Shaped like a boot on the southern end of Europe, Italy is the seat of the Pope, the birthplace of the Renaissance, and home to the world’s most popular cuisine. Experience Michelangelo’s _Davidin Florence and the Colosseum in Rome. Bike through vineyards in Tuscany, enjoy pizza in Naples, and sail through winding canals in Venice.
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Every traveler should experience the wonder of Eternal City. During your visit, wind your way to the heart of Rome where the Colosseum has welcomed crowds since 80 AD. This iconic arena could accommodate up to 87,000 people in its heyday, making it the biggest amphitheater in the world to date. Speak to your Tourlane Travel Expert if you’re interested in a guided tour.
If you’re interested in history and architecture, visit the iconic Parthenon - a temple that has inspired so many subsequent monuments. Enter through the Corinthian columns to stand beneath the 27-foot oculus. Inside, you’ll see evidence of the temple’s history, as both a Pagan and Catholic house of worship, in the statues of Roman gods and biblical figures.
Sicily is a wonderful mix of influences and yet distinctly itself. As you tour the mountainous heel off Italy’s southern boot, expect to see an eclectic mix of ancient Greek temples, Norman Castles, and Baroque frescos mixed in with colorful fishing villages and remote hilltop towns. Unsurprisingly, the island is home to world-class seafood and more vineyards than any other part of Italy, making it a natural destination for foodies.
Art, food, and landscape—who could want more? Tuscany, the central region of Italy, has it all. Visit Michelangelo’s David in Florence, hunt truffles in the forests of San Miniato, and tour vineyards in Siena. Climb the 297 steps to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the most iconic and perplexing structure in Pisa’s cathedral complex. Be sure to enjoy some papa al pomodoro—a rich tomato stew that is the quintessential Tuscan comfort food.
This famous floating city in the Adriatic Sea is where the roads are waterways and life is beautiful. Set sail on a gondola ride or explore intimate back allies and the Grand Canal on foot. Pass Harry’s bar, where the Bellini was invented, and continue east to explore the royal gardens. Make time for a picture on the Bridge of Sighs and finish your day with a candlelight dinner of spaghetti alle vongole - a delicious pasta dish with clams that is particularly popular in this part of the world. Less
The culinary scene in Italy is world-famous and worth visiting for in its own right. The city of Bologna is widely regarded as the country’s food capital, and is the birthplace of the famous ragu bolognese sauce. Visit the nearby city of Modena to find the home of balsamic vinegar, and the city of Parma for delicious prosciutto ham. If you’re interested in wine tours and tasting, Sicily is the region with the most vineyards. You’ll find top-quality establishments across the country, including in the Chianti region in Tuscany. For a more rustic wine tasting experience, consider taking your Italy trip in the direction of Puglia.
If you want to see some Italian celebrations, consider planning your visit to coincide with one of the many festivals, like Tuscany’s White Truffle Fair in November. The Venice Film Festival takes place in late-August. Easter is a popular time to visit Rome and the Vatican City to experience the Pope’s annual Easter address.
The best time to visit Italy is in either spring, early summer, or fall, when the weather is pleasant and the crowds are thinner. May, early June, and late September are particularly good months to visit, as kids are still in school and the weather is glorious.
Late June through August is the busiest tourist season. Expect large crowds, with daytime temperatures in Rome, Naples, and Sicily occasionally exceeding 100 and nighttime temperatures exceeding 90. Generally, temperatures are hotter the further south you travel in Italy.
An important thing to be aware of: many tourist attractions and accommodations are closed during the winter months, so if you plan to visit at this time, you will have fewer options. There are also fewer direct flights from the USA during the winter.
The timezone in Italy is Central European Time (CET).
This depends on your travel tastes and preferences. Consult your own Tourlane Travel Expert, free of charge
As there is much to see and do in Italy, we recommend at least spending at least seven days touring Italy.
In Italy, the official currency is the Euro (€).
In Italy, the official language is Italian. English is widely spoken, especially by those working in tourism.
Rome-Fiumicino (FCO), Milan-Malpensa (MXP), Venice-Marco Polo (VCE), and Naples Airport (NAP) have direct flights to the USA.
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