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  • Rich Thomaselli | August 11, 2016 4:15 PM ET

    Travel Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Trip To Italy

    Travel Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Trip To Italy

    PHOTO: Travel to Italy with Homeric can be so much easier by knowing a few tips in advance. (Courtesy David Cogswell)

    Homeric Tours is a distinguished leader in travel to Italy, and there are a few tips to know when traveling in this amazing country.


    You don’t need a visa to travel to Italy from the United States but, obviously, you do need a passport. Be sure your passport has at least six months of validity when traveling abroad. Many countries are leery of visitors whose passports are expiring around the time of the trip’s conclusion.


    Italy is still a member of the European Union and, thusly, uses the euro as its currency. Coinage is available in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, as well as coins worth 1 and 2 Euros. Paper money comes in units of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euros. Homeric suggests you exchange your money in a bank, as opposed to the hotel, in order to get the best exchange rate.  Note, however, this is Europe and banks and restaurants and retail stores and other establishments have unique hours. Banks are open from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., close for 90 minutes, and re-open for an hour from 3 to 4 p.m. Banks are open Monday to Friday.


    See above. If you’re thinking about taking a late afternoon stroll over to one of the great museums of Rome, don’t. Museums are generally open from 9 a.m. to 1 or 2 p.m., and closed on Mondays, although hours do vary. Check first.

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    Varies from city to city. It is best to travel with dual current appliances with plug adapters.


    You thought we were kidding about the whole schedule thing, didn't you? If you’re thinking of an early-bird special, don’t. Many Italian restaurants do not even open until 7 p.m. Also, Italians consider it somewhat rude if you pull a Meg Ryan and ask for numerous changes to an item on the menu or to have things ‘on the side.’ Stick to the description on the menu. Italians also believe in long, slow, conversation-filled meals. They won’t bring the check to you until you are done and ready to leave the restaurant and ask for it.


    Take a few days prior to your trip to learn some basic Italian phrases. Unlike snobbish France, the Italian people will appreciate it. 


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Rich Thomaselli Experts in Distinctive Travel

Rich Thomaselli Rich Thomaselli is a longtime journalist with 27 years experience in newspapers, magazines and digital media. He is a nine-time individual award-winning writer and was also a staff writer at several publications that earned national recognition as well, including Advertising Age winning a ‘Best in Business’ designation from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in 2007. He previously covered the travel sector for Ad Age, among other beats, from 2001-2013. Rich is married with two children. He will be based in New York. You can reach him at and contact him on Twitter @RichTravelPulse.
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