Planning a trip to Italy? We’re here to help!
I’ve been living in France for the past few years, just an hour away from the Italian border, so trips to Italy are pretty common for my husband and me. In fact, it’s one of our favorite European countries to visit! There are so many historical sites, gorgeous landscapes, and mouthwatering cuisines that change whenever you enter a new region.
There’s so much to see and do in this country that sometimes planning a trip itinerary can be daunting. That’s where our Italy itinerary comes in.
I’ve broken down the steps to planning the perfect trip to Italy, along with a highlight of the top destinations and cities to visit. You can customize your own trip by picking and choosing destinations within the country that seem the most interesting to you and your preferences.
With destinations to complete full Northern Italy itineraries to lesser-known hidden gems in stunning Southern Italy, I’ll tell you everything you need to know about each destination, along with some fun things to do and see while there. Let’s get into how to plan a trip to Italy so you’ll be living la dolce vita in no time!
Guide To Planning a Trip to Italy
|Best time to visit||Late spring, early summer, early fall|
|Visa requirements||Schengen visa (valid for up to 90 days), ETIAS registration beginning in 2024|
|Transportation||Trains, buses, rental cars|
|Must-see||Rome, Milan, Cinque Terre, Florence, Amalfi Coast|
|Food and drink||Pasta, pizza, focaccia, wine, gelato|
|Cultural tips||Dress modestly to visit churches and other religious sites, prepare for late dinners/ minimal all-day dining restaurants, learn basic Italian greetings|
|Safety tips||Be aware of pickpockets, try not to walk alone at night, agree on a price before going into a taxi or private tours|
Best Time to Visit Italy
The best time to visit Italy is surrounding the summer months – avoiding July and August. July and August bring sweltering heat and hoards of crowds trying to visit the same famous attractions as you.
My favorite months to visit major Italian cities are April and May. Rome and Vatican City are an absolute must around Easter.
If you plan to visit the coast and beaches, plan for early June or September. Places like Cinque Terre, Puglia, and the Amalfi Coast are absolutely magical during these months, and it’s warm…