4. You are going to want to make sure you have cash on you at all times. The cost of dealing with cards in Italy is far too high, even for the bigger retailers and restaurants, so if you do not have a card in tow, it is unlikely that you are going to be able to pay for anything. Obviously, you do need to remember that if you have cash in your pocket, particularly in the major cities, you need to ensure that you are protected from pickpockets, so look up a few tips for that online before you actually travel.