Trip Overview

Southern Italy & Croatia

Tour rating: 4.82 / 5, Based on 18 Reviews
Private tour to Italy, Croatia

Treat yourself to an all-embracing 19-day tour of the main highlights from Italy's Rome to Croatia's Zagreb. See the top attractions of Rome, including the Colosseum and explore the Vatican, spend time in Naples and ancient Pompeii. Then continue to Sorrento and the stunning Amalfi coast and spend time discovering Matera, Alberobello, and Bari. Take a ferry to Croatia and spend a week touring Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, Zagreb and even Slovenia's Ljubljana.

Southern Italy & Croatia

19 days8 cities
ItalyCroatia2 countries
Private tour to Italy, Croatia
From
$5,665
Tour rating: 4.82 / 5, Based on 18 Reviews

Treat yourself to an all-embracing 19-day tour of the main highlights from Italy's Rome to Croatia's Zagreb. See the top attractions of Rome, including the Colosseum and explore the Vatican, spend time in Naples and ancient Pompeii. Then continue to Sorrento and the stunning Amalfi coast and spend time discovering Matera, Alberobello, and Bari. Take a ferry to Croatia and spend a week touring Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, Zagreb and even Slovenia's Ljubljana.

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Rome

first destination
3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Rome
Transfer
Transfer

Welcome to Rome - one of the most charming and heritage-rich cities of Italy. Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver at the airport, who transfers you to the hotel for the check-in.

The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.

No meals included.

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Day 2
Highlights of Rome & Colosseum

City tour
City tour

After breakfast in your hotel, you meet with your private guide and have a transfer to the very heart of Rome. Today you discover the famous ancient treasures of the Eternal City.


Your first stop is Rome's hallmark site - the Colosseum. Originally known by the name of Flavius amphitheater, it was the biggest and most imposing building of its kind in the Roman world, designed as an arena for the fights of Roman gladiators and could hold up to 70 thousand spectators.


After touring Colosseum you proceed with a walking city tour to see the most famous attractions and hidden treasures of the Eternal City. You see the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, as well as witness the masterpieces by Bernini, Borromini, and many others.



After the tour, your guide takes you back to the hotel and you have the evening at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 3
Vatican Sightseeing
City tour
City tour

In the morning after breakfast, you meet your guide and walk to a walled enclave and the world’s smallest independent state - Vatican*. When inside the Vatican, you visit private apartments of Julius II, Pinecone Courtyard, Gallery of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries and Gallery of Candelabra.


Next, you proceed to the Sistine Chapel, where you have enough time to admire Michelangelo's famous frescoes and learn about the intense relationship between Pope Julius II and Michelangelo that drove the artist to create the greatest work of art the world has ever known.


Your tour continues in the vast open spaces of St. Peter’s Basilica where you see a stunning Pieta - a world-famous work of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo, and Bernini's impressive Papal Canopy, a legacy left to the Basilica by the Barberini family.


The ending point of your tour is in St. Peter’s Square, where you can admire Michelangelo's Dome and the gorgeous colonnades designed by Bernini. 


After the tour, you are transferred to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the beauty of Rome on your own.


*Please note: the Vatican is a sacred religious site thus the dress code for visiting it is applied just as when you visit any church in Italy: no shorts – no uncovered knees and shoulders, no backpacks.

Breakfast is included.

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Hotel Dei Mellini, Rome
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Set within a walking distance from Saint Peter’s Square, the beautiful hotel is housed in an 19th-century building and offers comfortable air-conditioned guestrooms, fitted with a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom.

Welcome to Rome

The capital of Italy, Rome, obtains an unrivaled and unfathomable collection of historical treasures. This safe and welcoming region one of the most popular tourist destinations around the globe.

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Rome
Naples
2 hrs

Enjoy a train ride along some of the most picturesque landscapes in Italy. The trains all offer air conditioning, power sockets, luggage storage compartments, as well as plenty of legroom, thus sit back and marvel at the beautiful views behind the window. 

Naples

second destination
2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 4
Train to Naples
Free day
Free day

After a delicious breakfast at the Rome hotel, you check out. Your driver takes you to the railway station for a comfortable railway ride across Southern Italy to the picturesque coastal town of Naples.

Upon arrival, your driver picks you up at the railway station and transfers you to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at your own leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 5
Naples City Tour
City tour
City tour
Tasting
Tasting

Following breakfast your private guide takes you on a touring program around the best sights of charming Naples, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Its towering palaces, narrow streets, ancient churches and underground passages dating to different time periods are making Naples city center probably the most unchanged one in Europe.

