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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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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.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? 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

Vacationing in Italy for Spring Break was our 13-year-old son's idea. We hadn't a clue how to pull it all together in less than 5 weeks, and then a friend recommended Friendly Planet. From the get-go (meaning my initial contact with your reservation agent), I knew that we would be in good hands. The tour of 8 key cities in Italy, including Rome, Florence, Venice, and Siena, was beyond our wildest expectations. And the price was right! And our charming tour guides were one better than the other! We also enjoyed the company of our fellow travelers -- all truly wonderful people. Since then, every chance I get, I recommend Friendly Planet to my family and friends.

Fran Carpentier, New York, NY
Italian Treasures

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