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Italy

Continent: Europe

Ideal Duration: 10 - 14 days

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Best Time: December - March Read More

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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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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Holidify's Opinion

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

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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

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.

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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