Italy

Travel Guide

Thinking about a trip to Italy? Take a step back in time while walking the streets of Rome, relive the atmosphere of the mighty Colosseum, behold the statue of David or the gothic Duomo in Florence, cruise the canals of Venice in a gondola, or ascend the leaning tower of Pisa.  Fill yourself to the brim with art and history (and your bodyweight in food and wine), soak up the sun on the Amalfi coast (or any other patch of the 5,275 miles of coastline) or head to the Italian Alps during the ski season.

Italy Fast Facts

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Languages Spoken

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

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Currency

Name: Euro
Code: EU
Symbol: €
€25 is approx £22

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Time Zone

The time zone in Italy is Central European Standard Time (CET) and therefore is 1 hour ahead of London.

Our favourite cities in Italy...

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Venice
Discover the intriguing secrets of the origins of the world’s most romantic city surrounded by water. You'll be enchanted as you wander through the city's picturesque cobblestone alleyways, walk across canals via charming bridges, hop in a gondola, dip into chic wine bars, authentic cafes, and gaze at stunning Venetian art/architecture. 
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Florence
Florence is known as the birthplace of the Renaissance and is home to Michelangelo’s famous statue of David and the huge gothic cathedral, the Duomo. Another reason to visit Florence is that it is in the heart of Tuscany – wine country! Experience Florence and all its exquisite beauty, wander the streets of Florence taking in the beautiful buildings and people that pass you by. With fantastic food and wine, you won't be disappointed.
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Rome
As they say ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ and it would certainly take much longer to explore the capital.  There are so many places to go and sites to see that you could never get bored!  Whether it’s exploring the fascinating Colosseum, walking where Caesar did, seeing the Vatican City, or making a wish at the Trevi Fountain. Being merely a stones throw away from the warm Mediterranean seas that lap the Amalfi coast, Rome is an ideal city for the discerning traveller.
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Naples
It's Italy's third-largest city, and its historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site, making it a beautiful place to soak up all those Italian vibes. Go for a cultural trip full of castles, churches, art, palaces, food and coffee (of course), and museums. On the outside, Naples may not seem as glamourous as the other cities, but visit and you'll find a diamond in the rough.

Italy costs

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Beers

A pint in a pub/bar in Italy is around €4.50 (approx £4). We'd recommend trying the local specialty though: an Aperol Spritz.

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Meals

A basic lunchtime meal in a restaurant is around €15 (approx £13.33) but if you grab a slice of pizza or a pot of pasta from a local takeaway you can pay around €5 or less (approx £4.40)

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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 (approx £1.33)

Taxi

Taxi tariffs start at around €5 (approx £4.44) and they add around €1.50 for every km.

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Hostels

Accommodation can sometimes be on the pricey side, so get yourself a dorm bed in a hostel from €20 (approx £18).

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Hotels

Looking for something a little nicer? A double room in a mid-range hotel can vary between €100-€200 (approx £88-£177).

Flights to Italy

Flights to Italy from London take no time at all! If you're looking to fly into the country, then there are airports all over - it takes around 2.5 hours to fly from London to Rome and Naples, or just under 2 hours to Milan. Once in Italy, it's easy to catch cheap domestic flights, or alternatively, see the country by rail which is super simple and flexible!
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Adventure Tours

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Ultimate Italy | 14 days
From the villages of the Cinque Terre to Tuscany's medieval splendour, 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. 
From £2,099
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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.
From £1,049
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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.
From £999
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Italy weather: what you can expect

Italy's climate is generally temperate but it can vary greatly depending on your distance from the sea or mountains.  In summer the Northern parts of Italy are warm with occasional rainfall, while the central regions are quite humid and the south scorching!  In winter, Milan, Turin and Venice are cold and rainy, and in Tuscany the temperatures are close to freezing.  In the south temperatures are generally around 10-20ºC.

Summers in Rome are often uncomfortably hot – with temperatures climbing to 35°C while the winters are mild, at around 13°C.

When's the best time to visit Italy?

The best time to visit Italy is in Spring (April - May) or Autumn (September – October).  You’ll find the weather in Italy is easiest to handle during this time and also miss the bulk of the tourists.  If you’re going to be roaming the city streets checking out all the design and architecture then these cooler months are also ideal for you.

Peak season is between June and August.  A tip for August travellers though - be prepared for quite a few of the shops and restaurants to be closed as many Italians head off on their own vacation during this time.  The sea is warm enough to swim in between June and September but for those ski bunnies you’ll want to holiday in Italy during December and April.

Do I need a visa to visit Italy?

If you hold a valid British passport then you don’t need a holiday or tourist visa to enter Italy, however your passport must be valid when returning from Italy. If you want to soak up the true culture of Italy, how about working there? UK nationals are able to work in other EU countries including Italy visa-free!

Can you drink the tap water in 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.

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