Depending on where you go on your holidays to Italy, the climate can vary, particularly between the north and south. In general, summers are warm and bright, with temperatures climbing quickly to around 30°C in southern spots like Sicily. The spring and autumn months offer plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures for sightseeing, while, in winter, temperatures can drop to below freezing in the Alps, providing the perfect conditions for a winter skiing holiday.
Foodies: Italy’s world-class reputation as a culinary hotspot is on show in everything from the finest restaurants to rustic trattorias. Try some fresh, authentic pasta and you’ll never want to leave. Each region has its own specialities, and washed down with a glass of the local wine, it’s the perfect meal.
Couples: Italy is one of the most romantic countries in the world, inspiring Shakespeare to write Romeo and Juliet. You can experience a relaxing sailboat ride over to the island of Capri, enjoy candlelit dinners in Sorrento, or get your glad-rags on for the glamour of Sardinia’s exclusive Porto Cervo.
Nature lovers: The lakes, islands and scenery are a treasure trove of adventure on your Italy holidays.
Language: The language spoken in Italy is Italian. While most of the staff in hotels, bars and restaurants speak some English, a casual ‘per favore’ and ‘grazie’ can go a long way.
Currency: You’ll need to change your pounds and pence for Euros before taking your holidays to Italy.
Local time: Italy is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Naples International Airport for Sant'Agnello (transfer 1 hour) and Amalfi, Sorrento and Ischia Porto, around 1.5 hours away. Verona Villafranca Airport for Lake Garda, around 1.5 hours away. Venice Marco Polo Airport serves Venice, Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport serves Sardinia and Comiso Airport serves Sicily.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Italy is 2.5 hours.
Tourist information: Further Italy tourist information can be found at www.italia.it/en/home.html.
Local tax: In most areas of Italy you’ll be charged a local tax fee and pay approximately 1.5 - 4 euros per person, per night, to the hotel. Children under 18 don’t pay the tax. Charges can be higher if you’re staying in one of the major Italian cities.
Visa / health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Italy.
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By bike: Italy’s smaller towns offer excellent sightseeing opportunities from the saddle of a bicycle. Bring your own or rent one when you arrive; the trains and ferries transport them free of charge.
By train: For longer journeys, there’s no beating the incredible views that roll past your window from the country’s speedy and affordable train network.
By taxi: When you need a cab, remember that authorised taxis are white and fitted with a meter, and you can hire one from the yellow taxi ranks.
Classic carnival: February sees carnival fever erupt across the country, with all the colour and celebration you might expect from the Italians. If you really want to immerse yourself in the experience, head to Sardinia’s Festival of the Madonna Del Rimedio, which can sometimes last up to 18 days, taking place in the town of Orosei from the first Friday in September.
For wine buffs: Each area of Italy has its own wine speciality, from the crisp and refreshing white Lacrime di Cristo, found in the Sorrento Area, to the rich red Nero D’Avola, which is widely enjoyed in Sicily. Whatever your taste in wines, there are so many to sample during your stay.
Lights, camera, action: The legendary Venice International Film Festival occurs between August and September. Unlike many film festivals, there are tickets for film screenings open to the public, plus the chance to put on your best clothes and do some serious celebrity spotting by the red carpet. The summer film festival in Taormina, with many exclusive premieres, takes place in the open-air amphitheatre in June, every year.
For up to date advice on travelling to Italy, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy/safety-and-security