Travel to Italy has never gone out of fashion – in fact for Australians it is one of the top destinations we love to travel to alongside France! Almost 1 million Australians travel to Italy each year. That is alot of people, alot of travel and alot of tours to Italy.
Worldwide, the numbers of visitors to Italy total 30 million people which is staggering considering the population of Italy is in the 60 million mark!
Wherever you choose to tour Italy you will certainly come across breath taking scenery, wonderful sights such as historical Italian cities, classic architecture, hilltop villages as well as fabulous art works in wonderful world class museums.
Most travellers choose to visit the holy trinity of Italian cities – Rome, Florence and Venice. The Colosseum and Pantheon of Rome, the amazing Renaissance culture of Florence and the rich traditions, history and waterways of Venice. Each city has its own treasures to offer, but Italy can be and is so much more.
Travel to Italy from Australia takes around 24 hrs and from USA around 8 hrs or so. To travel this great distance definitely must take alot of planning and research to make it the best Italy tour and travel you can do in the time you have. Traditionally Australians tend to travel for 3 – 6 weeks while USA travellers spend around 1 – 2 weeks on their Europe travels. For Australians, Italy travel would comprise at least 2 weeks of their time away.
The preference seems to be a mix of independent travel as well as choosing a tour of Italy.
There are so many choices in the marketplace as to what is the best tour of Italy. The best choice is to be able to include real experiences of village Italy where you can immerse into the true Italian way of life, as well as being able to see important sites of historic and cultural value
By far the most rewarding experience is to be able to travel on the road less travelled to avoid queues and be able to connect with the local Italian people and culture. Only small towns and villages in Italy can offer this to the discerning traveller.
The best time to visit Italy is in the northern hemisphere Spring (May /June) and the Autumn or fall season which is September/October. The crowds travelling to Italy are much less and you can avoid the hottest months as well. Temperatures in the summer can exceed 30 deg C whereas in Spring and Autumn you will enjoy cooler temperatures of 17 – 25 deg C generally.
For travel to Italy it is always best to dress in layers so you will be prepared for various climates. Start the day in a light shirt and pants then as the evening sets in you can add a light jacket or a scarf or cardigan.
It is always best to wear comfortable non slip shoes which can take you from walking in the countryside and national park to strolling through a village or queueing in a line for a museum.
Wherever you travel in Italy, be sure to enjoy the Dolce Vita and take time to relax, unwind and sip your morning coffee in an authentic Italian cafe’ or sit in a piazza or village square and watch the world go by.
Coffees will be in the form of an espresso, which is a very short black coffee..It is unlike the coffees you are used to in Australia or in the States as you will be served a small coffee cup with about 2 cm of coffee!
If you order a ristretto, your coffee will be even smaller with about 1 cm of coffee, packed with a punch of pure coffee heaven.
You may know never, never to order a latte, as you will be served hot milk! Yes that is right, so be sure to ask for a latte macchiato – which is hot milk and a serve of coffee in that.
Enjoy your travels to Italy and be sure to find the right Italy tour for you!
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