Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.
U.S. citizens must have a passport, which should contain at least 2 blank pages and be valid for at least six months after your return date. Passports expiring before then should be renewed as soon as possible.
Many countries also require a travel visa for entry. Some countries issue visas upon arrival, but in most cases, you need to obtain visas prior to travel. Airlines and cruises may deny boarding and your tour may be disrupted if your visa is not in order.
For U.S. citizens booked on a tour or package with Scheduled Dates, we will send you complete visa instructions and application forms after you book.
If you hold a passport from another country, or are not booked on a tour with Scheduled Dates, you are responsible for obtaining your own visa and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.
The best months to visit Italy are between mid April to the end of October with average temps between 70-80° F during the day and 50-60° F at night. Keep in mind the months of July, August and part of September are hot, humid, and full of tourists. Bring a sweater for evenings all year-round.
Check out the current weather conditions in Italy.
In Italy, the currency is the euro. Please review the current exchange rate for the euro.
ATMs are available outside almost all banks.
Restaurants sometimes include a service charge in your bill. They also have a cover charge which is a charge for bread and table settings. If you are happy with the service, leave and additional 5%. Leave 10% if no service charge is applied. Tipping in taxis is not obligatory, either, but a tip of 1 euro or so is usually given to the driver.
Italy is famous for its designer items such as Prada, Fendi, Gucci, and Armani. Try the designer outlets in the northern provinces outside Florence, Como, and Milan for great buys. Also look for antiques, clothes, wood carvings, lace and embroidery, violins, ceramics, silver and gold jewelry, wine, and shoes!
Spoleto, Rome: truffles
Florence, Rome, Milan: leather goods
Venice, Murano: glass
Vatican City: postage stamps and religious items
230 volts. Plugs C, F & L. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.
See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.