Where to Start Your Tour in Italy?
If you would like to visit Italy by bus or car and you cannot use ferries the best itinerary for most of the visitors is always driving from North to South on the West coast and form South to North by the East coast (or opposite)
If you arrive in Italy by boat or ferry the main ports all around Italy, La Spezia (Liguria Region), Livorno (Tuscany region), Civitavecchia (Rome), Naples (Campania Region), Palermo and Catania (Sicily Region), Venezia (Veneto Region), are always well connected with the most important touristic cities and venues. Morover most of the times are them self amazing destinations.
If you flight we suggest you, whenever possible, to book your ticket for starting your itinerary in a city and ending it in another. Internal flights are often not cheap in Italy and many cities are flighing only to Rome, Milan, Bologna, Pisa and Florence
Start a tour in Italy from Venice: Venice airport is an important entrance or departure gate for travellers in italy because the city its self must be seen at least one in life and because it is in the north-east corner of the country. This makes smart to arrange an itineary starting or arriving in Venice.
Start a tour in Italy from Milan: Milan is the second italian hub after Rome and has 2 international airports, Linate very close of the city on the East side and Malpena, around 50 kms away in the countryside of Novara on the West side, It is very confortable for starting a tour also because it is very well connected, by flight and train, with Rome, if you take into consideration to start and end your tour in one of these 2 cities.
Start a tour in Italy from Rome: “Tutte le strade portano a Roma” / “All roads lead to Rome”. Since the Roman empire Rome was considered the center of the world, so it is not strange to say that is most suitable solution for starting your italian holiday. In fact considering the number of internal and international flights of nearest Fiumicino airport, the Civitavecchia port 70 kms away, the Termini stations right in the city center, plus the importance of the destination its self, Rome is for sure the best place where to start your tour in Italy.
Start a tour in Italy from Florence and Pisa (Tuscany): Florence and Pisa airports there are important entrance or departure gate for travellers in italy because the cities its self must be seen at least one in life and because it is in the central part of the country. This makes smart to arrange an itineary starting or arriving in Pisa and Florence (because you can put the focus on the Arts and visit the famous Leaning Tower, see the David, the Uffizi Gallery and enjoy many intersting wine and food tours in Chianti!)
Best Time For Travelling
It’s time for arranging your holiday in Italy and you are forgetting to consider one of the fundamental aspects: the best time to travel to Italy!
Italy’s destinations are different and could be convenient to come at different times, depending on them. There are various “best times”, just analyze what you want to see and what you want to do in Italy!
If you are free enough and you are not forced to travel in a given period, you can evaluate the good and the bad of the different seasons. (A tip: It’s know that moms and dads don’t want to plan a trip in the middle of their childrens’ academic year!
For this reason they could be destined for the most crowded and expensive season in Italy, but what could be better than an educational experience in the ancient Rome, or surrounded by Renaissance Art?).
Note that, often, the adjective “crowded” is referred only to the inflated top destinations, such as Rome, Pompeii, Amalfi, Capri, Cinque Terre, Florence and Venice. We’re also talking in relative terms. Even in low and mid-season there is a line at the Colosseum, for example.
You could be lucky or not, no matter the period, the line could last 2 hours or 20 minutes. Other cities, such as many small groovy towns all over the “Bel Paese” (have you ever experienced Umbria and Puglia?), are almost always uncrowded…and you will love them!
Tips to Drive in Italy
The best way travel through Italy is by its wide-ranging train rails. Fast trains (Intercity, Frecce, Eurostar) cost between 20-100 euros per trip. The slow regional trains cost between 3-25 euros per trip, take them! you could better admire the beautiful landscapes you would pass by. For short distances, you can take buses and subways with a cheap price, spending around 2 euro for a single ticket.
You really want to drive in Italy? We got it: it could be hard to visit the isolated villages and rural areas making Italy so groovy. We assure you that exploring areas in the middle of nowhere by train and bus is possible in some way, and easier than you think. Nevertheless a rented car guarantees you more freedom and, depending on the number of people you’re with, it could be the cheapest option. You could even rent a motorcycle or scooter, but probably they are not the best choice for long distance trips.
That said, driving in Italy can be a savage experience, mostly for the awesome reputation of Italian drivers. They get wilder the further south you reach! Driving in Italian cities is for daredevil drivers only. Ok, we joked a bit..if you read the following rules you’ll be handling Italian roads like a boss..just don’t abuse the car horn, please.
Italy For Travellers
As everywhere, it is useful to remember some fundamental safety measures to travel as comfortable as possible.