Italy

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Located in the heart of the Mediterranean, Italy offers both sun-kissed beaches and snow-capped mountains in the Alps. It is not only known for its natural beauty, but also for its unique culture. Whether on the waterways of Venice or in ancient Rome, the warm and passionate atmosphere will infect you with joie de vivre. On top of this, the cuisine is superb and has something for every taste. Let yourself be charmed by the special Italian ambience with us.

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About Italy

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

What to expect

Get ready for a varied journey through one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. With its various destinations, Italy offers the right vacation for everyone. Whether it’s unique historical sights such as the Colosseum or picturesque views on the Amalfi Coast.
Enjoy the taste of authentic pizza and pasta dishes in the waterways of Venice or on one of the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia. Immerse yourself in the lively streets of Italy and start your day with an espresso like a true Italian.

 

Passport to Italy

Promenade of Burano

Why you need to visit the Italy:

perfect mix of natural beauty, culture and amazing food

Our highlight:

Boat trip on Lake Maggiore

Best time to visit:

April to October

TYPE OF VAC

Summer

CURRENY

Euro

LANGUAGE

Italian

Destinations

find your place to be

Burano Woman standing in front of colorful houses

Burano

Burano is a charming island in the Venetian Lagoon, north-east of Venice, Italy. Known for its colorful houses and picturesque canals, Burano is a popular destination for travelers who want to get a taste of traditional Venetian life and colorful scenery.

Sacro Monte di Orte View from above over Lago di Orta

Lake Orta

Nestled in the foothills of the Alps, Lago di Orta is a hidden gem among Italy's famous lakes. Often in the shadow of its larger neighbors, such as Lake Como and Lake Garda, Lago di Orta has a calm, understated beauty that touches the soul.

Duomo-Milan-Cathedral-Frontview

Milan

Milan is the fashion capital of Italy. With an unforgettable blend of historical splendor and contemporary flair, it is definitely worth a visit. The iconic cathedral with its small towers and statues is an architectural eye-catcher.

Couple sitting in front of Rialto Bridge

Venice

Venice, the city of canals, rises like a dream from the calm waters of the Adriatic. Every corner of Venice tells a story, from the splendor of St. Mark's Square to the gondoliers, whose melodic sounds transform the alleyways and canals into a dreamlike backdrop.

What you need to know

before going to Italy

Italy, a boot-shaped peninsula extending into the Mediterranean Sea, is in an advantageous geographical position in southern Europe. Bordered to the north by France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia, Italy has a varied landscape that includes everything from the majestic Alps in the north to the beaches of the Mediterranean in the south. The Alps form a natural barrier that protects Italy from cold northerly winds and offers breathtaking views. The islands of Sicily and Sardinia, off the southern coast of Italy, have their own unique landscapes. The Italian coastline is a mixture of rugged cliffs, sandy beaches and picturesque bays surrounded by the azure waters of the Mediterranean. In between are the vibrant cities of Milan, Rome and Florence as well as the idyllic landscapes of Tuscany and so much more.

How many days do you need for Italy?

How long you should plan for a trip to Italy can vary greatly. Depending on your chosen destination, the duration can range from a few days to several weeks. If you are planning to visit one of the world-famous Italian cities, 4 days could be enough to get a good impression. However, if you want to take a road trip or a round trip through Italy, you should certainly plan two weeks. The more time you can take for your trip to Italy, the more intensely you will absorb the Italian atmosphere.

Best time to visit

Italy can be worth a visit all year round. It should be noted that the winter months are primarily suitable for skiing in the north of the country. The temperatures in the country differ relatively greatly between the northern and southern parts. For example, the temperature in the north can range from -3 to 7 degrees Celsius (26-45 degrees Fahrenheit) in winter, whereas in the south of the country the temperature ranges from 11 to 15 degrees Celsius (52-59 degrees Fahrenheit). In summer, the temperatures in the north and south are similar, sometimes reaching peaks of over 30 degrees (86 degrees Fahrenheit).

When to go: You should plan your trip to Italy depending on your travel agenda. If you want to visit the country to explore Italy’s cities, for example, spring and fall are the best times. These include the months of April to June and September to October. Temperatures are mild and the weather is stable during these months. However, it is not too hot to spend the days in the narrow streets of the cities. With a bit of luck, the number of tourists is also low. If you are planning to visit the Mediterranean country for a beach vacation, it is best to come in the months of July and August. This is when the temperatures are at their zenith and the likelihood of rain is at its lowest. This is also the peak season, which is why prices are highest at this time and you will meet lots of other tourists.

Regional particularities: As already mentioned, the weather can vary within the country. Due to the fact that Italy stretches for around 1,800 kilometers in a north-south direction, temperatures can vary greatly, especially in the months of October to May.

Travel Tips

Travel Insurance: You should take out travel insurance to ensure you are financially protected in the event of a medical emergency or trip cancellation. This way you can enjoy your trip to Italy with complete peace of mind.

Pack essentials: Depending on the time of year you choose to travel, you should bring the essentials. In summer, for example, this includes sunscreen, insect repellent, light clothing, swimwear, sandals, a hat, and sunglasses. It can get very hot. Make sure you drink enough to protect yourself from the sun. In the transitional months, slightly thicker clothing such as a sweater and a jacket as well as closed shoes are also highly recommended.
Don’t forget to take important medicines or drugstore items with you. Italy is generally good when it comes to supplying these things. However, you can save yourself unnecessary stress if you already have the most important things with you.

