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Do You Need to Rent a Car in Italy? A Quick Guide
Do you need to rent a car in Italy? There's a few things to consider. Where you're going, your budget, and if you can legally drive. Read on for more.
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Keeping Your US Phone Number While Moving to Italy
How can you keep your US phone number while moving to Italy? You don't want to pay for a US plan, but you want to preserve your number. Here's how.
How to get Italian Citizenship
Getting Italian Citizenship in 2024: An Honest Overview
If you’re wondering how to get Italian passport through your Italian heritage in 2024, this is the perfect primer for you. For the sugar-coated explanation of this process, how easy it is, and how...
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My Italy Packing List Must-have Items
After traveling around Italy and elsewhere in Europe for over a year, these are the items I always have on my packing list.
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Train Tickets from Rome to Florence Like a Local
Taking a train from Rome to Florence is easy! I've taken over 100 train trips in Italy. Here's where to buy train tickets from Rome to Florence.
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12 Tips for Train Travel in Italy - From a Local
I've taken over 100 train trips in Italy, over 16,000 miles (26,000 km) - and I've got some tips to share!
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How many days in Rome? (or any other Italian destination)
How many days should you spend in Rome? What about Florence? Venice? This is the question I see the most for people planning a trip to Italy.
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7 Italy Travel FAQs for First Timers
7 no-nonsense Italy travel tips based on common questions. Tipping? Restaurant reservations? Showing your ID? Buying train tickets in advance?
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