Increasingly, Russian tourists go on vacation abroad without the help of a tour operator, thereby getting the opportunity to independently plan their time, excursions and travel in general.
Today we will talk about an independent trip to the country of Nero and Seneca, Raphael and Botticelli, Gucci and Armani, Fellini and Tinto Brass. Learned? Yes, the conversation will be about a trip to Italy. After all, historical monuments alone are enough to ensure that the tourist flow here never dries up. In any case, one cannot get to know Italy in one trip. Therefore, before you start planning your vacation, you need to prioritize.
Experienced tourists recommend allocating three days to Milan, at least three days to Venice, four to five days in Florence, and about three days to stay in Rome. But this is purely in the form of a recommendation, perhaps you will need a completely different number of days and will also want to visit Verona, and Palermo, and Naples and other cities in Italy. Do not forget that your tour is self-organized, and there is no time or place of stay. But when planning a vacation, you need to keep in mind that Monday is a day off in many museums and tourist places. Therefore, if you, while in Florence, have planned a trip to Pisa on Monday, it is better to reconsider your plans.
It is not difficult to book a hotel in Italy. Using this site, you can book a hotel or apartment in major cities in Italy, as well as “agriturismo”. I would like to dwell a little more on this type of recreation. This is another option for independent travel, which is not so common among vacationers. “Agritourism” is for those who do not pursue a formulaic vacation with a mandatory visit to historical sites. This type of vacation is for those who want to see the country from the inside, living in the house of a real farmer. Agriturismo can be booked at the booking site and here.
Now for the prices. One of the most economical options is a bed in a room for 5-7 people (from 600 rubles per day). A single room for one person will cost from 1200 rubles / day. A double room with breakfast can cost from about 2000 rubles. Apartments for 4 adults will cost you 2800 rubles per day. Thus, it becomes clear that renting an apartment will be much cheaper than staying in a hotel.
The most convenient flights from Yekaterinburg to Italy are operated by Ural Airlines. You will spend only about 5 hours without connecting on the road, but the cost of tickets in comparison with other airlines increases by a third. Also, you will be delivered to Italy by Aeroflot, Alitalia, Air France planes (the cost of tickets for August 2012 fluctuates around 20-23 thousand). Travel time is about 13 hours or more.
If this is your first time applying for a Schengen visa, then most likely you will be given it only for the requested number of days. Next time it will be possible to count on a multivisa.
Italy Visa Application Center in Yekaterinburg is located at:
st. Belinsky, 32
+7 (343) 355-61-00
Reception of individuals at the Visa Application Center is strictly by appointment. You can sign up by phone:
Call Center VMS:
+7 (343) 355 61 06
+7 (343) 355 61 00
(call is free from landline city phones). Or on the site here.
List of documents:
- Hotel reservation indicating the address and phone number of the hotel, the length of stay, the name of each applicant. (The reservation made on the website is suitable)
- Round trip ticket or booking.
- Medical insurance for Schengen countries (Can be obtained directly at the Visa Application Center)
- A copy of the passport page with personal data and a photograph of the applicant.
- Form with a photo. The application can be downloaded here. To be completed in English or Italian. Photo of a strictly established sample. Colored on a white background – 1 pc. Size approx. 3 x 4 cm.
- Help from the place of work. (On company letterhead)
- Financial guarantee. (A photocopy of a bank card on both sides and a check from an ATM with a balance will be enough. The check must be no older than 30 days) For example, 480 euros per person is required for a stay of 10 days.
- International passport. (The expiration date of the passport must exceed the expiration date of the requested visa by at least 3 months. The passport must have at least two blank pages for affixing the visa.)
- Receipt of payment of the consular fee (The consular fee is paid at the offices of Banca Intesa) Moreover, the consular fee from March 2012 is paid after your documents are checked. The receipt is valid 90 days from the date of payment.
