But, like any other popular destination, there are potential pitfalls that can trip up the unsuspecting traveler in Italy if he or she is not prepared. Put another way, Italy is – despite what you might think – home to some pretty notable tourist traps.
Now, not every tourist trap is to absolutely be avoided. However, if you’re trying to get the most out of your Italian vacation, you’ve got to have a few alternatives to those tourist traps in your itinerary.
That’s why we’ve put the list below together. On it, you’re going to learn what our picks are for the 10 biggest tourist traps in all of Italy. And, you’re also going to learn what our suggested alternatives are.
So, if you’re planning a trip to Europe’s boot, then read on! Knowing about these places will help to ensure you’re getting the most out of your trip there…
1. Venice Gondola Ride
Not only is the gondola ride kind of corny, it’s also way more expensive than you’ ever guess.
2. INSTEAD: Ferry
You can get the same Venice canal experience at a fraction of the price by using a traghetto, which locals use to get around.
While not technically a tourist trap, there’s one thing that’s true about Pompeii: It’s full of tourists.
4. INSTEAD: Taormina
If you want the opportunity to explore ruins without being crowded out by other tourists, then this location on Sicily is a good bet.
5. As Lake
Everyone knows that George Clooney lives on Lake Como, and that means tourist traffic here is way up.