- Don’t forget to relax. Coming to Italy is the trip of a lifetime, so it can be tempting to try to pack everything in. Accept that you can’t. Realize that even a lifetime of living in Italy wouldn’t mean you’d have seen all of the country’s incredible art, ancient ruins, or medieval towns. Instead of planning to see everything choose the activities which are most important to you.
- Don’t annoy locals. Usually in Italy’s top tourist destinations, locals are used to tourists. It is important to remember that when visiting a big city not everyone here is on vacation and you should not block the narrow streets and sidewalks by slowly walking and being unaware that someone might want to pass you.
- Try to get off the beaten path. Of course, the major sites are major for a reason, but to get the real taste of authentic Italy, you need to head away from the crowds. It is possible thing to do but it does take a little more planning.
- Don’t fall into tourist traps. By getting some information in advance you can avoid the worst traps. Whether in terms of shopping or dining getting off the beaten path always helps. Avoid souvenir shops and consider seeking out a local artisan instead.
- Be aware of your belongings. Like anywhere else in the world, there are pickpockets in Italy due to millions of tourists visiting the country. In general, be aware in the crowded metro and bus and keep an eye in all crowded public places. When sitting at a café or restaurant, especially outside, don’t simply leave your bag on the ground next to you. But in general, always be aware of your surroundings and know where your belongings are.
Useful advices when traveling in Italy