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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…

A traveler’s guide to doing laundry in Italy

A traveler’s guide to doing laundry in Italy

July 23, 2013

Most of my clients’ itineraries are between about 7 and 25 days, and so the question of how to wash clothing while traveling in Italy often arises as we’re getting into the details, especially when there are small children or hot…

Shopping at Street Markets in Italy: Eight things to know before you go

Shopping at Street Markets in Italy: Eight things to know before you go

June 28, 2013

Over the past five years of planning Italy itineraries for clients, I’ve realized that travelers often have misconceptions about street markets in Italy. A recent client wanted to allocate four hours in her itinerary one afternoon to “do some street market shopping”,…

Why you need a strategy for maps in Italy

Why you need a strategy for maps in Italy

October 26, 2012

How do you find a new location in your home city? If you’re like most people you probably rely on your smartphone most of the time and you may use a GPS in the car (or your smartphone’s GPS). You…

A money strategy for your Italy trip

A money strategy for your Italy trip

October 10, 2012

    After the overall itinerary has been finalized and hotels, guides, transfers, and restaurants have been booked for trip planning clients, we usually have a conversation about a money strategy for their trip. Most travelers want to know: How much…

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