Italy is among the top 5 most visited countries in the world. Only France, USA, China, and Spain are above. When you travel to such country, you need to consider some nuances that are not relevant to most other countries.
The number of interesting places in Italy is huge and it's impossible to visit even half of them in one trip. So you need to prepare the plan of the trip. When choosing between public transport and rented car, we selected the last one. The car was rented here, although Italy has all major rental companies.
We decided to divide Italy into many parts. First time we visited the northern part of the country and Rome in 2 weeks by car, next visited Sicily by public transport. Even with the car we were able to see only the most known places. In Italy you can come even to one region for 2 weeks and there'll be enough to see, believe me.
If in Germany we could reach 90% of the planned locations by train, in Italy you should often use a bus. It will be quite difficult for those who don't speak foreign languages, as there's no common websites with all kinds of free transport (like bahn.de). You have to look for websites of regional carriers, many of which are not translated into English.
All highways in Italy are paid. Price depends not on mileage, but rather on the construction costs as in the mountains we paid more. The highways cost us about 200 euros in 2 weeks.
There are free urban parkings (white lines), paid (blue), and yellow (not for you). The blue lines are also free on weekends. Besides, always look out for signs "Only for residents".
You cannot enter the central parts of cities without special permission. It's not easy to understand where the prohibited area begins. Look out for signs "Zona a Traffico Limitato".
Mobile Telephony and Internet
There are three main operators: Tim, Wind, and Vodafone. We bought Tim and paid about 40 euros for two SIM cards and prepaid Internet volume.
We flew to the Treviso airport, where we hired a car and drove towards Venice. To save money, we stayed overnight in Mestre, from where we went by train to Venice (10 minutes) and walked there until late evening.
The next morning we had planned to climb the mountain by cable car in Malcesine. But we had to change our plans because of the rain and drove around the lake to the interesting Varone waterfall, which is located in a grotto.
In the morning we visited the "The Last Supper" fresco in Milan and went into the mountains. The road to Courmayeur is long and picturesque. Having passed through the tunnel under Mont Blanc, we went to the mountain Aiguille du Midi (3,842 m) by cableway from Chamonix. Then we returned to Courmayeur and walked through the town.
After lunch we came to Florence and walked around the city until the evening. Here we faced another feature of the local cuisine - siesta. At lunch all cafes and restaurants were closed, so we had to wait until 4 pm.
All day long we traveled around one of the most beautiful and famous regions of Italy - Tuscany. This region is quite popular with motorists because of the deserted roads and picturesque landscapes. Come to Rome, hire a car and hit the road.
And in the evening we visited one place, about which we had accidentally learned from the Internet. This is the place on the map, it offers beautiful views of Sorano and is located exactly 2 km from Sorano. Look for a small parking lot and the church. Here you can also explore the famous Etruscan tunnels.
We spent the night in a small town of Badia Al Pino near Arezzo. Here we finally found authentic Italian pizza. This is how it happens: we had traveled nearly 3,000 km across the country and after that finally found the real tasty Italian cuisine.
Angels & Demons (2009) - the most popular movie about Italy. Despite the fact that the story is connected with the Vatican, all the major events are taking place in Rome. There are many fan sites, which describe the routes in the capital along the filming locations (video).
The Godfather (1972) - one of the best films in the history was shot in Sicily. Filming locations have become cult, crowds of tourists visit Savoca village because of the famous Bar Vitelli, where the film was shot (video). Life is Beautiful (1997) - tragicomedy by Roberto Benigni which has received all the major awards. The film is shot entirely in different beautiful cities of Italy (video). Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) - romantic comedy, filmed in the most beautiful region of Italy and received the "Golden Globe" for Best Actress (video). Way of the Dragon (1972) - best film with Bruce Lee, shot entirely in Italy. The most impressive moment is the final battle with Chuck Norris in the Coliseum (video).
Passion of the Christ (2004) - historical drama by Mel Gibson, grossed $600 million with a budget of $30 million. Filmed in Italy (video). The English Patient (1996) - drama by Anthony Minghella, which received 9 Oscars and a bunch of other prizes. Filmed in Tunisia and Italy (video).
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) - another famous film by Anthony Minghella, a psychological thriller about a swindler, filmed entirely in Italy (video).
Cliffhanger (1993) - action adventure with Sylvester Stallone, shot entirely in Italy. Must see for mountain lovers (video).
Casanova (2005) - adventure romance with Heath Ledger, filmed in Venice (video).
Quantum of Solace (2009) - a smart chase in the beginning of the film was shot on the northwestern shore of Lake Garda (video). Actually, almost every Bond movie has scenes shot in Italy.
The Tourist (2010) - movie with Johnny and Angelina Jolie about tourist in Italy who accidentally appeared between gangsters and police.
The American (2010) - drama with George Clooney, except the first scenes filmed entirely in Italy.
Name of the Rose (1986) - historical detective story with Sean Connery and young Christian Slater, an adaptation of the eponymous novel by Umberto Eco. Action on the story takes place in a monastery in northern Italy.
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