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So rich with historic, cultural and gastronomic treasures is Italy that the only way to really experience what moves you is on an Italy tour, tailored just for you. Let your private guide lead you on a ‘Taste of Italy’—meander through markets, picnic on prosciutto and learn to make perfect pasta. Gaze at Michelangelo’s famous David during a pri ...Show More

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Passport Requirements for Italy Tours

American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 90 days beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart the country. Tourists must also provide proof of return or onward travel. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure.

Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.

Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.

Visa Requirements for Italy Tours

A visa is not required for citizens of the U.S. and Canada. Citizens from other countries may require a valid visa. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Italy for the most up-to-date visa information.

Insurance Recommendations for Italy Tours

Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty medical bill. Insurance can be purchased through us.

Vaccination Requirements for Italy Tours

We always recommend that you see a doctor or health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. They will best determine your vaccination and medication needs based on your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, planned activities and up-to-the-minute requirement changes. For all vaccinations and health requirements, we also recommend that you consult the World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov.

Medication Requirements for Italy Tours

If there are any medical items that are essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.

Recommended Items:

  • Basic medicine kit (painkillers, band-aids, antiseptic cream, etc.)
  • Digestive aids such as Imodium, Pepto-Bismol; re-hydration salts and anti-diarrhea preparations.
  • Hydrocortisone tablets or cream for allergic skin reactions and bites
  • Anti-nausea tablets if you suffer from motion sickness
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), after-sun lotion, lip balm, wide brimmed hat, sunglasses, Insect repellent

Weather, Seasons and Climate in Italy

Weather in Italy depends on the region. Temperatures in the south are generally hotter than in the north. You can usually rely on sun between May and September with the hottest temperatures in July and August. Beaches along the coast are at their busiest in August. During spring (April to June) and early autumn (September and October), weather is generally good without much rain. For up-to-date forecasts, check weather.com.

Electricity, Phone and Internet in Italy

Electricity in Italy is 230 volts. Italian sockets are designed to accept two round prongs. Some sockets will take the plugs with large prongs only; others will take the ones with small prongs. A multi-adaptor with different plug configurations can be very useful. We advise not to bring a hair dryer as it could blow a fuse.

Phone: Roaming charges vary between carriers, but tend to be quite costly. Consult your phone provider prior to departure to discuss overseas rates and international package options. It is also possible to purchase a SIM card locally to avoid international charges when calling numbers within Italy. (You should check to see that your cell phone is SIM card compatible.)

Internet: Wireless access is available in most urban areas, airports and hotels. You’ll find Internet cafés throughout Italy.

Currency in Italy

Generally speaking, we advise bringing €70-100 per day, per person, for spending money. Be sure to bring lots of small bills for porters, wait staff and housekeeping (not obligatory and based on your satisfaction). Euro paper money comes in different colors and denominations (5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 notes). There are also Eurocent coins: 1 cent, 2 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 and 2 Euro. Your largest bills should be 50 Euros, with a combination of 5’s, 10’s and 20’s. We recommend that you bring approximately 100 Euros of spare cash in small denominations to have ready for tips and expenses when you first arrive.

We recommend that you get local currency from your bank before you leave home or from a bank machine in-country which is much cheaper than an exchange service at the airport or in tourist areas. Your bank card may work, but Visa or MasterCard are more widely accepted. You will need a 4-digit PIN to be able to use your cards in Europe.

Quick Facts for a Italy Tour

Capital: Rome

Language: Italian

Currency: Euro

Religion: Eighty percent of the population is Christian (mainly Roman Catholic)

Time Zone: GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) +1 hour

Electricity: 230 volts

Telephone: Country code for calling you from outside Italy is 39

Calling North America: Dial 001 and your 10 digit number

Emergency numbers in Italy: Medical: 118; Police: 113; Fire: 115.

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Dalia D., June 13, 2016
"I am so glad that I used Kensington Tours to help me plan my trip to Italy."
Judith F., May 31, 2016
"Our trip to St. Petersburg was superlative."
Elijah S., May 2, 2016
"Once again, Kensington Tours did not disappoint. "
Glen G., April 20, 2016
"Guides were exceptional and really made the travel day worthwhile. All hotels were excellent."
Jessica A., December 25, 2015
"I had the most amazing trip of my life."