Bella Italia. A Mediterranean dream whose popularity has endured amongst visitors for centuries, Italy should be front and center on any discerning tourist’s bucket list.
The boot-shaped European nation is the home of legendary cities, world-famous art, enriching culture, and of course, some of the best food and drink in the world. That’s why each year, almost 100 million visitors touch down in Italy looking for their next big adventure – and find it!
And if you’ve only got seven days to see the best of the country, I’m here to show you how to do it, with my one-week “Intro to Italy” itinerary that will have you discover three of the country’s most iconic destinations!
But first, let’s break down a few of the most frequently asked questions about traveling in Italy!
How to Get Around Italy
Italy, being one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations for such a long time, has had many years to streamline ways that visitors to the country get around, and as a result, touring Italy is a breeze.
You can rent a car and see Italy for yourself (although Italy is renowned for its crazy drivers!), jump on a local bus (or a tourist-centered hop-on hop-off bus), see Italy from the back of a Vespa, or even take ferries and cruises around its many coastal hotspots.
However, in my opinion, there is no better way to get around Italy than by train. Traveling in Italy by train eliminates the stress of airports and of flying from city to city, the Italian train system is easy to navigate (many Italians speak English or are multilingual), Italy’s trains are exceptionally comfortable, and you can snag some seriously cheap fares.
But best of all, you will be treated to the stunning scenery that makes Italy so beloved. I use Omio for booking my train journeys as it’s super user-friendly and will show you all of your options!
Pro Travel Tip: If you book your tickets in advance (ideally 2-3 weeks before your ticket) for Italian train tickets, prices will be a lot cheaper!
What Is The Best Italy SIM Card For Tourists?
There’s a huge range of Italy SIM cards for foreign visitors to purchase that will minimize data use or roaming charges while abroad.
While Iliad is a cost-effective Italy SIM with cheap rates, but most visitors to the country go for the carriers TIM or Vodafone, which both offer exceptional coverage. It’s super easy to get your tourist SIM card at the airport and will make your life a lot easier when traveling…