Are you planning your first trip to Italy? Are you worried about what you should be prioritizing and what itinerary you should be building to get the most out of one of the biggest tourist countries on the globe? Don’t panic! We’re here to help.

Italy may be huge, and it definitely carries a heavy dose of pros and cons – but when you’re there simply to take in the sights, the sheer number of possible pros to explore can be intimidating. But with a little guidance and some specific tips, you’ll find yourself with a definite idea of how to go about Italy.

  1. Learn to get around

Depending on where you’re planning to visit, it’s important to understand the cheapest and most comfortable local arrangements for getting from point A to point B. Taxis tend to be the more expensive end of the public transport spectrum in tourist destinations, so invest some time into researching what buses, train rides and ferries cost.

  1. Look online for accommodations

The Internet is an amazing resource when it comes to gauging the quality of something popular – apply a little common sense, and a review aggregator like TripAdvisor or Yelp becomes helpful in gauging where to go and where to be.

  1. Look into local private tours

Unlike group tours, a private tour boasts all the things that go missing when booking a tour – privacy, customizability, individuality – and add onto it all the benefits that a tour is supposed to convey: information, a unique experience, and the best that Italy has to offer.

Private tours through quality providers like Italy Luxury Tours are especially useful at grand landmarks and big cities like Florence, Venice or Rome, for their attention to detail and customer experience – but they can also be of use in quieter places, like the beautiful blue waters of Lake Como, famous for its surrounding hilly islands and amazing architecture.

Enjoy the local culture!

Lastly, don’t be afraid to partake in the local culture. Taste the food, speak the language (or at least give it a try!) join into local celebrations and traditions, and be a good sport about your presence. You’re on a vacation – but that means partaking respectfully in the opportunity to enjoy and live into another civilization’s country and culture, without being abrasive or uncomfortable. If you let it, Italy will get to you – and it’ll be a beautiful experience.

Italy Luxury Tours offers grandiose private tours and guides to Italy’s most beautiful vacation spots – from the sprawl of Milan to the hills of the Tuscan countryside, and the blue waters of Sicily’s best beaches.