- Check the validity of your passport
- Check airline baggage restrictions
- Organise travel insurance
- Make bookings for accommodation, tours and entertainment
- Inform your credit-/debit-card company of your travel plans
- Check whether you can use your mobile (cell) phone
- Find out what you need to hire a car
What to Take
- Passport (and a photocopy of it, kept separately)
- Credit cards and driving licence
- Italian electrical adapter
- Mobile (cell) phone charger
- Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
- Waterproof jacket
- Comfortable shoes
- A detailed driving map
- Patience and a sense of humour
What to Wear
Appearances matter in Italy. The concept of la bella figura (making a good impression) encapsulates the Italian obsession with looking good. In general, trousers (pants), jeans, shirts and polo shirts for men, and skirts or trousers for women, will serve you well in the city. Shorts, T-shirts and sandals are fine in summer and at the beach, but long sleeves are required for dining out. For the evening, think smart casual. A light sweater or waterproof jacket is useful in spring and autumn, and sturdy shoes are good for visiting archaeological sites. Dress modestly when visiting churches and religious sites, covering torso, shoulders and thighs.
In Campania (www.incampania.com) Campania tourist-bureau website.
Napoli da Vivere (www.napolidavivere.it) Italian-language website listing upcoming festivals, special events and recent openings in Naples.
Positano (www.positano.com) Information on sights, activities, accommodation, transport and more along the Amalfi Coast.
Capri (www.capri.com) User-friendly site covering all aspects of Capri.
Trenitalia (www.trenitalia.com) Italian railways website.
Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/campania) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.
- Visit in late spring, early summer or early autumn for gorgeous weather without the peak-season crowds.
- Speak at least a few Italian words. A little can go a long way.
- Queue jumping is common in Italy; be polite but assertive.
- Be mindful of your possessions, especially in crowds and on transport. Ignore touts, no matter how persistent they may be.
- Many museums close one day a week, usually on Tuesday or Wednesday. Plan ahead.
- If you plan on visiting a lot of the sights, consider buying a Campania Artecard to save money.
- Avoid restaurants with touts and mediocre tourist menus.
- Campanians usually only drink cappuccino in the morning; after lunch, order espresso.