24 July 2012
What is ITALY? The best wine? Legendary history? Incredible beauty? Magnificent landscapes? All this and much, much more form this unique country. All 4 seasons are good to visit Italy. Certainly summer is best one but if you are not afraid of the heat. Let us introduce to you to one itinerary which is the most popular and represents the country most of all.
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ROME (Ital. Roma)
This extremely grandiose city speaks for itself. The Colosseum alone counts for a lot! A couple of days is not enough to see all the sights of Rome. Some of sights are located in the same area, so can be easily reached by metro (Metropolitana di Roma) such as Piazza di Spagna, Fontana di Trevi, Vatican City. Other parts of city you can reach only on foot or by taxi such as Piazza Navona, the Pantheon etc. because there are no metro stations around. Keep in mind that you have to book tickets in advance or take a tour to get in such places as the Colosseum, Saint Peter's Basilica because the lines to the ticket offices are endless. However, there are many free of charge places that you should see. They are Piazza del Popolo, Castel Sant’ Angelo, Piazza Cavour and so on and so forth. It wouldn't be a bad thing to create a list of places to visit and make a rough itinerary. Read also: Cheap Accommodation & Budget Rentals in Italy
FLORENCE (Ital. Firenze)
Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany, which is the area of beautiful landscapes, gorgeous sculptures and rich artistic legacy. Tuscany is the home of many influential people of Renaissance such as Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Niccolo Machiavelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and so on. Thus, we can say that Florence is a big museum. You will see that when you start your walk around the city. It is good to know that Florence has many hidden sights. For instance, a simple building from the outside can appear to be a genuine masterpiece inside. If you have a chance to see the top view of Florence, go for it without delay. Take your time to enjoy the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Read also: 30 Things to Do Before Travelling Abroad
VENICE (Ital. Venezia)
Venice is the city of love and strong feelings. If you need time to discover and imbued with other Italian cities, then Venice is the city you fall in love from the first sight!
Cozy small streets, a number of fancy bridges, unique Venetian buildings and so on and so forth. You don’t need too much time to see the major beauties of Venice. Here are several things you should definitely experience.
•First, you should go to the St Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco) and enjoy its grandiosity.
•Then you should get a ticket to the waterbus (vaporetto) on route No. 1 to see all famous buildings of Grand Canal (Canal Grande). It costs up to 7 euro and will take you all way long across the Grand Canal surrounded by many magnificent palaces.
• They say if you don’t take a ride on a gondola while in Venice you haven’t been there. So, at least once in your life you should try gondola. It is a 30 minutes romantic row where you can drink champagne if you wish and find out why all gondolas are painted in black colour.
There are some small but important things you should know about Venice.
•Keep in mind that it is pretty easy to get lost in Venice because streets are tortuous and it can happen that you go in circles.
•Taxi in Venice is an expensive treat. It costs around €100 per trip however it contains up to 10 people.
•Don’t exchange currency in big hotels as they will charge you up to 10% more. Instead go to bank where the commission is around 3%.
•Supermarkets work till 6-7 p.m. After that time you can go for a dinner only to restaurants. Trattoria is a good national restaurant to eat, however, they can charge you twice more than you expect. ;)
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Remember! Italy is the country where you should be more careful than anywhere else if you don’t want your passport to be stolen! We strongly advise you to watch your money, valuables and passport especially when you use public transportation and visit public places (WC, cafes etc.).
In order not to join the sad slogan “Lose Your Passport, Lose Your Holiday”
•make sure to have the copy of your passport in a safe place,
•always keep your eyes open,
•necessarily buy travel insurance policy before your trip.
Watch the video with advice for British tourists on how to take care of your passport when visiting Italy.
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