Travel tips to plan your trip to Italy

We want you to have the best of times in Italy! In this section you will find useful information and travel tips to plan your trip to Italy: transportation, culture, answers to the most frequently asked questions and more.

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Mamma Agata's Italian cooking class on the Amalfi Coast
Luca, from the Summer In Italy staff, attends Mamma Agata's Italian cooking school in Ravello and finds out that there is much more to be found than just cooking.
Car with driver
If you are not keen on reaching your villa by public transportation, you will be happy to know that taxi or limo service (or car with driver service) is available and can be booked ahead of time.
How to reach Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano and the other villages in the area
From Rome and Naples is quite easy to reach the villages of the coast of Amalfi and Sorrento, either by public transportation or driving.
Going around the Amalfi Coast and the Sorrentine Peninsula by bus
The most comfortable way to travel along the Amalfi Coast and Sorrentine Peninsula is certainly by bus.
Transportation in Italy: by plane, train, ferry or bus
Here are the links to the transportation sites that a traveler to Southern Italy might be interested in.
Transport strikes in Italy
For you, as a traveler to Italy, it might be important to be aware of any transportation limitations that might affect your trip.
Buying train tickets in Italy
The experience of buying train tickets in Italy may make you feel compartmentalized.
Burrata
Burrata is a creamy fresh cheese that is a specialty of the Puglia region.
Prosciutto di Norcia IGP
Prosciutto di Norcia is a cured prosciutto crudo, produced in the mountains of eastern Umbria.
Colatura di Alici
A specialty of Cetara on the Amalfi Coast is a centuries' old tradition of fish preservation, and the results are delicious.
Zeppole di San Giuseppe
Saint Joseph's Day is March 19, which is also Father's Day in Italy.
Pecorino Bagnolese
Pecorino Bagnolese is a cheese made with raw sheep milk coming from bagnolese ewes.
Italian Coffee Drinks
With more than 250,000 coffee bars within the peninsula, it's obvious that Italians are passionate about coffee.
Alici di Menaica
The villages scattered all around the Cilento coast maintain a very ancient fishing technique, but non so closely tied to it than the pretty town of Pisciotta.
Cacioricotta
Cacioricotta is a soft cheese typical of the Cilento National Park.
Fagiolina del Trasimeno
Since 2000, Castiglione del Lago has homed a Slow Food presidium in order to promote and conserve the Fagiolina del Trasimeno.
Coffee, Italian Style
With more than 250,000 coffee bars within the peninsula, it's obvious that Italians are passionate about coffee.
Albicocca Vesuviana
Campania is the leading region in apricot cultivation.
Aperitivi - Happy Hour Italian Style
A pre-dinner drink for relaxing, socializing and enjoying a glass of vino with a few nibbles – sounds like happy hour!
Sicily's Almonds
Sicily has a reputation for its sweets, and many are created with the island's almonds, a tradition for centuries.
Mamma Agata: Simple and Genuine
If you have searched the web looking for activities to do while vacationing on the Amalfi Coast, there is no doubt that you have already read about Mamma Agata and her incredible cooking school in Ravello.
The Scoop on Sandwiches, Italian Style
We know that dining is one of the highlights of any trip to Italy.
Starting the Day the Italian Way
Forget bacon and eggs.
Have Your Fish, and Clean It Too
Since Italy is a peninsula surrounded by three seas, it is no surprise that seafood makes its appearance on plates all over the country.
Pazzo for Pizza
Italy is known for its fabulous cuisine, and pizza is probably the item most beloved world-wide.
Hot Days, Cold Drinks
The dog days of summer…the old expression rings true throughout Italy when the heat hits.
Mozzarella di Bufala
Have you ever wondered how to get milk from a herd of buffalo?
Liquid Sunshine
Once you have peeled your eyes away from the stupendous scenery of the Amalfi Coast, one of the first things you’re bound to notice is the large lemons hanging from the trees.
Great Roman Wines
The stereotyped image of the Roman 'osteria' is so captivating to condition for centuries the whole regional wine production.
Extra-virgin olive oil of Colline Salernitane
The hills that surround the city of Salerno and stretch from the Amalfi Coast to the Cilento National Park give an extra-virgin olive oil with an intense colour and a unique fruity taste.
Pane di Agerola
Agerola is known as "Città del Pane" - city of bread – nationwide popular brand that recognizes some Italian towns where this product assumes a special value due to the peculiar characteristics.
High-Quality Italian Products
At Summer in Italy we do care about our guests, and this is why, in order to help you making your food shopping in Italy just perfect, we would like to share a few tips about high-quality local products.
Provolone del Monaco DOP
In ancient times, the shepherds in Agerola dressed a big mantle to take shelter from cool and dampness, and reached Naples to sell their products.
White Fig of Cilento DOP
Its unique and special characteristics, very much appreciated even abroad, gives the name to "Fico Bianco del Cilento": once dried, the sweet peel gets light yellow coloured rather than chestnut brown if oven-cooked.
Paestum Artichoke IGP
The 90% of artichoke's production in Campania is concentrated within the province of Salerno, specially into the Plain of Sele.
