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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!
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Top destinations in Italy

Florence landscape at night

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.
Woman stood in front of the Colosseum in Rome

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.
Traditional pizza in Naples

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 tours & experiences

Two of Italy's most famous cities, Venice and Florence serve up a tempting antipasti of art, culture and romance. While the floating city brings glided grandeur, gondola rides and gelato galore, Florence is packed to its Renaissance rafters with masterpieces, museums and marble statues. Or choose to explore Italy's delectable capital for a city break steeped in history and tasty food! View all Italy tours.
Colosseum in Rome

Ultimate Italy

Rome > Montepulciano > Florence > Cinque Terre > Lake Como > Venice

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. 
14 days
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Vegetable food market in Sicily

Best of Sicily

Catania > Palermo > Ragusa > Siracusa > Randazzo > Catania

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.
8 days
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A canal in Venice

Cheap 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.
A woman standing on a hill in Florence overlooking the city

Italy Bus Passes

Get ultimate freedom with a Flexible Travel Pass and explore Busabout's extensive European network at your own place. Explore Venice, Bologna, Rome, Siena, Florence, Cinque Terre and Lake Como.

Frequently asked questions about travelling to Italy

What's the weather like in Italy?

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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