Italy Tourist Info
Italy and tourism go hand in hand. There isn’t enough time to talk about all it has to offer. Of course it is world renowned for its artwork, food, wine, fast cars, Western Civilization and history. We’ll just give you some of the highlights.
To the North you have the beautiful Dolomites (Italy’s Alps), once part of
Austria and wished by many locals that it was still so. Between the Alps and Milan is the beautiful and scenic Lakes region, with Lake Como, Lake Lugano and Lake Maggiore, nestled among beautiful peaks. Going further south there’s Venice, Florence and Tuscany. I can taste the food now. Going further into Italy, Rome deserves a vacation all of its own. Further south still, the terrain gets a bit more arid and in ways may be reminiscent of our own West. In fact many Westerns movies were shot there. Once there,
you may want to take a boat to Cicily. You may also pay a visit to the Isles of Corsica and Sardinia.
Italian is the official language, as well as the primary language spoken here. Not too many people speak English. This is because the locals are more focused on family, and not so much on tourist or social courtesies. It would be to your advantage to learn a few Italian phrases to get by when speaking to the locals. Also you may want to think about using bottled water, as in many areas the chlorine level in the water is high.
Regarding customs, dress is probably a bit more casual than in some of its European neighbors. However, as this is Italy, one of the fashion capitals
of the world, the word “casual” can take on a different meaning, especially when around Milan. Of course, people dress up for formal and religious events. In the larger metro areas, you may want to beware of pick pockets, who prey upon tourists. Also, you may want to remember that many stores close for lunch breaks.
The national airline of Italy is Alitalia which also services the US, Canada, and Australia. When traveling by air, note that the two largest airports are in Rome, and in Milan, where rail and roadways connect you to the rest of the country and the rest of Europe. You also have the choice of using the Eurostar rail line for your longer trips. If you chose to drive through Italy, you can get there from Austria, Switzerland, and France.