Italy is quite possibly the most romantic place in the world (besides perhaps Paris). You immediately imagine pizza, pasta, wine, strolling through cobblestone streets, and taking in the history and beauty. Traveling there is quite a memorable vacation and many people consider this a dream trip that they will save up for years to make happen.

While you can't go wrong with the food and views in Italy, it does help to do a bit of advance planning. Here is a travel guide to Italy and 10 things to know while planning your trip.


See Capri From Up High And Visit Ponte Vecchio In Florence

A Reddit user suggests going to Capri and seeing how gorgeous the city is from up high. You can go on the famous chair lift (as long as you're cool with heights...) and you will be totally amazed.

You can also spend some time in Florence and visit Ponte Vecchio, which is a gorgeous bridge. The coolest part? There are stores that are literally part of the bridge. That's definitely not something that you can see elsewhere and is really unique.

Travel To Italy In October (Or The Spring And Winter In General)

The Culture Trip suggests going to Italy in October as the weather will be really nice (and definitely more comfortable than the summer, when it's super hot).

The Points Guy says that going in the spring or winter would be a good idea as there are tons of people traveling to Italy during the summer months. Summer is considered "high season" and you might not want to be with lots of crowds everywhere.

Hotel Artemide And Hilton Garden Inn Florence Novoli Are Good Places To Stay

Hotel Artemide would be a fun place to stay in Rome as there's a bar on the roof, it's near the Trevi Fountain, and it looks like a super luxurious hotel. It's also close to the metro if you want to take public transportation.

If you'd like to stay in Florence, or maybe stay in Rome for the majority of your trip and then spend one night in Florence, you can try Hilton Garden Inn Florence Novoli. There is an adorable courtyard, gorgeous views, and you can find many restaurants close by as well.

Stay In Rome And Take Day Trips

Italy is a gorgeous place and there are so many cities that you could stay in. So how do you decide which city to base yourself out of?

Rome would be the perfect base for you as you can easily take day trips. According to The Crazy Tourist, you can easily go to Naples, Vatican City, Florence, and the Amalfi Coast. This will enable you to see a lot of Rome but also explore some other places, too.

Eat At The Restaurant Barred And Don't Miss A Real Margherita Pizza

While in Rome, you absolutely have to go to a restaurant called Barred which has gotten amazing reviews. Lonely Planet says that you can order tapas there, which is always a really fun way of being able to enjoy different food.

While you've probably tried a Margherita Pizza, you really can't beat the one that you will get in Naples, Italy. Go to a restaurant called Sorbillo and see what everyone is talking about. Chances are, you'll want to go back quite a few times during your trip.

Definitely Take The Train To Get Around Italy

You've probably heard that when you live in Europe, it's really easy to travel from one city to the next. That's why many people take weekend trips all over.

When you travel to Italy, you can take advantage of the awesome train system and go from Rome to any town or city that you choose. According to Wandering Italy, this is affordable and while there will be a lot of people, it's still a great and efficient way to get where you want to go. There are buses, but you might want to forget about that as the times might not line up with what you want.

Go To The Colosseum, Leaning Tower of Pisa, And Pompeii

Since you're going to be spending the majority of your time in Rome, you have to go to the  Colosseum as it's definitely a landmark of Italy.

If you take a day trip to Naples, go to Pompeii to see what was once actually a city, as Planet Ware suggests. You will see what's left, and it's an incredible historic structure. And, of course, no trip to Italy would be complete without seeing the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which you have most likely heard a lot about.

You'll Need Some Euros And Tipping Is A Nice Thing To Do

The currency in Italy is the Euro, and according to, a nice dinner could cost 70 Euros and a fancier meal would cost 100-600 Euros. It's a good idea to bring as much cash as you think you will need when buying coffee or sandwiches and maybe for some museum entry fees, too.

Should you leave a tip when dining at a restaurant in Italy? According to Smarter Travel, you don't necessarily have to, but there are some things to be aware of. For one thing, if a server or hotel employee is really awesome, you should tip them because that's how you show them that they did a great job. For another, the tip could be calculated in your cheque. When that doesn't happen, 10-50 percent is a good rule of thumb, which is comparable to other places.

Find Affordable Flights In May

You might be thinking, "the best time to go to Italy is right now because it's winter and I need some beauty and excitement in my life." And while that's true (and it will be amazing to go anytime), there are some better times to go if you want to save some money.

According to Cheap Flights, you will pay the most money in December to go to Italy, but you can find some affordable flights in May. The website also recommends going on Monday and making sure to make your travel arrangements two months before in order to get the best price.

The Local Culture Is Lovely

Life in Italy is really beautiful, and there are some things to know that will help you feel like you live there, too (one can dream...).

According to Forbes, people in Italy eat something sweet for breakfast along with a cappuccino. They also enjoy an "aperitivo" which is kind of an early dinner. You will have some little bites and drinks around 5 p.m. and this could last until a few hours later when you would have your actual dinner.