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Italy is one of the most popular destinations to visit in Europe. With great food, wine, culture and nightlife to offer, it’s no wonder millions travel there every year. But any time you go to a new country, it can take a while to acclimatize to the new environment. Planning your vacation and then surviving in a foreign country can be difficult. However, if you do your research and prepare yourself, you’ll feel much more comfortable about your trip. Whether you’re sticking to one city or planning to see more of Italy, here are some tips for getting along.

Learning the Language

It would be silly to expect anyone to be fluent in the local language before they ever visit anywhere. But it will help you a lot if you at least make an effort. You’ll find people who speak English in hotels, tourist offices, and central restaurants. You might even be able to find someone who speaks English on the street. But you’ll find it much easier if you learn a few key phrases in Italian and arm yourself with a phrasebook.

Getting Around

Like many European countries, Italy has a good public transport system. Although you can choose to hire a car, you don’t have to. If you want to travel around the country, you can take trains or coaches nationwide. Within cities, you can find buses, underground railways, and trams. You can even travel by ferry to some destinations if you want to. If you’re looking to stay fit, choose to walk or hire a bike, which you can do in most towns.

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Accommodation Options

Italy has a number of different accommodation options you can choose from, depending on the level of comfort you’re looking for. At the higher end, you’ll find luxury apartments and hotels. But if you look at Venere hotels, you’ll see that there are more affordable hotel options too. You don’t have to pay too much for a rented apartment either. But if you want to go even cheaper, you’ll find B&Bs, as well as home stays (without breakfast). Then there are the wealth of campsites you can use if you’re on a tight budget.

Food and Drink

If there’s one thing Italy is famous for, aside from its history and art, it’s food and drink. It wouldn’t be a trip to Italy without a lot of wine and pasta. If you’re a wine lover, then a tour of one of the country’s several wine regions is a must. You’ll find pizzas, pasta dishes, meat, fish, salads and a whole lot more delicious and healthy food. Head south for lighter meals, instead of the heavier dishes of the north.

What to Do

You have endless possibilities for where to go and what to do in Italy. Whether you want to walk, sail or enjoy Italy’s art and culture, you’ll find something you love. It’s completely up to you what sort of vacation you’re looking for. Once you’ve picked some activities you want to enjoy, look for the best regions to do them in.

Italy is a vibrant country with a colorful culture. No matter what you choose to do there, you’re sure to have an incredible time.