So you’ve read all the guidebooks. You know where to go, what to see, and what to eat. But what about the everyday situations that leave non-Italians so perplexed?

  • How do you catch the right train?
  • What are the top items to bring home from your trip?
  • What are the different types of eateries?
  • What should you remember when shopping for clothing?

With humor and plenty of "real life" photos, this handy volume will get you ready for your trip like no other guidebook can.

This eBook contains more than 350+ tips and 190+ original photos to help you navigate Europe's classic destination like a local.

Italian food
The Ape 50cc
Italian gelato
Pomodori al tonno

Italy from the Inside is a wonderful companion to any traveler. Packed with helpful tidbits on everything from navigating the grocery store to finding affordable and unusual accommodations, this eBook offers a fascinating and often humorous look at Italian life that is uncharacteristic of other travel guides.

Whether you are planning your first trip to Italy or a seasoned traveler, you will feel like you have an Italian friend guiding you every step of the way as you explore this extraordinary corner of the world.
Grazie, Francesca!

Agnes D.,
Washington, USA

I have downloaded this eBook and I find it fun, fascinating and full of very useful facts.

Janda O.,
Washington, USA


Italy From The Inside focuses on cultural insights and take-along info to make your trip high on enjoyment and low on frustration. Traditional travel guides are valuable resources to help you plan places to visit, to lodge and to eat. But if your goal is to visit Italy and don't feel just like another tourist, then Italy From The Inside is for you.

Written by a travel-savvy Italian and enriched with 190+ original photographs of "real life" situations, this eBook will help you travel in Italy as if you’d lived there for years. Synchronize yourself with the Dolce Vita, avoid unnecessary cultural pitfalls, get ready to immerse yourself in a fulfilling travel experience that will make you feel like a local.

But, don't take our word for it!

Read what our eBook clients have to say...

I am absolutely enjoying the book!

My husband and I will be visiting Italy and the book has already become an invaluable resource after one day.

Deidre B.,
South Carolina, USA

This guide really IS definitive...

I've never read anything that prepares a traveller better for a trip to Italy. Francesca gives up-to-date information and clear explanations of how to cope with every imaginable eventuality - if only I'd had this eBook when I first moved to Italy!

It's indispensable reading!

Deborah Swain, Italy

My wife and I travel to Italy once or twice a year ... take only one piece of carry on luggage, ride the trains and buses only and try to get close to the culture and the people ...

I hope your book is getting a great response, I think it is a masterpiece ... thanks

Marty and Terri L.,
Wisconsin, USA

Paolo and Francesca:

I wanted to take the time to tell you how much I loved your e-book!  After the very simple checkout process, I downloaded it, and after reading just a few pages online, I printed it and had it bound to take with me on my upcoming trip to Italy. 

I have read no less than 10 of the big name "guide books" about Italy, and none of them had the detail and "hands on" usefulness of your e-book.  Not even close.

The practical advice you give is further enhanced with great pictures showing what you are talking about.  The actual pictures of toll lanes and highway signs have already given me a comfort level about renting and driving a car in Italy, a task which many have said can be somewhat intimidating.

This e-book is a must read for anyone taking a trip to Italy, and for the price it is an unbeatable bargain!  Easily the best money I have spent for my trip to Italy. 

I wish I had your e-book when I travelled to Rome in 2000 for my honeymoon.  Please feel free to use my comments on your website so others can experience the comfort level that your e-book provides. 

Glad I found it!

Peter L.,
Massachusetts, USA

This guide not only makes me want to go back, but now I'd know how to rent a car, drive myself to all the great eateries, and bring back more than postcards.

Jeff O.,
Washington, USA

Your website & eBook is without doubt the best guide for any first time traveller to Italy.

No other book prepares a traveller to face the situations that he/she might faces on a typical day in Italy, like the way your eBook does.

Arun B.,

As a student traveling to Torino for the first time, this eBook was extremely helpful in adjusting to life in Italy.
The information was up-to-date and accurate, making my trip that much more enjoyable.

