Passport holders of most countries do not need a visa to visit Italy. Please go to our ‘Visa Requirements’ page to check if your country is on the list. If yes, you will need to apply for a Schengen visa in your own country to visit Italy. The visa gives you the right to move freely between the Schengen countries during your entire stay.
In general yes. Pick pockets are always active in big cities, so do not leave your bags unattended. Do not walk with your phone and wallet in your hand to avoid being stranded without cards, cash and communication . Make sure your handbag/shoulder bag is closed at all times as you will need to carry your passport with you at all times.
Depending on your own holiday schedule and if you are visiting with school going children, the best time (lower tourist numbers) would be the shoulder seasons of April and May as well as September and October. The European holidays are from June to August (also Summer holiday for most Italians). During this time the queues are longer than usual, the temperatures can be uncomfortably high for walking around and the accommodation prices are at their highest.
Visiting Italy during the months of June, July and August can however be very enjoyable for returning visitors that have already seen all the main sights on a previous visit. There is nothing better than eating gelato in Florence on a hot Summer day, or soaking your feet in one of the many fountains of Rome to cool down. If you book early enough, the accommodation can be super budget friendly and you experience Italy bursting with millions of tourists!
Firstly you should pack a good pair of walking (walked in) shoes. Remember brand new shoes cause blisters! …. if you buy a new pair of shoes, remember to walk them in before you arrive to ensure maximum comfort.
For the occasional bit of rain outside the rainy season, it’s always a good idea to throw in a poncho – the lightweight ones that fold up to the size of a matchbox 🙂
For a full month to month forecast check out the ‘weather in Italy’ page.
It all depends on what you want to buy!
Average food costs in Euro are:
Breakfast consisting of a coffee and a croissant – 4
Lunch at a restaurant, no wine or dessert – between 10 and 20
Lunch at a food cart (slice of pizza, sandwhich, etc) plus cooldrink – 6
Dinner at a standard restaurant between 15 and 25, for one course excluding alcohol and dessert
Remember, sitting down always costs more. Often it is better to walk just one block away from the busy tourist park/piazza/square and you will pay up to 50% less for food and drinks.
Souvenirs can cost anything from 5 (for a fridge magnet), up to 85 for a hand painted venetian mask.
Add-on tours are booked per credit card, so there is no need to worry about having enough cash.
ATMs are available on almost every corner and can be withdrawn as needed. Remember to let your bank know that you will be travelling before you leave your country!