Independent travel in Italy. Detailed instructions.
Magnificent Rome, fashionable Milan, magnificent Florence, fabulous Mantua, inimitable Venice, the legendary Pompeii … This list can be continued for a long time. Each Italian city has its own peculiarities, unique location and magnificent sights. Do you want to go to Italy without going to the services of travel agencies? Such a desire is quite feasible. From the presented article you will learn how to organize an independent trip through Italy.
An independent trip to Italy has a number of advantages:
You choose the date and duration of the trip yourself. You can plan the day in your own way. You are unlimited in the time of sightseeing. You can visit absolutely any point of the country, and travel in any direction. You can find the hotel or apartment that is right for you. You can learn about the “non-tourist” life of Italian cities. You can communicate a lot with the local population of all visited cities. You rarely meet with crowds of tourists. You independently plan the entire trip budget. You will feel like a real adventurer.
This is only a small part of the advantages of independent travel. Each tourist has his own list of advantages, which he follows when choosing one or another type of trip.
How to get a visa?
To visit the country you will need a Schengen visa. With it you can travel not only to Italy, but also to other neighboring countries: France, Spain, Switzerland, etc. Visas are divided into 2 main types: short-term (business, tourist, guest) and long-term (national). You need a short-term tourist visa (type C), with which you are allowed to stay in the country for 30 days.
To issue a tourist visa, the following documents will be required:
The questionnaire is filled in by all rules. Foreign passport and photocopies of all its pages. Remember that the validity of this document should include 3.5 months after the arrival from Italy to Russia. A canceled foreign passport with a Schengen visa for a 3-year period. Russian passport with photocopies of all pages. 2 color photos. Ticket and documents for booking a hotel / guest house / other accommodation. Reference from the place of work about the salary of the tourist and the position held by him. This document must be signed by the director or chief accountant. Plastic cards (not credit cards), bank statement, traveler’s checks and other documents confirming the solvency of the tourist. In addition to the originals, you will need photocopies of all the documents listed. The budget of the trip should not be less than 1 000 euros. The minimum amount for a stay in Italy is 1 day – 50 euros. Insurance for the amount of 30 000 euros. It operates on the territory of all European countries.
When registering a visa, you need to take into account some of the nuances. For example, if you earn insufficient funds (you can be told about this in the embassy), you will have to provide a photocopy of your Russian passport to your relative who will act as a travel sponsor. In addition to the passport, you will need a document on the state in the related relations and a certificate from the place of work of your “sponsor”.
If you are a pensioner, attach a pension certificate to the list of basic documents, students need to show a certificate from the dean’s office and a student card. Housewives without official income, sponsored by their husband, are required to provide a marriage certificate.
For travel with minors, a child’s birth certificate, a parent’s permission and a photocopy of the passport of the person authorizing his departure to Italy will be required.
To obtain a visa, Russians submit the collected package of documents to the visa center assigned to their district.
How to get to Italy?
After a tedious collection of documents and obtaining visas from travelers, there is another important question: “How to get to the country?”. To go to Italy independently it is possible by means of the following types of transport:
Flight. The plane is the most popular mode of transport, which will quickly take you to Italy. Many airlines often hold a variety of promotions and ticket sales, so a flight to the country can cost cheaper several times. Do not forget to view information about low-costers, connecting flights and charters. You can book tickets both online and at airports (if you prefer). Railway. For those tourists who are afraid to fly, there is an opportunity to go to Italy by train. This option is not budgetary, but for some travelers the train is the only way to get to the place of vacation. RZD offers only one option for a direct train journey to Italy: from Moscow to Nice. Also you can see information about a train trip with several transplants, here the number of options is much larger. Bus. Those who are not afraid of pain from the swollen back and waist, can try to go to Italy by bus. This variant of the trip is considered one of the most budgetary. If you are not afraid of difficulties, want to look at different European cities and have good health, then traveling by bus will be your first independent adventure. Departure to this country is carried out from Moscow. Car. To make a trip to Italy truly independent you can with your own car. For a successful trip you need to have a good car, knowledge of the traffic rules of the countries that you will visit on the way to Italy, and all the necessary documents (both for passengers and for the car). In the country you can come on different routes, the most interesting and fascinating will be travel: Through Belarus, Poland, Czech Republic and Austria; Through Byelorussia, Poland and Germany; Through Byelorussia, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia.
Of course, you can travel all over Europe, visit every country you are interested in and enjoy the wonderful views and hospitality of various European capitals and cities.
A fascinating journey to Italy is very easy to organize yourself. Your desire, financial possibilities and the right attitude will help to make an interesting and informative trip, which will be remembered forever.
