It is quite remarkable that it took us so long to explore Italy (2019) as Europeans. Because the love for Italian cuisine has always triggered us to go. And the desire to discover places like Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Rome and the Amalfi Coast has only grown over the years. We were therefore very curious about our first roadtrip in 2019 through Italy. We can definitely conclude from this experience: We will return!
USEFUL FACTS about ITALY
BEST TRAVEL TIME
The best travel time for Italy is from May to June. This is because you avoid the high season and because you can admire all the flowers and plants in full bloom. Another good period is in September and October because these two months are considerably cheaper than in summer holidays and these months still have pleasant temperatures. Do you want a winter holiday in the north of Italy? Then the months of December to March are certainly suitable.
Mass tourism in Italy is mainly caused by the cheap airline tickets that you can find everywhere. Nowadays you can already find tickets to Italy for 20 euros for a single ticket. The cheapest destinations by plane are Pisa, Venice, Milan, Bari, Roma, Turin, Verona and Sardinia. And if you are flexible and search well, you can even go to the above destinations for less than 15 euros. You can certainly find cheap tickets for these trips.
The price for an accommodation in Italy depends very much on the region and the season. In general, Italy is not a cheap country and you will still have to charge a minimum of 100 euros per night for a hotel room. For an Airbnb you will have to provide a budget of 40 euros per night, although this can sometimes go up to 60 euros per night. Another and cheaper solution is to stay at a campsite with either your own equipment or in a rented house or tent. This will only cost you 40 euros per night on average. At a hostel, prices start from 15 euros.
Travel in Italy
Of course you can also go to Italy with your own car. Not only will this be cheaper in transport, but you will also have more freedom on vacation and you will see much more on the way than by plane. Note: some roads are paid! Isn’t driving yourself for you? Then of course you can also rent a car yourself. Because in our opinion this country is best explored by car. Depending on the time and location, you can often rent a car for as little as 20 euros a day for a car (always check whether there is good insurance).
Italy has an excellent public transport network. You can perfectly travel by bus or metro in any major city (except Venice). The bus and metro prices depend on the company and the distance. But they are never going to be high. Always buy your ticket well in advance, because if you go on the bus or metro without a ticket, you will receive a fine of 50 to 250 euros. You can also take the train for further distances. A ticket will never cost more than 30 euros. For more information about your route, it is best to take a look at Trenitalia.com. This is the official train company of Italy.
WHAT TO DO IN ITALY
food in Italy
Italian cuisine is one of the most popular and best-known cuisines in the world. It is therefore the ideal country for a food-cation. Everyone can appreciate a delicious pizza or pasta. And did you know that pasta in Italy is often only served as a starter? Surprising, right? But of course Italy is more than pizza and pasta. You also have the delicious ice cream, tiramisu, pesto and its world-famous coffee varieties espresso and cappuccino. The price of all these dishes at the restaurants are very dependent on the location. But you can compare the prices well with the prices all around Europe.
PAY IN ITALY
In most shops, restaurants, cafes and hotels you can simply pay with your credit card. Nevertheless, it is recommended to keep some cash with you (especially for paid roads). You can also withdraw money with your bank card, but do this at the big official banks and not at the small ATM’s. This is not always safe and you pay an extra processing cost. This can sometimes be an amount of 5 euros extra per transaction. Furthermore, you are not obliged to tip in Italy. The service is always included in the price (also with taxi drivers).
Almost every highway in Italy is a paid road. If you have a lot of time like us, you can avoid this by changing your GPS settings. Otherwise you will have to pay for driving the big roads. You can pay these roads with cash or credit card. Or you can buy a VIA card of 25, 50 or 75 euros in a gas station on the highway. This card will then guide you through the payment points a little faster. The disadvantage of this card is that you will often have money left over. For the different classes of car and paid roads. You should check the official website of Autostrade per l’Italia.