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Italy Travel Guide

Italy FAQ

What do I need to do before travelling?

We suggest that all our customers review foreign office advice for Italy before travelling. Click here for the latest information from the foreign office.

What are the visa requirements?

British nationals do not require a visa to enter Italy. For stays of up to three months, your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.

What is the currency in Italy?

The currency in Italy is the Euro. 

Will I need to bring an adaptor?

Italy uses two-pin style electrical outlets and plugs, so you will need to bring an adaptor. 

What is the language in Italy?

The official language of Italy is Italian

Are there any customs or public holidays I should be aware of?

When in Italy, the law states that you must be able to produce some form of identification at all times. Keep a photocopy of your passport on you, and be aware that in some cases you may be asked to accompany the police to retrieve the original document if stopped. In the cities of Venice and Florence, you may be fined if you drop litter.

Is Italy safe?

Crime levels in Italy are generally low, however big city centres do suffer from higher levels of petty crime such as bag-snatching and pick pocketing. Be particularly vigilant about safeguarding your bag and belongings when travelling in crowded areas and city centres. 

What is the cuisine like?

Italian food is not famous for nothing - the country genuinely serves up some of the best cuisine in the world. Cooking and signature styles and dishes vary greatly from region to region, however grain foods such as bread, pasta, rice and polenta are common staples, and national dishes include spaghetti bolognaise, pizza and risotto. Southern Italy is famous for its olives; a variety of fish and seafood is popular along the coastline, and wine is served with most meals! 

What nightlife is available?

Italians organise their lives almost exclusively around socialising, and there is a vibrant and diverse nightlife to be found across Italy, particularly in its major cities. Bars and cafes remain open late into the evening; Italy’s ‘Disco’s’ tend to be enormous establishments with several floors, while nightclubs are generally smaller and less expensive. 

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