Italy is truly one of the world’s top destinations for the artist, the architect, and historian. This country, more than any other, features an incredibly vibrant culture that has been dedicated to scholarly pursuits and beauty since Roman times, and this distinction makes it one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit. Travelers can be astounded by colossal ruins, irresistible foods, and jaw-dropping architecture and art. We think this is one of the must-visit places that everyone should put on their bucket list to hit before they die!
There’s so many different draws to Italy that it’s impossible to even touch on them all here. From the ancient Roman Colosseum to the fairy-tale canals in Venice, the sunny and gorgeous Amalfi coast to the iconic leaning tower of Pisa, Italy is chock full of amazing history and beautiful cities. It’s no wonder that Italy ranks as one of the favorite vacation destination for honeymooners and families alike.
Important dates in Italy
- January 1 – Capodano/New Years Day
- January 6 – the end of Italy’s Christmas season
- March/April- Easter Sunday and Monday, date may vary
- April 25 – Festa della Liberazione/Liberation day
- May 1 – Labor day
- June 2 – Festa della Repubblica/ Republic Day
- August 15 – Ferragosto/Assumption Day
- November 1 – Ognissanti/All Saint’s Day
- December 8 – Immaculate Conception
- December 25 – Christmas Day
- December 26 – Santo Stefano/Saint Stephan’s Day
On the days listed above you will find banks and most shops closed, however in main tourist destinations some shops may be open. Public transport runs on the holiday schedules on Sunday
- Italy gets more than 50 million tourists a year, one of the largest numbers of countries in Europe. This accounts for more than 60% of the countries economy!
- Pizza, probably the country’s most iconic meal, is claimed to have been invented in Naples around 1860.
Good to know
As a visitor, you will require a short stay visa, also known as “C” visa or “Schengen” visa. The Schengen visa is the standard visa that is valid for all the 26 countries in the Schengen Area, including Italy. This short stay visa is issued for 90 days within a 180 day period from the date of first entry to the Schengen Area. The visa is issued for single entry or multiple entries.
Please check the official Schengen websites for more up to date information here.
Culture and Etiquette in Italy
Life in Italy will offer you good food, great Gelato, and incredible scenery and some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. We really recommend that you take some time to explore the cities you visit like locals on foot or on a bike! This can be one of the greatest ways to tour the city, and you’ll find yourself in neighborhoods and around architecture that most tourists don’t get to see.
The history of Italy is emerged throughout its legendary art, and one of the main reasons that almost everyone comes to Italy are for the art museums. A very popular tourist region to prepare for, the museums are situated in very small buildings, with capacity regulations. The crowd here often leaves feeling a bit faint from the crowds and lines. The tantalizing art pieces are so overwhelming with beauty that it’s possible you may need a moment to relax.
Here the locals dress for the season rather than the weather. For example, even though it is quite a warm Spring day, you will still some walking around in coats. When walking around town, smart casual is the best way to go. A more laid-back, shorts and sandals are perfectly fine for the beach and coasts. Practice modesty when visiting religious sites by ensuring your clothing covers – shoulders and thighs.