Italy Travel Guide

This Italy Travel Guide will give you information on just everything you need, before embarking on your first trip to Italia. Italy is a great country to travel to, due to multiple reasons. The rich history (most is still visible as paintings or structures), devine cuisine or also great business oportunities (some of the most notable companies with italian roots are Illy, Ferrari, … just to name a very few). For sure the summer is an ideal season to travel to Italy, to visit beaches and hop by train from one city to another, however Italy offers unique experiences year round. In northern Italy you can go skiing in winter, truffle hunting in Fall, and discover not as croded cities in the spring till early summer.

Below I have concluded a comprehensive Travel Guide for Italy for you. It will give you basic information on Italy, its language, currency and how to navigate within the country by public transport, without an own car or vehicle (rental Vespas excluded, those are *almost* always recommended). I have already travelled to Italy multiple dozen times, it might be nearing the 100th-time mark, therefore I have experienced a lot of this country. Right below you can also find a map of Italy, with marks in each city that I have already visited and written Tipps about. If you are missing some specific information, dont hesitate to request a blog post.

Good to know

Language of Italy

The official language of Italy is Italian. In the areas bordering to both Germany and Austria, especially in south Tyrol, German is widely spoken, too. The same goes for the region bordering France, where French is widely understood, or even spoken.

Currency in Italy

The currency in Italy, as well as in San Marino and the Vatican state, is the European Euro. As the Euro is the official currency in most countries in Europe, you won't find as many changing offices (as there used to be, when every country had its own currency). Paying cashless via debit/credit card or contactless via Google Pay/Apple Pay is usually possible in chain supermarkets (coop, LIDL,..) and bigger stores (coin, ZARA,..), as well as in *some* Restaurants. But be aware, as most restaurants in Italy, especially in not overly tourist-saturated areas, are privately owned, you most probably will only be able to pay with cash, not with card or contactless.

Popular destinations in Italy

Frequently Asked Questions about Italy

my most recent Blogposts about Italy