Start your tour in the Monumental Area of the city and see Plebiscito Square, Galleria Umberto I, San Carlo Opera House and the Royal Palace of Naples (from outside). Proceed to the UNESCO-listed historic center of Naples. Walk along Via San Gregorio Armeno, the crib-alley with the shops exclusively dedicated to the famous Neapolitan Crib, and see the churches of Gesù Nuovo and Santa Chiara. The highlight of the tour is a visit to Sansevero Chapel Museum to admire the masterpieces of the world artistic heritage.

Why not to get acquainted with the culture of Neapolitan street food in the city that booasts to be the motherland of pizza? You can choose to try fried pizza or neopolitan cuoppo with fried fish. Sfogliatella pastry - the most famous neapolitan pastry - is naturally in the tasting too!

You then continue to the Dante Metro Station which features modern installations by internationally renowned artists. You ride one stop and arrive at the Toledo Metro Art Station, designed around the themes of light and water. Built at 50 m (164 ft) deep, the station extends below the ground water. After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
4

Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

Welcome to Naples

The third largest city in Italy, Naples is a truly epic tourist destination. Having been a sight of fierce battles and historic events, Napoli, Italy has gained a plethora of unique sights that attract people from all over the world.

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Naples
Sorrento
50 min

Sit back and relax while our experienced driver takes you through some of the most beautiful places in Italy. Enjoy the image of the imposing mountains or the blue coastline on your way to Sorrento. 

Sorrento

third destination
2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 6
Pompei and Amalfi Tour & Transfer to Sorrento
Day tour
Day tour

Following breakfast in your Naples hotel, you check out, meet your private guide and driver and start an exciting day-tour.

The first destination for today is the ancient city of Pompeii. Set near the foot of a picturesque mountain are the archeological sites of Pompeii, one of the greatest and richest cities of the Roman age that was tragically completely destroyed in 79 AD as a result of the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Today you see the excavated finds of the remnants of this ancient city, buried alive under 4 to 6 m (13-20 ft) of volcanic ash almost 2000 years ago.

During the tour of this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site, you see artifacts, city walls, the Pompeii amphitheater and other almost perfectly preserved objects that give a detailed insight into the life of the city.

After Pompeii, you get to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Amalfi Coast and the surrounding area. We have prepared for you the scenic sightseeing tour through the coastline. You discover the picturesque towns of Positano and Amalfi from a local perspective and take in the local history and culture. During the tour, you enter to the Cloister of Paradise, an open-air cloister which presents an influence which both Arabs and Romans had on Amalfi.

After the tour, you are transferred to the hotel on the Amalfi coast (or Sorrento) for check-in.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 7
Free Day at Amalfi Coast
Free day
Free day

Today following breakfast at your hotel you have a free day to continue enjoying fascinating Sorrento at your leisure. You can join one of our carefully planned optional tours.

  • Optional tour: Sorrento City Tour
    Today you can learn more about the beautify city located on the shores of the Bay of Naples.
  • Optional tour: Trip to Capri Island
    Cruise along the Sorrento coast, before crossing to Capri to marvel at some of the most dramatic rock formations.
  • Optional tour: Gastronomic Tour, Sorrento
    Spend 8 hours learning about the local gastronomic traditions and history.

Breakfast is included.

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Hotel Plaza, Sorrento
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The beautiful Hotel Plaza is set near the Piazza Tasso and offers spacious air-conditioned guestrooms, equipped with flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. Guests are invited to take advantage of the hotel’s swimming pool, several restaurants, and the Plaza Cafe.

Welcome to Sorrento

Situated on the shores of the Bay of Naples, Sorrento is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful colorful places both in the Amalfi Coast region and in Italy.

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Sorrento
Matera
3 hrs 10 min

Have a great time traveling with a trusted driver along Southern Italy. Sit back and enjoy the unique beauty of Italian nature. On your way to Matera, you'll pass numerous small villages and breathtaking valleys.

Matera

fourth destination
2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 8
Transfer to Matera
Free day
Free day

After a delicious breakfast at the Sorrento hotel, you check out. Your driver meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you across the picturesque landscapes of Southern Italy to Matera.

Upon arrival, you check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your own leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 9
Matera Tour
City tour
City tour
Museum
Museum

After breakfast in your hotel, you meet your private guide, who takes you on a comprehensive private sightseeing tour around Matera.

Together with your guide, you visit the UNESCO-listed World Heritage ancient cave dwellings called Sassi di Matera. You wander the lanes alongside the picturesque cave-filled cliffs and learn the history of this fascinating place. During the tour, you also explore the city's fascinating architecture, pay a visit to the Casa Grotta Museum that shows a traditional cave dwelling, and enjoy a stroll through its baroque area.

After the tour, your return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
4

Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

Welcome to Matera

The Southern Italian city Matera is a one-of-a-kind cave town with famous Sassi di Matera cave dwellings.

