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Frequently Asked Questions about traveling to Italy

Frequently Asked Questions about Savvy Tours by Story Land & Sea®’s Italy small group tours.

Are we able to use cell phones in Italy?

Yes, but you will want to check with your provider.

Will I need an electrical adapter in Italy?

Yes, and we recommend visiting our online store to see our recommendations.

What kind of clothing should I pack?

Watch Mark Story's Italy: The Art of Travel for details.

Should I get my money converted before my trip or when I arrive?

Yes, we recommend about 250 Euro in cash per person.

What is the best form of payment?

Credit Card in country to get the best exchange rate.

Will there be any train travel in Italy?

Yes, on select itineraries.

Do the locals speak English?

Most service people speak good English, while the locals do not necessarily.

Should I tip at restaurants?

It depends. Italians don't tip like Americans do. They never have. They likely never will. But they do leave something: Watch Mark Story's Italy: The Art of Travel for details.

What is the weather like in Italy?

During the more seasonal months of travel, near 'perfect.' Watch Mark Story's Italy: The Art of Travel for details.

What should I wear on my tour of Italy?

Breathable clothing during warmer months. Layering during cooler months.


Are all of the meals included with the tour to Italy?

Breakfast is included daily. A lunch on Italy's Great Cities Tour at our winery is included. Deluxe packages features 5 included dinners.


What’s the best time of year to travel to Italy?

Really any time, but most enjoy May, June, September, Early October


Will we see the grape or olive harvest in Italy?

Only in some of our US fall season departures.


Describe the average guest on your Italy tours?

An active lifestyle who enjoys discovering new cultures, food and experiences. Open-minded, not in a hurry, not a 'grump,' and willing to experience a foreign country like Italy.


What about walking on a Savvy by Story Land & Sea® Tour of Italy?

We enjoy walking on our itineraries and you will need to be physically fit.


What is the average age of Savvy guests?

Most of our travelers vary in age on average 30s to 60s. However, we have guests of all ages: from 20s and 30s to 60s and 70s. They trend a bit younger during summer and more experienced on the shoulder seasons. The most common characteristic is our guests enjoy active, healthy lifestyles, are not grumps and have an open-mind for experiencing all Italy has to offer!


Where do you recommend we purchase airfare?

We have an Air Service department that can quote you best schedule and price. Inquire by clicking the "Airfare" link at the top of this page.

If you have opted for our arrival transfer, our representative will meet you upon clearing customs — please see your final itinerary and guest arrangements for details.


What happens if my flight is delayed?

Occasionally, flights are late for a variety of reasons. If your flight is delayed and you have opted for an arrival transfer, you will need to make your own way to the hotel — see your final documents information for specific instructions.


How do you handle guests with specific food dietary needs such as Celiac, Gluten Free or Vegetarian?

Italy is ahead of most countries in the world and you can expect a wonderful selection of options for Celiac, Gluten Free or Vegetarian and Vegan travelers.