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Book your holiday trip to Italy now: Mediterranean lifestyle and ancient monuments

A holiday trip to Italy offers you culinary delights, miles of beaches and cities that look back on an ancient history. The coast of the European “boot” is approx. 8,000 kilometres long and spoils you with sandy beaches, picturesque bays and great diving areas. Hikers, mountaineers and mountain bikers will find numerous varied routes in the Alpine landscape of northern Italy. For your holiday in Italy you can choose between several accommodations: From luxury hotels to family guesthouses, there is something to suit every taste.

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Cultural highlights of a holiday trip to Italy

Culture lovers will definitely get their money’s worth on a holiday trip to Italy. Cities like Rome, Florence or Venice are true open-air museums. A highlight is a visit to the capital Rome, which is home to countless works of art, monuments and churches. The most important sight is the ancient Colosseum, which was used as an amphitheatre and is considered the largest closed building of antiquity. Another open-air museum is the city of Florence, famous worldwide for its imposing cathedral. In addition to works of art from different eras, you can visit the Uffizi Gallery and the famous painting of Venus of Boticelli. In Venice you can take a romantic gondola ride through the canals or discover majestic buildings such as the Doge’s Palace. The Gothic building is connected to the former prison by the Bridge of Sighs, on which Casanova already passed. Near Vesuvius you will find a very special historical site, ancient Pompeii. This town sank during a volcanic eruption and was buried under ashes for thousands of years. Today Pompeii is one of the best preserved ancient city ruins.

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Important questions for your holiday in Italy

What do I have to bring with me on my holiday in Italy?

Italy is a very versatile country, which also applies to the climate. If you are planning a skiing holiday in Italy in winter, you should pack the appropriate winter clothes. If you are going to the Adriatic or Sardinia, you should wear swimwear. Another important travel accessory is your own video camera. Especially the Italian cities like Rome, Florence or Venice offer so many potential motifs that simply have to be captured.

What do I need to be aware of for a holiday in Italy?

Italy is basically a very hospitable country, but of course there are also some special customs here:

  • In Italy, dinner is usually taken later than in Austria. In addition, Italians eat more extensively and see the meal as more of an event.
  • Italians have a more lively way of speaking. So if a conversation is a little louder and body language is also used massively, this is not uncommon in Italy.
  • A rather informal greeting is the well-known “Ciao”, which means as much as “hello” but also “goodbye”. More formal is the “Buongiorno”, which means as much as good day.

How warm is it at what time of year? (When is the best time to travel?)

Italy has a similar climate cycle to Austria, because in the summer months of June, July and August it is particularly warm and the thermometer climbs to temperatures of up to 30 ° Celsius. Nevertheless, due to the numerous climatic zones and the different regions, a perfect travel time cannot necessarily be determined. Nevertheless, the following tips should be helpful:

  • If you like skiing in Italy, you can count on a very long skiing season. This season lasts from the end of November until April.
  • The summer months bring pure sunshine and provide a wonderful atmosphere for a beach holiday.
  • City trips can also be undertaken very well in spring or autumn, as it does not get too hot then.

What should I bear in mind when arriving?

There are several ways to get to Italy. In addition to the plane and the train there is also the possibility to choose the cheap journey by car. In this regard, however, the following things should be considered:

  • Maximum speed on motorways: 130 km/h
  • On highways, a maximum speed of 110 km/h is permitted.
  • Outside cities the limit is 80 km/h, inside cities 50 km/h.
  • On all roads with a speed limit higher than 50 km/h, lights must also be switched on during the day.
  • The obligation to carry a safety vest with you is sharper in Italy than in Austria, because each vehicle occupant requires a separate safety vest.

Do you need a power adapter in Italy?

In Italy, connectors of type C, F and L are mainly used. The first two connector types are compatible with local connectors. But since you never know which sockets are in your hotel at the moment, an adapter provides a higher degree of security. The mains voltage is 230 Volt and the frequency 50 Hz.

Information on national language, time zone & currency

The official language in Italy is Italian, but in border regions German (South Tyrol, even more Austrian) or French is sometimes spoken. In addition, visitors to towns and cities can often continue to speak English. The country also lies in the time zone UTC+1 (summer time: +2), which corresponds to Central European time. Time shifts are therefore unbearable. Since Italy is also part of the euro zone, the euro is regarded as a recognised means of payment.

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