Italy

Soft Mediterranean breezes rustle palms along the boardwalk of southern beaches. Fragrant olive and lemon groves dot the agricultural Piedmont. Cool mountain streams cascade in tumults off snow-covered Alps. Art, fashion, music and architecture flourish in the cities. Then, there's the food. You know what they say: "When in Rome...eat!"

Tours & Packages to Italy

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Discover the Adriatic: Croatia & Slovenia with Venice
The Adriatic region: Slovenia & Lake Bled to Croatia’s Split & Plitvice Lakes & more, plus the canals of Venice & Lake Wörth in the Austrian Alps
10 days  •  $3099 $2799
per person, double occupancy*
dates group tour + flights

Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Italy? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Rome
Population:  60.8 million
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Languages: Italian
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: CET (UTC +1)

Weather

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. 

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least 90 days after your return date, though we strongly recommend at least six months. U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter Italy for stays up to 90 days. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

More information about passports & visas.

Shopping

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!

Como: silks
Spoleto, Rome: truffles
Florence, Rome, Milan: leather goods
Venice, Murano: glass
Vatican City: postage stamps and religious items

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

There are no health requirements or precautions to enter Italy.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Power & Adapters

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.

Tipping

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are ATMs available in Italy?

    ATMs are available outside almost all banks. 

  2. Can I take my cell phone?

    See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

Rave Reviews

The hotels, the breakfasts and the train were very high class. The people at the hotels were great. We had a great time. I think you guys are great. This was my second trip and I don't know how many people I have told about your agency. Great experience, great price. First class hotels. Very happy with everything.

Carmelia Torres
Italy by Rail

My husband and I learned about Friendly Planet Travel through friends who went on a trip to China. They returned home raving about the great value and good time they and other travelers had while in the Far East. We began our own study of Friendly Planet trips and found one to Italy that offered just about everything but cannolis. Based just outside San Gimignano, we were more than satisfied with the family-owned Hotel Sovestro, had no issues with our little rental car, found it an easy public bus ride to and from Florence and even a night of opera music in Siena. Added to our travel bliss was a non-stop Emirates flight to and from Milan and JFK/New York. There was also much joy in making new friends who were also guests at Hotel Sovestro. Thank you, staff, for making this a most memorable trip. You'll be hearing from us again.

Gail Giannetto, Wakefield, MA