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Italy Travel Guide

We've outlined some general information that may be helpful to you when planning your next holiday to Italy

Situated in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, San Marino and Vatican City, it offers holidaymakers the opportunity to admire a beautiful natural landscape, enjoy delicious cuisine, bask in the sunshine, and experience a unique culture. 

Italy has a rich and fascinating history, the heart of the Roman empire ruled from here for over 1000s of years and its relics are still present throughout the country. Before the Unification of Italy in 1861, the country consisted of several independent states and to this day when it comes to cuisine, Italy remains in this era as each region has still retained its own individual cuisine and cooking traditions. With many diverse regions offering its own unique attractions, there are plenty of things to do and places to visit in Italy and you can easily find a holiday to suit your interests.

Time Zone & Currency

Italy is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) throughout the year. The currency in Italy is the Euro. 

Weather In Italy

Italy is renowned for its pleasant climate. The weather is mostly warm and dry in spring and autumn. Summers are warm and dry and winter days can be cool.

Reading For Your Trip To Italy

Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Best time to go to Italy


Italy is a beautiful country with a varied climate, and the best time to visit can depend on several factors, such as the region you plan to visit or the type of activities you have planned. We think the best time to visit is either Spring (April to June) or in the Autumn (September to November) when it's less crowded and the weather is cooler.  

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Top Tourist Attractions In Italy

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Amalfi Coast

Possibly one of the most scenic drives in Europe, the Amalfi Coast is renowned for its breathtaking scenery and pastel coloured villages, including picture-perfect Positano, perched over the turquoise Mediterranean Sea.

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Verona Arena

A Roman Amphitheatre, completed around 30 AD, is the third largest in Italy, after the Colosseum in Rome and the arena at Capua. It measures 139 metres long and 110 metres wide and would seat some 25,000 spectators. It’s also famous for hosting opera performances. 

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Trulli Houses

The trulli in Alberobello itself are impressive, but the most beautiful concentration of conical trulli is along a stretch of about 15km on the Alberobello-Martina Franca road. Amid expanses of vineyards, you can see trulli put to all sorts of uses - including as wineries. 

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Trevi Fountain

The spectacular Fontana di Trevi was completed by Nicola Salvi in 1762. It is located in the heart of Rome's historic centre in Trevi Square near the Spanish Steps and Piazza Navona. The story goes if you toss a coin with your right hand over your left shoulder into the fountain, it means you’ll return to the Eternal city!

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Duomo in Florence

One of the most recognisable sights of Florence is the beautiful Dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. For 400 years it was the largest dome in the world and to this day is the largest dome made from brick and mortar. You can climb the 463 steps to the top for incredible views of this city.

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Taormina Greek Theatre

One of the top historical landmarks of Sicily, this Ancient Greek theatre was built into the hillside around the third century B.C and  offers panoramic views of the Mediterranean sea and Mount Etna. It’s often used for theatre and concert performances. 

Top 10 places to visit in Italy

A country rich in art, culture, history, stunning landscapes with plenty of incredible of places to explore. From Italy's capital, the Eternal city is full of ancient sites and museums, to the natural beauty of Mount Etna in Sicily.  

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12 Interesting facts about Italy

Did you know? Italy has the most UNESCO World Heritage site in the world, which includes Pompeii, the historic centre of Florence and the Amalfi Coast. Also some of Shakespeare's plays are set in Italy, the most famous being Romeo & Juliet.

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5 Best Lakes in Italy To Visit

Italy has a variety of lakes, each with their own unique charm, beauty and culture. From Lake Garda, the largest lake in the country, to Lake Como; both of which are surrounded by magnificent mountains and dotted with charming towns along their shores. 

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Food and drink in Italy


Brace yourself for some startling news – there is no such thing as Italian food! When it comes to cuisine, Italy remains in the era when it consisted of several independent states, each with its own individual produce and cooking traditions. The Unification of Italy in the 19th century did not change much and the country’s cuisine remains largely and proudly localised to this day. In Sicily and the southern regions the emphasis is on seasonal vegetables, seafood and tomatoes and a simple cooking style, whereas in the north of Italy the cuisine is heartier, with more meat, cheese and butter as well as cherished specialities such as truffles. Every region has its favourite pasta shape, from Veneto’s bigoli to Tuscany’s pici and Puglia’s orecchiette, and each has its preferred sauce or dressing. Of course, universal favourites including pesto, Bolognese and tiramisu are on offer in most major holiday spots, regardless of geography. 

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Useful Links

  • For up-to-date information regarding entry into Italy please see:
  • Official Italian Tourism Board: