When’s the best time to go?
From bustling cities packed with history and culture like Rome, Naples and Venice to the fashion hotspot of Milan and the beauty of the Amalfi Coast, it’s easy to see why Italy is such a popular destination all year round. Our Italy travel advice is here to help you make the most of your trip to this beautiful country.
Cities like Rome, Florence and Venice can be pretty crowded during the hot, dry summer months, with temperatures peaking between 26°C and 30°C. If you prefer fewer queues at tourist attractions and cooler temperatures, the best time to visit Italy is in the spring from April to June or in September or October, when temperatures range from 15°C-23°C on average.
The weather can vary depending on where you are in the country, but generally speaking, autumn in Italy can be rainy, while winters, especially in the north, can be cold, damp and foggy, especially if you’re visiting the coast. Head up to the Italian Alps during the winter and you’ll encounter good skiing conditions. For sightseeing or winter sports, the autumn and winter months are particularly popular, while coastal resorts or cities such as Venice are best visited in the spring and summer months.
What should I pack?
If you’re heading to Italy in the summer months, you’ll almost certainly need plenty of sun cream, a hat and some sunglasses, while if you’re planning a beach break here then swimwear and something to cover up with is also essential.
Don’t forget your camera, as you’ll find plenty of scenic destinations and historic monuments to photograph. We recommend you pack an extra memory card too, especially if you’re heading for super-scenic locations like Rome, Florence, or Venice.
For trips during the winter months, a light jacket or waterproof is a good idea for rainy days or cooler evenings, while comfortable footwear is a must for sightseeing.
Passport and Visas
Do I need a passport?
Anyone travelling to Italy will need a passport. Your passport will need to be valid for the entire length of your stay, but it doesn’t need to be valid for any specific period of time beyond this.
For more information on passports for Italy and details of the country’s entry requirements, head to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy/entry-requirements.
Do I need a visa?
British citizens visiting Italy as tourists do not need a visa. If you’re unsure whether or not you will need a visa, it’s best to check with the Italian embassy.
For more Italy visa information as well as details of entry requirements to the country, head to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy/entry-requirements.
Health and Safety
Should I get travel health insurance?
Comprehensive travel and health insurance cover is always recommended for any trip abroad. If you have an accident on holiday or fall ill, you may need emergency medical treatment, which could cost you a fortune if you don’t have insurance. You should check through your policy paperwork before your trip to ensure you’re aware of what is and what isn’t covered. It’s also a good idea to check whether or not you’ll be covered for any activities you’re planning for your trip.
Any other tips?
- The currency here is the Euro. Cash machines are generally easy to find, especially in larger towns and cities, but your card issuer may charge you a fee to withdraw cash using your credit or debit card.
- When travelling in large cities such as Rome or Naples, exercise caution and keep sight of your belongings. Don’t leave valuables or large sums of cash unattended in public areas.
- In Italy you must be able to show some form of ID at all times, so it’s a good idea to carry your passport or a photocopy of the main page of your passport with you.
- Although many Italians speak English, it’s polite to learn a few words of Italian and you’ll find the locals will warm to you if you try to talk to them in their language, no matter how bad your pronunciation.
- For more information and travel advice for your trip to Italy, head to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy.