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Italy Tourism

Continent: Europe

Ideal Duration: 10 - 14 days

Best Time: December - March Read More

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Budget: Moderate to Expensive

"An amalgamation of art, history and culture"

Italy Tourism

Italy is a country situated in Europe with 20 regions, each having its own glorious history, culture and traditions. It is the place where the Renaissance started and the place which gave the world Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus. The icing on the cake is the delicious food that you get to eat here.

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Regions in Italy

The country has 20 regions and to cities, the Vatican City and San Marino which are independent city-states of Italy. Each region is diverse and unique. You have a city like Venice which is a maze of canals, and then you have the beautiful city of Florence which is full of masterpieces in architecture. Each region has something special to offer you along with great food

Best time to visit Italy

December - March is the best time to visit Italy

The best time to visit Italy is during the Spring (April to June) and Fall (September to October) seasons.

These months offer pleasant weather conditions and lesser crowds. Northern Italy's weather tends to be colder compared to that of Southern Italy. On the whole, the country's climate is quite mild and predictable. Travellers will be able to find excellent deals on accommodation during this time. It is also an ideal time for sightseeing and outdoor activities, as it is typically dry season and the crowds are also not at their peak. July and August are the hottest months in Italy whereas January is the coldest. November is the wettest month, so you might want to avoid it if you're looking for outdoor activities.  Summer tends to get hot and crowded, as well as, expensive, while the winter months are plain wet and cold (especially in the North). Travellers might even want to consider the winter months if they are keen on experiencing a ski resort in the mountainous regions. Once the dates of your trip are finalised, make sure to check the list of holidays and festivals that might coincide with your stay.

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What's Great?

Beautiful landscape, carefully preserved heritage and history, wonderful architecture and great food

What's Not So Great?

Most of the people in Italy only speak Italian, so the communication might become a problem

For Whom?

People who love history and art, those who love beautiful architecture and food lovers

Stay options in Italy

You will have options of all kinds of accommodations in Italy. If you're looking for a very cheap accommodation, then there are many hostels available. But, it is not advisable if you're travelling with your family. If you are looking for a cheap accommodation while you're travelling with your family, then an Airbnb is the best option. The Airbnb provides accommodation in all ranges from cheap to expensive. Living in an Airbnb can be an excellent experience because it gives you the facilities of a home and also the opportunity to interact with the locals. You also have hotels everywhere if that is your preferred choice of accommodation

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Currency of Italy

The currency that is accepted all over Italy is the European Union's Euro. It has 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, 1?, 2? in coins where 100c make 1?. It has 5Û, 10Û, 20Û, 50Û, 100Û, 200Û, 500Û bank notes

Exchanging Money in Italy

You can get Euros at many currency exchange units and travel agencies like Thomas Cook in India. In Italy, you'll find currency exchange units in the airports and at several place in all the major cities. You can also withdraw money from the ATMs there if you have an international card or a travel card

Nightlife in Italy

If you want to enjoy the nightlife in Italy then there beachside restaurants in Sicily that give you a unique experience, there jazz houses in Venice and many clubs in cities like Rome, Florence nad Milan. In summer, many of the cities have open air concerts in the night

Shopping in Italy

Cities like Rome, Florence and Milan are famous worldwide for shopping for clothes and shoes. And the other cities also have many things to offer. Instead of spending money on stuff from souvenir where most of the things are made in China, invest in things that are produced in Italy because Italians are known for preserving their heritage. You can buy perfumes, leather goods and the famous Italian shoes from Florence. The islands near Venice, Murano and Burano, are famous for their glass and lace items respectively. If you're good at bargaining, the flea markets in Verona are the best place for you, One thing to be noted is that most of the shops close for lunch and open only around 4 pm. So, plan your shopping spree accordingly.

Festivals of Italy

The most important festivals in Italy are Christmas and Easter. There's also Saints Day when they decorate the graves of their relatives. But, Christmas is celebrated all over Italy and there are also Christmas markets at certain places. Some places like Venice completely shut down on Christmas day with almost all the shops closed and reduced transport timings

History of Italy

Italy was first united by Napoleon after the war of Spanish succession. Many wars followed after that where the Italian fought for their country against the Austrian armies. And, in 1852, Count Camille di Cavour, prime minister of Sardinia joined England and France in the Crimean War. By 1860, Modena, Parma, Tuscany, and the Romagna had a plebiscite which resulted in them joining Sardinia. And, Sicily and Naples was also conquered. The annexation of Venetia in 1866 and Rome in 1870 completed the formation of the nation of Italy where Victor Emmanuel II, the king of Sardinia became the king of Italy. After the World War 1, Italy saw the dictatorship of Mussolini which ended after his execution in 1943. And, a plebiscite in June of 1946, removed the monarchy and led to the emergence of Italy as republic country.

Hygiene in Italy

The climate in Italy is easy to adapt to and the country is relatively clean and hygienic. The tap water in Italy is drinkable and the water available in the public water fountains is fresh and clean.

Customs of Italy

Do not say Ciao to strangers as it is considered impolite. Use Buongiorno (good day) instead. Buonasera is used post noon. Italian are conservative about dressing. So, avoid showing too much skin, especially in the Vatican City.

Tips for visiting Italy

When you're travelling through public transportation, be careful of your belongings. There is a chance of getting pickpocketed. Carry an English to Italian dictionary or download the Google translator. It'll come in handy for communication. There may be cover charges in certain restaurants which will be mentioned at the bottom of the menu as "Il coperto" which will be added to your final bill. Avoid wearing too much jewellery because you may get robbed if you do. Carry some amount of cash as many don't accept cards for small purchases. And, if you want to travel by cab, get the phone number beforehand because you can't get a cab on the road. You've to either call them or go to the taxi stand.

Culture of Italy

Italy is very popular for its art and music. Famous artists like Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo are from Italy and their art is found around Italy especially in Rome and Florence. And. it is Italy where opera was born. Most of the opera performances are in Italian language. The majority of Italians only speak Italian. You'll find very few locals who speak English. Even in a city like Rome, it is hard to find localities who speak Italian fluently. As the Italy houses the Vatican City, where the Pope lives, it is natural that a majority of Italians are Roman Catholics. About 90% of the population are Roman Catholics, the rest 10% are dominated by the Protestant, Jewish and Muslim communities

Food of Italy

Pizzas and Pastas are the most common food in Italy. The pastas are of different types of lengths, widths and sizes. But, that is not all. Like they have different types of pastas, they have different types of cheese too. Cheese is an important part of almost all their dishes. Their dishes also have olive oil, tomatoes and olives. And, they have a wide variety of wines to go with their food

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