Italy Travel Guide - Travel Insights and Tips

Traveling to Italy? Our detailed Italy insights, blogs and travel tips will help you plan the best trip.

Home to La Dolce Vita, Italy has long been a favorite with travelers of all ages and interests. Abundantly blessed by nature and richly steeped in art, culture and history, you will find plenty of things to do in Italy.

Italy in October is considered to be at its most beautiful, with pleasant weather all around and fall colors adorning the country. But opinions might differ when it comes to the best time to visit Italy really. While October may have the best weather conditions, the other months or seasons for that matter also have their own advantages. Even in the shoulder season of Italy, there is a lot to explore and often at a cheaper rate.

You could visit Italy a dozen times and have a completely different experience every time. From Hiking in Italy’s beautiful Dolomites and the Appian Way to getting off the beaten path in lesser-visited spots like Puglia to hitting the tourist hotspots of Rome and Florence, planning a trip to Italy offers many opportunities for different kinds of vacations.

Not sure where to go or how long to spend in Italy? Check out our Italy travel guide and find out what to do on your Italian holiday.

Top Destinations in Italy

Discover the highlights of Italy.

Hike Through the Landscape in Tuscany

Hike Through the Landscape in Tuscany

Embark on a breathtaking hiking experience through the idyllic countryside of Tuscany, where every step unveils a new postcard-perfect view. Wander along ancient trails that wind through olive groves, cypress-lined avenues, and vibrant fields of sunflowers, creating a picturesque tapestry of colors. Traverse the undulating hills and valleys soaking in the warm Tuscan sun.

Get in Touch with Sicilian Culture

Get in Touch with Sicilian Culture

Immerse yourself in the vibrant and rich tapestry of Sicilian culture, where ancient traditions blend seamlessly with modern life. Experience the allure of this Mediterranean island as you delve into its fascinating history, indulge in exquisite cuisine, and soak up the warm hospitality of its people. Embark on a captivating adventure of unraveling deep-rooted culture that will leave you in awe.

Explore the Seaside Towns in Amalfi Coast

Explore the Seaside Towns in Amalfi Coast

Discover the enchanting beauty of the Amalfi Coast, where picturesque seaside towns await. This idyllic coastal stretch offers a mesmerizing blend of stunning landscapes, rich history, and charming Mediterranean atmosphere. Embark on an unforgettable adventure as you explore the towns, indulging in delightful cuisine and basking in the sun-kissed shores of the sea.

What to do in Italy

Read all about the top things to do in Italy

Things to Do in Italy

Things to Do in Italy

From hiking in the mountainous region of the Dolomites to cruising around the sun-soaked coastline of Capri Island, to wine tasting in the rolling vineyards of the Tuscan countryside, there are endless things to do in Italy. Italy attractions range...Read more

What to do in Naples: 10 Things You Should Not Miss!

What to do in Naples: 10 Things You Should Not Miss!

Nestled in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius and beside the Tyrrhenian Sea lies Naples, the third largest city in Italy. This is a city that has seen civilizations rise and fall and has played an important role in Italian history. While it may not have all the...Read more

Hiking in Italy: The 7 Best Trails

Hiking in Italy: The 7 Best Trails

Often caught up in the magic of ancient historical landmarks and idyllic countryside, many visitors tend to overlook the fact that Italy is also an excellent trekking destination boasting spectacular and diverse landscapes. Between the dizzying Dolomites...Read more

Hiking in the Dolomites: Everything You Need to Know

Hiking in the Dolomites: Everything You Need to Know

Located in the heart of the Italian Alps, the Dolomites is a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its breathtaking vistas, lush meadows, unique rock formations, majestic peaks, and a plethora of trails for every kind of hiker. Whether you’re embarki...Read more

5 Best Cinque Terre Hiking Trails and Alternative Routes

5 Best Cinque Terre Hiking Trails and Alternative Routes

Straddling the rugged Italian Riviera, Cinque Terre is a string of picture-perfect seaside villages famed for its vibrant, technicolored abodes. Each of the five Cinque Terre towns—Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso—wow...Read more

Famous Italian Food: Top 10 Dishes to Try in Italy

Famous Italian Food: Top 10 Dishes to Try in Italy

Exploring Italy’s historic roads and Roman architecture is sure to leave your throat parched and your stomach rumbling. Get ready to experience gastronomic delights on your platter — the famous Italian food the county is renowned for. The aver...Read more

When to visit Italy

Read the below travel guides to find the best time to visit Italy.

