Quick facts and Italy travel tips

  • Capital City? Rome
  • Currency? Euro
  • Languages? Italian
  • Where is this place? Southern Europe
  • What is Italy famous for? Cuisine, architecture, art, fashion, wine, pasta, pizza, and a lot more!
  • Best time to visit Italy? Typically, the busiest season in Italy is during Summer, and you can expect a lot of crowds in its popular places. Otherwise, the best time to visit would be in Spring and Autumn. If you don’t mind the cold and the rain, Winter is also an optimum time as there will be fewer crowds. Just make sure to wear proper winter clothes and good walking shoes!
  • Which side of the road do they drive? The right-hand side.
  • What electric plug do they use? Type C and F. Read this post for more information about adapters.
  • Neighboring countries?Malta, France, Monaco, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, and Slovenia

Do you need a visa to Italy?

In order to enter Italy, you need to have a valid Schengen visa. If you’re a citizen of the EU group of countries, you can enter Italy without a visa. However, if you’re a citizen of Canada, the USA, New Zealand, and Australia – you can stay in Schengen areas for 90 days.

Check out our detailed guide on how to apply for a Schengen visa – read it here.

Where to book your flights to Italy?

Check our handy-dandy guide on how to find the cheapest flights around the world – read it here.

Do you need travel insurance for Italy?

Remember this: anything can happen! Read our take on why you need travel insurance and how it can save you money when things go unplanned – read it here.

What is the most famous thing in Italy?

The better question is, what is Italy NOT famous for? Well, here’s a shortlist for you to get started with:

  • Food (Pasta, pizza, cheeses, and cured meats)
  • Wine
  • Famous painters (such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Caravaggio, Michaelangelo, Raphael, etc.)
  • Architecture (Colosseum, Pantheon, etc.)
  • Vespa
  • Cheese
  • Olive Oil
  • Beautiful beaches

What are 5 interesting facts about Italy?

  • Italy has the oldest university in the world
  • It is the only country that has most of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Italy is one of the largest producers of wines
  • Italy was a kingdom until 1946
  • It is easy to recognize Italy in any world map, as the country is shaped like a high-heeled boot

What is the best way to travel in Italy?

  • Plane – quickest way to get from one city to another but it may be expensive
  • Train – fastest way to get from one city to another economically
  • Car – cheaper alternative and there’s more freedom
  • Bus – cheapest way but it may take longer than normal

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