Italy Travel Guide

If you have been to Italy before, then you probably know that this incredible country always leaves you wanting for more.

If this is your first time planning a trip to Italy, don’t make a mistake of just visiting Rome, Venice, and Florence and thinking that you saw the best. There is so much more to see and do in Italy! Visiting just a few big cities (no matter how beautiful) doesn’t do this country justice.

Whether you are looking for history, architecture, stunning scenery, quaint little towns or good food – Italy has it all. It’s a perfect country to visit with kids too, as Italians just love the bambini. And the kids will fall for Italian gelatos, pizzas, and pastas…

Italy is one of those countries that you can visit ten times and still have the feeling that you only scratched the surface. It’s one of our favorite countries in Europe, one we gladly return to again and again.

We have been to Italy more times than I can remember, and you can find some of those experiences on this blog. This is by no means a complete guide to visiting Italy. Rather a selection of blog posts from some of our recent trips to Italy.

From hidden gems of Rome to trip itineraries in Tuscany – get inspired to visit Italy and plan your dream trip with our Italy travel tips and advice. Find out!

Manarola in Cinque Terre at sunset
Lake Garda in Italy
Trevi Fountain in Rome Italy

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Italy Travel Tips & Destination Guides

Campania (Naples/ Amalfi Coast)

Lazio (Rome)

Liguria (Italian Riviera)

Lombardy (Milan and the Lakes)

Trentino-Alto Adige (South Tyrol)

Emilia Romagna

Tuscany (Florence and beyond)

Veneto (Venice)

San Marino

While San Marino is an independent country, this tiny gem is completely surrounded by Italy. I, therefore, include it in this Italian travel guide. Here you can find all the information you need for traveling to San Marino.

Tours, Skip-the-line Tickets & Day Trips

Many tourist attractions in Italy are so popular that it’s absolutely essential to book skip-the-line tickets in advance. Some tickets, tours, and excursions also sell out fast, especially in high season.

TIP: For our own trips, we book pretty much all our tours and organized activities via GetYourGuide website. It’s our favorite one-stop-shop for all tickets and tours because they have the best customer service and cancelation policy we have ever seen. Booking directly with a local company usually means that you can’t cancel for free, let alone get a refund in case something goes wrong. For that, it’s always helpful to have a strong intermediary and GYG is the best one we know.

 

When to Visit

There is no bad time to visit Italy and all seasons have something special and unique. In general, the best time to visit Italy is from April to October. That’s when the weather is at its best and everything is open everywhere.

However, it can get really hot in the summer months. So if you are visiting in June, July, and August, try to avoid big cities and visit smaller places at the coast or in the mountains.

My own favorite time to be in Italy is spring and autumn. The weather is perfect for sightseeing and there are fewer people. We also love visiting Italy in the lower season. That’s when you can experience a truly authentic side of this beautiful country. Here you can find some inspiration and information for what it’s really like to visit Italy in November.

Accommodation

If you are visiting Italy in high season (Easter + May to September), it’s advisable to book your accommodation well in advance. Best price/quality accommodations are always gone first.

Below, you can find our lodging guides for several destinations:

Booking.com is our first resource when booking accommodation for all our trips, also in Italy. They have the best selection of hotels, B&Bs, and privately-owned accommodations. Furthermore, they also have the most transparent booking system with the biggest flexibility in terms of cancelations.

Airbnb is also popular in Italy.

Car Rental

If you are visiting Italian cities, do yourself a favor and do not rent a car. You can easily visit all the bigger towns by train. However, if you are traveling in smaller places, often, having a car is so much easier. So it’s important to plan well and know what kind of trip you want to make.

In general, driving in Italy is comparable to driving in other European countries. Traffic jams and tolls on the highways, busy traffic in towns, and shortage in car parking spaces in the most popular areas in high season… That never stopped us exploring Italy by car, however. There are so many amazing areas that would be very difficult to see otherwise.

Here you can find the best deals for car rental.

Travel Insurance

It’s important that you are well covered when traveling anywhere in the world. So a good travel insurance is a must for every trip.

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Italy travel guide