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How to Holiday in Italy

 

Going on holiday is extremely fun no matter what you do or where you go, but there are some things I have learnt while being a tourist in Italy that I now take with me every time I go abroad. There are simple things that you can do which can make your trip abroad that little bit better.

 

Sight seeing

 

Whilst in Italy, specifically Rome, there are many well-known sights to see including the Vatican City, Trevi Fountain, the Basilica of Santa Marla Maggiore and the Colosseum just to name a few. You may want to visit all of these sites but not know exactly where they are, how to get to them, or how far apart they are from one another. This could potentially stop you from seeing all the sights you want to see, but there is a simple solution, the tour buses. These tour buses often have reps which will be around the main areas of town, allowing you to easily ask any questions about the tour and to get tickets easily. The tour buses often have headphone ports which allow you to hear a running commentary about the history of the specific sights you are passing. These buses also allow for you to get off at a certain sight, explore it for as little/long as you like, and then get back on the bus to continue your tour. So not only do you get to see all of your desired sights, but you have the opportunity to explore as many or as few sights as you want. Or simply, you can just sit on the bus, listen to the commentary, and see the wonderful sights. It makes your sightseeing experience easier and more relaxed.

Credited to Tyler Zupic

Credited to Tyler Zupic

 

Souvenir buying

 

Everybody loves buying souvenirs on holiday like pens, magnets, notebooks etc., whether it be for themselves, a friend, or a loved one. It can often get expensive when buying for multiple people. This does not have to be the case as I now know. In Rome, do not buy from the first stall/shop you see. As soon as you get into Rome you’ll see plenty of souvenir shops and stalls in the main city and it’s very tempting, and you’ll feel the urge to buy everything at once. My tip, go just that little bit further away from the main city centre and you will notice that the prices will drop. The shops and stalls near the city centre will do deals on items, and you will think you’re getting a good deal, until you go to the next place and realise what you just bought is cheaper there. You will find the exact same products in the shops and stalls that are a matter of five minutes away from the main city area, and they are sold at a cheaper price, so why pay more?

Credited to Tyler Zupic

Credited to Tyler Zupic

Food trying

 

When walking into an ice cream shop my eyes lit up at the amount of different flavours I could choose from. There were the typical flavours like strawberry, vanilla, chocolate, pistachio. But then, there were three flavours that were not so typical which caught my eye including apricot, peach and banana. Being a lover of all these fruits I thought I had to try them. At first I was very sceptical of banana, as often this flavour can taste very sweet and not very banana-like, but how wrong was I. These ice creams were so flavoursome and colourful they were irresistible. Let’s just say I was very impressed and did not just buy the one ice cream. Another food I was very pleased to have tried was a pasta called bucatini. This pasta is not your typical pasta that is in the shape of a shell, or a pointed cylinder, it’s fat spaghetti. It doesn’t sound like anything interesting, but when your food is delivered and you see it on your plate, you’ll have a smile on your face. To my surprise, they sell this type of pasta in the UK, so I can continue to eat pasta that makes me smile. Try the foods that you wouldn’t typically go for, and like I did, you could have a surprise and find that you really like them.

Credited to Tyler Zupic

Credited to Tyler Zupic

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