What’s in our Italy Travel Guide?
Italy Travel Basics
There are not just a few places in Italy that will make your trip to Italy unforgettable. Italy is absolutely full of beautiful, culturally rich and extremely tasty destinations. We absolutely love everywhere we have been in Italy. We’ve now been on three Italy trips, spending 7 weeks there, and hope to return again soon. Plan your trip to Italy with our Italy travel guide, and we’d love to answer any questions you have in the comments below.
Places To Visit In Italy
Where to go in Italy? It really is one of those places where everywhere Italy destination seems like a good idea. A trip to Italy wouldn’t be complete without seeing some of the best beaches in Italy, think the Amalfi Coast or Cinque Terre. Rome, Florence, Bologna and Milan are some of the best cities to visit in Italy. Love it or hate it (and I absolutely love it), Venice is a must see. Beautiful smaller towns like San Gimignano and Lucca are easy to fall in love with. Driving around Tuscany. Eating pizza in Naples. And these are only some of the best places to visit in Italy! There are so many other places to go in Italy, it can be hard to narrow down your Italy itinerary! Below you will find the top places to visit in Italy, things to see in Italy and our Italy Travel blog posts.
Things to do in Rome // See the Vatican Museums + St. Peters Basilica // Eat delicious Italian Food // Eat gelato whenever possible
Things to do in Amalfi Coast // Relax at the Amalfi Coast beaches // Eat seafood and try Lemoncello // Visit the different villages that line the Amalfi Coast
Amalfi Coast Articles
Things to do in Venice // Explore the less visited neighbourhoods of Venice // Eat lot’s of Cicchetti // See Venice from the canals (Vaporetto is a good way)
Things to do in Milan // Visit the Milan Duomo // Wander through Parco Sempione and Castello Sforzesco // Explore the Navigli district
Italy Travel Blog Posts
Italy Food Blog Posts
Italy Accommodation Highlights
Trying to decide where to stay in Italy? We know how hard it can be to find those special places to stay in Italy, from luxury hotels to hotels that offer value for money. So we have put together our Italy accommodation guides with the best hotels in Italy so you don’t have to waste hours trying to find the gems.
Italy Travel Resources
In Italy, we love staying in anything from apartments to luxury hotels and resorts, there is such an amazing range of accommodation and experiences. We book most of our Italy hotels through Booking.com.
When we want to stay in a local area or stay in an apartment, we book through Airbnb. We’ve done this in Rome, Florence, San Gimignano and Bologna and have had amazing experiences. Sign up here to get $50 credit off your first booking.
You will probably find yourself needing to travel by train during your Italy travel itinerary. We use and love Trainline to book our Italy train tickets.
Skyscanner is a great website to compare all the available flights to Italy. Search for your flights to Italy here.
Travel Insurance + Health
We have travelled with Good2Go Travel Insurance for many years and have made a few claims that have all gone smoothly.
One of my travel insurance claims was about medical appointments I had in Rome. I ended up seeing a doctor on quite short notice at Doctors in Italy. Here you can see English speaking doctors in the centre of Rome and everything was really easy and they help you arrange everything you need to feel better.
Not exactly how you want to be spending your time in Rome, but if you need to go to the dentist, I had a great experience with Dr Luca Signorini. I was referred to him by Doctors in Italy and he was English speaking (although not all staff there are, so scrub up on some Italian) and I had a great experience there.
Italy Packing List
Get your Italy printable packing list here to make life easier.
Find all the travel resources we use to plan and book our travel here. We also check the Australian government site SmartTraveller for current advice, warnings and other information. You can visit the official Italy tourism website, Italia, for more information.
Things To Know Before Travelling To Italy + Italy Travel Tips
When To Go To Italy?
The shoulder season months are a great time to visit Italy, including April – June and September – October. August is sometimes advised against as this is when a lot of Italians take their holidays and some things shut down, but I think there are pros and cons to this. We have been to Italy in July, and although it can be hot and busy, we found it was a great time, especially for coastal areas. We have also been in October/November, and although chilly, it was a great time to visit the cities of Italy. You may think visiting at this time might mean you will avoid the crowds, but from our experience, particularly in Milan and Venice, it was still super busy.
How Long To Spend In Italy?
There are so many different places to see in Italy, so I would recommend 2 weeks as a minimum, but you could easily spend a month in Italy. So it really depends on how many places in Italy you want to visit.
Italy is part of the Schengen area, and as an Australian, you can enter the Schengen area without a visa for up to 90 days. Read more about the Schengen area here.
Tipping In Italy
Tipping in Italy is not expected and often there is a service charge included in bills already. However, If paying cash, it is ok to round up the bill, more out of convenience rather than tipping for good service.
Scams In Italy
We, fortunately, haven’t experienced any scams in Italy, but here are some we have heard about. Pickpocketing and gypsy beggars can be common. We did see people trying to put bracelets on your wrist and then demand you pay for it, the same goes for roses. For other things, take a look at the Scam City Rome episode. As per usual, common sense and being careful go a long way.
How To Get To Italy
You can reach Italy by plane, through one of its many international airports, with the two main entry points being Rome and Milan. You can also reach Italy by train, bus or ferry from surrounding countries. If combined with a trip to Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Albania or Malta, you can also reach Italy by ferry.
Getting Around Italy
Getting around Italy can be done by driving, trains, flying, buses and ferries. In Rome, you can get around by using Bicycles, Metro, buses, trams and taxis. Italy has a fantastic high-speed rail network, so train travel in Italy is by far our favourite way to get around. We book most of our Italy train tickets through Trainline as it’s super easy to use.
Let us know if you have any questions about our Italy travel guide in the comments below…
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