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Italy at a Glance

Beautiful Italy knows how to charm travelers. From the red-roofed mountain towns nestling along its spine to the warm, flower-filled cities closer to the coast you'll find a welcoming landscape and even more welcoming people. 

If you enter Italy by train from other parts of Europe, you will travel through little towns nestled in the Alps with vacation homes cozied up to small lakes. The land will gradually become lower in elevation and then will start to roll with the beautiful farm land, vineyards and orchards. Near the coast, houses perch on picturesque cliffs and the bright ocean twinkles below.

If you come to Italy, lie on the beach and get sunburned, explore Florence's old city walls, look at Renaissance art, admire a Humanist sculpture, visit Rome's Colosseum, and stand in line to see the Sistine Chapel. In Venice, try on silk masks, wander through the unmarked streets and marvel at the city's opulence.

Wherever you are in Italy, try the local food. Relish a drizzle of olive oil on a fresh tomato, sample cheeses, try a new gelato flavor every day, eat pasta and delicate fish. Let your senses come alive in Italy and you'll be yearning to return in no time at all.

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Popular Places
  • Milan Milan
  • Venice Venice
  • Rome Rome
  • Florence Florence
  • Cinque Terre Cinque Terre
  • Tuscany Tuscany
  • Verona Verona
  • Sicily Sicily
  • Naples Naples
  • Genoa Genoa
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Rome Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino
  • Major Airport Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola

Passport / Visa Requirements

American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter Italy if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. For more information, visit an Italian Consulate's office. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather Italy's weather varies depending upon location and elevation. High mountain towns see snow in the winter and cooler temperatures. Coastal areas have hot, Mediterranean climates. If traveling about the country, be sure to bring layers and plan for different weather conditions.

Safety Concerns Watch out for the pick pockets and scammers that frequent Italy's tourist attractions. Protect your belongings, and never leave them unattended.

Health Concerns Italy has good drinking water and a good public health record. Stay healthy by practicing good personal hygiene.

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