How to Plan Your Travel to Italy - Everything You Need to Plan a Successful Vacation

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When travelling to a new country, knowing what to expect and getting all the information needed to plan the best holiday is always better. Here you will find all the things you need to know before travelling to Italy if you visit it for the first time.

Italy is beautiful, and I am not saying that only because it is indeed my country.

Every year millions of travellers visit it, and they get so fascinated by its beauty, friendly people, food, architecture and culture that they cannot wait to visit it again and again.

This will probably happen to you after visiting Italy for the first time because every Italian region is different from each other and has different fantastic experiences.

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What is the etiquette to follow when visiting Italy?

It is expected among Italian friends and families to kiss on both cheeks when they meet, irrespective of their gender. Remember to stand up to show your respect when an older person enters the room.

Also, Italians love to wear nice clothes. For us it is important to dress neatly and respectfully, even to just go to the supermarket.

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Everything you need to know before visiting Italy



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What is the language spoken?

The language spoken in Italy is Italian. But in every region and sometimes in each city of a region, people speak a dialect.

It's very common for people from different Italian regions to not understand each other when both speak in their dialect.

I'm from the beautiful city of Trieste, and I don't understand the south Italy dialect. For me, it's a completely different language.

Tip: I highly recommend learning a few Italian sentences before your trip to Italy. Not everyone speaks English in Italy, and also, keep in mind that when travelling, locals will highly appreciate it if you can say a few simple phrases. To do so, check out Duolingo, a simple, fun and free way to learn a new language.

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Time Zone in Italy

Italy is in the Central European Time Zone, which is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +1).

During summer, Italy observes daylight-saving, where the time is moved forward by 1 hour, so it becomes 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +2). In winter, the time in Italy is moved back by 1 hour to Central European Time.

These changes happen on the last Saturday of March and the last Saturday of October.

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Currency in Italy

The official currency of Italy is the euro, even though the country is still somewhat a cash-based economy.

You won't be paying cash all of the time, so I advise you to always have some cash with you when travelling through Italy. Most shops and merchants in Italy are well equipped to accept card payments – Visa and Mastercard are more common than American Express.

Check here the actual currency change.

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Do you need some Travel Tips?

Check out my Travel Tips section, where you will find all the help, tips and tricks to plan your next adventure in the most organized way!

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Vaccinations to visit Italy

You should ask your family doctor before planning an Italy trip and ensure you receive all the appropriate vaccinations.

Make sure you’re up to date on recommended vaccinations for your home country and look at The Travel Vaccines and Advice here.

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Voltage and Adaptors in Italy​

The standard voltage in Italy is 220-240 volts. Most of the sockets are European plugs of the two round-pin varieties.

I recommend you buy a universal travel adaptor. You will need a voltage converter and plug adaptor to use other appliances.

Check the Plug adaptor that I use.

Tip: Do you want to see everything Italy has to offer and save money at the same time? Check here all the activities and tours available. You won't regret it!

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Visa and passport requirements

This depends on where you are from, so you should always check the Visaguide website to see if you need to apply for a visa before departure.

If you are from the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, you can enter Italy and stay up to 90 days without asking for a visa. Remember that you must have six months of validity on your passport.

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Book a good travel insurance

Booking good travel insurance is something you cannot forget to do.

It is one of those essential things to do before leaving for a trip, so check out SafetyWing and purchase your travel insurance before leaving for your travel.

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Enjoy a delicious Italian gelato when in Italy, you will love it!

When is the best time of the year to travel to Italy?

The best time to visit Italy depends on the purpose of your holiday in Italy.

  • Winter Skiing vacation: if you love skiing and dream about the fabulous Italian Alps, you should plan a trip to Italy from December to the beginning of March.

  • Winter cultural vacation: if you wish to spend your holiday visiting Italian cities and museums and learning about the Italian culture, planning a trip to Italy from November till March will allow you to avoid the high season's crowd and also plan a trip to Italy on a budget. But keep in mind that the winter temperature can be pretty low if you visit northern Italy.

  • Springtime: is the perfect season for an Italian tour to enjoy sunny but chill days while exploring the fabulous Italian cities. Don't forget when Easter is and try to avoid it because everything gets more expensive that week.

  • Summertime: If you want to spend time at the beach, the hottest months are from June to the beginning of September. The Italian beaches are wonderful, especially in southern Italy. The best places in Italy for a vacation at the beach are in Puglia, Calabria, Campania, Sicily and Sardinia regions. Remember that Italy gets very expensive and crowded in summer, especially in August.

  • Autumn: From October to November, days get shorter, colder, cheaper, and less crowded. It is the best season for planning a trip to Italy on a budget.

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Going from the Airport to your accommodation

When planning a trip, it is always wise to check how to go from the Airport to your accommodation. There are always many ways to choose.

Some shuttle buses go to the city centre, major Italian airports have train lines, or you can book a private taxi in advance that will take you to your accommodation. My go-to airport transfer websites are Kiwitaxi and holidaytaxi. where I always find some great deals.

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Tip: In every article, "How to plan your travel to (a city)", I listed all the ways to go from that specific airport to the city centre and how to move around that specific city with links to purchase tickets for all your trips to Italy and more.

Check out how to reach the city centre of Rome, Venice or Trieste from their local airports.

Best way to visit Italy

There are many ways to visit Italy. It all depends on where you wish to go, how much you want to spend and how fast you want to get there.

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me and my parents during our two weeks tour of Sardinia

Move around Italy by Bus

​You can easily explore Italy by bus; every city is very well connected to each other, and there is always a bus company to move around the city.

I always advise booking bus tickets in advance to plan your holiday the best way possible. Check bus ticket options and prices on Trainline, where you can check if the best option is by bus or Train and keep all your tickets inside your app.

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Move around Italy by Train

​Not every Italian airport has a connection to the central city by Train, but luckily, most have it. I always use Trainline while travelling. It is a great website for booking train tickets.

Rail Europe in Italy is also a wonderful way to book train tickets to travel around Italy.

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Move around Italy by Car

​If you like driving like me, you can always rent a car. In this case, I always look at my favourite rental car websites and see where I find the best deals when planning trips to Italy.

Have a look at them here:

DiscoverCars: Discover is like Skyscanner, but for rental cars. And since you're comparing many companies, you can also choose from many cars.

RentalCars: is an international car rental booking service all over the world.

I always think booking a private transfer from the airport to the hotel is better. So, you can start your holiday right upon arrival and save time and energy.

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