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Best Time to Visit Italy

Best Time to Visit Italy

Italy is the ideal country to travel to for a number of reasons: the food, the views, the history, the people, everything about this beautiful country feels so perfect. There is no best time to visit Italy as the weather varies depending on which part of...Read more

Italy in January: Enjoy the Best of Winter

Italy in January: Enjoy the Best of Winter

Traveling to Italy in January will see you explore this much-loved destination without the crowds that pack out the piazzas of Venice and Rome in the summer months. Firmly within the country’s low season, beach trips are definitely a no-go even...Read more

Italy in February: Weather, Carnivals and Romance

Italy in February: Weather, Carnivals and Romance

Although the weather of Italy in February may be missing the typical characteristics that many of us associate with the peninsula (sunny beaches and balmy countryside), there are still a good number of reasons to consider visiting Italy during this time o...Read more

Italy in March: Good Weather, Lesser Crowds

Italy in March: Good Weather, Lesser Crowds

A trip to Italy in March moves from winter to spring. Days start getting longer from March, blossoms cover bare branches, and outdoors become enjoyable again. The weather, however, is a bit unpredictable during this time of year, with rain and sunshi...Read more

Italy in April: Weather, Tips & Hiking

Italy in April: Weather, Tips & Hiking

Wildflowers start blanketing Italy’s rolling countryside and beautiful parks in April, while its mountain trails reopen for the first hiking trips of the year. Italy in April also heralds the beginning of the festive season in the country, which is...Read more

Italy in May: Vibrant Destinations, Quieter Streets

Italy in May: Vibrant Destinations, Quieter Streets

A trip to Italy in May is a feast to the senses. With spring rapidly turning into summer, days are dominated by clear skies and bright sun, although visitor numbers are yet to climb to their July and August peaks. The climate is perfect for admiring the l...Read more

Italy At a Glance

Quick facts about Italy.

CAPITAL CITY

Rome is the capital of Italy. As the birthplace of the Roman empire, this city is dripping with history and culture. Walking around the city, you cannot help but fall in love with this city full of archeological marvels. The food here is pretty outstanding too.

SIZE

301,230 km². One of the smaller countries by area in Western Europe, and the 72nd largest country in the world. Italy is easy to reach from all major airports and from across Europe.

COUNTRY CODE

+39 is the country code for Italy when making a call internationally. Follow the country code with an area code, such as 6 for Rome.

CURRENCY

The currency in Italy is the Euro, much like most of Europe. There are plenty of ATMs around major cities and quite a lot of places work on a contactless basis, rather than cash, especially following the Covid pandemic.

MAIN AIRPORT

The main international airport in Italy is Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino Airport. The airport also has a lot of domestic flights. It is located just outside Rome and is 32 kilometers away from the city center. CODE: FCO CLOSEST CITY: ROME

VISAS

Italy is part of the Schengen zone, so most travelers can enter for up to 90 days without a visa. If you are traveling from the US, you will need a Schengen visa. If you are from within the EU, you will not need a visa. We recommend checking your country's travel advisories before booking a trip.

LANGUAGE

Italian is the official language of Italy. However, if you are in the north of the country, you may hear some German, while French is also common in the western border areas. A lot of Italians can also speak English, but learning a customary “Buongiorno” and other basic Italian goes a long way.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

The local emergency contact number is 112, 115 and 118 for the police, fire and ambulance services respectively.

WHAT'S UNIQUE

If you are into history and culture, there is no better place in the world to visit than Italy. Why? Well, it has the most UNESCO World Heritage sites in the world. When you are in Italy, you are never too far away from a world-renowned site.

Where to go in Italy

Discover the best places in Italy.

10 Best Places to Visit in Italy

10 Best Places to Visit in Italy

From the sparkling waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea to the fairytale setting of the Italian Alps and everything in between, there is something in Italy to entice every kind of traveler. Italy is a beautiful country, bursting with history, great food and...Read more

5 Best Cities to Visit in Italy

5 Best Cities to Visit in Italy

Wondering where to go in Italy? In a country with such glorious weather, delectable food, sublime scenery and a rich culture, it’s hard to know where to head first. Our guide reveals the best cities to visit in Italy and the top attractions to...Read more

Italy Family Vacation: 10 Best Places to Visit

Italy Family Vacation: 10 Best Places to Visit

Looking for a family vacation destination that is perfect for introducing your children to another culture and instilling in them a lifelong love of travel and adventure? According to us, Italy is the perfect spot for your family trip. A family vacation i...Read more

Off the Beaten Path in Italy: Top 10 Hidden Gems in Italy

Off the Beaten Path in Italy: Top 10 Hidden Gems in Italy

With its glorious coastline, wealth of scenic cities and oh-so-beautiful countryside, Italy is one of the best places to holiday in the world. Rome, Venice and Florence are some of the best places to visit in Italy as they are densely packed with astoundi...Read more

5 Best Beaches in Italy

5 Best Beaches in Italy

Italy is the jewel in the crown of the Mediterranean, and as you would expect from a country surrounded almost entirely by the sea it features some of the most beautiful and impressive beaches. We’ve chosen 5 of the best beaches in Italy (in no part...Read more

6 Best Beaches in Sicily

6 Best Beaches in Sicily

Sicily. The name conjures up images of long lazy days, sunshine, and summer holidays coupled with the style and glamour of an Italian holiday. With over 1000 kilometers of shoreline, one of the island’s main draws is its fabulous coastline. Surround...Read more

How long to stay in Italy

Read about the ideal duration to stay in Italy.

