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Frequently Asked Questions

Best time to visit

What is the best time to visit Italy?

The best time to visit depends mainly on your predilections and preferred type of holiday. If you would like to spend time at the golden Italian beaches enjoying the sunshine, you might consider visiting during summertime; however, it does get rather hot and crowded since it's usually the peak season. If sightseeing is what you enjoy, October is a great choice as it's often less crowded and the temperature is still pleasantly warm.

If you're one to combine both - sunbathing and exploring the most authentic Italian sights - September is the month for you. Late spring is also rather slow-paced, comparing with the bustling crowds in summer, and offers pretty decent weather, however, not as warm as early fall. Last but not least, wintertime also has its perks, especially if you're interested in outdoor winter activities, such as skiing. Italy is one of the best places in Europe for skiing, attracting globe-trotters from all over the world to its top-notch ski resorts!

Currency in Italy

What is the currency in Italy?

The official currency in Italy, as in the majority of countries of the European Union, is the Euro (EUR), which was introduced in 1999. Local currency always comes in handy while traveling in Europe, thus don't worry, in case you need to exchange some cash - you can easily do that in one of the official currency exchange offices or local banks in Italy.

What are some of the most popular Italian dishes?

When it comes to mouth-watering Italian cuisine, we could go on and on. Popular all over the world, it presents such delicacies as pizza, a multitude of pasta dishes, authentic gelato, and to-die-for lasagna, not to mention the vast variety of marvelous Italian wines that go along perfectly... Some other popular local meals include risotto, made of a mix of rice, onions, butter, and parmesan cheese, with preferred additional ingredients, as well as bistecca fiorentina - a T-bone steak usually specific to the region of Tuscany.

Weather in Italy

What is the weather like in Italy?

The weather in Italy may vary in different parts of the country. The temperature during summertime in Southern Italy, for instance, reaches an average of 25-30°C (77-86°F), while in Northern Italy it usually stays around 25°C (77°F). Winters in the south are rather mild, with thermometers showing an average of 10°C (50°F), while in Northern Italy it can get pretty chilly outside (approximately 2°C (36°F)). Late autumn - early spring might sometimes get a bit rainy; thus, an umbrella would surely come in handy! Even though the seasons can be more or less predictable, make sure to check the weather forecast beforehand, in order to pack well for your upcoming Italian adventure no matter the season.

What are the most popular sights in Italy?

Each city in Italy has something to offer without a shade of doubt. The major bustling cities house an abundance of iconic monuments and landmarks, the smaller ones boast enough authentic architecture to explore for days to come, while the quaint towns and charming little villages provide unparalleled heritage, as well as incredible gastronomic experience.

Some of the must-visit locations are undoubtedly the gems of Rome, such as the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, and the Forum, just to name a few. In the birthplace of Renaissance, Florence, it is crucial to discover its artsy side, the heritage of Leonardo Da Vinci, for instance, as well as pay a visit to the awe-inspiring Florence Cathedral in the heart of the city. The entire region of Tuscany combines picture-perfect sights, such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, with mouth-watering delicacies, making it a perfect Italian destination.

In addition to it all, visiting the unparalleled city of Venice, which you can explore while onboard a waterbus or a romantic gondola, is absolutely a must. Make sure to set foot on the shore to marvel at the Doge's Palace and the St. Mark's Basilica, one of the main symbols of the city. The picture-perfect towns of Cinque Terre, as well as the mind-boggling Amalfi coast, are also worth your while. Clearly, it is impossible to narrow it down to just a few places when it comes to Italy; however, you can read more about some of its top attractions here.

Best beaches in Italy

Where are the best beaches in Italy?

With plenty of coastline, Italy surely boasts plenty of marvelous beaches! Even though picture-perfect examples can be found all over the country, the regions of Campania, Calabria, Puglia, and, of course, the Amalfi Coast, are known for some of the best beaches in the sunny destination. The beaches on the islands of Ponza, Sardinia, and Lampedusa are worth paying a visit to as well!