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Italy Travel Guide

Italy is a country steeped in ancient history and culture. With bustling cities and stunning coastline you'll be hard pressed to choose just one place to visit!

What you'll find in this guide:

Top things to do in Italy

Practical Information

Popular Italian Cities

Top things to do in Italy

  • Private tour of Turin

    Private tour of Turin

    Enjoy a private guided walk in the "command center" of the city, home of the Savoy dynasty, once the capital of the Kingdom of Sardinia and later turned into the first capital of the Kingdom of Italy.

  • Priority access to the Colosseum

    Priority access to the Colosseum

    Explore Rome's most ancient sites with a single priority access ticket and get the most out of your experience in the Eternal City

  • Santorini at sunset

    Hop-on, hop-off Tiber cruise

    Enjoy navigation on the river Tiber to discover Rome from a new point of view!

  • Food and Wine tour in the Tuscan countryside

    Food and Wine tour in the Tuscan countryside

    visit a typical medieval village to admire the life in the middle of a medieval charming countryside, accompanied by local food and wine.

  • Guided tour of Florence Duomo

    Guided tour of Florence Duomo

    take advantage of a privileged access to the majestic Florence Duomo, the architectural masterpiece symbol of the city! Learn all about it on this guided tour with exclusive access!

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What time zone is Italy in?

GMT +2

What currency do they use in Italy?

Euro EUR

What language do they speak in Italy?


What power adaptors do you need for Italy?

Type C, F, L

What is the average flight time to Italy?

2 Hours

Map of Italy

Italy is located in Southern Europe, jutting out into the Mediterranean Sea. It comprises a boot-shaped peninsula and a number of islands including Sicily and Sardinia. Check out our handy map of Italy below to get a better feel for the country.

Italy Travel Guide - Map of Italy

Practical Info

Culture and etiquette


The majority of Italy is Roman Catholic, but other religions are practised. If you visit any places of worship, cover up to show respect.


Do you need tip in Italy? Two thirds of Italians don't tip when they dine out, so don't feel pressured to. Sometimes the service is included in your bill but if not, and you've enjoyed your experience, round up the bill a bit.


Smoking is banned in enclosed public spaces including restaurants, bars and public transport.

Language 101

Italian is the main language across the country. The locals appreciate it if you make the effort to learn a few key phrases and words to help immerse yourself in the culture and authentically enjoy all the things to do.

Hello - Ciao (informal) or Buongiorno (formal - meaning 'Good Morning')

Goodbye - Ciao (informal) or Arrivederci (formal)

Yes - Sì

No - No

Please - Per favore (formal) Per piacere (informal)

Thank you - Grazie

My name is... - Mi chiamo...

I don't understand - Non ho capito

Do you speak English? - Parla inglese?

Jabs, visas and other advice

For up-to-date advice on jabs, visas and other foreign advice, we recommend following the government's website

Emergency numbers

For ambulance services call 118, for police call 112 or 113 and for fire services it's 115.

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    Italy Airport Transfers

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    Italy Car Hire

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  • Italy Car Hire

    Italy Airport Lounges

    When you've had two weeks of sun, sea and sand in Italy, you'll want the relaxation to continue for as long as possible.

  • Italy Ultimate Experiences

    Italy Ultimate Experiences

    From winetasting to city tours! Make the most of your trip and pre-book the top Italy experiences for you and your family before you fly.

  • Italy Travel Insurance

    Travel Insurance for Italy

    Whether you're lounging in Sorrento or exploring Pompeii, you'll want a reliable travel insurance policy for your trip to Italy.

The Good Trip Index

Italy ranks 32nd on the Good Trip Index

This score is calculated based on Sustainability, Human Rights, Women's Rights, Press Freedom, Quality of Life, LGBTQI+ Rights and Animal welfare

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