If you shop like crazy in Italy

Shopping in Italy- Italy from the Inside

Photo by Francesca Tosolini

If you purchase or plan to purchase a lot of things in Italy, I suggest to bring an extra suitcase or to buy one there (you can find cheap ones at one of the many small stores). The cost of the suitcase added to the extra fee charged by the airline can be cheaper than mailing stuff from Italy, not to mention that it surely saves you time and most importantly a lot of hassles. Sending big packages via airmail is very expensive, while via ship is cheaper, even though it can take up to three months to get to destination.

{This is an excerpt from the chapter 9 “The post office” of the eBook “Italy from the Inside. A native Italian reveals the secrets of traveling in Italy”}

Many Italian churches are in fact historical monuments

Church in Venice- Italy from the Inside

Photo by Francesca Tosolini

According to UNESCO, more than half of the world’s historical and artistic heritage can be found in Italy. In Italy art is everywhere: in small towns, castles, villas, cathedrals and of course museums and churches. Many Italian churches can indeed be considered historical monuments and, because of that, they are expensive to maintain and to restore. Nowadays more and more churches require the payment of a ticket to visit them. Investigate about which churches fall into this category, since you may be able to buy the tickets online beforehand and skip the, sometimes long, line.

{This is an excerpt from the chapter 7 “Churches and Museums” of the eBook “Italy from the Inside. A native Italian reveals the secrets of traveling in Italy”}

The Italian restaurants and the art of eating. Slowly.

Italian restaurant- Italy from the Inside

Photo by Francesca Tosolini

Italians enjoy their meals in a very relaxed way, with no rush at all. As a result, the waiter will come to you only if you call him, because he/she considers it impolite to “interrupt” your meal (pasto) every few minutes to check on your status. When you are ready to go, you must ask for the check (conto), as it is never assumed by the waiter when your lunch or dinner is over. Also, always have some cash with you, because some restaurants don’t take credit cards.

{This is an excerpt from the chapter 3 “Italian cuisine” of the eBook “Italy from the Inside. A native Italian reveals the secrets of traveling in Italy”}