Tuscany's vineyards are full and green and begging to be explored.

Italy Travel Guide

It’s no secret that Italy is my favorite destination in Europe. I had the luxury of exploring the country with my family, so it holds a special place in my heart. From the romantic canals of Venice to the intoxicating wineries of Tuscany, there is so much to love about Italy. Food, wine, history, art, and culture all come together to make it the perfect travel destination.

With its impressive architecture and delicious restaurants, Florence is perhaps my favorite city in Italy. And I’m not alone. Florence is consistently rated one of the best cities in Europe and the world. The gorgeous views along the Arno River and the iconic Duomo make Florence an unbeatable location.

But after a full week in the country, I felt like I only scratched the surface. Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast offer the most picturesque destinations. Rome is iconic. And there are so many hidden gems in between.

Basic information

Language: The main language in Italy is Italian.

Currency: The official currency of Italy is the Euro (EUR). 1 USD is equal to about 0.95 EUR.

Plugs: The plugs in Italy are type C and F, the standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. I recommend using a universal adapter and a converter for hairdryers and other hot products.

Safety: Italy is safe, but be careful of pickpockets in crowded, tourist areas.

the best time to visit

The Bridge of Sighs is a famous bridge in Venice. Prisoners would sigh as they crossed the bridge and took their last look of Venice.

If you’re on a budget or looking to avoid crowds, go during the winter. You can also go during spring to catch the blossoming flowers and avoid peak tourist season.

But let’s be honest. Italy is beautiful during the summer, especially if you want to visit Cinque Terre or Amalfi’s beaches. The country comes alive in summer. The wine grapes are nearing harvest. There’s a reason so many people visit in the summer.

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