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Renting a Car in Italy: 10 Things to Know

Renting a Car in Italy: 10 Things to Know

July 30, 2021

If your Italy itinerary includes driving, you’ll need to rent a car. Here are 10 things to know about renting a car in Italy: Manual transmission reigns supreme Although automatic transmissions exist in Italy, and are actually gaining popularity, the…

Get a vaccine? Easy. Get a US passport in the pandemic? Not so much.

Get a vaccine? Easy. Get a US passport in the pandemic? Not so much.

April 29, 2021

When things shut down over a year ago, we were all waiting for the vaccines. Now, it’s not hard to get a vaccine but to get a US passport in the pandemic? Good luck. I have spent many hours trying…

An Italy travel update from Madeline

An Italy travel update from Madeline

November 24, 2020

As I write this, the US is about to head into the Thanksgiving holidays. The virus continues to spread quickly both here in North America and in Europe. News of a couple vaccines was recently announced, causing Zoom stock to…

A Note Regarding the Coronavirus in Italy

A Note Regarding the Coronavirus in Italy

March 29, 2020

This has been a challenging few weeks, and I thought I’d take a minute to share an update. There’s a lot of information out there about COVID-19, aka the coronavirus in Italy. I don’t want to add to the noise,…

Using cell phones in Italy: dos and don’ts

Using cell phones in Italy: dos and don’ts

December 11, 2017

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 Travel Tips

Italy Travel Tips

December 11, 2015

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…

Tipping in Italy

Tipping in Italy

September 02, 2015

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…

Italy train travel: top 15 client questions

Italy train travel: top 15 client questions

January 29, 2015

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…

Basic Italian phrases you’ll need as soon as you get off the plane

Basic Italian phrases you’ll need as soon as you get off the plane

October 02, 2014

This is a guest post from Cher Hale. Thank you Cher! The flight is booked, the rooms have been reserved, and your daydreams of pasta and wine are starting to come full circle.  In the midst of all of your…

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