Introducing Italy

Ok, let's get one thing straight about travel to Spain: you're hardly going to be alone. Spain trails only France globally in terms of the number of annual tourist arrivals. So you should firmly expect to have to fight a few selfie stick-wielding tourists in order to get those iconic Instagram shots in Barcelona or Madrid. But, with that said, Spain is a large and diverse country with a lot to offer. Eschew the traditional lemming destinations and think more broadly and you will find plenty of Spanish destinations still teeming with authenticity and ready to welcome you with open arms. 

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Language: If you're traveling to the more famous tourist destinations such as Rome, Venice or Florence, you can easily get by with speaking English. However, if you're heading to Southern Italy (e.g. Palermo, Naples), not a lot of people speak English. Either way, with the help of an an Italian phrasebook, locals will be friendlier towards you if you make an effort to speak a few greetings in their language. 

Currency: Euro ($1 = ~0.91 euros).

Credit Cards & ATMs: Majority of establishments take credit/debit cards, but do bring enough cash just in case, and also for when you travel to more remote areas. ATMs widely available.

Plugs: Type C, F or L, 230V / 50Hz. Bring this universal adapter

Safety: Other than the occasional pick-pocketing incidents that are common to a lot of tourist destinations, Italy is a very safe place to visit. Just practice caution and common sense, and you'll be fine. It is also a good idea to check the latest US State Department travel advisories for your destination.

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  • Rome
  • Tuscany
  • Florence
  • Matera

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If you prefer to avoid the general tourist crowd, and aim for lower accommodation prices, then the best time visit Italy is either the spring months of April to June or the autumn months of September to October when the temperatures are moderate and cool.

Italy Trivia and Facts

  • The Vatican City, in Rome, is the smallest country in the world.
  • There are over 1,500 lakes in Italy.
  • Italy is the fifth most visited country in the world.


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beautiful old town sunset

Driving in Italy

Italy drives on the right hand side of the road. When searching for options and deciding to rent a car, we suggest using Discover Car Hire to compare the best rental agencies.

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