Italy Travel Information
The country which gave us the Roman Empire stretches from the snow
covered Alps in the North to the sun kissed island of Sicily in the
It is hard to imagine a country with more to offer. Centuries of
history and culture surround you and a visit would not be complete
without experiencing the wonders Italy has to offer.
visit Roman Ruins and Greek temples, marvel at superb Renaissance art
and Byzantine mosaics, and experience the architectural and artistic
magnificence of cities such as Rome, Naples and Verona.
in glorious Mediterranean sunshine, Italy has an appeal which attracts
sun worshippers, food and drink enthusiasts and culture seekers alike.
quote on a all types of holidays to Italy with Hessle Travel, from city
breaks and escorted tours to lakes and mountains and flights.
Italy - Favorite Holiday, Flight and City Break Destinations
Please find above
links to some of the popular holiday and flight destinations in
Italy. There you will find more detailed information
regarding these destinations. What to do, what to see and
how to get there.
Italy Travel and Flight
Visas: Italy, along with Austria, Belgium, France, Germany,
Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain, forms part of the
border-free travel zone subject to the Schengen Agreement. EU passport
holders can come and go as they please. Citizens of the USA, Australia,
Canada, Japan and New Zealand are among those who may enter Italy as
tourists without a visa and stay up to 90 days.
Health risks: Rabies
(only found in the Alpi), Leishmaniasis (in coastal regions) and Lyme
Time: GMT/UTC plus one hour (two hours ahead
Weights & measures: Metric
Those seeking culture and
history will love Italy, it boasts more UNESCO World Heritage sites than
any other country. Rome is home to inspiring architecture at every turn,
and countless cultural attractions. In magical Venice, canals replace
roads and gondolas replace cars.
Northern Italy is a worldwide
centre for fashion and style, while the rolling vineyards of Tuscany are
a perfect place to relax. With skiing in the Alps, swimming in the
lakes, culture in Florence, Italy appeals to all. The renowned food and
great wines compliment the experience.
Capital City: Rome
Major Cities: Bologna,
Florence, Genoa, Milan, Naples, Turin, Venice.
Area: 116,305 miles | 301,230 kilometres
Electricity: 220V AC 50Hz
Tipping: A service charge is normally added to the
bill, tips are not necessary but it is customary to leave small change,
min EUR 0.50 or around 10%. Taxis round-up their fare, therefore tips
are not necessary
Hints: Business is conducted in Italian, many
executives speak French and English. Smoking is prohibited in public
places, buildings, restaurants and offices, check if a smoking section
is available. On social occasions, eg invitation to restaurants, be
reasonably punctual and dress as for business meetings unless otherwise
indicated. The minimum drinking age is 16 years
Lightweights in summer, except in mountains. In winter, light or
mediumweights in the south with warmer clothing required elsewhere.
Alpine wear is advised for winter mountain resorts
Italy can be divided into three climatic regions:
Alpine, Po Valley & northern plain and peninsular region & islands. The
Italian side of the Alps has rather more rainfall than the Swiss and
Austrian side and the lower slopes are warmer in both summer and winter.
The wettest time is between seasons and thunderstorms are most frequent
in spring and autumn. The Po Valley and northern plain has well
distributed rainfall throughout the year. Summers are hot and winters
surprisingly cold with frequent fog, frost and snow. Peninsular Italy
and the islands climate differs between the coastlands and the interior.
During winter the higher areas are cold, wet and often snowy, the
coastal areas mild. Summers are usually hot and dry and changeable
weather is common during autumn, winter and spring.
Lightweights in summer, except in mountains. In
winter, light or mediumweights in the south with warmer clothing
required elsewhere. Alpine wear is advised for winter mountain resorts.
When to go
Italy is at its best in spring (April-May) and autumn
(October-November). During these seasons, the scenery is beautiful, the
temperatures are pleasant and there are relatively few crowds.
Try to avoid August, as this is the time that most Italians take their
vacations, and many shops and businesses are closed as a result.
The ski season generally lasts from December to late March; sea swimming
is best between June and September; and July and September are the best
months for walking in the Alps.
The further south you go, the
longer you can linger into November and December without feeling the
pinch of winter. Italy's multitude of festivals and traditional events
may be a factor in planning your visit. Easter, in particular, is
celebrated fervently, and every second town has a festive Saint's day.