Hello ladies & gents! Here I am, still having withdrawals from my amazing trip to Italy with my love.
We stayed for 9 nights and decided to go on a less-touristy season (March). We went to Venice, Florence and then Rome. Florence was easily my favorite city out of the three because of its beauty, fashion and just overall young/fun vibe. But let’s talk about packing because that was the hardest part about this trip. And we made some very bad decisions, which I’d like to share so you can avoid.
#1: Pack light!
I read “pack light” in just about every blog I visited but I decided to be stubborn about it and not listen. I took two luggages with me and I packed them both to the max. It was completely unnecessary and a pain to be dragging them around between one city to the next. Trust me, if you are traveling to more than one city- spare yourself the headache.
#2: Comfortable shoes only!
I had one pair of heels and that was honestly all I needed. Maybe I wore it twice in 9 nights because after all the walking , all I wanted was to be comfortable. And don’t forget, cobblestones aren’t fun to walk in. And also ruins your shoes. I left a cute pair of boots behind because I walked so much in them that it worn off. Trust me, less is more. Boots and sneakers all day.
#3 Don’t buy leather that is less than $100
You will find all kinds of leather shops in Venice, Florence and Rome. Don’t let “made in Italy” fool ya. A lot of those come straight from China and aren’t real. And P.S. Florence is your city, if you’re looking to buy leather purses, jackets, etc.
#4 Trip Advisor
Don’t go somewhere without checking “trip advisor” first. It saved us from many bad meals and took us to many great restaurants!
#5 Plan ahead
There is just too much to see. Too many museums, churches, art galleries. You must plan it ahead to make the best out of it. Otherwise, you will end up missing out.
#6 European Destinations
We used a website called europeandestinations.com, which allowed us to pay the trip little by little. I never knew there was a site that offered this option. If you don’t want to pay everything upfront, I would highly recommend checking it out! =)
#7 Dress casual
We tend to think italians dress up but they dress super casual. They wear a lot of scarves, boots and nice coats. No need to overdue it on clothes. Also, you might want to save room for some shopping there;)
Hope the tips above were helpful! Stay tuned for more pictures and tips!