Last Updated on August 19, 2019 by Maria Brittis
Stress-free Tips When Planning Your Next Trip To Italy
Have you ever traveled abroad to find that your plane is delayed or even worse stuck at the airport overnight? If this has happened to you and you are frustrated with traveling then I have some helpful tips to make your next trip stress-free. I have been traveling to Italy for the last 10 years. One of the reasons why it’s very easy to get to and the people are nice. These tips can apply to any travel you may have when traveling abroad. Next month we ill be going away for 2 weeks to Tuscany and Capri, Italy and planning to apply all these tips. So enjoy these stress-free tips when planning your next trip to Italy.
Tip 1: Travel With One Carry On Bag
Many of you may not like this but you be surprised how many savvy travelers do this. It’s a good way to avoid long lines at customs and you never have to worry about losing your luggage. If you are traveling in the warm weather months this is ideal.
What to pack: You will have your basics, such as underwear, mini cosmetics bottles, walking shoes, sneakers, one pair of shorts, pants, basic light dress, and something to keep you warm in case it rains. You also all allowed to carry another bag under the seat. I have and planning on taking a large tote semi-empty. That way I can bring back souvenirs.
Tip 2: Direct Flights
To avoid unexpected delays or cancellation try to book a direct flight. I travel about three hours to get to Charlotte to take the same flight I have been taking for the last 4 visits there. One year I took a flight from another city that had two stops and ended getting delayed which resulted in sleeping on the airport floor. Never again
Tip 3: Hire a driver
Having a driver waiting for you after you go through customs is the way to go. It’s not that expensive and you can get to your hotel or train station safely. My first trip to Italy we flagged a taxi and the driver was going over 100 miles an hour, never again. The taxi drivers are notoriously crazy drivers.
Tips 4. Travel by Train
When traveling in Italy, you don’t need to rent a car, you can get everywhere by train. It’s so much easier and stressfree. This may take a little planning but it’s worth it. We are planning on going to Cortona in Tuscany. Its a 2 hours train ride from the Rome Termini. To avoid long waits in line buy a ticket at rail.com. You can pick any time you like and coordinate with your driver to pick you up at that train station. For example, my driver who is picking us up at Rome Airport is bringing me to Rome Termini which is the train station in Rome. I would like to take the 12: 40 train which gives me plenty of time to get to the train station after I get out of customs and arrive at Cortona train station at 2:30.
Italy Train info.
Tip 5: Set Roots In A Few Cities.
Do what the roman’s do. That’s how I like to spend my time in Italy. I like to feel at home. Live like the locals. Spending at least 5 days in one city and another 5 days at a different city is truly the way to enjoy the culture and what the city has to offer. During this trip to Italy, I will be visiting Cortona, Italy for 5 days and Capri for another 5 days. That way I can truly enjoy what these towns have to offer.