12 TIPS FOR YOU FROM US IF YOU TRAVEL ITALY
No.2. Be prepared to put on weight – no amount of stair climbing or planking will disguise the fact that living on pasta, gelare, pizza, free bread at EVERY meal, wine and croissants is going to pack on a few kg’s around the ole’ waistline. In the same breathe, don’t let that stop you ordering and enjoying Italian food – it was the best we’ve ever eaten.
No.3. Get to the Amalfi Coast – even if it means you have to save a little more, it’s worth it. We only did 4 nights & that wasn’t enough. The best towns to stay in are Ravello & Positano. Both Morgs & I didn’t rate the town Amalfi as that amazing but adored Positano. If you are going, have it as your rest week and stay 6 nights ..
No.6. Give yourself 4 nights in Venice. We had 3 and I would have given anything for one more. This place really truly is magical and rain, hail or beautiful sunshine is a joy to explore and get lost in. It has SO much to offer either if you do tourist things or just wander and get lost in. 3 nights was just one night short for me and I think you will find that too!
No.8. Walk the Cinque Terre – I had planned my WHOLE trip and it wasn’t until lunch with a friend that she mentioned this strange sounding ‘Cinque Terre’ town. After some quick googling I immediatley fell in love, but obviously nothing can prepare you for the real thing. I’m SURE many if not most have heard of it, but I hadn’t so if you were like me then slap this on your travel to do (& stay in either Monterosso or Vernazza).
No.9. If you are actually there for an extended period of time like us (3 weeks), then BUY A EURAIL pass. Morgs & I had researched this extensively before we left in general. I.e to get one for Europe and worked out it wasn’t worth it. For Italy specifically though? Its VERY worth it. Trains are not cheap in Italy and it will save you hundreds (I mean that) of euro’s if you do it eurail not as you go. To give you an example, traveling the same distance in France, costs us between $4 – $6 euro….that in Italy was costing us $25 – $50 euro. Ca-ra-zy. Eurail is worth it people. Write that down.
No.10. In Venice, if you’re going to drink coffee, drink it standing! As soon as you sit in a cafe, they tack on a less than desirable service charge…plus standing for coffee is such a fun experience & makes you feel like a local.
No.11. If you’re in Italy for more than a week, buy a sim card. We did this & it was the best thing we ever could have done (we just went to the local phone shop – “Tim” over there – & it cost us $15 euro for the sim plus wayyy too much data which was plenty). It helps you navigate your way around every city without paper maps, and you have much quicker access to places you might want to see or where to eat.
But most importantly? (Because I always have a most important)…
No.12. Ignore all of these tips & find your own groove, path, vibe, whatever you call it…find it. I think one thing Morgs and I have learnt best is that everybody can experience cities differently. Places people told us we’d LOVE & were their favourite, we didn’t like at all, and places people said they hated and we should miss all together were our favourite. The same will happen for you no doubt, so take any advice always with a grain of salt…we found the above worked for us perfectly & hoped it would just give you a general guidance….but hey –
treading your own path & finding your own adventure is what it’s all about.
Love & Light,
Reading your post made me feel like I was with you too 🙂 I like everything in here and I wish someday I could go travel the world too. Money always gets in the way 🙁
I’m looking forward more of your entries and more happiness to you and your man 😀
Kayle that is SO sweet thank you so much x Now with money always getting in the way…best advice I can give you is..don’t let it!! Never in a million years could I have thought I could have travelled europe for as long as I have as nice as I have if I let pesky money get in the way 😉 … Set the goal, open a savings account and out of every pay…pay yourself first. You’ll get there I promise you x
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Great tips and what an amazing trip!!
We are certainly having a LOT of fun 🙂 x
I love your travel posts. They are some great tips. Your right everyone puts on weight on holidays but actually your still looking pretty slinky malinky 🙂
Ahhh Michelle you are toooo kind. I was lucky as I started off on a good foot – we’ve 4 weeks to go now and the weight just keeps piling on but with every kg I put on, it just reminds me of how much fun Im having and how much Ive let go..the exercise & healthy eating can resume once im home 😉 xx
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Very detailed and useful information, thanks Anna! My dream trips to Italy are the Amalfi and Naples area, Rome, Tuscany and Sicily. Sicily I might very soon visit since it is sooo close to home, Im embarassed to say Ive never been! That is what I am always hearing about Naples, you either love it or hate it.
Looking forward to your next destination dear, keep up the excellent blogging x
Naww Martha don’t be embarrassed – just all the more inspired to actually get there!!! You have such a gorgeous light & positivity about you, as soon as you decide to get there I just know that you will. I am so glad you have heard that about Naples haha Morgs & I wondered if we were the only ones 😉 Hope you are still enjoying the posts lovely xx
Love this post…..esp the first photo of Morgs! hahahaha so cute!
You have me wanting to go back to Italy!! oh man 🙁
hahaha how I snapped him was exactly how he was feeling 😛 I belive the words just before was “alrightttt ready to get out of Italy” (it was our final night out to dinner) haha We want to return to Europe soon so hopefully we can all organise a joint trip x
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This is amazing, thank you for such an inspiring read! Can I ask how much you think two of us would need to spend to do a similar 3 week trip? We are planning on doing this next year. Thank you 🙂
Hi Katie – just through Italy? Its hard to say as I need to know a few things! Morgs & I had booked and paid for all of our accommodation through Italy so we only had to pay for internal trains and food / sight seeing when we were there. I found the trains in Italy most expensive (cheapest in France strangely enough) so its really key to book internal train travel as early as possible as it is cheaper that way. If you are doing a lot of train trips in Italy though (i.e. Rome to Venice) budget approx $50-$70 EURO each for your train tickets. Then for food / sight seeing Morgs & I spent about $70-$90 euro a day each…we ate at nice restaurants though and didn’t say no to any experience so if you had to do it on more of a budget you could get away with that between you. Hope that helps! x x