Great Italy Itineraries: How Many Days to Spend?

Great Italy Itineraries: How Many Days to Spend?

Whether you want to sip wine in the rolling hills of Tuscany, swim in the sparkling waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea on the Amalfi Coast, or explore the architectural and archeological wonders of Rome, Italy has something to capture every traveler’s hea...Read more

2 Weeks in Italy: Top 3 Recommendations

2 Weeks in Italy: Top 3 Recommendations

There’s nowhere in the world quite like Italy, from world-renowned Renaissance art to the country's influential role in history to incomparably delicious cuisine and to some of the best wines in the world. Whether you’re a foodie on the hunt f...Read more

One Week in Italy: Top 4 Recommendations

One Week in Italy: Top 4 Recommendations

From delicious local cuisine to stunning seaside vistas, explore Italy which has so much to offer travelers. A one week Italy itinerary is plenty of time to experience the country’s best, no matter what your interests are. In this article, we offer...Read more

10 Days in Italy: Top 4 Recommendations

10 Days in Italy: Top 4 Recommendations

Home to some of the world’s tastiest cuisine, world-famous wines, and a long history that has influenced the world, Italy is guaranteed to win you over and leave you wanting to come back again and again. A 10-day Italy trip is the perfect choic...Read more

Top 3 Amalfi Coast Itineraries: Plan a Perfect Trip

Top 3 Amalfi Coast Itineraries: Plan a Perfect Trip

The Amalfi Coast is a 50 km stretch of some of the most amazing coastline in Europe and is one of Italy’s most popular holiday destinations. It’s on many travellers’ bucket lists and visitors come to the area to relax, enjoy fine dining,...Read more

5 Days in Italy: Top 4 Recommendations

5 Days in Italy: Top 4 Recommendations

Whether exploring historic cities, meandering through charming countryside, or savoring world-class meals, Italy's compact size ensures that every corner offers a new adventure. With just 5 days in Italy, you can immerse yourself in the essence of the cou...Read more

Top Italy Attractions

Learn more about the best Italy attractions.

A Complete Guide to Colosseum: A Must Visit

A Complete Guide to Colosseum: A Must Visit

The Colosseum is arguably one of the most popular monuments on your trip to Rome, Italy. This ancient and awe-inspiring piece of architecture leaves visitors speechless while transporting them back to a time of Roman gladiators and crowds of cheering spec...Read more

Visit the Ruins of Pompeii: A Complete Guide

Visit the Ruins of Pompeii: A Complete Guide

One of the most popular tourist attractions in the whole of Italy, the ruins of Pompeii are an archaeological and historical marvel and absolutely fascinating to explore. When in Italy, a visit to Pompeii is definitely warranted! Wandering around the...Read more

FAQs for Italy

Read the most frequently asked questions and answers about traveling to Italy below.

  • Will I need a visa to travel to Italy?
  • What is the best time to visit Italy?
  • How many days should I spend in Italy?
  • Is an Italian holiday expensive? How do the ATMs work in Italy? What is the currency of Italy?
  • Is English spoken in Italy? Should I learn communication phrases in Italy?

Sustainable travel — How to travel through Italy responsibly

In line with Bookmundi’s vision, we wish to provide our travelers with a sustainable travel experience through Italy. As part of this effort, we carbon offset any Italy tour that you purchase through us. You can read more details about our carbon offsetting efforts.

Here’s what you can do to travel to Italy more responsibly:

  • Carbon offset your trip to Italy via Emirates. The moment your tour starts in Italy, and provided that you have purchased your tour through Bookmundi, we will carbon offset your tour from the beginning till the end.
  • Donate to an Italian environment-specific organization, such as Legambiente, which educates and advocates for greenery policies and behaviors across the country.
  • Italy’s train network is pretty great, affordable and comprehensive. It is also a greener way to travel, so ditch the plan to rent a car or take internal flights and instead take the train. You will be traveling at a slower pace, but you will also get to see more that way.

Italy travel tips and insight

  • Look for full Italian restaurants rather than those that only cater to tourists in order to find authentic Italian food.
  • Do not make special food requests as Italians take pride in their food.
  • Italian restaurants rarely stay open after 7 PM.
  • Italian cities have a bad reputation for pickpocketing so keep your belongings safe.
  • Wear appropriate clothes that cover your knees and shoulders when visiting holy sites.
  • To avoid crowds, visit places in the mornings.

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