Italy Travel Guide
Il ricordo di te vivra nel mio cuore (the memory of you will live in my heart). These were my words when I left Italy for the first time. I couldn’t have said in any other way as Italy is a cradle of European civilization with a rich cultural heritage and a vivid history of the Renaissance. Italy has so much to offer not just for newbies but for sophisticated travelers as well. Immerse yourself in the vibrant street life of large cities or get off the beaten path to explore remote places by creating your own route.
Italy has everything one may ever want to see or try. From the ancient streets of Rome and romantic canals in Venice to diverse landscape and charming mountain villages. While all these features are so well-combined, it is sometimes hard to comprehend what was created by men, and what was by the ancient gods. Italy is the country that most of us have heard about many times and it is almost impossible not to form any opinion long before you actually visit it.
Getting Around Italy
Train travel is one of the best ways to get around Italy. With services frequent and quite cheap tickets, slower regional trains can be the best bet for travelers on a strict budget. Trains like Eurostar are more expensive with prices ranging from 30-70 EUR. Not only railroads run through dramatic scenery, but also provide a more convenient way of linking between cities than air travel. However, when you are short on time, consider flying with EasyJet and Ryanair by getting cheap tickets.
Almost all Italian cities and large towns have several bus routes. These are reasonably priced usually not exceeding 2 EUR for a one-way ticket. Subway in Milan is more efficient. Since most cities have pedestrian areas in the center, walking is a great way to explore ItalyТs historic spots. The best times to walk are in the cool of the morning, or in the early evening when you can join in the pre-dinner stroll known as the passeggiata. Traffic can be a nightmare, especially in the narrow streets of Rome.
Food in Italy
Even though Italian cuisine is kind of fancy stuff around the world, food is no joke here. With a rich food culture, Italians may spend many sociable hours around the table. While exploring regional variations of pasta, pizza, and cheeses, you can find out that food can be cheap too. It is quite easy to get a decent meal in Italy for under 15 EUR a day. Most local osterias and trattorias offer great food with prices much lower than the nearby international restaurant. In this way, to get traditional Italian food on the cheap, get off the beaten track, otherwise add about 10 EUR to your final bill. Some restaurants may charge Coperto service fee, which means you have to pay for the fact you visit them. Expect to pay around 9-10 USD for a fast food and 3-8 EUR for snacks like pizza by the slice and paninis.
Accommodation in Italy
Large cities and tourist areas provide a dazzling range of budget accommodation. However, even the cheapest dorm rooms cost around 19-25 EUR per night. You can save money and get decent service by staying at a campsite, however, this option isn’t always available for large groups of young people, especially in summer. In that case book in advance. You should expect paying 5-17 EUR per night at a campsite. Accommodation in the suburbs, if it has great linking to the city center, can be an option when staying in major cities. Airbnb offers a way to forget about hotels and get your own room or even entire apartment. Shared room usually costs around 25 EUR, while studio apartment will set you back around 45 EUR.