Traveling to and from Italy can be a mission, if not one of the most challenging things you may experience if you are coming to Europe for the 1st time. It can be hard to find information online about how to get around. How do I get to Lucca from Florence? How do I get to Siena from the Rome airport? How do I travel between Italian cities? How do I get to Venice from Cinque Terre?
Avoid the notorius chaos of Italian public transport if you can!¬†Here is our advice:
1. Always check the website of the airport you are traveling to. They usually are updated fairly often and have information in English. Also, they usually are located a bit outside city centers. Le Baccanti can arrange your private transfer in a comfortable luxury vehicle to and from most major airports in Italy so you don’t have to worry about figuring out public transport or booking a taxi.
2. Have your car rental set-up BEFORE arriving!
3. Give yourself way more time than you think is extra time. Italy is home to some of the most chaotic traffic and national strikes happen periodically which can inconvenience traffic in major Italian cities.
4. Experience ITALO trains in 1st class! If you fancy the idea of taking an Italian train, we recommend the comfortable high-end train operator ITALO. The trains are high speed, safe, luxurious (for most train travel standards) have free WIFI and food and drink services on board. It may be a good idea to familiarize yourself with local names for Italian cities and regions. For example:¬†Firenze = Florence, Roma = Roma, Toscana = Tuscany, Napoli = Naples, the list goes on and on!
5. Rent a helicopter! It sure beats taking a public bus:) In all seriousness, a helicopter ride is a stunning way to experience Italian scenery. We can plan your private Helicopter ride in Italy (wine tour included)!
6. Validate all of your travel tickets! If you happen to use any sort of public transport while in Italy, be aware.¬†Most people don’t know that if you travel on an Italian train, bus, coach and even the vaporetti (water buses) of Venice you must stamp your ticket by the little machines on board or at the stop before getting on. If you get caught by the control staff, you will be slapped with a hefty fine of up to 240 euros! Okay, that’s what they say is the max but it is usually around 40 euros. But still, you don’t want to let a little detail like this sour your Italian dream vacation.
7. Be aware of national holidays and Sundays. A lot of Italian cities will seem like a ghost town if you arrive on a National holiday and you may be shocked if you find that you can’t take your Ferragamo shopping spree on a sunny afternoon due to it being a holiday.
Le Baccanti can organize the luxury, comfort and convenience of a personal driver. We provide transfers to and from destinations and airports all over Italy. We also organize private excursions for nearly every of cultural activity imaginable.
Le Baccanti Tours is a luxury travel company located in Tuscany, Italy. We have been specializing in gourmet food, wine and cultural tours of Italy for over 10 years. We pride ourselves on showing our discerning group of clients the authentic and beautiful Italy of their dreams. Contact us or visit our website to learn more.