Italy: Travel Tips

Italy offers unlimited potential for discovery, whether in romantic Venice, fashionable Milan, or the resorts of Capri. Florence’s artistic heritage is evident from the top of Il Duomo to the halls of the Uffizi Gallery. In Rome, cast a coin in the Trevi fountain to ensure your return to the Eternal City. For an alternative to cosmopolitan itineraries, experience the solemn beauty of the Lake District and carefree Capri.

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Getting To Italy

Like most of Western Europe, early spring and fall are the ideal times to explore Italy. Northern Italy blooms in spring, while Southern Italy offers warm weather and smaller crowds in September.

Early spring and fall are ideal for temperate weather, smaller crowds, and reasonable travel deals on airfare and hotel.

Summer is Italy's busiest season, and many shops and restaurants close in late August as Italians go on holiday. Christmas, Easter, and other religious holidays mean big crowds and higher rates in Rome.

Fall and early spring offer better travel deals on airfare and hotel. The weather can be a bit cooler, but there are fewer crowds, so you'll have more time to enjoy the wonders of Italy

Flight Times

To Milan

  • 8.5 hours from New York
  • 11.5 hours from Los Angeles
  • 2 hours from London

To Rome

  • 8.5 hours from New York
  • 11.5 hours from Los Angeles
  • 2.5 hours from London

To Venice

  • 8.5 hours from New York
  • 11.5 hours from Los Angeles
  • 2.5 hours from London

Staying In Italy

In Italy, where no town is complete without a Roman-era theatre or aqueduct, the ancient and the modern live in harmony. Many travelers still consider this vibrant land an essential destination. With famous cultural treasures, Italy beckons with its legendary hospitality and relaxed lifestyle.

Must-see sights

  • The Vatican, the Colosseum, The Spanish Steps.
  • The Duomo and the shops of Ponte Vecchio.
  • The countryside, vineyards, and farmlands of Tuscany.

Things to do

  • In Rome, be sure to check the hours of museums, cathedrals, and historic sites.
  • Plan a late dinner at a small café and enjoy an authentic Italian experience.
  • Eat and shop! Don't miss the amazing cuisine, and great deals on couture clothing.
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Traveling In Italy

Classic Vacations offers a variety of transportation options throughout Europe in order to make your Europe vacation truly spectacular. While limousines are a fun and private way to see many of the sights in Europe, private jets, rental cars, and shuttle transfers are also available.

While traveling in the Italy we recommend :

  • Private transfers at time of booking - All transfers include a meet-and-greet by English-speaking drivers, luggage assistance, and bottled water in modern vehicles to and from all points of entry as well as between cities.
  • Luxury trains, river barges, and cruises – A stress free way to explore Europe. There’s no need for maps, and no need to pack and unpack between destinations. This is travel the way it’s meant to be: carefree and full of discovery.
  • Rental cars - In some countries you may want to rent a car and explore on your own. Classic Europe proudly features Hertz cars in most countries.
  • Water taxi service is available in Venice

Things to Know

Entry Requirements

  • To enter and leave Europe, all U.S. citizens must carry a valid passport.
  • It is the traveler’s responsibility to obtain the proper documents.


  • The Euro is the official currency of the European union and its member countries. Other European Currencies include the Swiss Franc and the British pound. Exchange rates vary by currency and economic seasonality.

Time Difference

Italy is GMT + 1

Europe spans three time zones:

  • Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) which is 5 hours ahead of Eastern standard Time.
  • Central Standard Time which is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
  • Eastern European Time which is 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.

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