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CURRENCY RATES & EXCHANGES

Use your ATM when traveling in Europe as there are many just as in the US.

Some of the machines are for the local bank only; others have the usual display of international card logos. Before you leave home, learn your PIN number by numerals; Italian keypads do not have letters. Also, check with your bank to be sure your daily withdrawal limit will be adequate for your trip.

You can generally get euros at U.S. international airports, at least enough to tide you over until you get to an Italian ATM. There’s an ATM in all Italian airports.

CLOTHES & WEATHER

We never dress up in Italy, especially in the country. Black trousers will make a woman look like a native anywhere. Nice jeans or trousers with a jacket or blazer is our usual dress in cool weather, and light trousers, a skirt, or shorts (in the countryside) with a polo or T-shirt in summer. We suggest you don’t wear short shorts or sleeveless tops when visiting a church or you won’t be allowed to enter. You may want to pack slippers; the terra cotta floors can be chilly.

The average daytime temperatures are 40s - 50s in winter, 60s - 70s in Spring and Fall, and 80s - 90s in Summer. It’s not a bad idea to bring a small folding umbrella for unexpected showers.

In summer, we recommend bringing sunscreen, hat and mosquito repellent. Bring sturdy, comfortable shoes for walking – Italy is full of steps and cobblestoned streets.

TRAVELERS INSURANCE

Since our business is a small business and we reserve privately owned villas and apartments rather than hotel rooms, it is difficult to absorb the cost of a cancellation, particularly those at the last minute. We are required to pay the owners of the villas at least 60 days before the beginning of our tour as well as any in-country prepaid travel arrangements such as train tickets, van rentals, etc.

We recommend Travelers Insurance for any unforeseen emergency that may require you to cancel your trip.

You can compare prices with Allianz (1-866-884-3556), Travelex (1-800-228-9792), Travel Guard (1-800-826-5248), and Travel Insured International (1-800-243-3174). Insuremytrip.com allows you to compare insurance policies and costs among various providers (they also sell insurance; (1-401-773-9300).

Also see: www.oncallinternational.com

PASSPORT & ID

A passport is required to visit Italy but a visa is not. You are legally required to carry a form of ID (such as a passport or driver’s license) with you at all times. The owner/ managers of the hotels and the villas will ask to see your passport at check-in so that they can maintain their guest register as required by Italian law.

 

Make a photocopy of your passport and keep it separate from your passport in case of loss or theft. In case of emergency, the US consulates of Rome and Florence are very efficient and can have a new passport issued usually within 24 hours.

Here are some important travel tips that will

help make you feel like an experienced traveler.

As the quote to the left states, foreign countries can be foreign for a reason. Culture is something that separates us one from another and when traveling in Europe each country is uniquely defined by not only it's geography and language, but also by their food, architecture, cultural traditions, politics and pace of life. This is also why we travel to foreign lands; to experience something that is different from home.

Over the years of hosting tour groups in Italy, we have compiled a list of helpful tips that can be useful to even the most experience travler. Please take a moment to click through the links below to make sure that your next European vacation is as stress-free as possible.

                       Buon viaggio

“  When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable.

It is designed to make it's own people comfortable.”

- Cliffton Fadiman

 
 
 

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