|Italians are very
good about posting their menus and prices outside the door of their
Pizzerias or "Tavola Calda " have the best prices and usually great food.
A Pizzeria will have a full meal in the afternoon and sometimes serve
only pizza after 7 in the evening.
Check out the Chinese
restaurants for a change of pace from Italian food. During our trips to Italy we always found very good Chinese food in the cities we
visited. The menus are usually in Italian and Chinese. The Asian
personnel sometimes speak English, but after Chinese their second
language is Italian.
Rest back at
the hotel during siesta time. All shops, churches, & museums are usually
closed. It is a good time to do your wash, which will be dry the next
morning. This can make three or four sets of underwear last one to
My tips on
Most telephones in Italy accept phone cards. They are sold in
tobacco shops. If you speak Italian or can find a local person
who speaks English, get directions for its use.
You can call the USA for almost the same amount of money as calling
other places in Italy. If you call home and get an answering
machine your card will only subtract the one or two minutes you
used-no initial surcharge.
You can find the time tables for the trains in Italy on their Italian website.
Check out schedules of trains and buses on weekends, often there is
At large train stations like, Rome, Florence, Naples, when
purchasing tickets, count your change before leaving the
window. Their "mistakes" can cost you more than your fare.
Local city buses require bus passes that can be purchased in tobacco
shops. Validate as you board the bus, usually from the back .
One can get Euros
at a ATM machine at the Rome airport. DON'T use a Place that says
"Change money." They will charge you a hefty fee.
Before you leave
for the states, call your bank and notify them you will be using
your ATM card overseas.