Planning an Italian Vacation the Easy Way

First, why not test your knowledge of Italy? Watch the video below...

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Are you planning an Italian vacation? Not sure what you want from Italy, or where should I go? I have a simple solution to help you own the information you need and make visiting Italy as easy as it can be!

Click the photo blocks that appeal to you below, mix and match them, and you'll be well on your way to building your dream trip to Italy.

Alternatively, have a look at my Italian itinerary page, it covers 30 days in Italy - everywhere from the Dolomites to Sicily. Okay, I know you may not have 30 days to spend in Italy, most people don't; however, you can select the bits that appeal to you and adapt it according to the time you have and your own unique needs.

Lastly, below the photos, you'll find a few of your most important questions about planning an Italian vacation answered and a quiz that'll help you to discover the perfect Italian destination for you.

Q: When is the best time to visit Italy?

A: The best time to visit Italy is during the spring (April to June) or fall (September to October), when the weather is pleasant and tourist crowds are less intense.

Crowds of Tourists in Florence near the Duomo

Q: How do I avoid long lines at popular tourist attractions?

A: Book tickets online in advance to skip the lines at popular sites like the Colosseum in Rome or the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.


Q: What are the essential Italian phrases for travelers?

A: Learn basic phrases like "Buongiorno" (good morning), "Grazie" (thank you), and "Dove si trova il bagno?" (where is the bathroom?). English is widely understood in tourist areas.

Q: What is the tipping etiquette in Italy?

A: Tipping is not as common as in some other countries. Service charges are often included in the bill, but rounding up or leaving  small change is appreciated. For more on tipping and on how to avoid making the mistakes many tourists make click here.

Handsome man in Italy

Q: How do I dress in Italy?

A: Italians generally dress well, so pack stylish but comfortable clothing. Modest attire is necessary when visiting churches, and comfortable walking shoes are a must.

Q: Are credit cards widely accepted in Italy?

A: Credit cards are widely accepted in major cities and tourist areas. However, it's advisable to carry some cash, especially in rural or smaller towns.

Q: What should I know about Italian cuisine?

A: Italy is known for its diverse and delicious cuisine. Try regional specialties, and don't miss out on pasta, pizza, and gelato. You may have eaten lots of pizza, pasta, and gelato in your own country, but, guaranteed, it tastes nothing like the pizza, pasta, and gelato in Italy.

Italo and Trenitalia trains

Q: How should I plan my transportation within Italy?

A: Italy has an extensive and efficient train network; our Trains in Italy Guide has everything you need to know about traveling by train in Italy. Renting a car is also an option for exploring rural areas. Here's my Car Rental Guide to help you plan and avoid the pitfalls of car rental and driving in Italy.

Q: Is it necessary to purchase travel insurance for Italy?

A: While not mandatory, it is highly recommended (here are the reasons why) to have travel insurance covering medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and baggage loss.

Q: What are the customs regarding greetings in Italy?

A: Greetings typically involve a kiss on both cheeks among friends. Handshakes are common in more formal settings, and addressing people with titles like "Signore" (Mr.) or "Signora" (Mrs.) is polite.

Q: Are there any cultural taboos I should be aware of?

A: Avoid discussing politics and religion unless engaged by locals. Dress modestly when entering religious sites, and refrain from tipping excessively.

Q: How can I save money on my trip to Italy?

A: Take advantage of city passes, eat at local trattoria outside of the tourist areas, and choose those that are filled with locals and not tourists. Consider staying in budget accommodations. Travel during the shoulder seasons to find better deals.


Q: What safety precautions should I take in Italy?

A: Italy is generally safe; here's why, but be cautious of pickpockets in crowded tourist areas. Keep an eye on your belongings and be aware of your surroundings, especially in busy cities like Rome and Florence.

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