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Matera
Bari
50 min

A comfortable car ride is definitely among the best ways to take in the beautiful views of Southern Italy. Enjoy your worry-free ride and the breathtaking landscapes passing by outside the car window.

Bari

fifth destination
2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a hotel and 1 night onboard a ferry
Day 10
Trip to Alberobello
Day tour
Day tour

In the morning after breakfast at your Matera hotel, you check out. Your driver transfers you to the fascinating countryside town Alberobello.

Alberobello is a charming city famous for its unique beehive-shaped houses which were built by peasants in the mid-14th century under the rule of the Earls of Conversano. Constructed out of limestone found in the soil or in caves, the whitewashed cone-shaped dwellings are now UNESCO-listed treasures.

Together with your guide, you enjoy the views of Basilica Santi Medici and enter one of Alberobello's ‘trulli’ houses built from traditional Apulian stone. You then get a unique chance to indulge into the local experience with local products and wine tasting. Sip on glasses of Puglian wine, and learn about the local grapes as you drink.

After the sightseeing tour, your driver transfers you to Bari. Upon arrival, you check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 11
Bari City Tour & Cruise to Dubrovnik
City tour
City tour

Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and meet your guide for a 3-hour private guided city tour of Bari.

Bari is a sparkling resort town with a lovely historic center. During the tour, you stroll the maze-like Bari Vecchia - medieval heart of the city and see its major attractions including the 11th-century Basilica di San Nicola. You enjoy views of Piazza Mercantile, Piazza Ferrarese and enter the medieval Castello Svevo. You can also make a stop for a cold lemonade or iced coffee at one of the many sidewalk cafes.

After the tour and some free time in the city, you return to the hotel to pick up your luggage. In the evening your driver transfers you to the port, where you embark on an overnight ferry with a route Bari-Dubrovnik.

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
4

Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

Welcome to Bari

Bari is a historic Italian city set on the shores of the Adriatic Sea and is noted for its well-preserved old town.

ferry
Bari
Dubrovnik
11 hr

Have a nice time during your ferry trip between Bari and Dubrovnik. A restaurant, patisserie, bar-coffee house, video hall, and children’s area are at your service during the journey. One of our drivers will take you to the port and meet you upon the ferry’s arrival.

Dubrovnik

sixth destination
1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 12
Arrival in Dubrovnik and City Tour
City tour
City tour

After breakfast, you arrive in the port of Dubrovnik where you meet your private driver who transfers you to your centrally located hotel to leave your luggage.

Then you meet your guide in the hotel lobby who takes you on a walking city tour and shows you the main city attractions.

Dubrovnik, one of the most beautiful medieval cities on the Mediterranean, was included on UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List for its well-preserved beautiful Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces, and fountains. Your walking tour of the Old City starts from Pile Gate and takes you to its elegant main street and most important sights: Onofrio's Fountains, Sponza Palace, Orlando's Column, City Bell Tower, Church of St Blaise, who is the city's patron saint, and many others. During the tour, you also make an inside visit to Franciscan Monastery and Rector's palace.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
4

Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

Welcome to Dubrovnik

Enveloped by stone walls dating back to the 16th century, beautiful Dubrovnik, the Croatian jewel on the Adriatic Sea, maintains the perfect balance between preserving its cultural and architectural heritage, as well as keeping up with the bustling 21st century-paced lifestyle.

car
Dubrovnik
Zadar
4 hrs 10 min

Sit back and enjoy the incredible views of the Croatian coastline as your driver takes you from Dubrovnik to Zadar. This car route to the north of the country is noted for its panoramas.

Zadar

seventh destination
2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 13
Tour in Spilt & Transfer to Zadar
Day tour
Day tour

In the morning after breakfast you check out from the Dubrovnik hotel, your private driver picks you up at the hotel lobby and you head to north Croatia via a relaxing, scenic ride up the Dalmatian coast.

On your way to Zadar you stop in Spilt for a 2-hour walking tour with a professional local guide. During the tour you enter the 1700-year-old Diocletian Palace as well as the Cathedral of St. Duje, also called Saint Domnius, and see its Temple of Jupiter, one of the most beautiful cultural wonders on the Adriatic coast. You also visit the ancient cellars (from the inside), see Peristyle in center of the palace, Roman temples, the famous Golden Gate and the big statue from Grgur Ninski.

After your tour you are transferred to Zadar. Upon arrival you check in to your hotel and the rest of the day is free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 14
Zadar Sightseeing
City tour
City tour

Following breakfast, you meet your guide and start your 2-hour walking city tour in Zadar.

Zadar is the heart of the Croatian Adriatic, rich in touristic attractions. During its existence, Zadar was for many centuries the home of the Illyrian Liburni and was the capital city of Dalmatia for 1000 years. During the tour, you explore St. Anastasia's Cathedral, Sea organs and Greeting to the Sun (no inside entrances are included).

