Italy Travel Planning Resources
Planning a trip to Italy can be both exciting and frustrating. With so many incredible things to see and to do, narrowing your trip down can be a bit overwhelming. To help you with the planning, and hopefully add a bit of inspiration to the process, we’ve compiled a list of recommended Italy travel planning resources for your next Italian adventure.
Online Italy Travel Planning Resources
We always start the travel planning process by researching online. These are our go-to sites for Italian travel planning resources:
A La Carte Italy Tours has planned our two road trips in Italy. We shared our travel ideas with owner, Claudio Fontana, who then created an itinerary for us. The all-inclusive price consisted of a driver/guide, all accommodations, meals, wine and entrance to most activities and museums. This is a luxury experience that’s well worth the price. Please note that we are not an affiliate nor do we receive any referral fees from A La Carte Italy Tours. We’re simply sharing one of our favorite travel resources.
If you like boutique hotels or unique accommodations in slightly off-the-beaten-path Italian destinations, be sure to read about our favorite places to stay in Italy. We’ve been there to check them out for you.
Rick Steves Italy Travel Guide provides travel advice from the king of traveling independently in Europe. You’ll learn a lot from Steve. Budget travelers, this is for you.
Via Michelin allows you to design an itinerary based on things you want to avoid—like toll roads. The site also calculates the amount and cost of the fuel that you’ll use, plus there’s a hotel database for finding lodging along your route. We could get lost for hours designing trips on Via Michelin.
Official Italian Tourism Website is a good place to start your planning process. Although it might not be the best resource for off-the-beaten path destinations, the website offers a lot of helpful information and a great calendar of local events throughout the country.
Insure My Trip is an excellent resource for comparing travel insurance policy rates. Remember to check your medical insurance provider to see if they cover international travel. Medicare does not provide international medical coverage. We think purchasing a travel insurance policy is essential.
And don’t forget to purchase a medical evacuation membership with MedjetAssist. Before starting on a trip, we make sure that our MedjetAssist evacuation membership is up-to-date. Peace of mind with short-term travel protection starting at $99.
Italian Trip Books, Guides and Videos
Di Palo’s Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy is the perfect guide for those who like to travel by taste. Not only does the guide offer some must-have plates from various regions throughout the country, but the authors also describe the history behind each traditional plate.
Lonely Planet Italy’s Best Trips for those of you trying to decide between Italy’s many diverse regions.
Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door 2014 helps you avoid the crowds and the scams commonly found in Europe.
Gear for an Italian Trip
Travelon Luggage Anti-Theft Cross-Body Bag is a good idea for anyone hitting Italy’s bigger cities, especially Rome. Pick pockets and bag snatchers are everywhere so you can never be too safe! We like the chic look—a plus for traveling in travel-conscious Italy.
Eagle Creek Luggage Load Warrior Wheeled Duffel 22 bag will fit into the trunk of those small Italian rental cars. I traveled for 21 days in China with this bag.
Eagle Creek Travel Gear Pack-It Specter Starter Set is the secret to packing light. Shh!
Ceptics Small Size Worldwide International Travel Plug Adapter Kit is a great tool to have for every trip thanks to its compact size and weight.
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