Italy

It is easy to understand why Italy is one of the world’s most celebrated tourist destinations. This is a country that truly does have it all: exquisite landscapes, an abundance of art and architectural treasures, world renowned museums and a national obsession with decadent food and fine wine. Not to mention the country’s sun-kissed olive groves, glacial lakes, fiery volcanoes and snow capped peaks. Dive the clear green waters of the Mediterranean, browse the market stalls in Naples or experience the diverse wildlife inhabiting the country’s national parks. And if you find the vast range of choices overwhelming, take some advice from the locals: sit back, relax and take a moment to indulge in the “bella vita” (the good life). As they say: when in Rome!

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Electricity

Electrical sockets (outlets) in Itlay are generally their own standard, the "Type L" Italian CEI 23-16/VII. Also reported to be in use is the…

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Banking

Currency – Italy uses the European monetary unit, the euro (€). – Traveler's checks, cheques and foreign money can be changed…

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Cuisine

Tap water throughout Italy is safe to drink and to cook with when taken from taps in urban areas. Not all tap water in rural areas is safe for consumption,…

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Climate

The climate varies considerably from the north to the south of Italy. In the north of the country – the area between the Alps and the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines…

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Transport

Alitalia (AZ) (www.alitalia.com) is the main domestic carrier. Other local budget operators are Meridiana (www.meridiana.it), Air One (www.flyairone.it),…

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Dress

Summers can be steamy, but shorts are still regarded as resort wear by most Italians. Cotton slacks or capri pants for women are a stylish alternative….

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Health

Please consult your health-care provider 4-6 weeks prior to travel to ensure you are receiving all required vaccinations, and that the medication has enough…

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Safety

Italy is safe in general. We recommend normal precautions be taken as you would for any city in the world. Be aware of your surroundings and stay in well-lit…

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Visa

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS – Make copies of all your important documents such as passports, driver’s licenses, credit cards, etc. Keep…

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General

Language: – The official language is Italian. – National Emergency Numbers: – Ambulance…

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Regions

Florence

Florence is a tiny city with a massive heart and an even larger supply of artistic and historical treasures. For centuries it has had a magnetic effect on travellers who flock en masse to the birthplace of the Renaissance to marvel at the grandiose masterworks of art and architecture to…

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Rome

Rome is a city that remains virtually unrivalled in the sheer volume and diversity of its cultural repertoire. One could spend months in Rome and still only scratch the surface of treasures to be discovered in this phenomenal ancient city. 3000-years of haphazard urban development has resulted in a complex…

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Siena

With its steep winding alleyways, its glorious Gothic architecture and its abundance of early Renaissance art, the compact city of Siena is a historic jewel in heart of Tuscany. The city is spread across three hills and is centred around the sloping, scallop-shaped piazza del Campo, watched over by the…

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Featured Tours

Italian Indulgence

If you’ve ever dreamed of sipping crisp wine and sampling farm-fresh cheese on the Italian countryside, this experience is for you. It’s a 10-day luxury culinary escape to Rome, Siena, Florence, and Tuscany.

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