Chad S.,
Nevada, USA


  • Introduction

  • Chapter 1 - General Transportation
    • Airports
      • Connections to main cities
      • Italian airlines
      • General airport information
    • Car Rental
      • General car rental information

    • Trains & Stations (Preview this chapter below)
      • Train ticket
      • Night traveling
      • Types of trains
      • General train & station information

    • Buses
      • Bus tickets
      • General bus information
    • Taxi cabs
      • General taxi information
    • Ferries
      • Italian ferry companies
      • General ferry information
    • Highway Traveling
      • Highway payment system
      • Rest areas
      • Sign system
      • General highway information

  • Chapter 2 - Driving in Italy
    • Road signs
    • Parking
    • Mopeds
    • Parking “Italian Style”
    • Gas stations
    • Car details
    • Miscellaneous

  • Chapter 3 - Italian Cuisine
    • Restaurants
    • Table charges and tipping
    • Beverages
    • Dining Italian style
    • The Italian menu
    • Pizza
    • Important restaurant terminology
    • General restaurant information

  • Chapter 4 - Grocery Stores & Other Food Establishments
    • Grocery Stores
      • Alimentari ~ supermarket
      • General grocery store information
      • Italian products to bring back home
    • Specialty Food Stores
    • Italian Food Misconceptions
    • Coffee Houses
      • General coffee house information
      • Italian coffee varieties

  • Chapter 5 - Retail Stores & Money Handling
    • Store hours
    • Tax
    • General shopping information
    • Clothing size comparisons
    • Different types of retail stores
    • Markets

  • Chapter 6 - Hotels & Accommodations
    • Room information
    • Air conditioning and heating
    • General hotel information

  • Chapter 7 - Churches & Museums
    • General church information
    • Church services
    • General museum information

  • Chapter 8 - Hospitals & Medical Assistance
    • Hospitals
      • General hospital information
      • Insurance concern
    • Pharmacies
      • General pharmacy information

  • Chapter 9 - Post Office
    • General post office information

  • Chapter 10 - Telephones
    • Public phones
    • Area codes
    • International calling
    • Emergency phone numbers
    • Other useful numbers
    • Cell phones
    • Internet access
    • General phone information

  • Chapter 11 - Banks & Currency
    • ATM machines
    • Money tips
    • General bank information
    • Currency information: The Euro
    • General Euro information

  • Chapter 12 - Units & Conversions
    • Distance
    • Weight
    • Temperature
    • Volume
    • Power
    • Other conversion resources

  • Chapter 13 - National Holidays
    • Specific holidays
    • Local holidays
    • General holiday information

  • Chapter 14 - Italian Lifestyle
    • Interesting food facts
    • Interpersonal communications

  • Chapter 15 - Miscellaneous Information
    • Miscellaneous

  • Appendix A – Basic Glossary
    • English to Italian

  • Our blog and podcast

  • Conclusion

My Fiancé Elisa and I purchased your eBook recently and I wanted to commend you on this book, it is one of the best inside travel book of Italy I have seen. 

This book is too good to not have it on paperback is their anything in the works to print some to paperback? 

James L., Tennessee, USA

It’s a must read to anyone traveling in Italy. It’s witty, easy to read and quite informative with a ton of great tips.

Dina A., Washington, USA

If you plan to spend any time at all in Italy, buy this book! Italy from the Inside is a practical, clearly written, well-illustrated and charming guide to the nitty-gritty of Italian everyday life.

If only I had it on my first trip to the supermarket – armloads of groceries because I couldn’t figure out how to get a shopping cart.

Francesca explains what we all take for granted at home but may be unsure about when we leave for parts unknown: ordering in a restaurant, road signs, shopping, parking, tipping, using ATMs, bidets, and gassing up. Italy from the Inside is unique - there are no other publications on the market like it.

Downloading was a snap and I appreciated the free up-date. It would make a great gift for novice, experienced and arm chair travelers to Italy.

Complimenti e grazie mille,

Roberta D., Maine, USA

Some weeks ago I received your wonderful eBook "Italy from the Inside".  I have spent many, many hours reading and enjoying  this informative and easy to understand guide book.  I love the format with great photographs which have explained my many questions about public transportation on buses and trains. 

Your book puts my mind at ease about what to expect and how to enjoy my travel because of a clearer understanding of how things operate in Italy.  I have collected so much valuable information through your website and your book.  You provide a unique presentation which is so friendly and easy to follow. 

