Pizza, pasta and juicy tomatoes. Italy’s world-famous cuisine tastes perhaps best when you sit on a small family-owned ‘restaurant’ in the countryside, on a small side street in Rome or with a sea view from the Amalfi Coast. Italy is wonderful with its beautiful wine castles, sun-drenched beaches and historic sites.
Here you will find practical information and facts about Italy.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION ABOUT TRAVELING IN ITALY
Weather and best time to travel
Southern Italy as well as the islands of Sardinia and Sicily have a subtropical Mediterranean climate that offers warmth with dry and sunny summers. If you do not want the warm sun, you can travel to the small towns along the coast in the spring or autumn or travel around the northern parts of the country in a more temperate climate. Italy’s charming capital Rome can be visited all year round, but in July and August the average temperature is almost 30 degrees, so this time of year is perhaps an idyllic small coastal town is preferable. Visit watchtutorials.org for Italy destinations.
In Italy, euros (EUR) are used. In the larger cities, credit cards work almost everywhere and there are plenty of ATMs. But in smaller cities and in the countryside, especially in the southern parts of the country, you should have cash with you as neither restaurants, cafes or small shops take cards.
Travel around Italy – the railway network covers large parts of the country and it is easy to travel. The national railway Trenitalia recommends that you buy a ticket at the local ticket offices in Italy. Some of the routes are known for their beautiful views – not least when traveling along the coast to the Cinque Terre with its fantastically beautiful small villages.
Italy is mostly surrounded by sea so there are plenty of opportunities for boat trips. You can take the ferry from the mainland to Sardinia and then on to Sicily or explore the Amalfi Coast and the turquoise sea around Capri by boat. One should also not forget a romantic gondola ride on the canals of Venice.
In most countries, tips are part of the salaries of employees in the service industry. Therefore, it is good practice (and sometimes directly necessary) to give tips to, for example, cleaning staff, waiters, guides, drivers, etc. depending on the country you are visiting. Therefore, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with how much is normally given in tips and to whom before you embark on your journey. Find information on tips in Lonely Planet’s guidebooks.
CLIMATE: TEMPERATE IN THE NORTH AND SUBTROPICAL IN THE SOUTH
RELIGION: THE MAJORITY ARE CATHOLICS.
INFORMATION ABOUT ITALY
The famous boot Italy is a land of sunshine with something for everyone. Everything from sun & beach holidays on large islands such as Sicily and Sardinia to ski trips in the Alps. A world-famous cuisine, unparalleled art experiences, beautiful nature, popular football teams and delicious beaches await you when you arrive in Italy.
You cycle on a wide road. On both sides, vines tower with green leaves and the vines that wind around themselves and eventually form straight rows. Not far away is a large brick house and in the shade of the evergreen cypresses stands a set table. The house is a Tuscan winery that so many other wineries here in Italy open their doors to overnight guests, delicious meals and not least wine tasting. A holiday in the Italian wine districts offers both beautiful nature and a unique insight into Italian culture.
A few hours drive from the volcano Vesuvius and the more famous cities of Naples and Pompeii lies a glittering and glistening pearl, or rather a string of pearls. The coast here is called the Amalfi Coast and consists of beautiful small towns with pastel-colored houses that cling to breathtaking and beautiful rock walls. Go exploring in the captivating nature and among the cities’ narrow, steep streets and romantic restaurants. The coast is an enchanting sight, especially from the sea where you see the cities in their full glory.
The Italian cuisine
You can find Italian food all over the world. But nowhere as good as on an Italian vineyard or on a small family-owned “ristorante” on a romantic side street in Rome. An espresso, crispy vegetables, locally produced wine, gelato, Parma ham, Parmesan cheese, pizza, pasta and plenty of garlic. You absolutely do not have to go home hungry from Italy.