After the tour, you have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
4

Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

Welcome to Zadar

The city of Zadar, set on the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia, provides with everything that is great about traveling, it is basically Croatia in a nutshell, making it a must-visit while in the area.

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Zadar
Zagreb
3 hrs

Together with your experienced driver, you make your way to northwestern Croatia from coastal Zadar. Along the way, enjoy the inspiring views of the countryside.

Zagreb

eighth destination
5 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
4 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 15
Plitvice Lakes National Park & Transfer to Zagreb
Day tour
Day tour

After breakfast, you check out from the Zadar hotel and meet your private driver who transfers you to Zagreb. Along the way, you explore the Plitvice Lakes National Park.

The Plitvice Lakes known as "Falling lakes" were included into the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1979, among the first natural sites worldwide. You have a great opportunity to enjoy the beauty of shapes and colors in the oldest national park in Croatia (entrance tickets and guide for the tour in park are included).

In the evening you arrive in Zagreb and check in to your hotel. The rest of the evening is at your own leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 16
Enjoying Zagreb
City tour
City tour

After breakfast, enjoy your day in Zagreb on a 2-hour tour with your private guide.

Zagreb is a city of green parks and beautiful architecture. During the tour, you see the Upper town, the former Gradec, and Kaptol which are the oldest parts of the city which historically united into one town that spread further down to the South.

After the tour, you return to the hotel and have the rest of the evening free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 17
Day Trip to Slovenia's Postojna Caves & Exploring Ljubljana
Day tour
Day tour

Today after breakfast you meet your driver and guide who take you on a day trip to the neighboring country Slovenia to see its world-famous Postojna Cave Park as well as for a tour of the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana.

Your first stop today is the Postojna Cave Park, offering a wonderful subterranean world abundant with unusual sculptures and animals. Together with your guide, you get to enjoy the cave's wonderful underground world of passages, halls and galleries abundant with cave formations. Not far from the cave, above the surface, you can admire the views of the Predjama Castle and the Pivka River.

After exploring Slovenia underground you continue your trip to Ljubljana, where you have a walking tour of the main attractions (from the outside).

After your tour you are brought back to your hotel in Zagreb and have the remaining part of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 18
Free day in Zagreb
Free day
Free day

Today you have the day free to continue enjoying Zagreb on your own or join our carefully planned optional tour.

  • Optional tour: Tour of Hrvatsko Zagorje, Varazdin & Trakoscan Castle
    Spend a day exploring southern Croatia's Hrvatsko Zagorje, the region north of Zagreb boasts more than 50 castles, some of which have their own preserved parks. 

Breakfast is included.

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Day 19
Departure from Zagreb
Transfer
Transfer

This is the last day of your amazing tour to Italy and Croatia! After breakfast, your driver meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

Welcome to Zagreb

Located in the northwest by the Sava River, the capital of Croatia, Zagreb, is one full of historical heritage as well, thus it all adds up to one fruitful journey.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable centrally located 4-star hotels in Rome, Naples, Amalfi coast (or Sorrento), Matera, Bari, Dubrovnik, Zadar & Zagreb;
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • All land transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • 1st class railway tickets Rome - Naples;
  • Tickets for overnight ferry Bari - Dubrovnik;
  • Sightseeing tours with private professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrances to Colosseum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Cloister of Paradise in Amalfi & Sansevero Chapel Museum, Castello Svevo, Trullo Sovrano, Cave Church, Casa Grotta Museum, Franciscan Monastery and Rector's Palace in Dubrovnik, Cellars of Diocletian palace and Cathedral with Temple of Jupiter in Split, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Postojna caves;
  • Wine tasting in Alberobello;
  • All tourist fees & taxes, including tourist city taxes;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your own professional local guides and drivers;
  • Full flexibility of hotel options;
  • Comprehensive city tour of Rome with guided tours inside Colosseum and Vatican City;
  • Scenic sightseeing tour along the Amalfi coastline including Positano and Amalfi;
  • Tour to one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world - Matera and UNESCO World Heritage Site - town Alberobello;
  • Travel across Croatia from Dubrovnik to Zagreb with private transportation and easy pace guided tours;
  • Day-tour with local guides to Postojna Caves and the capital of Slovenia - Ljubljana;

What To Know

  • You can expect to find some shops and restaurants closed from 1-4 p.m. as it is "Riposo" time, Italy’s midday siesta. Most places will be also closed on Sundays
  • Most restaurants won’t open until 7 p.m. or later
  • Tipping in restaurants is included in the bill, the cover charge is called ”coperto”. A charge from $1 to $3 will be noted on the menu
  • Make sure you have coins, in Italy, you will be typically charged from 1 to 2 Euros to enter a public restroom
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