Choice of housing.
In Italy, there are numerous hotels, country and guest houses, rented apartments, etc. At different sites for hotel booking and renting a rental house you can choose the option that suits you in all respects. Keep in mind: renting apartments in big cities is more expensive than in small ones. Use only trusted services. Reservation and rental of living quarters should be done in advance.
Remember that you are going to watch the country, and not sit out in a removable apartment. Savings for housing money is better spent on shopping, tasty local food or entertainment.
What to travel in Italy?
If you are traveling to Italy on your car, there are no issues with moving around the country. In the absence of personal transport, we suggest you use:
By train or train. Road communication between Italian cities is established perfectly, so there will not be problems with visiting cities included in your list. By bus. On this transport you can travel both around the city and the nearest settlements. Taxi. Absolutely universal transport that will take you to any destination. The ferry. Deliver you to any island or other country bordering Italy. By airplane. Planning to inspect the whole of Italy in a short time, it is better to use local flights. A rented car. Suitable for traveling around the city and the whole country. Bicycle. On a two-wheeled “comrade” it is convenient to inspect the sights and interesting places of any Italian city.
When choosing a transport, be guided by the prices and convenience of the chosen way of moving around Italy. For example, the constant transportation of things from the airport and the airport will cause a lot of inconvenience, so carefully plan your trip, if necessary, in advance purchase tickets for the plane, ferry and train.
What money to take to Italy?
The currency of Italy is the euro. Accordingly, to travel to the country you need the euro. You do not need to have only cash with you, put some money on the card (at least in rubles, even in euros). When you pay with a ruble plastic card, you will convert rubles into euros, and your purchase or payment for services will go smoothly.
In Italy you can use plastic cards MasterCard and Visa.
How to save money in Italy?
If your budget is not unlimited, we recommend the following tips:
Choose cheap accommodation, located not in the center of the Italian city. For example, the most expensive option is the hotel, the cheapest – the hostel. When choosing the mode of transportation, give preference to buses, trains, car rental and metro. Flights on airplanes, as well as taxi services will cost more. Get a tourist map. With it, you will save up to 70% of the cost of transportation on local transport, visiting exhibitions and attractions. Some museums and exhibitions give tourists the opportunity to visit attractions in free hours and days. Take advantage of free walking tours. Do shopping in non-tourist areas and cities. The northern regions of Italy are more expensive than the southern ones. Keep this in mind.
Given the recommendations listed above, you can save enough money, and spend it on other needs.
What to visit in Italy?
Italy – an interesting multi-faceted country, in which there is a huge number of various attractions. We recommend that you visit the following:
Pompeii. A unique place, which preserved a lot of interesting structures from the time of the ancient Pomps. Rome. The Coliseum, the Spanish staircase, numerous castles, cathedrals, palaces, etc. will not leave anyone indifferent. Verona. Arena di Verona, the Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore, the tomb of Juliet, Castelvecchio Castle, etc. should be visited by every self-respecting tourist. Milan. Duomo, La Scala, the Leonardo da Vinci Museum, numerous galleries, castles and museums of the city will charm with its beauty and interesting history. Venice. The Grand Canal, the Doge’s Palace, the Cathedral of Santa Maria della Salute, the Venetian arsenal, museums, galleries, palaces and other sights of this city will be remembered for a long time. Florence. Palazzo Pitti, the bell tower of Giotto, the Basilica of Santa Croce, the Palazzo Vecchio and others must be visited by every tourist. Mantua. Palazzo Ducale, the Basilica of St. Andrei, Palazzo Te, the rotunda of St. Lavrenty and others will dip you into the atmosphere of an amazing medieval city. Rimini. Here you can see such masterpieces as the bridge of Tiberius, the arch of Augustus, the palace of the Medieval Assembly, the castle of Malatesta and the like of Pisa. In this city, be sure to look at the following attractions: the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Duomo, the Baptistery, the Ospendale Nuovo di Santo Spirito, the field of miracles, etc. The beach resorts of Italy. Enjoy the warm sea, ride a yacht and get an excellent tan in Costa Smeralda, Lignano, Rimini, Riviera di Lazio, Sicily, etc.
Of course, this is not all the list of interesting Italian cities and attractions. A well-planned trip will help you to view a large number of interesting places, become a participant in fascinating adventures and stock up vivid emotions until your next vacation.
Now you know how to go to Italy on your own. Full preparation for the trip, the availability of all the necessary documents, a good mood and a desire to learn new places will help to have a good rest and return to the homeland with a full set of interesting stories and unforgettable impressions.
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