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Italy Tips and Tricks

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Tamara
user 6131957
Group Organizer
Portland, OR
Post #: 47
Hi Everyone,

Let's use this thread to share info on tips and tricks such as packing tips, useful websites for info, avoiding petty theft, etc. I will start.

~Pack light! Especially if you are renting a car. Cars in Italy are small and many without trunks so minimize what you are bringing to a carry on, if possible. I traveled for 2 1/2 months through Peru and Ecuador with only a carry on and managed very well. Good luggage is important. There are many cobblestoned streets in Italy and they are very hard on cheap luggage wheels.

~Most rental cars are manual transmission. Automatic transpmission can be very expensive to rent.

~Bring comfortable shoes. We will do a lot of walking and the hills are steep.

~Pack layers so you can peel them off as the day gets warmer. Be prepared for chilly, wet or even hot weather. No one can predict the weather but be prepared for all kinds of weather.

~Make surre you notify your bank if you will be using a credit card outside the country so they don't put a block on it.

~Email yourself with a scanned copy of your passport and all of the phone numbers to call if you should lose a credit card. This info will be readily available by acessing your email from any internet cafe.

~Contact your cell phone provider to find out the best way to utilize your phone if you plan on using it overseas. It is often better to get a prepaid card from a news stand in Italy or buy a phone when you arrive with a different sim card.

~If you plan on renting a car and driving, you may want to use this website to map out getting rom point a to point b - www.viamichelin.com. You can get your international driver's license at AAA for $15. To save time, download and print the application prior to going in.



Tamara
user 6131957
Group Organizer
Portland, OR
Post #: 49
Here is a link to the train system in Italy:

Train Schedules

Here is a link to a car rental company I have used several times in Europe:

Auto Rental

Genia
user 5140183
Wilsonville, OR
Post #: 16
Was just inspired by this article to just bring a carry-on for luggage. I am spending 2-1/2 weeks in Italy. I can do it. Positive thinking and these great tips.

http://www.bootsnall....­
Tamara
user 6131957
Group Organizer
Portland, OR
Post #: 54
Great info if you want to rent a car out of Rome!

http://www.roninrome....­
Tamara
user 6131957
Group Organizer
Portland, OR
Post #: 56
It is quite expensive to use your cell phone while travelling abroad. I recently found out about a great app that will allow us all to communicate for free via texting while on a wifi network from your smart phone! Check out the info here:

http://www.whatsapp.c...­

Download it to your smart phone and check it out!
Tamara
user 6131957
Group Organizer
Portland, OR
Post #: 59
Planning on renting a car? Here is a great article regarding driving and parking in Italy:

http://www.tripadviso...­
Tamara
user 6131957
Group Organizer
Portland, OR
Post #: 60
Market Days In Tuscany!

Monday: Foiano / Chiusi Scalo
Tuesday: Chiusi Citta / Sinalunga
Wednesday: Chianciano / Monte San Savino / Pitigliano / Siena
Thursday: Lucignano / Montepulciano / Castelnuovo
Friday: Montalcino / Sarteano / Pienza
Saturday: Greve / Citta della Pieve / Cortona
Tamara
user 6131957
Group Organizer
Portland, OR
Post #: 61
This is a GREAT blog about Tuscany and Umbria!

http://travelswithmai...­

Wendy S
WSchumer
Portland, OR
Post #: 17
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT BRINGING BACK WINE.
This is from the Customs Site. http://www.cbp.gov/li...­

Alcoholic BeveragesOne liter (33.8 fl. oz.) of alcoholic beverages may beincluded in your exemption if:• You are 21 years old.• It is for your own use or as a gift.• It does not violate the laws of the state in whichyou arrive.Federal regulations allow you to bring back more thanone liter of alcoholic beverage for personal use, but,as with extra tobacco, you will have to pay duty andInternal Revenue Service tax.While federal regulations do not specify a limit on theamount of alcohol you may bring back for personal use,unusual quantities are liable to raise suspicions that youare importing the alcohol for other purposes, such asKnow Before You Go 21 for resale. CBP officers are authorized by the Bureauof Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) tomake on-the-spot determinations that an importationis for commercial purposes, and may require you toobtain a permit to import the alcohol before releasingit to you. If you intend to bring back a substantialquantity of alcohol for your personal use, you shouldcontact the port through which you will be re-enteringthe country, and make prior arrangements for enteringthe alcohol into the United States.Also, you should be aware that state laws might limit theamount of alcohol you can bring in without a license. Ifyou arrive in a state that has limitations on the amountof alcohol you may bring in without a license, that statelaw will be enforced by CBP, even though it may bemore restrictive than federal regulations. We recommendthat you check with the state government beforeyou go abroad about their limitations on quantitiesallowed for personal importation and additional statetaxes that might apply.In brief, for both alcohol and tobacco, the quantitiesdiscussed in this booklet as being eligible for duty-freetreatment may be included in your $800 or $1,600exemption, just as any other purchase would be. Butunlike other kinds of merchandise, amounts beyondthose discussed here as being duty-free are taxed, evenif you have not exceeded, or even met, your personalexemption. For example, if your exemption is $800and you bring back three liters of wine and nothingelse, two of those liters will be dutiable. Federal lawprohibits shipping alcoholic beverages by mail withinthe United States.Paying DutyIf you owe duty, you must pay it when you arrive inthe United States. You can pay it in any of the followingways:• U.S. currency. Foreign currency is not acceptable.• Personal check in the exact amount, drawn ona U.S. bank, made payable to U.S. Customs and22 Know Before You Go Border Protection. You must present identification,such as a passport or driver’s license. CBPdoes not accept checks bearing second-partyendorsements.• Government check, money order or traveler’scheck if the amount does not exceed the dutyowed by more than $50.• In some locations, you may pay duty with creditcards, either MasterCard or VISA.
Tamara
user 6131957
Group Organizer
Portland, OR
Post #: 64
Here is a great item for those of you considering purchasing a case of wine while you are in Italy!

http://www.thewineche...­
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