Reading your book was like having good friends sit down with me and walk me through exactly what I need to do.  Your book is so user friendly with clear photos on how   to use a telephone, buy groceries, go to the pharmacy for particular emergencies, buy train tickets and on and on, so much more than I could have imagined. 

I absolutely am so happy to have discovered your book and heartily recommend this to everyone that wants to visit Italy with a feeling of comfort and ease and to discover and understand the country on a much more intimate level. 

I have bought other guide books as well but feel your book is uniquely different and such a good complement to my other travel guides.  Italy from the Inside is unique in its presentation. 

Thank you so much. 

Barbara C., California, USA

After moving from the U.S. to Italy a few short months ago, I discovered “ Italy from the Inside”. I couldn't have found it at a better time!

I can't even put into words how this book has helped our entire family. It has all the inside information no other book about Italy has. It has made our life here so much easier. I feel it has given me more confidence in daily life.

I was very nervous about driving in Italy but after reading the sections about driving in Italy and highway information it answered all the questions I had about road signs and driving on the highway (you can't find that in any other book)!

The information in this book is a must have for anyone traveling to, or living in Italy. I plan on carrying it with me in the car anywhere we go (you never know when you might need it)!

Thank you Francesca and Paolo for creating such a one of a kind book!

Your loyal reader

Courtney R., Avigliana, Italy

It is by far the best resource we've seen about traveling in Italy.

The info in it will absolutely make our trip more enjoyable.

Mike C.,
California, USA

It isn’t until you read Italy from the Inside that you realize these are all the things you wanted to know. Should I get a car, what about kid seats, train travel, reading signs, what if I need a pharmacy or hospital, food suggestions and more.

I can’t imagine a better resource for planning a trip to an unknown destination and having all the information I need.

Thomas L., Washington , USA

Francesca's book is wonderfully helpful and has a delightful style which makes it fun to read as well as educational. The information is exactly what I need as I plan my family's trip to Italy. Thank you!

Irene B., Bellevue, WA

Thank you for writing this eBook.

My husband and I were in Italy three years ago and were confused, lost and stressed most of the time.  I truly wish I had read your book prior to my first visit. 

My sister and I are going in October and I have booked our entire trip - accommodations and travel myself online. 

I am now much more prepared and less stressed with this awesome information in my hands.  

I highly recommend this eBook!   

Deb A.,

Italy from the Inside is an indispensable resource for anyone planning a trip to Italy.

As repeat travelers to Italy my wife and I often had to struggle to understand the nuts and bolts of everything from catching a train to tips and more. What a joy it was to begin reading Italy from the Inside as we plan our trip this upcoming summer. My wife, who is normally not a big reader, poured through the first 75 pages at her first sitting and kept commenting “if only we had known that last time.” I especially was glad to find helpful tips on the etiquette of visiting friends and family as we are looking forward to visiting with relatives on this next trip. Great stuff!

Whether this is your first trip, you are a repeat visitor, or just want to learn the ins and outs of daily Italian life you owe it to yourself to read Italy from the Inside for the truly inside view.

Best of all if you have a PDA you will be able to carry the book in your Pocket (thank you for making this a portable file format!!) so that you have the inside scoop wherever you go in Italy.

Italy form the Inside is Eccellente!

Michael G.,
North Carolina, USA



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The other "guidebooks" provide information on where to go and what to see, but do not show you how to perform everyday activities such as taking a train.
The best part of the eBook is the step-by-step guidance with photographs. 

I have been to Italy with a guided tour group.  After reading your eBook, I feel prepared to travel Italy on my own.

David K.
Ohio, USA

I’ve traveled in Italy several times but still found Italy From The Inside an extraordinarily useful practical guide book, filled with the kinds of information you may learn on one trip but forget by the next. 

I would recommend this to anyone who wants to know, or be reminded of,  “how Italy works.”
It will prepare you well for your travels.

Charles C.,
New York, USA


Paolo and Francesca Tosolini donate 20% of the eBook proceeds to Opportunity International, a non-profit organization dedicated to reach the poorest people through its microenterprise development programs.