Italy

Italy

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If a picture's worth a thousand words, one visit is priceless.

How would you like to explore Italy? Through its history? It's architecture? Its works of art? That's the beautiful thing about this wonderful country. It has so much to offer in so many different ways, it's unfair to make one decide.

We all know the cities: Rome, Naples, Venice, Florence, Milan. We know the sights: the Vatican, St. Peter's Basilica, the Colosseum, the breathtaking views through the Amalfi Coast, Sicily's Valley of the Temples, the ruins of Pompeii. And we all know the glorious food. Or do we?

Italy has twenty distinct regions, and in each, the same dish can be completely different – influenced by geographic location, cultural background, even climate. Then, there's the landscape. From towering Alps and icy lakes in the north, to Mediterranean beaches and volcanic rocks in the south, Italy is not one land but twenty.

So, how do you want to explore Italy? By sight? By taste? By masterpieces? Talk to VIVA Travel and we'll show you the many ways it can be done.

Other things to do:

  • Tour the Tuscan countryside
  • Visit the Roman Forum
  • Palazzo Ducale, Venice
  • Duomo cathedral, Siena
  • Museo del Bargelo, Florence
  • Explore the Blue Grotto sea cave off the coast of the island of Capri
Climate: 

Temperatures range from 34°F (1°C) to 89°F (30°C), although colder temperatures may occur in the Alps.

Time Zone: 

Universal Time Coordinated, UTC+01:00

Language: 

Italian

Currency: 

Euro (EUR)

Electricity: 

220-240 volts. Travelers from the US and Canada need a plug adapter and step-down transformer. For hair dryers, curling irons, etc., a plug adapter and voltage converter are required.

Tipping Customs: 

Tipping is not expected, but a 10-15% tip can be given for outstanding service. 

Safety: 

In general, Italy is viewed as a safe destination. Still, take precautions when carrying valuables and traveling at night. 

Communication & Technology: 

Wi-Fi is widely available. Mobile Operators include Tim, Vodafone, Wind and 3.

Smoking: 

Smoking is prohibited in all public indoor spaces, including bars, cafés and restaurants.

Travel Documentation: 

Passport must be valid for at least six months beyond departure date.

Airport: 

Rome Flumicino Airport (FCO), Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP), Bergamo Airport (BGY) Sicily Catania Airport (CTA) 

Car Rental: 

It’s far more affordable to rent a car prior to your trip. Most major European rental agencies are now affiliated with major US agencies (i.e. Hertz, Avis, etc.).

Public Transportation: 

Major cities have good transport systems, including bus and underground-train networks. In Venice, the main public transport option is vaporetti.