Most people don't need to be told why Italy is worth visiting. However, the following sites provide ... read more »
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If you're coming from the United States, you'll probably fly to Italy, although if you're already ... read more »
As slowly as possible is one answer. You'll have more time to enjoy the view when you travel by train, and rail travel in Italy is generally a comfortable and reliable option for journeys between major cities. Driving gives you less time to look out the window, but is also an option.
- Rail travel can be quite pleasant in Italy, especially on the Eurostar routes. (The Intercity and Regionale trains, which service smaller stations, aren't quite so plush.) Also, since fares are relatively inexpensive, a first-class ticket is often well worth the extra money.
- Don't forget to validate your ticket before boarding a train. That means stamping the ticket in a little yellow machine at the station. If you fail to do so, the ticket's not activated, and you may incur a fine when you're on the train.
- The following words will be useful not only when you're actually in Italy, but also if you're booking tickets online beforehand: "giorno" means day; "mese" means month; "arrivo" is arrival; "partenza" is departure; and "fermata" is stop as in train station or bus stop. For more tips on learning the language, visit the "What should I know before I go to Italy?" section of this guide.
- Alitalia forbids use of digital equipment of any kind (even portable CD players) on some of the airline's older planes; after you book your flight but before you pack, check with the airline to find out what the rules are for the particular aircraft you'll be taking so you can plan your in-flight entertainment accordingly.
Italy's architecture and countryside are perhaps its two greatest assets. Depending on which of ... read more »