E-Book Preview – Booking Your Trip
Traveling to Italy represents a lifetime dream for many of us. How often do we dream about dining in an authentic Italian restaurant during the breathtaking sunset over the Amalfi coast, shopping for an original Armani tailleur in Milan, marveling at the Colosseum enlightened by a sky full of stars in the Eternal City or simply enjoying an exquisite cup of espresso at a traditional café while the locals converse in the most romantic and poetic language?
The moment has finally arrived. You have managed to save some money for a trip overseas, asked your employer for your well-deserved ten days off and found a friend who is enthusiastic about traveling with you. The dream is slowly becoming reality. You are traveling to Italy!
You start surfing the web and reading multiple tourist guides to discover what cities you would like to visit, what hotels you might be comfortable with and how you can travel around the country. But first your biggest dilemma is to find an affordable flight. Booking a flight to travel overseas can take the biggest bite out of your vacation budget if your timing is not accurate. We all know that the month of August and the Easter weekend are considered high season in Italy, however very few travelers are aware that Tuesday is usually the best day to book an international flight. This is when the major airlines are most likely to offer the best deals. I usually call it the 'Tuesday triple rule'. Tuesday should not only be the day when you do your research and proceed with your reservation, but both your departing and returning flights should be on Tuesdays as well. You will be impressed by the Tuesday deals that you will be able to find compared to other days.
If you hold a U.S. or Canadian passport, you don't need to apply for a visa in order to enter Italy as a tourist. All you need is a valid passport and you can travel around Italy up to three months. Europe is big, but in terms of air distance between European countries it is relatively small. If you live outside Europe and want to fly to Italy, you don't necessarily have to book a flight directly to Rome, Milan or Naples. You might find better deals by using other major Western European cities such as London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Frankfurt or Zurich for a connecting flight to your Italian destination. Local European flights are usually between 45 and 90 minutes. Passport controls are extremely fast and occur as soon as you land on European soil.
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