Unlocking Italy's Travel Code

Italy Travel Expert Anthony Campopiano Offers Insight for Discerning Travelers

When’s the best time to take our dream vacation to Italy?

For a great trip without the crowds, visit in late spring (April to June) or early fall (September to October). You'll get lovely weather and enjoy Italy's beauty. Winter in Italy is becoming popular too, but keep that on the down low!

How do I get authentic Italian cuisine without breaking the bank?

Focus on the food in the city or region you’re in, and immerse yourself in local markets. Discerning palates seek hidden gems and avoid glitzy tourist haunts. Look for family-owned trattorias. Get local recommendations. 

Do I have to master the Italian language in order to have a good time?

While many folks speak English in popular spots, a few Italian phrases can make your trip more enjoyable. Locals appreciate it when visitors make an effort. Use language apps for easy phrases; focus on courtesy and politeness.

How can I see iconic Italian landmarks without waiting in line forever?

To make the most of famous places, like the Colosseum, book in advance to skip the line, or use an authorized, private guide for insider treatment. Be strategic about the time of day you visit, arriving earlier rather than later. 

Anthony Campopiano owns Italy With Bella and can be reached at or on Instagram @italywithbella

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