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Italy Travel Guide

Italy Travel Guide


Italy Basics

Italy is probably one of the most amazing places I have ever visited. It seems obvious, but it really is that good! The history, the food, the architecture, the natural beauty…it’s all mind blowing. Our favourites… actually it’s too hard to narrow down. I literally love everywhere we’ve been. We’ve now been to Italy twice, spending 6 weeks there.

Use our Italy travel guide to help plan your trip, or ask us a question in the comments below…

Map Of Italy


Venice Italy

  • Explore the Amalfi Coast
  • Hike the Cinque Terre villages
  • Eat as much as you can!
  • Stay in a small village in Tuscany
  • Get lost in the streets of Venice
  • Discover the ancient sites in Rome
  • Finish a meal with Limoncello
  • Ride around the city walls of Lucca
  • Taste your way through Emilia Romagna
  • Hire a car and explore the countryside



Where To Go In Italy?
So Italy really is one of those places where everywhere seems like a good idea. So I’m just going to list some of the many options: Rome, Amalfi Coast, Naples, Sicily, Umbria, Tuscany (we loved San Gimagnano and driving around different villages), Florence, Bologna (and other areas throughout Emilia Romagna), Venice, Milan, Lucca. There are so many other places to visit in Italy, it can be hard to narrow down your itinerary! 
When To Go?
Shoulder seasons are a great time to visit, 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’s pro’s and con’s. We went in July, and although it was hot and busy, we found it was a great time.
How Long To Go For?
As mentioned, there are so many different places to visit in Italy, so if you can try and visit for at least 2 weeks. Obviously, you could spend much longer exploring too.
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.
Printable Packing List
Find a printable packing list to make life easier here.
Tipping in Italy is not expected and sometimes considered rude. However, If paying cash, it is ok to round up the bill, more out of convenience rather than tipping for good service.
We fortunately didn’t experience 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. There have been reports of fake car crashes, if in a crash always contact police so it’s on record. For other things, take a look at the Scam City Rome episode.
Getting There
You can reach Italy by plane, through one of it’s 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.
Getting Around
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.
Travel Resources
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.

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