What to take with you to Italy, and without what you can do? Experienced tourists have a motto – “Minimum baggage – maximum comfort”, so he, perhaps, should be followed. You should not take too many things with you: firstly, there should be a place in the suitcases for purchases that you make during the trip, and secondly, lifting weights is not the most pleasant thing. Nevertheless, there are things that you can’t do without during the trip, they will be discussed.
Clothes and shoes
When choosing a wardrobe for a vacation, you should consider the weather conditions, as well as the purpose of your trip. In the summer, you should take care of light clothes and shoes, as well as hats that can protect from bright sunlight. Sunscreen won’t hurt either, especially if you are planning long excursions or trips to the beach. By the way, about the beach – making a list “What to take to Italy”, Do not forget about bathing suits (one or two is enough), beach shoes, in which it is convenient to walk along the sand and pebbles, as well as beach towels.
When choosing a wardrobe for the holidays, you should consider both the weather conditions and the purpose of the trip.
Pay attention to the shoes for everyday wear – it should be as comfortable as possible, able to withstand long walks, and long excursions, and shopping trips. In the centers of many Italian cities, entire neighborhoods are often lined with paving stones, which is also an argument in favor of, first of all, comfortable shoes. If evening exits are coming, ladies will have to bring an elegant dress and suitable shoes or sandals, and men – a suit and closed shoes.
Going to Italy in the winter or in the autumn, take care of warm clothes that correspond to the temperature regime of the part of the country to which you are going – the weather is often very different in the northern and southern regions. Do not forget about the protection from rain, which is not so rare in Italy in the fall – an umbrella and a raincoat will not take much space in your luggage. However, these attributes can be purchased on the spot. Fortunately they are very cheap.
To go to the theater or restaurant, you will need an evening outfit.
It should be noted that Italy is a country in which Catholic traditions are strong. If you have plans to visit temples or other holy places, do not forget about appropriate clothing – with closed shoulders and long sleeves. It is also a good thing for women to have a headscarf or stole that can cover their heads and drape their neckline.
Personal hygiene items
Italian hotels are distinguished by a high level of comfort: if you booked a hotel room marked with three or more stars, there is no need to carry soap or shampoo – as a rule, guests are provided with these necessary trifles. Of course, if you use only a certain brand of shampoo, you will have to allocate a place for it in a suitcase, since it may not be in the nearest stores. Far from all hotels supply the toothpaste, but this does not mean that it will have to be taken from home, if necessary it can be purchased on the spot – in the nearest store or supermarket. About handkerchiefs and wet wipes, perhaps, it is not worth mentioning – you can not do without them during the trip.
Soap and shampoo are not necessary to take with you – they will provide Italian hotels
The most complete catalog of Italian hotels, photos of rooms and maps of their location, as well as millions of tourist reviews can be found here.
In hotels above 3 stars, guests are provided with a hairdryer free of charge, but for the use of an iron is most often charged. If you have a road version of this useful household appliance – do not be lazy, take it with you, and spend the money saved for something more pleasant.
No self-respecting tourist will go to Italy without a camera or video camera.
No self-respecting tourist will not go on a trip without a camera. Check in advance that the camera is working, take with you a spare flash card, as well as an extra set of batteries and a charger. Do not forget take with you to Italy chargers for the phone, as well as other gadgets that you take with you – a tablet, laptop, e-book. There is no need for an adapter, since the sockets in Italy are the same as in Russia or Ukraine.
If you are going on a trip, especially with children, you should take with you a set of medicines needed for first aid – antiseptic agents, iodine or brilliant green, bandages, and a plaster. In addition, the trip may require antipyretics, painkillers, antihistamines, anti-motion sickness, as well as drugs that can cope with intestinal upset. A first-aid kit, which takes up very little space in your luggage, will save you from having to talk with pharmacists in a foreign country and also save you a lot – medicines in Italy are quite expensive.
Be sure to take a set of medicines with you – medicines in Italy are quite expensive.
Those who use contact lenses, should take care of the stock solution for their storage, since in Italian pharmacies it can only be purchased by an ophthalmologist. The volume of the bottle with the solution should be no more than 100 ml, a container of a larger volume will not miss the customs control at the airport.
In order to avoid problems during customs clearance, you should first familiarize yourself with the list of drugs prohibited from being imported into Italy – especially with regard to means that normalize the work of the heart, as well as drugs taken in chronic diseases.
The main document, which certainly need take with you to Italy, – international passport. If you are planning to rent a car, do not forget to have a driver’s license, and also – very desirable – an international driver’s license. By the way, it is better to book a car in advance, because at the height of the season the number of people willing to use the rental services increases several times, and you risk being left without a vehicle.
The most popular online car rental booking service is Rentalcars. The system is very easy to use, Russified and resembles a popular hotel portal.
The main document that you definitely need to take with you to Italy – passport
It is recommended to make photocopies of passports and other documents, they can be useful in case of theft or loss. And, of course, do not forget travel insurance – it may well be asked at the border.
Tickets for transport and museums
At any time of the year (and especially in season) millions of tourists visit Italy: it is not for nothing that the country is among the five most attractive tourist countries in the world. In 2011 alone, for example, more than 46 million people visited Italy. As a result, the queues for popular tourist attractions “going wild” at any time of the year. In order not to lose precious hours of travel in queues, it makes sense to book tickets in advance – online.
You can make an order and pay for it in advance with the help of the popular tourist service SelectItaly. Here you can buy tickets for all the most significant sights of the Apennine Peninsula: the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums, the Uffizi Gallery and the Borghese, the Doge’s Palace in Venice, and the Last Supper Leonardo da Vinci in Milan. It is worth noting that in some of the attractions to buy tickets on the spot is almost impossible due to restrictions on viewing on the one hand and high demand – on the other (for example, the Last Supper). So the opportunity to book tickets online may be not just the way, but absolutely necessary. View the full list of available attractions for ordering online here.
Tickets for trains and museums it makes sense to purchase in advance – online
The situation is similar with railway tickets, since it is the railway that is the main inter-city transport in Italy. Despite the huge number of trains and their high speed (and maybe because of this), the queues at train stations in Italy are not inferior to attractions. Therefore, it is also recommended to buy train tickets in advance, in order not to hustle at the train station in an attempt to find a common language with not always speaking English local attendants. You can buy tickets online for high-speed trains between the main Italian cities on the Onetwotrip website – the procedure is intuitive and takes only a few minutes to complete. Moreover, since 2013, the service is also available in Russian.
More details about the trains in Italy and the purchase of tickets for them BlogoItaliano wrote here.
Money for a trip can be taken both in cash and on a bank card – there are more than enough ATMs in Italy. The amount is determined individually – it depends on the purpose of the trip, as well as the personal preferences of the traveler. For example, the cost of food depends on where you prefer to eat – in fashionable restaurants or inexpensive chain cafes. If you are planning to go on excursions or visit museums, it is worth including the cost of tickets in the trip budget. Another item of expenditure – transportation: public, taxi or rented car.
BlogoItaliano already tried to answer the question: How much money should I take with me to Italy? We have published a detailed article on this topic here.