1. Visit Rome, Florence, Amalfi & the uber popular tourist areas during shoulder season. If you do go during high season, plan on starting at the crack of dawn. If you start the day past 10 a.m. it will be you and a sea of selfie sticks. April through mid-June and September through October are the shoulder seasons. You will still enjoy mild weather and the crowds will be somewhat smaller. Although.. there are some places you just can't win...i.e. Trevi Fountain!
2. Rent a car. You will see sooo much more. I have driven in 9 countries in Europe, up mountains in Costa Rica, through a storm in Iceland and resided and drove in NYC. Italy is really not that bad. Well...driving the Amalfi Coast takes a few years of your life, but still worth it! I usually use Auto Europe, but this time I changed my reservation in Rome to book directly through Hertz. It worked out much better. Auto Europe is a middle man. The prices may be lower, but the customer service is not the greatest. Drive a manual...it is so much more fun! Get a small but not a tiny car. It is convenient to have a small car for parking, but tiny cars have no pick up, and there are tractor trailers in Italy. If the driving part still makes you nervous, use the trains which are fabulous & fast. Oh...MOST IMPORTANT..Download Google Maps offline in every region you visit.
Travel Tips & Fun Adventures!
Hi there....Nice to meet you! I'm Judy and I love to travel to unique spots all over the World. I love experiencing beautiful places & different cultures. I also enjoy adding elements of adventure to my travels. I hope you find some tips & ideas here for your next trip.
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