WHY TO VISIT ITALY
It is difficult to list the many attractions of Italy: Historic ruins, beautiful landscapes, artistic richness, flavourful cuisine, a light-hearted population, these are just some examples of what you'll discover in your visit.
Rome, its legendary capital, offers a dive into history through its Roman and Etruscan monuments, medieval and Renaissance architecture, but it is also in line with the present due to its dynamic and modern aspects.
Florence will not fail to seduce you: It is very popular with tourists in summer. This city is ideal to stroll through during the off-peak season, whether it be on the Ponte Vecchio which spans the Arno, or to visit the Uffizi museum or just around the city itself. Outside the city you can discover the peaceful landscapes of Tuscany, a particularly beautiful area.
Venice in itself has become one of the symbols of Italy: Its charm is evidently due to its canals, its narrow streets without cars and its beautiful palaces. A timeless place, the city boasts various must-see attractions; St Mark's Square, the Basilica, the Doge's Palace, the Church of St Mary of Health and the Bridge of Sighs are a few of the more famous, but you will also enjoy a stroll through the maze of narrow streets, and do not forget a soothing trip in a gondola.
Other stopovers of choice: Naples, located in the bay not far from Vesuvius and near to Pompeii, Milan with its opera house and its shops and lively nightlife, Assisi with its fortress; these are some recommended places.
You should also not miss the Italian islands of Sicily and Sardinia.
WHAT TO SEE IN ITALY
Top destinations in Italy are:
WHEN TO GO TO ITALY
Best period to visit Italy is from May to September.
If you’re planning to visit popular areas, especially beach resorts, avoid July and especially August, when the weather can be too hot and the crowds at their most congested. In August, when most Italians are on holiday, you can expect the crush to be especially bad in the resorts, and the scene in the major historic cities – Rome, Florence, Venice – to be slightly artificial, as the only people around are fellow tourists. The best time to visit Italy, in terms of the weather and lack of crowds, is April to late June, and September or October. If you’re planning to swim, however, bear in mind that only the south of the country is likely to be warm enough outside the May to September period.
Following a list of typical festival and celebrations of Italy
HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH ITALY
To travel within the country, you can go by bus or by train depending on your destination. Ferries serve Sardinia and Sicily. Renting a car is a very pleasant way to discover the country which has a very good road network.
by plane, main airports are:
- Roma Fiumicino
- Roma Ciampino
- Milano Linate
- Milano Malpensa
- Lamezia Terme
GENERAL INFORMATION ON ITALY
country entry requirements: for not EU nationals, passport + visa
health tips & vaccination: none
local currency: European euro
local time zone: GMT+1 (+2)
electricity: type C, F and L (230 V - 50 Hz)
mobile phone operators:
WHAT TO DO IN ITALY
typical food in Italy
Beeing the italian food culture so vast, it is difficult to name all the delicious dishe you could taste in this country, therefore I decided to name some unique, tasty dish divided per region. Bon apetit!
souvenirs from Italy
- Design hand-crafted jewelry
- Fashion clothes, shoes, scarves, gloves, belts, ties and bags
- Leather goods
- Crèche Pieces, Christmas ornaments and Pulcinella dolls from Naples
- Wood, ceramic, paper or terracotta music boxes
- Soaps, parfumes and fragrances
- Venetian masks
- Florentine paper
- Venetian marbled paper
- Murano glass plates, dishes and tree ornaments
- Burano necklaces
- Modena Balsamic Vinegar
- Truffles and truffle flavored food from Alba
- Parma ham
- Parmiggiano Reggiano cheese
- Modica chocolate
- Ground coffee
- Moka coffee maker
- Limoncello lemon vodka from Campania
- Olive oil of Tuscany and Apulia
- regional food specialities and wines
How are you?: Come va?
Thank you: Grazie
What is your name?: Come si chiama?
How much is it?: Quanto costa?