To describe the beauty of Italy’s basilicas, the magnificence of her frescos and the power of her charm would be to fail. But every year, dozens of tourists collapse at the sight of their glory.
Many of Italy’s icons are imprinted on the mind of popular culture. There’s the enormous Colosseum, where Romans once leered at their brutal entertainment. There’s the town of Cinque Terre, with its colourful houses soaring above a Mediterranean coast. And then there’s the Vatican City, with its paintings by Michelangelo and Botticelli. But the Italians know that no replica of these things even comes close the originals.
What people say
I did the Secrets of Italy with my Mom and here’s something not-so-secret … We had the best time ever! This trip hits the major highlights at a fast but reasonable pace. Traveling on public transportation, walking the Cinque Terre and a pesto making class and lunch at an enoteca were just some of the highlights.
Italy travel highlights
Explore the stunning Amalfi Coast
Discover Atrani, the best-preserved town on the Amalfi Coast, with narrow streets and a serene town square.
Stroll around Lake Como
Explore the Italian Lakes on foot, including the famous Lake Como with its spectacular mountain views.
Visit the five villages of Cinque Terre
Experience the diverse landscapes of the dramatic Cinque Terre region, including the iconic multi-coloured houses.
Enjoy the tastes of Bologna
Savour regionally prized ham and the world’s best balsamic vinegar in one of Italy’s most prized food and wine areas.
Return to the Middle Ages at St Mark’s Basilica
It’s known as The Church of Gold – this magnificent 11th century cathedral represents the opulence of Venetian society.
Marvel at the towering pillars of the Pantheon
The city of Rome is over 3000 years old. The Pantheon is just one monument remaining from its earliest glory days.
Say a prayer at the Sistine Chapel
Perhaps the most famous church in the Roman Catholic faith, the residence of the Pope was originally painted by the six renaissance masters.
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- Australia: No - Not required
- Belgium: No - Not required
- Canada: No - Not required
- Germany: No - Not required
- Ireland: No - Not required
- Netherlands: No - Not required
- New Zealand: No - Not required
- South Africa: Yes - in advance
- Switzerland: No - Not required
- UK: No - Not required
- USA: No - Not required
Tipping is uncommon in Italy. Some restaurants include a surcharge but there’s no need to tip in cases when there isn’t.
You’ll have good internet access in Italian cities and towns however service may be unreliable in remote places.
Mobile coverage is good in cities and towns but unreliable in remote places. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling.
Italy has western-style toilets. Many public toilets require a small fee to use.
- Cup of coffee = 2 Euro (less if you forego the table and stand up)
- A glass of beer = 5 Euro
- Bottle of wine in a restaurant = 16 Euro
- Small gelato cone = 3 Euro
Drinking tap water is safe in Italy unless otherwise stated. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a refillable bottle or canteen with you.
Credit cards are accepted in hotels, and major shops and restaurants, however you’ll require cash to make purchases from some small businesses.
Italy has plenty of ATMs in its cities and towns.
Yes. All Peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.
For a current list of public holidays in Italy go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/italy/public-holidays
Homosexuality is legal in Italy, however, Italians tend to have reasonably conservative views compared to other European countries. Same-sex marriage is not legal in Italy, and couples should be conservative in regard to open displays of public affection.
For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting Equaldex or Smartraveller before you travel.