Italy has been a highly popular tourist destination for many years, but its popularity gained an extra boost thanks to the 2006 publication of Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir ‘Eat, Pray, Love’, in which she describes her 4-month love affair with the country’s delicious cuisine and vivacious, smooth-talking inhabitants. The birthplace of Botticelli, Da Vinci, Titian and the Renaissance – not to mention gelato, tiramisu and a whole host of delectable pasta dishes – Italy is a country guaranteed to inspire and entice. From the historic streets of Rome, home to the Colosseum and the 2,000 year old Pantheon, to the hauntingly beautiful city of Venice, built across 117 islands, Italy is steeped in history, art and culture so rich it will take your breath away.
There are so many incredible things to see and do in Italy it can be very tricky to plan your itinerary. History and art lovers are sure to want to visit the Sistine Chapel, with its famous frescoes by Michelangelo, not to mention the Galleria Borghese and the Galleria degli Uffizi, which houses the priceless art collection of the Medici family. Boasting remarkable paintings by the likes of Giotto, Botticelli, Da Vinci and Titian, this museum is a must for appreciators of fine art, particularly from the Renaissance period.
For another unforgettable Italian cultural experience, treat yourself to a gondola ride through the island city of Venice. Catch your boat from the Hotel Bauer gondola stop and be serenaded by your gondolier as you glide along the city’s atmospheric canals, admiring the city’s stunning historic architecture.
Elsewhere in Italy, take in the eerie ruins of Pompeii, hike up Mount Vesuvius – unless you are visiting between the months of November and April – and explore the streets and leafy cloisters of Naples with its beautiful seaside promenade, ancient catacombs and bustling street market, the Mercato di Porta Nolana.
What is the currency in Italy?
The official currency in Italy is the Euro.
How long does it take to fly to Italy?
It takes approximately 2 hours 20 minutes to fly from London to Rome.
What is the time difference in Italy?
Italy is 1 hour ahead of London.
When is the best time to visit Italy?
A visit to Italy is sure to be enjoyable at any time of year but the optimum time to visit is between the months of April and June, when the weather will be pleasantly balmy, rates should be more affordable and there will be fewer local holidaymakers to contend with.
What language is spoken in Italy?
The official language of Italy is Italian, which is a descendant of Tuscan. Various regional languages are also spoken, including Ligurian, Lombard and Venetian.
Do I need a visa to visit Italy?
If you hold a British Passport you don’t need a visa to enter Italy. For up-to-date travel entry advice to Italy, please visit the FCo website here.