Italy

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Located in south-central Europe, the Republic of Italy is a peninsula (stripe of land projected into the water) in a shape of a boot. It is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea on its right, the Adriatic Sea on its left and France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia on the north. Italy overflows art, culture and history. We lived in Italy for over one year and have visited countless times. We love the fact that it is impossible to define Italy in a simple way. The country is so diverse that, just around the corner, you see a different town, with different habits, accent and even a signature dish. Italy is just the perfect country to enjoy throughout the year.

Snapshot of Italy

Capital: Rome
Population: 60 million (2020) (23rd)
Rank in territory: (72nd)
Currency: Euro
Currency to US$: approx 1.17
Rank in GDP: 28th (495.69 billion)
Electric Socket: 230V (50Hz) two prong plug

Safety

Italy is a fairly safe country. However, don't fantasise that, just because it's in Europe there will be no crime over there. Remember that Italians pretty much formalised crime with their mafia. Nevertheless, you will be just more susceptible to petty crimes, if you are not careful enough. For instance, don't leave your belongs un-watched, mainly in train stations. Don't leave the key of the cars when parking on car parks if you have luggage in the boot. Preferable carry your wallet and mobiles on the front pocket. And always travel insured!

Language

Italian – You can get by with basic English, but to enrol into an either deep or long conversation, you might struggle, particularly in the south.

Religion

Christianism (84%), Agnostic (12%), Islam (3%), others (1%)

Regions and cities

  • North – Aosta Valley; Piedmont; Liguria; Lombardy; Veneto; Trentino Alto Adige; Friuli Venezia Giulia; Emilia Romagna
  • Center – Tuscany; Umbria; The Marches; Lazio
  • South – Campania; Basilicata; Abruzzo; Molise; Apulia; Calabria
  • Islands – Sardinia; Sicily
  • Most populated cities - Rome, Milan, Naples, Turin, Palermo /
  • Most visited cities - Rome, Milan, Naples, Venice, Florence /
  • Top 5 Monday Feelings places - Rome, Naples, Florence, Syracuse (or the whole Sicilia, Polignano a Mare (or the whole Puglia)

Visa

As part of Schengen Agreement, all the 26 countries who agreed on Schengen have abolished their borders for free and unrestricted movement of people.

Click here to see all the countries that are part of the Schengen Agreement
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Therefore, it's only needed to show any form of identification document to enter Italy. However, if staying longer than 90 days, you must register at Ufficio Anagrafe (Registry Office).

If you are not part of Schengen Agreement, then you must apply for a visa at any Italian consulate.

When to travel to Italy

*Best time to travel to Italy is APRIL to JULY*

Weather in Italy

Even though you can actually enjoy Italy throughout the year, there are still some particular time you might want to avoid. Let's start with the temperature. As it is located in the northern hemisphere, Italy has it's coldest months in January, February and March; and hottest months are June, July and August. It can get really cold, particularly in the mountains of the north. So, unless you plan for this cold - for instance, they have one of the best ski resorts - you better avoid Autumn and Winter.

Approximate temperature in Milan in °C
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Ago Sept Oct Nov Dec
2 4 9 12 17 20 23 23 19 13 7 3
Approximate temperature in Naples in °C
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Ago Sept Oct Nov Dec
8 8 10 13 17 20 23 23 20 16 12 9

Seasons

In Italy, there is the Ferragosto, which is when everybody have their holiday at the same time. Ferragosto is celebrated on August 15th, the following two weeks is just chaos in most part of the country - and obviously completely desert in another. So, unless you are an Italian taxpayer, do not take your holidays during this time!

Low season: November to March
Mid season: April to June and September to October
High season: July to August

graph for the best season to travel in Italy

What to pack

If you are going for the hot season, don't forget sunscreen, hat, swimming clothes, sandals and so on.
If you are going for the cold season, consider skiing, bring appropriate clothes because it will get really cold.

Cost of travel to Italy

Low budget vs luxury

Italy can pleases many pockets. However, if you are travelling from a quite devalued currency, then it might not seem that cheap.

Accommodation

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budget - about €10
average - about €20
luxury - about €50+

FOOD

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budget (pizza, panini) - about €2
average (tourist menu) - about €15
luxury (nice restaurants) - about €35+

TRANSPORT

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intercity trains/buses - about €15
intercity trains 1st class - about €70

What to see in Italy

Art and history

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Roman Empire
Florence

SPORTS AND WELLNESS

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Termes
Cycling

CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT

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Churches and Chapels
Carnival

What to eat in Italy

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orichiette
diverse pastas

Films to watch

Il Postino

When exiled Cuban poet Pablo Neruda (Philippe Noiret) arrives on a tiny Italian isle, there's so much new mail that Mario (Massimo Troisi), an unemployed, uneducated layabout, is hired as a postman. His job is simply to deliver Neruda's daily mail. Mario soon becomes a student of the poet, learning the art of poetry to woo a local barmaid (Maria Grazia Cucinotta) and tell about the struggles of the working-class villagers. A firm friendship develops, and the postman turns into a changed man.

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Eat Pray Love

Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) thought she had everything she wanted in life: a home, a husband and a successful career. Now newly divorced and facing a turning point, she finds that she is confused about what is important to her. Daring to step out of her comfort zone, Liz embarks on a quest of self-discovery that takes her to Italy, India and Bali.

La Dolce Vita

A Federico Fellini's film, the reporter Marcelo Rubini drifts through life in Rome. While Marcello contends with the overdose taken by his girlfriend, Emma, he also pursues heiress Maddalena and movie star Sylvia, embracing a carefree approach to living. Despite his hedonistic attitude, Marcello does have moments of quiet reflection, resulting in an intriguing cinematic character study.

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The Da Vince Code

A murder in Paris' Louvre Museum and cryptic clues in some of Leonardo da Vinci's most famous paintings lead to the discovery of a religious mystery. For 2,000 years a secret society closely guards information that -- should it come to light -- could rock the very foundations of Christianity.

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