San Marzano Tomato of Agro Nocerino Sarnese DOP
San Marzano is one of the most acclaimed variety of tomato, grown in the area between Salerno and Naples known as Agro Nocerino-Sarnese.
Hazelnut of Giffoni IGP
The hazelnut of Giffoni IGT, known as "Nocciola di Giffoni" belongs to one of the most precious Italian varieties: Tonda di Giffoni.
Caciocavallo Silano DOP
Caciocavallo Silano is a semi-hard cheese, made with vaccine milk, seasoned 15 days minimum.
Antique Markets in Tuscany
Creative shopping, understated purchases and second-hand markets have nowadays become a luxury yen, but in the fifties they did not exist yet, because the reconstruction after two world wars made any piece of furniture or even simple ornaments strictly necessary.
Pasquetta - Easter Monday
The tradition of Pasquetta is a closely-held one, maintained with almost religious fervor though it is a civil holiday.
Music Festivals in Italy
All over Italy, especially in the summer months, the piazzas and parks are alive with the sound of music.
Economical Eats
Staying in one of our villas provides you with a kitchen, saving you money on dining expenses.
Ferragosto - Or Why Italy Closes in August
Have you ever wondered why August is the "ghost month" in Italy?
The Legend of La Befana
Ever wonder about the witch-like woman with a broomstick that you see in Christmas markets around Italy?
Street Fairs and Festas
High arbors of elaborate lights illuminate the streets, folk or rock music fills the air, delicious aromas waft temptingly, while the cheerful chatter of voices rises.
Zeppole di San Giuseppe
Saint Joseph's Day is March 19, which is also Father's Day in Italy.
What to Show/Take it Slow
Getting off the beaten path to reach charming villages and visit vineyards generally requires a rental car.
Reading the Lines
In our continuing Rules of the Road series, we’re familiarizing your with the basics of driving in Italy.
Life in the Fast Lane
Italy is criss-crossed with a high-speed road network called the autostrada.
Fill It Up
In our continuing series, Rules of the Road, we're giving you the lowdown on gassing up.
Take a Breather
One of the great things about driving on the Autostrada, apart from being able to unleash the inner Indy racer in you, is the pit stops.
Child Car Seats
According to the Italian law about passenger safety, any time you seat in a vehicle fitted with seat belts it is compulsory to wear them.
No Toga Required
Throughout the month of August you can experience the majestic ruins of Paestum in a whole new light.
Getting married in Italy: Tips to Get You Started
And so you are making plans to have your wedding in Italy: congratulations!
Mobile Broadband for Italy
It used to be that people would inquire about cellular service for Italy.
Se son rose fioriranno
A short Italian trip, discovering the most beautiful varieties of this enchanting flower and specialized garden centres.
Using ATMs in Italy
Bancomat (pronounced with long "a"s as "Bahn-ko-maht") is the name of the automatic systems for collecting cash from your bank account in Italy and in many European countries.
Things to do with your kids in Campania
If you are wondering if Campania, the region of Amalfi, Sorrento and the Cilento National Park has enough to offer to entertain your kids, the short answer is: yes!
How to Call Italy From the United States of America and Canada
Even though you will not need international calling skills to contact Summer In Italy (we provide a USA/Canada toll-free number for your convenience, and a toll-free fax number as well), there is still a good chance that as you plan your vacation you find yourself in need to place a few phone calls to bella Italia (to book a tour, a private transfer, or maybe a table at a restaurant).
Tipping in Italy
This topic has always been much debated -- but people continue to weigh in on tipping versus not tipping.
Windsurfing in Campania
Windsurfing is an exilarating sport, an experience that defines emotion and life!
Average temperatures in the Amalfi - Sorrento - Cilento area
There are two very common questions, in planning a trip to Italy.
Cheap airfare to Italy
If you are looking to buy airfare from North America to Italy, there might be times when you would start thinking that airlines have gone crazy with the price of flight tickets, and that there are no cheap flights or discount offers available.
How to Get Affordable Cell Phone Service for Italy
Most rental villas or apartments do not come equipped with a land line phone for guests to use.
Electricity in Italy
Electricity in Italy is 220 volts, 50 cycles alternating current (AC).
Public telephones in Italy: watch how you pay for calls!
While you are wandering Italy, you might occasionally be in need of making a phone call back to your home country.
Car rental
If you are planning to hire a rental car for your stay in the Amalfi/Sorrento/Cilento area, chances are that you might be wondering whether we have special advice on local agencies that offer good rates.
Walking from the Amalfi coast, Sorrento and Capri
Unknown to most tourists, wonderful networks of footpaths criss-cross the peninsula and Capri, connecting little villages by easy paths and venturing on rougher ways up into the mountains.
Alternative Rome: a day to kill in Rome
Rome, from a tour guide's perspective: Relax, have your first cappuccino, walk around via Condotti, Spagna, Navona, Trevi, Pantheon, Corso Visit the Roman forum, Palatine hill, Colosseo Spend all day at the Vatican museums The above is the standard itinerary that pre-occupies all visitors to Rome-"Can we do it all in two days?