Cash and ATM: In Italy, you can now get by with card payments. Nevertheless, we recommend that you always have some cash with you. The infrastructure with ATMs is good, especially in the cities.

Environmental: Nature will thank you if you try to minimize your impact on the environment. Dispose of your waste properly, avoid single-use plastic and support companies that promote sustainability and eco-friendly practices.

Internet: The internet connection in Italy is generally good. Of course, there are always places where the internet is faster or slower. Wifi is available in most accommodation and also in many restaurants. It’s best to get a local SIM card for your entire stay in the country. Perhaps you already have a SIM card for Europe.

SIM Card: If you already have a SIM card for a European country, it should also work in Italy without any additional costs. To be on the safe side, you should check this again before your trip.If you do not yet have a European SIM card, you have two options. You can either order a SIM card in advance or buy one locally.
If you want to buy a SIM card in Italy, you will need your passport. The purchase is actually not that easy, as you have to be an Italian citizen to buy most plans. However, there are also plans that are explicitly for travelers. You can get a local SIM card in carrier-specific storefronts, third-party phone stores or simple kiosks, tobacconists and vending machines.
The price is around 30 to 50 euros (32-53 USD) for 10 to 20 Gb of mobile data.

Transportation

There are different ways to get from one place to another in Italy. Depending on the situation, different means of transportation can be advantageous.

Car: Of course, a car is necessary for your planned road trip. Especially if you want to travel longer distances along the coast or through the country, it makes sense to travel by car, regardless of whether you have already traveled to Italy by car or are renting a car locally. However, a rental car can be very expensive. Be careful, the traffic in Italy is sometimes adventurous, especially in the cities.

Public transportation: If you will be spending most of your time in cities, you can make good use of public transportation in Italy.

Domestic flights: If you want to cover longer distances between your stops, it may make sense to choose a domestic flight to avoid long travel times.

Ferries and boats: If you would like to visit one of the offshore islands, you can choose a ferry as well as a flight. It is best to book this in advance, as connections can get fully booked quickly. It is also no problem to use the ferry with a car. If you are planning to use a ferry with a rental car, be sure to clarify this with the rental agency in advance.

Culture & Food

Culture: Italian culture is renowned for its rich history, spanning millennia of art, architecture and literature. From the majestic ruins of ancient Rome to the exquisite works of Renaissance masters such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, Italy’s artistic heritage is unrivaled. The Italian people cultivate their traditions, which include lively festivals, passionate music and a strong sense of community that permeates daily life.

Religions: Religion has a major influence in Italy, shaped above all by Roman Catholicism, which has been deeply embedded in the country’s cultural structure for centuries. The Vatican City, nestled in Rome, is the spiritual epicenter of Catholicism and attracts millions of pilgrims and tourists every year.

Local food: Italian cuisine is famous worldwide for its simplicity, freshness and emphasis on quality ingredients. From the aromatic basil in pesto genovese to the rich flavors of aged balsamic vinegar from Modena, every dish tells a story of Italy’s diverse culinary heritage. Whether you are indulging in a classic plate of spaghetti alla carbonara or enjoying a scoop of creamy gelato on a hot summer’s day, a meal in Italy is an experience steeped in tradition and passion for good food.

Costs / Budget

On your trip through Italy, you should be aware of the costs for accommodation, food, transportation and activities.

Accommodation: In quieter areas outside the cities, you can stay in a hostel in Italy for as little as 29 euros (31 USD) per night. In cities such as Venice, Milan or Rome, however, you should budget for at least 120 (128 USD) euros per night. Of course, the price depends heavily on the period you choose.

Food: You pay between 10 and 15 euros (11-16 USD) for a meal in a restaurant in Italy. There are always more expensive and cheaper restaurants, of course.

Transportation: The cost depends on the means of transport and the distance traveled. The cheapest way to travel is by public bus and train. Flights are recommended for longer distances. These are somewhat more expensive, but travel is much faster. Car rental in Italy can be a major cost factor. It is best to book your means of transportation as early as possible, as the costs increase the shorter you book.

Activities and excursions in Italy vary greatly in price. Plan enough pocket money so that you can see everything that interests you while you are there. However, the good thing is that a day in Italy with its picturesque landscapes and beautiful cities doesn’t always have to cost anything. For example, strolling through the old town or watching a sunset on the coast is free of charge.

Health and Safety

Health: Italy has strict health safety standards that ensure disease prevention and control through comprehensive public health initiatives. Vaccination programs are widespread and protect against preventable diseases, while strict food safety regulations maintain the quality and integrity of Italian cuisine. Continuous surveillance and rapid response mechanisms strengthen the country’s ability to address emerging health threats and maintain the well-being of the population.

Safety: Tourists in Italy generally experience a safe environment with well-monitored attractions and public places. However, it is advisable to exercise caution in crowded areas and beware of pickpockets, especially in the major tourist centers such as Rome, Florence and Venice. If you are aware of your surroundings and take basic precautions, you can enjoy Italy’s cultural riches without major security concerns.

Natural catastrophes: The possibility of earthquakes or volcanic eruptions cannot be ruled out, as Italy is located in an earthquake zone and has several active volcanoes.
Forest fires can also occur in the hot summer months.
However, natural disasters cannot be completely ruled out in any part of the world. If you inform yourself sufficiently in advance about the situation in Italy, you have nothing to fear.

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