As I am planning to visit Italy I was searching over net to get a general overview of Italy from a tourist's point of view. Some tips I got were : Transport strikes are not rare in Italy. So if you have to catch a flight plan well in advance to the Airport. As anywhere else in the world city accommodation is costly. So if you have any contacts in Italy go for something outside city limits. Pay attention to “Il coperto” (cover charge) while dining outside. This a charge over and above the price of items ordered. You can see it at the bottom of the menu. Also most of the restaurants do no open till 7pm so be ready to eat late. I am curious to know any other tips that can help a first time visitor to Italy.