- Don’t forget – Your passport, tickets, Italy travel insurance, European health insurance card and euros should be kept safe throughout your travel. And if you’re still undecided how to carry your money, consider taking a travel credit card along with you.
- Transport – Public transport strikes are quite common in the main Italian cities, particularly in Rome, Milan, Florence, Naples, Turin and Genoa. If you are planning to use public transport, make sure you find out if there are any pre-planned strikes while you’re visiting or you could use the official licensed taxis as an alternative.
- Driving in Italy – With a valid UK driving licence, car insurance and appropriate documents you could certainly drive in Italy. It’s a great way to get the taste of the Italian culture and astounding views. Many historic city centres in Italy restrict private and hire car entry without an official pass, so if you’re staying in the centre of one of these cities, you can buy a pass from most car hire companies.
- Weather – Italian weather can vary greatly between the north and the south, and even from town to town. Southern cities like Rome can become very hot in the Summer, so pack enough sunblock. If you’re going for a skiing holiday in the northern regions, seek weather advice before hitting the slopes. Visit The Foreign and Commonwealth Office find out more information.
Italy: Did you know?
- Venice is one of the most beautiful and unusual cities in the world, which is made up of 118 islands, 416 bridges, 177 canals, 127 squares. It’s plagued by regular floods and has been sinking for centuries.
- The Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and St Peter’s Basilica are just a few of the iconic sights to visit while you’re in Rome.
- Mount Vesuvius, the volcano on which Naples sits and which destroyed Pompeii, is an active volcano. Its last eruption was during the Second World War and it erupts roughly every sixty years.
- Beware when crossing the road in Italy. Unlike the UK, vehicles will not stop at a pedestrian crossing for you, not until you first step into the road. Even then, the scooters are likely to just zip around you as you cross.
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