Italy is a relatively small country, spanning only 1,300 kilometres (808 miles). However, you’ll find a very diverse scenery here — mountains, hills and plain fields. The coast line is an impressive 7,500 kilometres (4,660 miles) long and surrounded by two seas — the Tyrrhenian Sea in the West and the Adriatic Sea in the East. There are also tens of islands scattered all around the coast, the biggest and most important ones being Sardinia and Sicily.
The Italian landscape is very diverse and out of the ordinary. You’ll find active volcanos like Etna, Vesuvius and Stromboli and even the climate changes from region to region: It’s alpine in the North, moderate around the plain grounds around the river Po and mediteranean around the peninsula and islands. Still, Italy seems to be divided. The South is a bit poorer than the rest of the peninsula, which has been a problem for quite some time. Some in the North even wish to be independent. Italy still seems to prosper, getting over these issues mainly by being a popular tourist destination.
The first visit in Italy
No matter the region you visit or season you choose, Italy is a great destination all year round. In summer, we don’t necessarily recommend going to the south of the country, because it’s very hot and the popular tourist spots are overcrowded. Another problem is the siesta in the afternoon, a sort of break for Italians. Many shops and restaurants close for a few hours and open only later in the evening.
Food, drinks and people
For thousands of years, paintings, sculptures and other famous pieces from renowned artists have been accumulated around this country, influencing people all around the world. Besides all of those art pieces, you’ll find a few UNESCO heritages across Italy.
If you stay in one of the bigger cities in Italy, visit the philharmonic orchestra, opera or theatre; also visit a concert or festival. Spend as much time as possible outside, explore the local or regional culture and ask your host if he can recommend special places locals like to visit.
A Bologna day trip is the perfect reason to come to this beautiful urban part of Italy. The city with its kilometres long hallways, surrounded by astonishing buildings, will always remain in our hearts.
The city Jesi is situated in a beautiful region with a scenery, that could be a post card. Here, we met simple, but honest and thoughtful people; we saw many places, no matter how hot it was outside.
Questions and answers about Italy
What to wear in Italy on vacation?
It’s usually pretty warm in Italy from spring through autumn. Even the winter can be warm enough to wear a shirt and short knickers (pants) in the south of the country. If you travel during the high season in summer, there isn’t any need for long clothes. Bring skirts, t-shirts and other clothes made from breathable fabrics.
What is the best time to vacation in Italy?
Italians go on holiday in August, so we recommend to not go during this time because it will be very crowded. If you want to visit Italy in summer, go in July; the temperatures will be high and the sea very warm. Even in September, the sea is still warm enough to take a bath and most Italians are already home or at work.
What are the best vacation spots in Italy?
That depends on what kind of holiday you like. If you have a family and kids, we recommend going to Rimini, especially the summer resort Viserbella. A lot of families come here every year during summer because the sea is surrounded by cliffs and makes swimming quite safe.
What does a vacation to Italy cost?
Depending on where you come from, where you stay and how many people you are, a holiday can cost several hundred or thousands of Euros. Flights from all over Europe are usually pretty cheap if you book with a low-cost carrier, especially during off-season. If you want to visit in summer, book in advance and try to watch out for special promotions.
Why go to Italy for vacation?
Italy has a lot to offer, starting with good old holidays at the sea for the whole family to city breaks. There are a lot of different types of holidays you can experience in Italy.
How safe is it to vacation in Italy?
Italy is usually a safe place to travel to, except when there are natural disasters occurring. In summer, wild fires often spread in a few areas. A good place to find information regarding those, is the Civil Protection Department. In the past, there have also been a few earthquakes in central Italy.