Winter Getaways: Skiing and Snowboarding in Italy

Winter Getaways: Skiing and Snowboarding in Italy

One of the most beautiful and historical countries in the world, Italy is also one of the most traveled areas. Most people visit Italy in the spring or summer because of its pleasant weather and exquisite sites. But during the winter months, there are still many festivals, beautiful snow-covered scenery, and plenty of amazing resorts…

A Guide to Private and Group Tours in Venice

A Guide to Private and Group Tours in Venice

Part of the joy of visiting Il Bel Paese is, of course, finally seeing those iconic sights you’ve admired for years in photos. But what really stays with you after returning home is less the blockbuster sightseeing and more the experience of getting to know a new country and its culture and cuisine. We know…

Brainstorming a 2-Week Italy Itinerary: An Actual Client Email

Brainstorming a 2-Week Italy Itinerary: An Actual Client Email

Are you considering booking our travel planning services but are unsure of how that service translates into a full, customized Italy itinerary? Here we share with you an initial email to a client that came out of our “first step” introductory phone call/email exchange to give you an idea of how we take each client’s…

Renting a Car in Italy: 10 Things to Know

Renting a Car in Italy: 10 Things to Know

If your Italy itinerary includes driving, you’ll need to rent a car. Here are 10 things to know about renting a car in Italy: Manual transmission reigns supreme Although automatic transmissions exist in Italy, and are actually gaining popularity, the vast majority of cars on Italian roads have a manual transmission, also known as a…

Top Italy Trip Questions: 60 FAQs We Answer

Top Italy Trip Questions: 60 FAQs We Answer

At Italy Beyond the Obvious, we’ve been creating custom itineraries for independent travelers for over a decade. In order to give the best advice to our travelers, we start by asking a few questions. But during our five-step trip planning process, we also answer many Italy trip questions that clients have for us about their…

Get a vaccine? Easy. Get a US passport in the pandemic? Not so much.

Get a vaccine? Easy. Get a US passport in the pandemic? Not so much.

When things shut down over a year ago, we were all waiting for the vaccines. Now, it’s not hard to get a vaccine but to get a US passport in the pandemic? Good luck. I have spent many hours trying to renew passports that expire this summer, and I’m here to share what I’ve learned.…

An Italy travel update from Madeline

An Italy travel update from Madeline

As I write this, the US is about to head into the Thanksgiving holidays. The virus continues to spread quickly both here in North America and in Europe. News of a couple vaccines was recently announced, causing Zoom stock to drop 12%. Let’s face it, we’re trying to behave ourselves, but we are gosh-darn ready…

A Note Regarding the Coronavirus in Italy

A Note Regarding the Coronavirus in Italy

This has been a challenging few weeks, and I thought I’d take a minute to share an update. There’s a lot of information out there about COVID-19, aka the coronavirus in Italy. I don’t want to add to the noise, so this is an update. An update on our company, our team and our vendors…

Jet Lag tips

Jet Lag tips

The majority of our Italy travel planning clients are based in North America, which is a 6 – 9 hour time difference from Italy, depending on where you travel from. So it makes sense that they request jet lag tips in addition to Italy travel tips. ┬áIf you’re not sure what jet lag is or…

Italy trip costs: Planning Fees vs the Travel Agent Model

Italy trip costs: Planning Fees vs the Travel Agent Model

“How much should I expect my Italy trip to cost?” is a question we get from most of our clients. My answer (as with most Italy questions) is that it depends. But also: our trips are completely custom, so we work within your budget. And also: costs are transparent. You’ll make the call to decide…