Italy Travel Guide: Before You Go

Italy is home to the world’s most renowned artworks, architecture, and culinary masterpieces. Gaze upon the grand monuments often seen in most movies, the legendary artworks of the likes of Michaelangelo, Botticelli, and da Vinci. You can also check out AFC Holidays Italy Tours. Here is AFC’s Italy Travel Guide Before You Go.

Italy Travel Guide Language

Language

 

ENGLISH is not widely spoken in Italy. However, there are more English speakers in major cities like Rome, Florence, and Milan.

 

ITALIAN is the main language in Italy, with 93% of the population speaking it. Other languages spoken may include French and Spanish.

Italy Travel Guide Weather

 

What Weather to Expect in Italy

Italy enjoys FOUR SEASONS throughout the year as follows:

  • spring (March to May): Ave. 8°C to 20°C (46°F to 67°F)
  • summer (June to August): Ave. 17°C to 30°C (63°F to 86°F)
  • autumn (September to November): Ave. 11°C to 22°C (52°F to 72°F)
  • winter (December to February): Ave. 4°C to 13°C (27°F to 55°F)

 

What kind of clothes to pack in Italy Travel Guide?

  • November: Umbrella/Raincoat/Rain Bag(Waterproof). Rainfalls due to season change. *Rainiest Month
  • March to May: Moderately cold temperatures, bring jackets
  • June-August: Bring appropriate sun protection products + sunglasses if necessary, Light cotton clothing
  • September-November: Moderately thick clothes/ jackets, jumpers/sweaters, and scarves
  • December-February: Wooly Clothes + Boots + Scarves + Gloves
  • All Seasons: Comfortable walking shoes.

 

Italy Travel Guide Religion

Italy Religion

 

PREDOMINANTLY ROMAN CATHOLIC; This is because the capital of Roman Catholicism being Vatican City, located in the heart of Rome. There are also other forms of Christianity being practised throughout the country.

 

With that in mind, tourists have to be mindful and observe respectful behaviours when in churches, or other places of worship.

 

Italy Travel Guide Currency

Currency

EURO (EUR)

To keep up with the rest of the European Union, Italy has phased out their local Lira in 1999 and replaced it with the Euro.

 

You can do money exchanges in Italy at a bank, post office, or cambio (exchange office). Most of these locations are reliable and offer the best rates.

 

Should you bargain?

Haggling and bargaining are mostly only practised in flea markets or street markets except for food markets. Haggling in stores is mostly frowned upon but good-natured bargaining is okay if you are making a big purchase in small artisan shops or craft stores.

Should you leave a tip?

Tipping is customary in restaurants at 10% of the total bill. However, it’s okay to check the bill if it has already been added in. Smaller tips are accepted in Cafes and bars. Rounding up taxi fares is also good practice.

How much is a day for an Italy Travel?

Minimum EUR 132 or USD 157 per day or more depending on interest and choice of activity.

Power Plugs and Socket Travel Guide in Italy

Italy uses Type C, F and L power plugs at 230 Volts and 50 Frequency. Bringing power plug adapters is advisable.

 

Italy Travel Guide Getting around

Getting Around Italy

 

Trains are the main option to get around Italy from city to city. It is also the least expensive railway system in Europe. Their railway systems may connect major cities like Paris, Vienna, Hamburg, and Barcelona. Train rides can cost around 13 EUR to 22 EUR.

 

There are also buses to get around Italy usually costing around 1.20 EUR to ride.

 

In addition to this, some of the more popular local ride-hailing apps include My Taxi, Carmel, Lyft, Uber, Scooterino.

Italy Travel Guide – The Checklist

Italy Travel

Travel Guide for Internet Everywhere in Italy?

Firstly, Tourists will commonly find local sim cards with ready network access at major Italian Airports. However, it is more advisable to buy sim cards in the city as the airports will have a more inflated price.

 

You will need your passport to purchase any SIM Card in Italy, one passport may purchase up to 3 SIM cards.

 

Some of the more common options for example include Lycamobile, TravSIM, Orange Holiday, Three PAYG  (Around 18-25 EUR or 21 – 29 USD).

 

Italy Travel Guide to Bringing Medications

Firstly, prepare preferred over-the-counter medicines. Importantly, Keep them in original containers with labels for easy identification. Firstly, try to only bring in small quantities or as necessary. A simple first aid can include i.e. Diarrhea medicines, antacids, antihistamines, motion sickness, cough drops, decongestants, pain and fever relief, mild laxatives, bandages, and small antiseptic solutions accordingly. Lastly, don’t forget your masks and preferred sanitiser.

 

Moreover, Bring a doctor’s prescription for other prescriptions that you may have as needed. Similarly, check for the allowed amount of quantity depending on your stay.

Now that you’ve read this Italy Travel Guide.

 

Finally, you are officially ready to travel to Italy. Don’t forget that you’re always free to contact your AFC Representative if you have any more concerns before your departure! Lastly, We wish you safe and happy travels!

 

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