Using cell phones in Italy: dos and don’ts

Using cell phones in Italy: dos and don’ts

After we finish booking the hotels, activities, and restaurants for our travelers, we send them a pre-trip checklist. This list includes advice on packing, technology, guidebooks, phrase books, travel insurance, driving, and more. We make sure that they leave for Italy prepared! Also on that list: using cell phones in Italy. Here are our dos…

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Planning Your Italy Trip | 4 Comments

Italy Travel Tips

Italy Travel Tips

After two decades of giving Italy travel advice and planning Italy trips for independent travelers, I sat down and put together my top 100 Italy travel tips for the cities of Rome, Florence, and Venice, and in the categories of Food, Transportation, Packing, Technology and Money.   Italy Travel Tips: General 1. The language spoken…

Posted by on Dec 11, 2015 in Planning Your Italy Trip | 22 Comments

Tipping in Italy

Tipping in Italy

Virtually every Italy Beyond the Obvious client has at one point asked for advice about tipping in Italy.  They want to know: Whom do I tip, and how much? This is usually how the conversation starts. The short answer is that tips are not necessary, but if you are happy with a service, you can tip…

A two week Italy itinerary: highlights

A two week Italy itinerary: highlights

When Italy Beyond the Obvious new client Betsy first contacted us about their trip to Italy, she wrote: My father would like to take us on a big adventure and we decided Italy is the place to go! Our family has never been to Europe before, although my dad is well-traveled. There’s a lot of…

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Planning Your Italy Trip | 2 Comments

Italy train travel: top 15 client questions

Italy train travel: top 15 client questions

When I create a custom Italy itinerary for a new client, one of the most important parts of the initial discussion revolves around logistics, and the conversation quickly moves to Italy train travel. Clients want to know: what’s the best way to travel from A to B within Italy, how long will it take, and how…

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Planning Your Italy Trip | 17 Comments

Tips for multi generational travel in Italy

Tips for multi generational travel in Italy

Regardless of the specific destinations included in an Italy itinerary, multi generational trips require a unique approach to planning. This type of trip needs to work for different energy levels and different schedules (naptime!) while allowing quality time together and an amazing experience for travelers of all ages. This summer I planned a trip for 18 of…

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Planning Your Italy Trip | 4 Comments

23 Beyond the Obvious Destinations in Italy (slideshow)

Sometimes the best way to get ideas for your next Italian vacation is to look at gorgeous photos, so with that in mind, I created a slideshow of some of my favorite beyond the obvious Italy destinations. This slideshow does not feature any places in Rome, Florence, Venice, Siena, Pisa, the Cinque Terre, or the…

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Planning Your Italy Trip | 2 Comments

Italy top 10: where my clients went in 2013

Next summer’s Italy itineraries are already in full swing here at Italy Beyond the Obvious (currently: Puglia, the Dolomites, Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast and Liguria) but this is the time of year when I crunch the numbers and take stock of where my clients went in 2013. This year’s Italy Top 10 list is, like…

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Planning Your Italy Trip | 5 Comments

Why I’m getting rid of my Italy guidebooks

Why I’m getting rid of my Italy guidebooks

Last week I needed some space in my office, so I got rid of a stack of Italy guidebooks that I haven’t referenced in several years.  They looked pretty and had nice memories attached to them, but office shelf space is too valuable! And anyway, I’ve been advising my clients for ages to skip the paper…

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Planning Your Italy Trip | 3 Comments

A traveler’s guide to doing laundry in Italy

A traveler’s guide to doing laundry in Italy

Most of my clients’ itineraries are between about 7 and 25 days, and so the question of how to wash clothing while traveling in Italy often arises as we’re getting into the details, especially when there are small children or hot weather forecasts involved. People are often surprised that it’s not as simple as popping over…

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Planning Your Italy Trip | 12 Comments