Instagram and Pinterest make traveling seem so dreamy and luxurious and while it totally can be, it can also be stressful and underwhelming if not planned correctly. I want you to have just an amazing time as we did, so I started this series of all the basics you need to know about traveling in Italy!
Today I am going to share about how to get around! If this is the first post you are reading in these series I've linked below to the other posts for your convince! Happy travels!
3: How to Get Around
4. Where to Stay
5. How to Spend Your Days in Italy
TRAINS + BUSSES
Are a great way to travel from one part of the country to another or just around town. They are frequent and often very affordable. One thing that you do need to know about trains is that you need to validate your ticket before you get on the train or else you will risk getting a big fine. There are giant machines everywhere and they are easy to find. If you are unsure just observe what the locals are doing!
By far the most expensive but can be good in a pinch if you need to get somewhere quickly. Trains and Busses are awesome but often slow. If you don't want to wait for an hour to get a bus ride from the airport to the city center try a taxi. They are definitely the more expensive option but that extra hour of exploring might be worth it to you.
The last thing you should know about taxis' is that the drive can be a little crazy. The narrow streets and semi-optional traffic laws can be jarring for those who are used to a more tame type of driving. Don't be scared. It really isn't that bad.
This is a great option if you like taking scenic drives and having the ability to explore as you choose. It can be intimidating to drive in the cities but once you get outside it is totally manageable. You should know that there are a million round-a-bouts so you will need to pay careful attention to which outlet you need to take. It takes a little bit to get used to but easy once you get the hang of it.
This might seem silly to mention but there are some serious benefits to it. Once you are in a city or town, I highly recommend walking over taking a bus or taxi. You get to see so much more this way and it is free! By walking you can stumble upon so many hidden gems!
So be sure to pack comfortable walking shoes. Our first time in Italy I brought a pair of walking shoes that were more cute than there were comfortable. We averaged about 15 miles of walking per day and after the second day I was literally hobbling and we had to go out and buy me a pair of Nikes!
Don't make the same mistake as me!
How we used each one
Kyle and I used all of these means of transportation while in country and I'll share how we did it to give you an idea of the different possibilities!
We used the train travel larger distances, like when we needed to get from Florence to Cinque Terre and to get from Cinque Terre to Venice. We used busses the least and only used them when we needed to get all the way across town and it would take forever to walk! We used a taxi to get to and from the airport. It is easier when you have to juggle your luggage and like I explained above is quicker.
We really liked renting a car. We loved having it when we took day trips from Florence to Tuscany and for the same reason when we were in the Alps. We often would turn the car in when we knew we would just be exploring a city. For Example on one of our trips, we took the train to Venice and then rented a car to explore the alps, used it to drive to Milan. We returned the car right when we got to Milan and explored the city on foot.
I hope this was helpful, informative and makes your trip to Italy extra amazing! Next month we will be chatting about where to stay!