THE ITALIANS:The Italians are a little bit arrogant . I had trouble communicating with some of them , partly because I didn’t speak Italian, and partly because they didn’t want to help . So don’t expect much help from the country’s citizens.
THE FOOD:We all know what Italy is famous for : Pizza and pasta . Italian Pizza is definitely different than Pizza Hut or Papa John’s . It’s thinner , with less cheese , and lesser ingredients. It wasn’t my favorite. But it’s cheap and available at almost every restaurant you find . So you can count on it as a snack . The pasta was pretty much the same pasta that we all have at restaurants all over the world . So no , it wasn’t the pizza or the pasta that I fell in love with . It was the seafood . In Venice , I had the best seafood stew ever. It was more than delicious. So you definitely have to try the seafood on your visit. One of the biggest problems that I faced during my trip , was the availability of normal water . I’d always go into stores and find only sparkling water . I don’t hate sparking water , but it just can’t replace the normal drinking water . So if you ever go into a store and find normal water , make sure to buy yourself at least a dozen of bottles and keep them in your hotel .
THE WEATHER :Italy is hot . Very hot . I don’t recommend visiting it in the months from June to August. You’re going to be doing a lot of exploring by walking on foot , especially in Rome , and the heat might make that just a little more difficult and a little less fun .September and October are the most apt months for visiting , in terms of weather .
TOURIST-ING:The amount of tourists that visit Italy is enormous. So almost all the tourist attractions have very long queues. When I say long , I mean you could literally wait for 2 hours or more . To solve this problem, make sure all the tickets that you buy , whether online or on the spot , include skip-the-Line privilege. And these are mainly sold by people outside the tourist attraction , and they usually include a tour guide . It’s a little bit more expensive than the normal tickets but it’s worth it. I also recommend getting a tour guide wherever you go . Without one, you’ll feel lost and you’ll miss out on all the little interesting details that they tell you . A great way to overview the entire city in a short time is by the Hop on Hope off bus.The bus takes you to all the places worth visiting in the city .You can get off and explore , or you could stay on the bus and enjoy the trip. You can book your tickets by clicking on the picture below . Also make sure you get hold of a map . It really helps to know where you are , where you’re headed , and helps if you get lost .
WHAT I RECOMMEND VISITING:
Rome is a big city , so I recommend spending at least 3 full days there .You’ve got to visit The Vatican . The Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Basilica are the most beautiful historical religious places in the world. The line to the Museum can sometimes be as long as a mile , so the Skip-The-Line ticket is required here. You can book that ticket by clicking here.The Colosseum is fascinating as well. And even more fascinating from the inside . You’ve got to get a tour guide and get in , or else you’ll be missing out on its beauty . The line here can be super long as well , so you better book the skip the line ticket , and you can do so by clicking here .
Pisa is 5 hours away from Rome by bus . The leaning tower is a beauty . But that’s pretty much what you need to see in Pisa . Unless you wanna see the leaning tower so bad , Pisa isn’t worth visiting.