Italy has a reputation as one of those dream destinations, where posh cafes and awe-inspiring historical sites combine for a vacation that’s not only memorable, it’s cool too. And why shouldn’t it? The peninsula was the seat of the world’s most famous ancient civilization, and it’s home to some of the world’s best booze. And that’s before you even get to the mouthwatering cuisine that’s all over the place. Of course, with that kind of well-earned reputation for awesomeness, visitors to Italy can sometimes get a little over-hyped and look before they leap. If you’re planning a trip to Italy and its gorgeous capital and countryside, here are a few things to consider before packing bags.
1. Calm Down, You’re On a Trip
When you land in Rome, the first thing you should know is that the entire country of Italy is moving at three-quarter speed. The lines take longer, the meals take longer, the tours take longer, everything just moves a little bit slower. Plan accordingly. And, more than anything, try to remember that you’re not in a race, you’re on vacation.
2. Wear Comfortable Shoes
The bigger cities are really fond of sticking with old school cobblestone streets, which are beautiful, but murder on your feet. What’s more, the ground of (and surrounding) a lot of the major tourist attractions is dry and uneven. In other words, don’t be afraid to rock your most comfortable tennis shoes.