5 Tourist Tips for Italy

by Martin Ita-as
originally published on Inquirer.net

Italy is one of the world’s most romantic and artistic cities. It can be a bit of an ordeal listing each and every amazing activity to try or destination to visit. While many diverse plans can be found throughout the the internet, here are a few suggestions that you may want to consider when visiting this European destination:

Guided Museum Trips
Some Italian museums, like the Vatican Museums, can offer guests valuable insight on historic and famous collections of masterpieces. Guides will often have amazing tidbits of information to share that you may not find in travelers’ handbooks or pamphlets. Let your inner artist/historian out!

Explore the Vatican
A city-state located within Rome, Italy, it is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. It is best known as the home of the Pope, the highest position within the religion. Despite its small size, there are many things to do within its borders. Buy a beautiful postcard and send it to someone special; use a special stamp and postmark or just buy one to display at home.

Wish for Italy
In Rome, there is a famous fountain called the Trevi Fountain. The legend says that if you throw a coin into the fountain, you’ll be ensured a return to Rome again someday. After you throw your wishing coin, be entranced by the beautiful statues in the water and appreciate their beautifully carved figures. It is very Instagram-worthy and warrants a visit.

Taste Stale Bread
While this may sound a bit weird, it is a practice in Milan to preserve stale bread. Locals will either refrigerate it and then let it out a few hours before a meal or use it as an ingredient in various regional dishes. You’d be surprised at the number of meals the people of Milan can make with this ingredient.

Create the Flavors of Italy
Not content with just tasting the flavors of Italia? How about bringing the flavors back into your own kitchen? Italian food is well known for its multitude of flavors and richness. Impress your friends by making one of the savory dishes back in your own country with some exciting Italian cooking lessons. You can learn to make a meal to indulge in or cook for family and friends to remind you of your flavorful experiences.

Did any of these entries tickle your fancy? Ultimately, when planning a journey to Italy, the number of tours and trips you can plan and handle are all up to you. Set a course for a fun adventure you’re sure to treasure and remember for the rest of your days.