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Italy travel guide

Italy Travel Guide

Discover all the essential details for your vacation in our Italy travel guide.

A land filled with glorious architecture, fascinating heritage sites and some of the most delicious pizza and pasta you’ll ever taste – there’s certainly no shortage of reasons to visit Italy!  While you may already have your vacation itinerary fully planned out, it’s important to always consider the practicalities of exploring a new and exciting country as well.

Whether you’re wondering what languages the locals speak, which currency you need to take or whether you’ll require any vaccinations before you fly, make sure you’re ready for your unforgettable European adventure by reading our handy Italy travel guide below.

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Visa and entry

If you have US or EU citizenship, you won’t need to apply for a visa to visit Italy. You can travel to Italy and other countries within the Schengen Area for up to 90 days as a tourist or for business as long as you have a valid passport. 

When you arrive in Italy, you may be asked by airport immigration to provide documentation to support your visit such as proof of your return journey and evidence that you can support yourself financially during your trip. You can learn more about these requirements on the Schengen Visa website.

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Language in Italy

Italian is the official language in Italy, although you’ll find many people – especially in larger cities and at major tourist attractions – will likely speak or understand English. In rural areas though, fewer people speak or understand English. But as most of these areas are extremely tourist-friendly, Italians will make every effort to communicate with you as much as they can. 

It’s no secret that Italian is a passionate dialect; you can expect to see locals punctuating their conversations with plenty of hand gestures and dramatic body language.

Currency in Italy

Just like many other nations within the European Union, the local currency in Italy is the Euro (EUR). You’ll be able to buy euros in advance or at Bureau de Changes in most Italian cities or towns when you arrive. You can also withdraw cash from ATMs in Italy, but make sure you inform your bank in advance that you’re traveling to avoid any issues.

Medicines

Health information

Vaccinations

While Italy is not a country that’s home to dangerous animals or outbreaks of infectious diseases, the WHO and CDC still recommend all visitors make sure they’ve had vaccinations for the following just in case: 

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Rabies
  • Meningitis
  • Polio 
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
  • Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis
  • Chickenpox
  • Shingles
  • Pneumonia
  • Influenza

It can be a good idea to book an appointment with your doctor at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure date to see which inoculations you may need.

Drinking water

It’s safe to drink water straight from the tap throughout Italy. You’ll additionally find many cities and large towns have drinking fountains (some beautifully ornate and historic), which are regularly checked and certified safe to use unless there are signs on them saying otherwise.

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Religion in Italy

The predominant religion in Italy is Christianity, with Roman Catholicism historically the most common denomination. Many Christian holidays are followed throughout the year, including Christmas and Easter when many Italians flock to the Vatican to see the Pope deliver a Papal Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica. 

You’ll spot dozens of glorious Catholic cathedrals and convents scattered across Italy, often decorated with exquisite works of art. There are also numerous Italian festivals that are strongly rooted in religion, including the national Feast of St. Nicholas in December and region-specific Saint’s days, such as Venice’s Feast of St. Mark in April. 

Italy additionally recognizes many other religions, including smaller Christian denominations such as the Latter-Day Saints and the Apostolic Church. You’ll also find Islamic, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist communities and places of worship throughout the country, however followers of these religions account for less than 5% of the population.

Do you have any further questions about your upcoming vacation that aren’t covered in our Italy travel guide? Get in touch with our experts for more advice  advice about visiting this culturally rich country.

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