There’s no doubt that Italy is full of wonders. People come from all over the world to experience the authentic tastes of its home-grown specialties, the mesmerizing Gothic architecture, the rich history, and the stunning Italian sense of art and fashion. Here’s a list of do’s and don’ts for a truly rewarding experience.
DO slow down
Coming to Italy is easily considered a trip of a lifetime. People try to include everything in their schedule. However, you won’t really enjoy where you are when you’re constantly in a rush. Try to take it all in; take your time with a meal, capture lots of pictures, spend some time in an interesting museum, go to an art show, marvel at the stunning views of ancient buildings, or even take a long boat ride in the lake. It will make your trip much more relaxing and worthwhile.
DON’T follow the tourist trails
Include the popular attractions, but we don’t recommend making them your whole trip. You can only feel the magic and authenticity of Italy away from the crowds. Even if you plan to take the classic Venice, Florence, and Rome route, you can break the rules. Look at a map and go wild; the unexplored areas of Italy are truly beautiful.
DO mind your belongings at all times
Italy is one of those travel destinations that receives millions of tourists every year; so, pickpocketing is quite common. To be on the safe side, mainly in crowded areas, make sure your belongings are secure and always within your sight, especially when in an outdoor restaurant/café or when taking a picture, as well as in public transportation.
DON’T fall into tourist traps
Try to avoid souvenir shops and seek out a local artisan instead for lasting genuine items. Also, we’d stay away from restaurants that have tourist menus translated to a number of languages; they are probably overpriced and not really good.
DO dress to impress
If you want to blend in with the Italians, wear stylish clothes. They take pride in their appearance. It has to be comfortable, though, because you can expect a lot of walking. When visiting a church, try to dress appropriately to avoid offending the locals.
DON’T expect everyone to speak English
It is a good idea to learn a few Italian phrases to get by during your trip. The locals are very friendly and will help you out. They always seem happy when visitors attempt their language, so embrace it.
By Amal Ahmed