Schengen Visa Insurance | Italy Information

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Advice on health and vaccinations

There are no compulsory vaccinations for visiting Italy. Nevertheless, it is advised that you be vaccinated against hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, and polio. The vaccination against measles is also strongly recommended for children.

Weather

Italy features two different types of climate: an inland continental climate and a Mediterranean climate on the coast. In the very south of the country, including the island of Sicily, you may even experience something approaching an African climate during the summer. It is best to visit Italy in spring or autumn, as in summer the temperature can quickly climb as high as 40 degrees Celsius. If you are there during the hotter period, you are advised to remain inside between 2pm and 5pm local time.

Discover Italy

You would need months, even years, to discover all of Italy’s riches. You can, however, begin with some particularly unmissable attractions.

-Rome: the country’s capital is a veritable open-air museum in which you can visit historical sites dating back to classical antiquity. There you can visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the richly-endowed Vatican Museums, as well as the world-famous Roman Coliseum, the Pantheon and the Roman Forum. Don’t forget to throw a coin in the famous Trevi Fountain too! And make sure to spend some time sampling the local Italian cuisine - it’s some of the best in the world and the portions are generous.

-Florence: lovers of architecture and art absolutely must visit this beautiful Tuscan city. There they will be able to admire the Basilica di Santa Croce, the Battistero (Baptistery) and the remarkable Duomo, or Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Meanwhile, the Uffizi Gallery is one of the most beautiful art museums in the world.

-Venice: this legendary city is particularly popular among romantics. As well as St. Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace, you will be able to traverse the Grand Canal, take a trip on a gondola, and visit islands including Murano, Burano, and many more.

-Nature-lovers should leave the cities behind in favor of traveling through the Dolomites, as well as the picturesque regions of Calabria and Apulia, before heading to Sicily and Sardinia to experience some truly magnificent landscapes.

-Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast are yet more Italian regions which shouldn’t be missed. Feast your eyes on Vesuvius, before heading into Pompeii for an unforgettable visit to its perfectly preserved archaeological site.

-For a relaxing luxury break by the waterside, head to Lake Como or Lake Maggiore.

Safety

Although Italy is broadly a safe country, it is recommended that you remain vigilant with regards to pickpockets in the big cities and tourist areas, and that you don’t leave anything unattended in a parked vehicle. There is a risk of volcanic eruption or seismic activity in various regions of the country, as Italy has three active volcanoes: Vesuvius, Etna, and Stromboli.

Practical information

The Italian currency is the Euro. Standard opening hours of shops and restaurants are not always observed but are often closed between 1pm and 4pm. Restaurants are generally open from 12pm to 3pm and from 7pm to 10.30pm. The further south you go, the later the evening meal is eaten.

Most museums are closed on Mondays – but on other days their opening hours are generally from 9am to 7pm. You may often find it difficult to make yourself understood in English, especially outside the bigger towns and cities, but you will easily be able to exchange a few words with the help of an Italian phrasebook.