From the Roman Empire to the Renaissance, Italy is famous for its huge contributions to the worlds of art, architecture, fashion, opera, literature, design, and film – the list goes on, and we haven`t even mentioned the food yet. The country has more UNESCO World Heritage cultural sites than any other country in the world.
Artistic masterpieces, medieval hill towns, majestic mountains, Mediterranean beaches, bustling markets and mouth-watering cuisine - Italy really is a country that has it all, and that's why it is one of the most-traveled destinations in Europe.
There are so many highlights in this gorgeous country - from the canals of Venice to the museums of Florence and the surrounding countryside of Tuscany and its Hill Towns
to the cobblestone streets of Rome to the cliffs of Positano… and beyond.
Rome is one of the most iconic and most traveled cities in Europe and you could spend days getting lost in this amazing destination. The most picturesque spots in Italy might just be Cinque Terre and all the stops along the Amalfi Coast. Positano is the gem of the Amalfi Coast and is arguably the most beautiful and most charming town in the whole of Italy.
Like all popular European destinations, Italy sees visitors throughout the year - rain, snow or shine. And all of these are a possibility depending on when you visit Italy. Every season in this country has its charm, as well as its drawbacks, so when to go depends on your travel type and what activities you are interested in.
Generally speaking, the best times to visit are during the `shoulder seasons` which is spring (April to June) or fall (September and October) when there are fewer tourists, lower prices, and moderate temperatures. The summer months bring an influx of tourists and increases in hotel rates, and higher temperatures. The winter months are often grey, wet, and cold in the north but temperate south of Rome. Here is an overview of Italy in all four seasons that will help you decide what`s the best time of year for you to visit. For more information, check out: Best Time to Visit Italy
We recommend 7-10 days based on what you want to see and do. We offer flexible vacation packages so you can select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities. We suggest a minimum of 3 nights in larger cities.
Whatever your pleasure, transportation in Italy is modern, easy to navigate and fits a variety of budget ranges.
By Car: If it's the open road you're after, renting a car is the best way to travel in Italy. All the typical car rental companies are available at the major airports. Specify automatic or manual transmission, as car transportation in Italy (and Europe, for that matter) is usually manual. On the small, winding country roads, manners usually win out, and major highways span the country to help ease access to the major cities. For more information on getting around by car, check out: Driving in Italy
By Train: Train travel in Italy is an excellent way to take the stress out of planning routes. Though you can't get to the smallest towns by train, the medium-sized and, of course, the major stops are on train routes.
The currency of Italy is the Euro. US dollars are not accepted. Please be sure to have the correct currency on hand or be prepared to exchange your dollars for euros upon arrival. Currency exchange desks can be found at the airport and many locations throughout the city. For more detailed information, consult our guide by clicking here Tipping in Italy.
English may be spoken at your hotel and in the tourist areas, but not everywhere. We suggest you get a good English-Italian guidebook and familiarize yourself with common phrases such as hello, goodbye, excuse me and numbers 1-10.