Hey, Fly Listeners, thanks for joining us for this quick tip Thursday. If you haven't checked out episode 39, be sure to do so. In that episode, Tanya Shelburne of the Traveling Tanya blog took us through all of the in's and out's of planning a trip to Italy. If you're thinking of taking a tip to this amazing country you will want all of that info. Today, Tanya gives us some top tips for how to make the most out of your Italian vacation. Some of the things we talk about include when to go to Italy. We also talk about food and drinks. Did you know that in Italy wine is cheaper than soda? We also talk about the best way to avoid the tourist crowds by exploring early in the morning or late in the evening. Tanya talks about the wonderful food like pizza and pasta and how you can find some really great grab-and-go food and eat surrounded by Italian ambiance. We also talk about spontaneity versus pre-booking and so many other ways to get the most out of your Italian vacation.  

Show Notes:  

[01:00] You need to think about when you want to go to Italy. 

[01:08] Summertime is Tanya's least favorite time to go. The preferred time is what they call shoulder season. This is springtime in April and May or fall in September or October.

[01:30] During these times you'll find lower prices and more temperate weather. The crowds are also lighter.

[02:41] The best times for exploring are early in the morning or late at night.

[03:06] Wine in Italy is cheaper than soda, so why not indulge? You'll also have to ask for water and ice isn't common. 

[04:42] Pizza and pasta are king and grab-and-go spots are plentiful.

[05:45] There are wonderful bread and pastries everywhere. The food also has less additives and preservatives, so it balances out the calories.

[06:36] Think about what cities you are visiting and your highest priority attractions. These are the ones that you will want to pre-book.

[07:29] Pre-booking can also save you money. It's also good they leave some free time for spontaneity and rest.  

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