Italy Travel Guide
Italy is a must-visit country and is one of the most-traveled destinations in Europe. There are so many highlights in this beautiful country — from the canals of Venice to the Tuscan wine lands to the cobblestone streets of Rome to the Arno river running through Florence to the cliffs of Positano… and beyond.
Florence was one of my favorite cities because of the architecture and natural beauty— the sun setting over the Arno River is something you can’t soon forget.
Rome is one of the most iconic and most traveled cities in Europe and you could spend days getting lost in this magnificent destination. The most picturesque spots in Italy might just be Cinque Terre and all the stops along the Amalfi Coast. Positano is the gem of the Amalfi Coast and is arguably the most picturesque and most romantic town in the whole of Italy.
The cheapest time of year to visit Italy is in the winter. From December to March, the cold weather keeps most travelers at bay, and you can explore the country’s incredible museums and galleries to your heart’s content.
You’ll also be in time for all the Christmas Markets and have an easier time finding cheap flights to Italy. Another affordable period is between April and May. The summer crowds have yet to arrive, and the countryside is covered in a blanket of blossoming flowers!
However, there really is no place like Italy in the summer. Even if it’s crowded, it’s-ah amazing!
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What To Expect
Language: The main language spoken in Italy is Italian.
Currency: The currency in Italy is the Euro. 1 USD is equivalent to about 0.88 EUR.
Credit Cards and ATMs: In the big cities and smaller towns, you won’t have any problems finding ATMs that accept foreign credit cards. Most shops, restaurants, and tour operators will also take credit cards as a form of payment. You only really need cash for small purchases like metro tickets and all the gelato you can handle.
Plugs: The plugs in Italy are Type C, F, and L. The standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter (make sure it has surge protection) and using a converter for hair dryers and hot tools.
Safety: While Italy is generally a safe destination for solo female travelers, the one thing you need to watch out for is pickpockets. Always keep your eyes on your belongings and invest in an anti-theft backpack to ensure you don’t lose any of your valuables.
Getting Around: I loved traveling through Italy by train — you can sit back and relax as you cross the beautiful countryside, plus they’re efficient and offer many high-speed routes.
My Experience as an Asian Traveler in Italy
I’m an Asian-American living in Italy and locals have overall been nice towards me. But I’ve experienced people staring as they nudge their companions and point my direction. Someone even argued with me recently in Rome that I was from China. While I haven’t been refused services, I sometimes feel unwelcome in Italy as xenophobia increases. My tips are to stay calm, be kind, set boundaries, and educate.
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