From wandering the ancient sidewalks of Rome to cruising the canals of Venice, nothing seduces like a slice of la dolce vita in Italy.

Only in Italy can you break your pizza-eating best in Naples, down limoncello like it’s going out of fashion in Sorrento and fine-tune the art of wandering through masterpiece-filled museums in Florence. Get into the good life by cycling across Tuscany’s hinterland, go hiking among olive groves along the Amalfi coast or set off on a sailing trip around the Mediterranean island of Sardinia. Growing gourmet is the lifeblood and livelihood for many Italians, so there’s plenty to try and taste as you adventure around. The food is phenomenal, but the people are what make it. Italy’s got it all and more… to boot!

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Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.

Depending on which trip you're on while in Italy, you may find yourself travelling by:

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Fields of grass scattered with wildflowers, quaint buildings and cobblestone lanes… cycling through the countryside of Italy is a great way to get around.

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Italy travel FAQs

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Check the Essential Trip Information section of the itinerary for more information.

Tipping isn’t customary in Italy, but it is appreciated. Feel free to leave a small amount if the service has been particularly good.  Some restaurants will add a ‘cover charge’ to your bill.

The Internet can be accessed at internet cafes and hotels in most cities and major towns in Italy.

Mobile phone coverage is generally good in Italy. Ensure global roaming is activated with your service provider before leaving home.

Western-style flushable toilets are the norm in Italy. You may have to pay a small fee to use public toilets in some parts.

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 water from taps in Italy is considered safe. For environmental reasons, try to use a refillable water bottle rather than buying bottled water.

Major credit cards are widely accepted by stores in Italy. Smaller cafes and shops may not accept credit cards, so ensure you carry enough cash to cover small purchases.

ATMs are common in Italy, so finding one won't be a problem in most towns and cities.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey. 

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

  • 1 Jan: New Year’s Day
  • 6 Jan: Epiphany
  • 16 Apr: Easter Sunday
  • 17 Apr: Easter Monday
  • 25 Apr: Liberation Day
  • 1 May: Labour Day
  • 2 Jun: Republic Day
  • 15 Aug: Assumption Day
  • 1 Nov: All Saint’s Day
  • 8 Dec: Immaculate Conception
  • 25 Dec: Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec: St Stephen’s Day

For a current list of public holidays in Italy go to: https://www.worldtravelguide.net/guides/europe/Italy/public-holidays/

As a whole, Italy is a hassle-free destination for LGBTQI-travellers. Same-sex relationships are legal and are largely accepted. That said, overt displays of affection can attract negative responses in smaller towns, which tend to be more conservative and less accepting. Rome, Milan and Bologna have the largest gay scenes, and Florence and Naples have a handful of gay venues too.

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting Equaldex or ILGA before you travel.

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Street artist in Florence, Italy

Top responsible travel tips for Italy

1. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

2. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

3. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.

4. Try to use public transport wherever possible.

5. Refrain from touching or interfering with ancient monuments, relics or historic sites.

6. Learn some Italian and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.

7. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.