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Italy

Located at the heart of Europe, Italy is a captivating mosaic of history, art, and gastronomy. With iconic cities where ancient ruins coexist with vibrant street life and postcard-perfect countryside where vineyards stretch to the horizon, this destination welcomes with open arms travelers looking to create unique memories and experiences.

DESTINATIONS

HIGHLIGHTS

Destinations! No exploration of Italy is complete without a visit to Venice, a city unlike any other. Connected by a network of winding canals, Venice exudes a bohemian vibe, that radiates love and mystique, inviting travelers to embark on romantic gondola rides or explore hidden corners where time seems to stand still. If you’re looking for stunning landscapes, Tuscany is renowned for its countryside’s hidden treasures such as vineyards, olive groves, and medieval villages, and the Amalfi Coast, with its steep cliffs and pastel-colored villages, is considered one of the most beautiful coastal regions in the world.

Nature! From the majestic Alps in the north to Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, national parks that provide havens for biodiversity, or the sun-drenched coastlines of the Mediterranean, Italy’s natural beauty invites travelers to experience unforgettable adventures all year-round.

Gastronomy! Pizza, pasta, risotto, cannoli or tiramisu – Italian cuisine is celebrated worldwide for its delectable variety of flavors and dishes, where each region contributes its unique culinary treasures.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

As Italy enjoys a diverse climate throughout the year, the best time to visit depends on your preferences and the experiences you seek. If you’re exploring multiple cities and regions, April to June is considered one of the best times to travel,  when the weather is generally mild and pleasant. Cities are not as crowded as in the summer so now you can quietly enjoy visiting tourist attractions or various outdoor activities.

Tips&Tricks: Do not forget that popular attractions and accommodations may require advanced booking, especially in the summer, which is considered the peak season in Italy.

THE PERFECT 20-DAY ITINERARY

Rich history, architectural marvels, culinary delights, stunning landscapes, wine and La Dolce Vita lifestyle – a celebration of the sweet moments in life are just a few reasons why you should pack your bags and make Italy your next travel destination.

From ancient ruins of Rome to the Renaissance masterpieces of Florence and the romantic canals of Venice, our 20-day itinerary will take you through various must-see attractions and experiences in famous cities that deserve a place on your travel bucket list.

VACATION BUDGET

The official currency of Italy is Euro. The average budget for a day in Rome is around 300 euros. That includes accommodation in  a central location, meals for one day and tickets for visiting some nearby museums or tourist attractions.

Accomodation

Italy offers a range of accommodation options to suit different budgets. While luxury hotels in major cities offer guests an unforgettable experience, with prices ranging from 500 EUR at Hotel Palazzo Manfredi in Rome to 700 EUR at Palazzo Venart in Venice, there are also charming bed and breakfasts such as ELLE dimora di Sicilia in Catania or guest houses such as Villa Principe Giovanni in Positano with prices that start from 250 EUR for those looking to save on lodging expenses.

  • Price recommendations for the best mid-range hotels:

Rome or Florence: 190-350 EUR/night

Napoli: 100-300 EUR /night

Catania: 150-250 EUR/night

Transportation

Transportation in Italy is a well-organized and efficient system that provides travelers with various options for navigating the country. An extensive and reliable railway network, makes train travel one of the most popular and convenient options. A great alternative for budget-conscious travelers, buses are a cost-effective means of transportation, especially for reaching destinations not covered by trains. Besides, you can easily explore larger cities by metro, trams, taxis or ride-sharing services.

TRADITIONAL ITALIAN CUISINE

Rooted in centuries-old culinary traditions, Italian cuisine is renowned worldwide for its simplicity, quality ingredients, and regional diversity. Whether you’re savoring a hearty plate of pasta, indulging in regional cheeses, or enjoying a sip of local wine, each region boasts its specialties, reflecting the country’s diverse landscapes, history, and cultural influences.

LANGUAGE

The primary language spoken by the majority of the population in Italy is Italian, being taught in schools across the country. However, Italy is also home to several regional languages and dialects, such as Sardinian, Sicilian, Neapolitan, or Venetian. These often have their own grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation, making them distinct from standard Italian.

TIPS & TRICKS

1. Although popular destinations like Rome, Florence, and Venice are must-visit, don’t be afraid to explore lesser-known areas. Chances are, you’ll discover enchanting villages, bustling local markets, unique regional traditions, as well as and breathtaking landscapes.

3. To avoid crowds, consider visiting popular attractions early in the morning. This not only allows you to experience the sites with fewer people but also provides better photo opportunities. Also, if you plan to visit churches or religious sites, be mindful of dress code, because shoulders and knees should typically be covered.

2. Italy has an efficient public transportation system, composed of buses and trains. This is often a cost-effective and convenient way to explore large cities or different regions. Keep in mind that if you’re using trains for travel within Italy, be sure to validate your ticket before boarding. Validation machines are usually located on the platforms, and failure to validate may result in a hefty fine.

4. Italian food is diverse and delicious. Venture beyond pizza and pasta to taste regional specialties. Each area has its own culinary traditions, so be open to trying local dishes.

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