Our two-week trip to Italy is four weeks away and I had a few questions about general best practices.
1. How should we handle money? I learned that my Chase credit card has hefty foreign transaction fees after ordering my train tickets. At the same time, carrying around thousands of Euros makes me a little nervous. What's the best way to go about this?
2. Does anyone have any recommendations for learning the basics of the language? Are there any books that you would suggest we purchase before our trip?
3. Should we plan our restaurant destinations in advance or simply wing it? We will be in Venice, Florence, Rome, Sorrento, and Capri. If you think we should plan, do you have any recommendations for "must-haves" in these areas?
4. We have a general idea of the places that we'd like to go while in these cities: Gondola ride, Colosseum, Vatican, Fountain of Trevi, Blue Grotto, St. Mark's Square, etc. Are there any other must-sees that you would recommend? Any places where you would highly advise having a tour guide (we have one for the Vatican already).
5. How do cell phones and Internet work in Italy? I have Verizon cell phone service in the USA, but I don't think that this will work overseas without astronomical roaming fees. What would be your suggestion for being able to access Internet while we're walking around for maps, addresses, etc.?
Thank you very much for the help. We're incredibly excited!Edited: 18 May 2013, 23:06