are new to the country or visiting it for the very first time, it is advisable to take a good tour guide. There are also walking tours throughout the cities like Rome, Venice, and Florence.

6) Know and learn how to handle Alcohol-

handle AlcoholThere is a huge difference in consumption of alcohol between Italy and other countries. The legal drinking age here is 16 for beers and wine while 18 for hard liquors. Italians also tend to drink a lot, but they don’t drink to get drunk.

7) Where to go in Italy? –

Italy.jpgThere are numerous places in Italy to see. Capital city Rome is one of the main tourist attractions. Apart from that, there are beautiful cities like Florence, Sicily. Having Gondola ride in Venice is a must do thing. Also, Italy is the said to be the birthplace of pizza. So don’t miss out on having fresh pizzas in Naples. Gelato is another thing you must have.

8) Afternoon Closings-

Afternoon ClosingsPeople in Italy close the restaurants and go home to enjoy the lunch with their families and relax. You should always take this note. Many shops and restaurants will close down from 1-4 in the afternoon. This thing still surprises and perplexes Americans.

9) Beware of Pickpockets-

pickpockets.jpgRoman pickpockets are infamous all over the world. And they especially pick people who are travelling alone and keep their valuables in their outside pockets. Therefore, it’s advisable to take care and put up your stuff in your bag while roaming on the streets.

10) Figure out Public Transportation –

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You need to know very well about the trains and buses that run throughout the day. And don’t forget the Italian time. Because the trains here are never on time.

Finally, slow down and relax. Accept that you can’t see all of it in a one trip. To see such a plethora of arts, culture, food, vineyards, museums- a lifetime is not enough. So slow down, savor what you get and cherish those memories forever.

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15 Secrets About Rome Holiday That Nobody Will Tell You

With a little help from our friends we’ve compiled a list of 15 unique activities for you to do in Rome. But it’s not just any old list – because we know that you don’t need anyone to tell you what they must see places in Rome are.

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You may have visited before and you’ve tried all the regular Rome itinerary 3 days excursions… you’ve done the Colosseum to death and probably thrown many a coin into the Trevi Fountain that it’s best you don’t start counting! Or perhaps you’re looking for a new way to do an old thing.

This is the list to end all lists. Here are our 15 Secrets About Rome Holiday That Nobody Will Tell You.

1) Walk up to Giancarlo Hill and listen out for the cannon that fires every single day at midday and has done since the battle for Rome was won here! Then admire the view of all of Rome – just breathtaking!

2) As museums in Rome are well-known, buy ‘Jump the queue’ tickets for the Vatican Museum. Will save you hours and the groups are very small.

3) Pizza, a big bottle of beer (sold at any corner shop) and hang out in Piazza Madonna dei Monti in the Monti District and of course a pistachio gelato at Fatamorgana.

4) Enrol in Gladiatior School to experience the real Rome back in the day.

5) Palazzo Valentini – Using state of art technology such as lasers and sound effects, the archaeological remains of ancient Roman houses are brought to life! Situated in the headquarters of the Province of Rome and just a short walk from Piazza Venezia, it’s educational, fascinating and a must-visit.

6) Visit the cat sanctuary at Largo Argentina.

7) Visit the Galleria Borghese (in Villa Borghese park) to see artworks by Caravaggio, Bernini and Titian. Both the art and the building are extravagantly breathtaking.

8) Spend the day exploring the EUR zone of Rome where you’ll experience the city’s fascist architecture.  Immerse yourself into ancient Roman life at the Roman Civilization Museum, get to know real, deep Italian folk culture at the Museo delle Arti e Tradizioni Popolari and finally, see a modern, square colosseum.

9) Take the elevator up the National Monument of Victor Emmanuel II (in Piazza Venezia and also commonly referred to as the Wedding Cake building) and take in a stunning panoramic view of the city.

10) Get an amazing view of Rome through the Knights of Malta Keyhole on Aventine Hill – one of Rome’s best kept secrets. Use the footpath Via San Sabina to Piazza Cavalieri di Malta. You’ll also get a great view of Trastevere and St Peter from the Orange Garden at Santa Sabina.

11) Visit San Giovanni di Laterano (or Saint John’s in Lateran) Church. San Giovanni is the first Christian Basilica built in the world and the original Papal seat until the 15th century, consecrated and dedicated to the Savoir in A.D. 324.

12) Recreate your own Roman holiday movie scene and take a Vespa Tour by night.

13) Head out late at night in Rome – when all the tourists have gone home safely tucked away in their hotel room beds and see the sites. Visiting the Trevi Fountain at midnight is magical – and probably the only time that you can get an unobstructed photo of the iconic fountain!

14) Walk around the San Lorenzo District. This student district, just to the southeast of Stazione Termini is Rome at its most alternatives. Packed with cheap eateries, lefty-leaning bars and boutique shops, it’s a welcome break from the touristy centre. Plus, it’s the home of the best chocolate in Rome – the chocolate factory at www.said.it – try their hot chocolate, you won’t be disappointed!

15) Hire, borrow or beg a bike and cycle along the Tiber River from Ponte Della Musica to Ponte Marconi. Glorious,  great and gritty perspective on the City. You’ll end up near Testaccio – just perfect for lunch at Augustarello in Via G Branca. You could cycle back and go to a concert at The Auditorium.

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The Historical City of Holiness : Rome

“Rome wasn’t built in a day”- this metaphor of persistence and determination comes from a city that has plenty to offer to you. Even the ruins of this city have a distinct beauty to them. Rome easily holds the most prominent place on the historical map of Italy, infact its history has attracted people from world over.
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Whenever you are looking for a trip that not only clicks with your religious side but also enriches the history lover in you, then try out this amazing Rome trip planner to head straight into the city that is a perfect concoction of history, beauty and religion.

There is a long list of things to do in Rome. You can climb the historical Spanish steps, pray for your and your loved one’s well being at the Sistine Chapel. You can just walk by hundreds of Piazzas (squares) absorbing the Roman air, enjoying authentic flavors of Gelato. When you get lost in the old rustic hues of the Villas here, there is a wide range of strong flavors of pastas and pizzas to transcend into.

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The best places to visit in Rome is hands down the Colosseum, with a hint of the past of the brave gladiators. After this, heading to Pantheon is the wisest thing to do. The Trevi Fountain would light up your eyes, while St Peter’s Basilica will be your perfect source to connect with God. As soon as you step into the city, you will smell a whiff of historical magnificence floating around. To top this, there is always influence of the “His Holiness” who has blessed the city into becoming one of the most frequented destinations in the World.

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