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Rome
Rome is Italy in a nutshell. Universally agreed upon as one of the most romantic and inspiring cities to live in, Rome is an exhilarating blend of historical ruins and vibrant streets. The city's artistic heritage is paralleled by only a few across the world; some reasons for this are the Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica and the Byzantine mosaics throughout its geography. A trip to Rome could also be either religious (a day at the Vatican) or completely dedicated to fashion owing to its dolce vita culture. You can randomly sit at any roadside cafe or bar and watch the sun go down with your partner by your side, or you can follow the hordes because when in Rome...Free things to do while here: Pay homage at St. Peter's Basilica where you can find the iconic Pietà statue by Michelangelo. Visit the Bocca della Verità and tell a lie – legend has it that the huge face will bite you if you fib, so keep your fingers out of the way. You must already be aware of the iconic Trevi Fountain in which you throw coins and seek a wish; that's a must-visit place.
Milan
The capital of Italy is one of the most fascinating cities in Europe since it is filled with as many historical insignias as its modern counterparts. Being the administrative capital of Italy, Milan is also understandably bureaucratic to some extent. What's really enviable here is the beauty of everyday things. The roadside cafes and bars are designed to welcome and not merely swindle. The overall humour is deadpan, but hilarious. It's an outstanding city and a relatively cheap European destination from India.Free things to do while here: Duomo di Milano is one of the most iconic symbols of Italy; also known as the Milan Cathedral, one can climb up to check out the city view from the top by paying a nominal fee. If you've watched enough Italian cinema, you might have developed preconceived notions about the country – a visit to the tiny old alleyways of Brera will validate your ideas and you can click a thousand Instagram-worthy pictures here. Finally, take a stroll down the most fashionable street in world – Via Montenapoleone; if you are travelling on a budget, it'll obviously be difficult for you to buy anything here, but window shopping will be a treat to your fashion desires.Where to eat: Here are three cheap but outstanding places to eat in Milan: 1. Macelleria Equina Da Vito at Via Lorenteggio, 2. Piadineria Artigianale Pascoli at Via Niccolo Paganini, 3. Mr. Panozzo at Via Enrico Noe. The first one has gluten-free options available, while the other two have vegetarian as well as vegan options.Where to stay: Unlike contrary beliefs, one can actually stay in Milan on a budget. Here's one beautiful option to consider.
Naples
After a joyful week at the school, I then flew Italy loosing my favourite peach lotion and some nervousness, back at the Bremen airport. I remember the long cab ride to the hotel located around the coast of Naples, cold wind and a fast pumping heart and eyes scrolling through the buildings, people, their vehicles and every tiny thing that I could notice and try to remember. A walk to the seashore in the late evening and passing my time with the beautiful view of the city on hills was a soothing end for that day. A big thank you, Celine Lavisse for joining me here. It wouldn't have been this good without you.
Palermo
Palermo, the regional capital of Sicily, is one of those cities with its own very distinct, almost tangible atmosphere, a place of mystery where reality often outperforms the traveller’s imagination and preconceived stereotypes. Visiting Palermo is still somewhat of an adventure in a world where so many places have become tourist-friendly to a fault. You won’t find many restaurants with menus translated into 5 different languages, you may have trouble communicating in English in many places, and some parts of the old town center have remained untouched since they were bombed during the war.


Best Time to Visit Italy

Peak season: July and August are the months when the tourist activity is in full swing. The prices during this period of time are high and the streets are busy.

Shoulder season: April to June and September to October is the period when you can get good deals on accommodation the weather is pleasant during this period which is ideal for outdoor activities.

Off-season: November to March is the time when there is less tourist activity but there are cultural events which take place during these months.


Budget for Italy

For Budget Travellers: INR 3000 - 4000 a day

  • Accommodation in hostels and basic rooms in guesthouses: INR 1300-2000
  • Food in local cafes and street eateries: INR 700-1000
  • Public Transport in metro and buses: INR 130 - 550
  • Sightseeing: INR 300 - 500

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 5000 to INR 6000 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and homestays: INR 2500 - 3500
  • Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: INR 1500 - 2500
  • Local transport in subway train and taxis: INR 250 - 500
  • Sightseeing & Tours: INR 600 - 1000

For Luxury Travellers: INR 7000 and upwards

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 5000 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 3000 and upwards
  • Local transport in cabs: INR 600 and upwards

 


Visa Information for Italy

Italian Schengen visa is mostly not required for a visit of up to 90 days or at all for EU nationals, with Italy being a member of the Schenegen Agreement. Indians and some other nationalities need a Italian Schengen visa. There are no border controls for the countries that are a part of the treaty, such as the European Union (except Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania, United Kingdom), Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Citizens of Australia, the USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and many Latin American countries do not need visas to visit Italy as tourists for up to 90 days. For tourist visa and other requirements regarding the Italian Visa head, to this website.

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