Italy travel guide

Where to go, what to see: your Italy travel guide

Why visit Italy?

Beautiful architecture, classical history, warm people and incredible sun-kissed cuisine, Italy holidays are a treat for all the senses. The north offers lakes, mountains and cool culture, the south is known for its demonstrative people, rolling landscapes and rich flavours.  The food in exceptional everywhere.

Italy is home to the most beautiful architecture in the world. According to UNESCO, over 50% of the world’s great works of art are found here. Take the masterpieces of Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Tintoretto and Caravaggio; the operas of Verdi and Puccini; and the cinema of Federico Fellini. Add the architecture of Venice, Florence, and Rome and you have just a fraction of its treasures from over the centuries.

Italy is a new nation with a very old civilization. Until 1860, it was still a myriad of different states often at war with each other. Despite its unity as a Republic today, it is still fragmented into a deeply-rooted mosaic of regional cultures. Italians are strongly attached to their towns, neighbourhoods and family values, which form the background of their society. They are warm, outgoing people. Time is not necessarily money to them, and the average Italian will always find the time to enjoy a good meal or drink a black espresso (28 million cups of coffee are sold every day!).

Weather and climate in Italy

When is the best time to visit Italy?

Italy has hot summers and cold winters. The south experiences mild, wet winters and very hot summers. Rain generally falls in October, January and early spring. Pack lightweight clothing with a few warm layers in spring and early fall, plus rain gear. In winter, bring a jacket in the south and a warm overcoat in the north. Summers can be hot and humid, so bring light summer clothes with a light jacket or jumper for evening.

To help you plan, below are average low and high temperatures for Italy.




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