Italy is one of the most beautiful countries to visit in Europe, I am sure millions would agree. My love for this country goes a long way indeed, almost as far as my love for adventure. It truly is an amazing place to visit and live if you want to.
Some of my favourites, are the beautiful Tuscan towns, the gorgeous Cinque Terre and the charming canals of Venice to name a few, yet beyond the excitement of wanting to see it’s famous cities, there’s so much to consider and see when planning a trip, which made me feel that i had to share my very own tips worth knowing before you pack your bags and head off to Italy!
Surviving in Italy with Great Money Saving Tips
1,So many restaurants will offer you bread when you sit down only to charge you for it once your meal is finished. If you’re in the region and don’t want to pay for the bread, send it back so you won’t be tempted! Outside of this region, the bread is included in the price, saving is saving even if we do love that warm crusty Italian bread.
A Splash Of Wine
2, You can if you fancy a little taste of Italy buy a great bottle of wine for just 4/5 Euros. It’s a lot cheaper than drinking at the bar, and just as good. Your truly spoilt with the choice of wine in this marvellous country.
3, We all have to admit we love eating out, but eating out in Italy is an expensive affair. Buy Paninis and Pizza by the slice for just a few Euros, and save. Your money then will stretch to another delightful piece of pizza another day.
4, I always find this a great way to learn the history behind the places you are seeing and to avoid missing any must-see stops. It is also free of charge, so you can walk for as long as you like, adventuring around all the nuts and cranny’s of Italy.
5, The train network i find in Italy is extensive, fast, and well maintained, which makes travelling by train the best way to see Italy. It can also be much cheaper if you book early. Train tickets can be booked up to 120 days in advance, and if you do book early and grab “saver” tickets, they’ll be up to 70% less than regular tickets, bargains all round if you search.
So now that i have told you the best way to save money and the fastest way to get around Italy without breaking the bank, i am now going to give you a few good pointers on sightseeing when in Italy with and without children.
Sights to be seen
The city of Verona is largely known for its role in the play Romeo and Juliet, but dating back even further is the Verona Arena. This fabulous arena is actually a Roman amphitheater constructed about 2,000 years ago. Despite the age of it, the Verona Arena is remarkably well preserved, and at its peak, it holds it own beauty very well. It has hosted performances for more than 30,000 people. Today, visitors are still able to attend musical performances at the arena, bringing Italian culture and history to life, This is a definite must see, to get the true feeling of its splendour.
Gran Paradiso National Park
Silently situated in the Graian Alps is Gran Paradiso National Park, a beautiful destination with stunning mountain views and remarkable hiking opportunities, ( if your into that kind of activity). The Gran Paradiso National Park was first established as a way to protect the local ibex population, and wildlife today includes those ibex as well as badgers, wolves, lynx, and more than 100 bird species. You can join in with a number of seasonal activities if you want to like, hiking, spotting the foliage in autumn, cross-country skiing in winter and photographing flowers in the spring. You wont be bored or stumped as to what to do here.
Sassi di Matera
The town of Matera is a sweet and mind encapsulating place to visit. There are a collection of ancient cave dwellings known collectively as the Sassi di Matera. These dwellings are thought of as the very first human settlement in all of Italy, and could be as old as 9,500 years old. The dwellings are carved right out of the rock, and many of these caves still house homes, businesses and cafes today, truly amazing to say the least. It is an incredible experience to tour ancient caves from early humans and then relax sipping on local wines from a similar cave just a short walk away.
Italy offers many a pizzeria, with all a excellent reputation, but theirs one place that will stick in your mind forever: Naples,.This is where pizza was born and where it’s still king. Neapolitan pizza is generally extremely thin-crusted and saucy and is expected to be eaten with a smile. Although every pizzeria in Naples makes a decent pizza, some places display the label “Vera Pizza Napoletana” which indicates that the pizzeria follows the standards of The Naples Pizza Association, perfecto.
The farther away from a tourist site you eat, the less likely you are to be ripped off!
As in any country you visit, it’s a sad truth that in some less-than-honest Italian establishments, tourists can be seen as easy prey, its happened to me as well a few times, although the food was still good, just beware. Restaurants and cafes right near the big tourist sites are the most likely candidates to rip you off. It’s not always the case of course, but well-located eateries that don’t cater to a local market are more likely to charge inflated prices.
The Catacombs Of Rome
One of the favourites for kids who come to Rome is the Capuchin Crypt, it contains real human remains; though it might be a little scary for some, the remains are presented within the context of Christian burial rights and most children find them very enjoyable.
The Aquarium of Genoa
When you visit Genoa, it’s impossible not to take a “under the sea” tour when your travelling with children to the largest Italian aquarium. It is managed by Costa Edutainment Spa , one of Italy’s leading management organisations for large public and private structures that are involved in leisure, cultural and educational activities. Your kids will be blown away with this amazing Aquarium. It will take you about 2 hours and 30 minutes to walk between all the amazing areas.
Italy really is a magical adventure. Make time to visit this beautiful country, it will leave a footprint in your memory. There are so many other places in Italy to see and so many more great places to eat, the towns will leave you speechless as will the architecture. I love Italy and i am sure you will too.