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Italy travel guide

From the ancient history of Rome to the medieval streets of Florence, the inspiring cliff tops of Amalfi to the steamy clouds of Mt. Etna - Italy is a country full of pizzazz. Home to possibly the best loved cuisine in the world, some serious fashion, picture perfect towns and sun, sea and ski, this is a place to beat all. So, hop on board, groove to your very own mambo Italiano and get ready for some gelato like no other!

Our favorite cities in Italy...

A female looking at the grand canal in Venice

Venice

Venice (aka the floating city) is hands down one of the most unique and magical cities in Europe. Visit Venice and experience gondolas, the Grand Canal, Piazza San Marco, St. Mark's Basilica, Rialto Bridge and so much more. Explore this great Italian city any time of the year, join the party during Carnival, or do some celebrity spotting during the Venice Film Festival.
The duomo and other roofs in Florence at dusk

Florence

Discover Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, in the rustic region of Tuscany. Enjoy wonderful food and local Tuscan wine, as well taking in the fantastic art, architecture and history of this beautiful region of Italy. 
A woman looking at the Colosseum in Rome

Rome

Delve into ancient history with a trip to Rome and discover the Roman ruins and the society of the ancient civilization, catch a glimpse of the Pope in the Vatican City, and embark on a tour of southern Italy.
The front of the Duomo di Milano

Milan

From high fashion to some of the world's most famous art, Milan is a great hub for visiting North Italy. Highlights of this fun city include Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper, the Duomo, La Scala Opera house and more!

Italy costs

cost of alcohol in italy

Beers

A pint in a pub/bar in Italy is around €4.50. We'd recommend trying the local specialty though: an Aperol Spritz.

cost of food in italy

Meals

A basic lunchtime meal in a restaurant is around €15 but if you grab a slice of pizza or a pot of pasta from a local takeaway you can pay around €5 or less

cost of transport in italy

Transport

The prices of transport in Italy differ depending on where you are, but on average a one-way ticket on local transport is around €1.50 to €3

cost of cabs in italy

Cabs

Taxi tariffs start at around €5 and they add around €1.50 for every km.

hostels in italy

Hostels

Accommodation can sometimes be on the pricey side, so get yourself a dorm bed in a hostel from €20.

hotels in italy

Hotels

Looking for something a little nicer? A double room in a mid-range hotel can vary between €100-€200.

A canal in Venice lined by houses

Italy Fast Facts

language in italy

Languages Spoken

The official language spoken in Italy is Italian. Some regions in Italy also speak French, German and Slovene.

italy currency

Currency

Name: Euro
Code: EU
Symbol: €

time zone in italy

Time Zone

The time zone in Italy is Central European Standard Time (CET)

Italy

Adventure Tours

The interior of the Colosseum in Rome

Ultimate Italy | 14 days

From the villages of the Cinque Terre to Tuscany's medieval splendor, this is an adventure for those looking to indulge in all of Italy’s delights. Walk through grand piazzas and winding lanes, stroll the canals of Venice, and float past villas on Lake Como. Marvel at the ancient grandeur of Rome and the Renaissance masterpieces of Florence. 
A fruit card and a flower market in Catania

Best of Sicily | 8 days

If the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “Sicily” is "The Godfather” we’re here to expand your horizons. Sicily is a very different Italian experience, and we're excited to introduce it to you – everything from UNESCO Heritage Sites and stunning cathedrals to the majestic Mt Etna. This trip moves at a good pace but still gives you the perfect mix of fun activities and free time – and incredible cuisine, of course. Find out why Sicily is one of Italy’s true hidden gems.
Two cyclers in the woods

Cycling in Tuscany | 7 days

What better way to experience the beauty of Tuscany than from the seat of a bike? A mixture of on- and off-road biking awaits on a ride through some of the most gorgeous, yet challenging countryside you’ll find anywhere. Explore beautiful hill towns, stunning lakes, and have the option to soak in thermal hot springs. When you are not riding, take in the view of the rolling Tuscan hills from your hotel rooftop and relax with a glass of wine.

Getting around Italy

A rail traveler with a rolling backpack standing on a rail platform waiting for a train to arrive

Eurail Italy Passes

Want to pack the most fun into your Eurotrip? Get a Eurail pass and you can travel in Italy, and over 30 other countries across Europe quickly and easily. Available in a huge list of European countries, you pick the rail pass that suits your route, length of trip, and budget.
A woman standing infront of a wall covered in graffiti including the superman logo

Europe Bus Passes

Hop-on hop-off bus travel is a great choice for transport around Europe because of the short distances involved.  and means you can tick off a big chunk of your European bucket list in one go.
A view of a water splashing against a car door taken from the back window of a sedan

Car Rental

Hit the open road! Those who want more freedom to roam exactly where they please may want to consider renting some wheels of their own. Disclaimer: Epic Europe roadtrip playlist not included. 

Italy weather: what you can expect & when's the best time to visit

Italy truly is a year round destination. The winter months mean great skiing in the Alps and Dolomite, pretty Christmas markets and the perfect excuse for sipping on traditional Italian hot chocolate in the cafes of cities like Florence. Venice Carnival is also an incredible highlights of the season. The spring and summer months are perfect for alfresco dining and experiencing Italian food in idyllic surroundings. The northern lakes and southern coast are also at their most beautiful this time of year, not forgetting the likes of Sicily and Sardinia. The summer will also see endless local festivals, most notably the Sienna Palio. Come autumn the annual vendemmia, or grape harvest, is in full swing and great for sampling the local produce.

Do I need a visa to visit Italy?

Tourist Visa
If you hold a valid US passport then you don’t need a tourist visa to enter Italy, and you may stay upto 90 days, however your passport must be valid when returning from Italy. 

Working Visa
Want to soak up the true culture of Italy, how about working there?  US nationals must be sponsored by a company in order to apply for a work permit.

*Visa and entry requirements are subject to change at any time. Please always check the current status with your applicable embassy prior to travel.

Italy health and safety information

Medical Services

Private hospitals and clinics in Italy are very good, but are expensive if you don’t have medical insurance.  First Aid Service (Pronto Soccorso) with a doctor on hand is found at airports, ports, railway stations and hospitals. If you need an ambulance, you can call 118 from anywhere in Italy.

US citizens may be treated in the public hospitals for free, but are still advised to check if their medical or travel insurance will cover treatment in private hospitals or clinics. To avoid any medical hassles, make sure you get travel insurance before you go.
 

Vaccinations

You won’t need any vaccinations before traveling to Italy. The tap water is safe to drink, as is the water from drinking fountains unless there is a sign reading ‘Acqua non potabile’. You might see this sign inside trains, camping sites, etc.

Looking for some Italian inspiration? Check out our blogs...

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The very best of Southern Italy

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The very best of Northern Italy

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