Roman Empire or Renaissance, Romeo and Juliet or Roman Holiday, pizza or pasta, cultural heritage or natural landscape, Italy gives you all!
1. Pick-pockets are particularly notorious in Rome, Naples and some other cities especially in Southern Italy including Sicily. Our main tip is not to bring your fanciest purse or accessories and try to not draw much attention to yourself. It also doesn’t hurt to learn some basic Italian. Last but not the least, be ready to be bombarded by the breathtaking beauty and fantastic food!!😍😋
2. Italy has several regions with distinct characteristics, but the country can be more broadly divided into North and South. Southern Italy has a unique taste of culture with a deeper connection to Mediterranean and Northern African influences then compared with northern Italy. We’ve found that while Italians are all generally friendly, they are even more so and more forward in the South.
1. The Last Supper
The first thing to do even before your trip to Milan is to remember to check the available appointments to see “The Last Supper” if you’re interested in seeing it. The waiting line is usually very long, sometimes even months long, since viewing is strictly controlled in terms of the number of visitors every day and the time period viewers may stay in the hall.
2. 24/7 Public Transportation👏👏
Since Expo 2015 in Milan, the city started its best social program: 24/7 public transportation! No matter how late or how early you need a ride on a bus, the city has got you covered!🚌🚌
Instead of the metro and public bus, the easiest and most economical way of getting around Milan is by tram. The trams are surprisingly punctual and very convenient. You can get tram tickets in every “Tobacco store” (Tabacchi) and they take you to all the major tourism attractions around the city.
🎫P.S. Don’t forget to validate your ticket after get on the tram, or else you will be considered as having no ticket at all if the police do a random check.👮
4. Day Trips
If you have extra free time in Milan, don’t miss out some day trips you can easily have by jumping on a train in Milan. Verona (Juliet’s house), Genova, Turin (17 century Palazzo Reale) and Lake Como are among the best choices, and can each be done in a day. 🚄
5. Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre has its name known all over the world. There are five fishing villages very close to each other, well known for their colorful buildings and the fresh seafood which is really very good! It can be an easy weekend trip by bus or train. Two to three days are more than enough to see every village, although to be honest you may grow a bit bored by three days as they are all pretty small.
Italian Apertivo! Never miss out the Italin-style happy hour, which is better than the happy hour you are used to! Apertivo usually starts from dinner time to midnight. It is buffet style, ranging from 10 to 30 Euro per person including one alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink. In better restaurants, there are as many as 20-30 different courses you can choose from. In our opinion, with four-months of living experience in Milan, the best among the Apertivos in Milan is Restaurant Maya. They have the widest selection of food and very good quality of drinks with a reasonable price! Please check the link below for your reference. Link: http://www.mayamilano.it/en/
7. Gelato!! 🍦🍦
Gelato, gelato, and gelato❗️😆 Gelato is not only the Italian way to say ice cream, it gives you a totally different sensation from ice cream. Gelato is denser and chewier because it contains less air than ice cream. It also has fewer calories than ice cream because it’s made of more milk than cream. After you get used to gelato, you might think ice cream is too boring and not tasty enough.😝
1. Don’t waste your time waiting in lines
Please keep in mind that it is always better to purchase museum tickets IN ADVANCE!! Or be among the first group of people to get there in the morning! Otherwise you may easily waste 2 hours waiting in line for only one museum.😞 And don’t forget that there are at least five museums that are must-go-to!! Florence was the cradle of the Renaissance, and as such contains some of the most iconic works of the area. We recommend at least visiting: Galleria dell’Accademia, Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Pitti (and the Boboli Gardens), Palazzo Vecchio, and Palazzo del Bargello.
2. The Three Davids
If you’re a big fan of Michelangelo’s David, don’t forget to say hi to the other two famous Davids in the city! While Michelangelo’s David (1501-4, the original in Galleria dell’Accademia, a smaller replica in front of Palazzo Vecchio, and a bronze replica in Piazzale Michelangelo) is the most well-known, Donatello’s effeminate David (1440, Palazzo del Bargello), and Verrochio’s David (1473-5, Palazzo del Bargello) are also stunning and well worth seeing.
3. Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower
Remember to have water with you before you go climb to the roof of the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower! Not only will you have to climb 463 steps, you may be packed inside the stairwells for quite a while which will get hot from peoples’ body heat. We got stuck inside the cathedral for over one hour because of the insanely long line. Also called the Duomo, this cathedral is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance due to its own exquisite architecture and for the patronage of artists connected with it. Please be aware that there is no elevator or handicap access to the top, in case you are unable to climb the stairs.
1. Free Day
The main landmarks in Rome have free administration every last Sunday of every month. Of course though, this makes typically the busiest day to visit the sights. Alternatively, if you are eager to learn more about the rich history in Rome, you can also choose to join a private tour, featuring a English speaking guide who guide you through Colosseum, Palatine Hill and other main landmarks if you wish. A tour starts from 15-20 Euro per person.
2. Safety and Convenience
If you plan to take full advantage of public transportation, don’t be afraid to live close to the Roman train station. Although the neighborhood surrounding the Roman train station has historically had a bad reputation because of the high number of pick-pockets and other minor crimes, it can be the most convenient place to stay for tourists. The area also offers some of the cheapest lodgings. You can choose to use public buses to commute around all the main landmarks, and all the buses stop at the train station. Nevertheless, avoid the train station late at night, especially while alone. Although during the day it’s relatively safe, the area might be dangerous at night.
Like other major West European tourism cities, Rome has an infamous “reputation” for its high number of pick-pockets, so pay attention when in a crowd and keep belongings within eye sight.
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