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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!

Need to know

What time zone is Italy in?

GMT +2

What curreny do they use in Italy?

Euro EUR

What language do they speak in Italy?

Italian

What power adapters do you need for Italy?

Type C, F & L

What is the average fight time to Italy?

2.5 hrs

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

Culture and etiquette

Religion

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

Tipping

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

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.

Italy Airport Transfers

Italy Airport Transfers

Pre-book your Italy Airport transfers, with prices starting from under £11.00 with FREE cancellations up to 3 days before your departure date.

Italy Car Hire

Italy Car Hire

Pre-book your Italy car hire, with prices starting from under £5.00 per day with FREE cancellations*

What are the current testing requirements for Italy?

We aim to keep this information up to date however we advise always checking the current entry requirements on gov.uk before you travel.

If you're looking for a recommended supplier you can find and book these via our Covid Testing FAQ page

Fully vaccinated? 

Travelling with children? 


UK >> Italy

⚠️ Negative Covid-19 test required and on day 5 after entry

Test type: PCR or antigen

⚠️ 5 day self-isolation

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Children under 6 are exempt

Italy >> UK

⚠️ Pre-departure test required

Test type: Lateral flow or antigen

⚠️ Day 2 & Day 8 test required

Test type: PCR

⚠️ 10 Day Quarantine

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Test to release (optional)

Children 10 and over are required to provide the same tests as adults.

Children aged 5 - 9 must have a pre-departure test and a day 2 test only.

UK >> Italy

⚠️ Negative Covid-19 test required

Test type: antigen or PCR test within 48 hours of arrival

⚠️ Provide proof of vaccination

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Children under 6 are exempt.

Italy >> UK

⚠️ Pre-departure test required

Test type: Lateral flow or antigen

⚠️ Day 2 PCR Test

⚠️ Self-isolate from arrival until negative result

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Children under 18 have same testing requirements as adults.


Are there restrictions once you arrive?

Face masks are mandatory on public transport, enclosed public spaces and anywhere social distance of 1m cannot be maintained. Most hospitality, sports and cultural attractions require a Covid pass to enter; you can use the UK NHS app.


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