Undoubtedly one of the most visited countries in the European Region, it will seduce you with its ancient history and a culture known by many around the world. A country of romance, there is a good chance you will fall in love with the country as well as it’s warm hearty people. From Venice to Florence then Naples to Sicily, Sardinia and of course, Rome – there is no shortage of wondrous places to visit in Italy.
Florence is the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region located in the middle of the country. Nestled in the rolling hills it is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. The Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome is its most well-known visual site. In general the attractions throughout this city largely center around art and beautiful curated architecture.
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 Sundays.
– Pinocchio is from Tuscany. The story was born in Florence in 1826 by a writer named Carlo Collodi.
– Tuscany is known as a Nation within a Nation. It’s culture and language is unique to the rest of Italy.
– Siena in Tuscany is home to Italy’s only university that does a degree in wine production, Oneology.
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 Florence will offer you good food, great gelato, and a city that’s walkable by foot. Unlike some of the other popular regions in Italy, here it is not neccesary to purchase transportation tickets, but rather stroll around with the locals and tourists alike. The history of the city is emerged throughout it’s legendary art, the main reason that almost everyone comes to Florence 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, but more so from experiencing Florence syndrome. The tantilizzing 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.