Before you go:
- Visas & Passports – Passports must be valid for at least 6 months. Visas are not necessary for EU passport holders. Other nationalities should check with the local Italian embassy.
- Insurance – We strongly recommend that you take out a policy to cover theft, loss, and medical issues. Please visit our page on travel insurance for further information. It is a good idea to photocopy and scan all relevant documents – passport, travel insurance policy, etc. – and leave one copy at home. Carry another copy with you, separate from the originals and digital versions on your smartphone.
- Electricity – 220v. You will need UK-European Plug adaptors.
- Health – Whilst insects aren’t a big problem it’s worth taking mosquito repellents as they can occasionally make an appearance in the evening.
- Currency – Euros are easy to get in the UK and it’s worth shopping around to avoid airport rates. If you are very organised you can get a pre-paid currency card, which you can use in a similar way to a debit card. We recommend Revolut and Monzo.
- Clothing – The temperature varies enormously depending on the time of year. The evenings during spring and autumn tend to be a little cooler, but the weather has the potential to be a little unpredictable even in mid-summer, so it is worth taking an extra layer.
- WiFi – The majority of hotels and restaurants have free unlimited WiFi.
- Festivals & Public Holidays – Consult your destination specialist when you have the dates for your trip and they can advise.
- Driving Licence – Taxis and private transfers in Italy can be very expensive and in more rural areas, taxis can be difficult to book. In view of this we strongly recommend hiring a car, as this is the most efficient and cost effective way of travelling around Italy during your holiday. Depending on your country of residence, you may require an International Driving Permit in order to hire a car in Italy, and we advise that you check your country’s travel guidelines in advance of your trip to allow time to apply for this if necessary. The UK photo driving licence is accepted by all car rental companies. Although not all companies require a Driving License Code, we would recommend obtaining one before you collect your car. This can be done through the DVLA website (https://www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence) and you will need:
- your driving licence number
- your National Insurance number
- the postcode on your driving licence
While you are there:
- Time difference – 1 hour ahead of UK time.
- Telephone – Dial 0044 or +44 for a UK number. The Italian international code is +39
- Dining out – There are fantastic restaurants for all budgets and generally enormous portions (except at some of the very swish Michelin restaurants). Make sure you have checked out all the places listed on your personal Vamoos App!
- Vegetarian food – Well catered for!
- Tipping – It is standard procedure to tip around 10% for meals at restaurants (just check that service isn’t already included). It is not necessary to tip taxis in Italy. We recommend the following amounts for local guides based on your experience:
- €10 per person for a half day tour
- €15-€20 per person for a full day tour.