The official currency of Italy is the euro. Money can be exchanged at banks, post offices, or at an exchange office. Keep in mind that banks have Saturdays and Sundays. Bank cards are accepted in many hotels, restaurants, large stores. If you see the inscription “Carta – si” or the logos of bank cards, you can safely pay by credit card.
In July and August, and then in January and February, thousands of shoppers go to Italy for seasonal sales. A list of Italy’s 2012 seasonal sales dates can be viewed here.
Shops in Italy are open from 8.00 to 20.00 Lunch break from 13.00 to 15.30 in the summer, here, just like in Spain, the siesta law is in force. Sunday is a day off. Many shops are open on Saturdays.
Be sure to follow etiquette. In Italian shops, it is customary to say hello and say goodbye.
Public toilets are usually found near major attractions. They are usually denoted bagni pubblici, WC… Men’s toilet in Italy is designated by the word SIGNORI, women’s – SIGNORE. The difference is only one letter at the end, so be careful. You can also find the designation – Gabinetti uomini (men’s toilet) and Gabinetti donne (women’s).
It is also customary in Italy to use toilets in bars and cafes. But keep in mind that there is a tacit rule to pay for the toilet. It can be 1 euro left at the bar, or you can get some small items from the bartender, be it gum or a bottle of water or coffee.
Taxis in Italy are one of the most expensive in the world. Moreover, taxi drivers often try to deceive tourists. It is best to use the services of an official taxi, because they have counters installed. As a rule, cars are yellow or white, with a sign “Servizo Pablico”. Licensed taxis have a price sign inside.
Car rental is no less expensive than a taxi. Mandatory conditions for renting a car: renting age is at least 21 years old, driving experience at least 1 year, international driving license, credit card availability. Renting an economy class car will cost you no less than 60 euros per day.
It is generally accepted that food in the north of the country is more expensive than in the south. But it is not so.
On average, something is more expensive, something is cheaper. Inexpensive supermarkets: EUROSPIN, INS, Esselunga.
Below are the prices for the products of the Carrefour chain of stores:
- Milk – 0.80 / l
- Bread – 1 euro / 500 gr.
- Tomatoes – 1.50 / kg
- Wine DamaMontepulcianoD’Abruzzo DOCCaldirola – 1.66 / 1l.
- Sauce in a can – 1 euro / 400 gr.
- Pasta 0.65 / 500 gr.
- Croissants – 2.80 / kg
In markets, as a rule, prices do not differ much from supermarkets. Therefore, many tourists recommend buying fresh vegetables, fruits, meat at local markets.
You can have a tasty and inexpensive snack in the so-called. focacceria, where you can buy fresh pizza and a variety of take-away pastries. At a cost of about 2-2.5-3 euros.
The average bill per person in a small cafe or restaurant is 15-20 euros.
Restaurant menus are usually in Italian. Therefore, it would be nice to have a guidebook with a gastronomy section or a dictionary with you.
Most often menu is subdivided into several points:
1. Primi (I nostri Primi) – first courses. Usually this section offers pasta with various sauces, soups, risottos.
2. Secondi (I nostri secondi) – second courses. Here you can choose from meat, poultry, rabbit meat.
3. Contorno – side dishes.
4. Dolce – desserts.
5.insalata, insalatone etc – salads.
How to save:
- Book your plane tickets in advance.
- Unite with a large company to rent apartments.
- Buy combined travel card for railway, buses and metro.
- Take advantage of the Italian Groupon, where you can find great discounts on museums, restaurants, and even theater tickets.
- Buy beach umbrellas and cots in the supermarket: renting on the beach will be many times more expensive.
If you set yourself the goal of just seeing the country, without visiting boutiques and expensive restaurants, without taking a taxi and drinking expensive wines, then this can cost the following amount:
Hotel – 700 rubles / day
Airplane – 20 thousand rubles
Visa – 1435 rubles
Pocket expenses – 2000 rubles / day
Total: 10 days vacation in Italy will cost about 50 thousand rubles.
The material used photos of the user Goodmen.