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Italy is a southern European country surrounded by the Mediterranean on three sides and shares land borders with France, Austria, Switzerland and San Mario. The capital is Rome, which surrounds Vatican City and is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. The country boasts numerous historical sites, iconic art and unique cuisines.
Visa and Immigration Procedures to Italy
Travelers who have a valid Schengen visa can enter Italy. A Schengen visa allows visitors to stay in Italy and member states for 90 days, provided they have return air tickets. Italy issues many visas such as student visas, guest scientist visas, trade fair and exhibition visas, training or internship visas, employment visas and medical visas. North American and European nationals can enter Italy without a visa and no return ticket(s) are required. Other nationals will require return tickets in order to obtain a Schengen visa to enter Italy.
Things/Items Allowed into Italy
Passengers older than 17 years old and arriving from non-EU locations are allowed to bring without customs duty 200 individual cigarettes, 100 cigarillos (max. 3 grams each), 50 cigars, 250 grams of smoking tobacco or proportional assortment 1 liter of spirits over 22%, or non-denatured ethyl alcohol with more than 80% volume, 2 liters of spirits or aperitifs made of wine or similar beverages less than 22% volume, or sparkling wines or liquor wines, a proportional mix of these products; and in addition, 4 liters of wine or 16 liters of beer. Medicines in proportion to the traveler's needs (for all passengers) and other goods (for air travelers), up to a total value of EUR 430 per adult or EUR 150 for travelers aged 15 years and below are also allowed.
Passengers who purchased items within EU countries are allowed the free import of, 800 individual cigarettes, 400 cigarillos (max. 3 grams each), 200 cigars or 1 kilogram of smoking tobacco, 10 liters of spirits over 22%, 20 liters of alcoholic beverages less than 22%, 90 liters of wine (though no more than 60 liters of sparkling wine) or 110 liters of beer.
Things/Items Forbidden out of Italy
・Arms and Ammunition
・Pets and Animals
・Artefacts of national importance
Things/Items Forbidden into Italy
・Animals or Animal Products
・Arms or Ammunition
・Currency not exceeding 10,000 Euros
Voice of Travelers to Italy
Culturally rich Italy! Cheap ticket too!
It was my first trip to Italy from Helsinki on Lufthansa. I booked the ticket online and checked-in online so did not have to print my ticket. The staff at the ticket counter were very professional and helped me to check-in my luggage. The aircraft was incredibly spacious. I had pre-booked my meals at the time of booking my ticket. The steward reconfirmed the meal service in advance and made sure there were no mistakes. Entertainment on the flight was excellent. I hope to visit Italy again and will book an air ticket with Lufthansa again.
I love Italy. Such a wonderful trip!
We had booked a ticket as part of a group from Los Angeles to Pisa. The ticket was a first-class ticket on Darwin Airlines. My kids wanted to go to Rome, Milan, and Turin. I was a little skeptical about visiting all three cities in such a short period of time. However, the visit was great. We loved the food in Italy. Italy is full of history and we booked tickets to visit all the attractions and monuments. Next year, I hope to visit Italy again and my ticket is already booked on United Airlines. The people in Italy were so friendly and we had such a wonderful time.
Italy Travelers' Frequently Asked Questions
Q. When are tickets to Italy the cheapest?
A. For air tickets, a less crowded and more budget-friendly time to travel to Italy is from April to May and mid-September to October. The cheapest air tickets are usually found in the lowest tourist periods of the year, from November to March. Air tickets to Italy are generally the most expensive in August. Travelling by train within Italy is very cheap and tickets can be booked online or at local ticket agencies in Italy. First and second-class tickets are available on Intercity and Intercity Plus trains. You can purchase tickets at the ticket counter at railway stations. Another option is to purchase tickets from the automatic ticket machines.
Q. I have booked a ticket to Italy but do not speak Italian. Will this be a problem?
A. You will run into plenty of people in Italy who do not speak any English. However, in the larger cities, there are enough people who speak English. It is unlikely that you will have a problem. At your hotels and restaurants, most staff will speak English and help you book your travel and tickets. Tickets to attractions in Italy can also be purchased online. Bear in mind that English-speaking people have been visiting Italy as tourists for more than 150 years!
Q. Is public transportation safe in Italy?
A. Public transportation is a safe mode of travel in Italy. Tourists who visit Italy generally have no problems. Transportation tickets are cheap and can be purchased online. Public transportation tickets can also be purchased at newspaper stalls or tobacco stores.
Q. Why should I visit Rome when I go to Italy?
A. Rome is a vibrant city with reminders of its past everywhere. In Rome, you will encounter ancient monuments, medieval and Renaissance buildings and fountains, and grand museums. It is the capital of modern Italy and boasts many fine restaurants and cafes, good nightlife, and lively streets to enjoy as well. This city alone can keep you busy for a long vacation, especially with day trips to nearby destinations. Tickets to attractions are cheap and can be booked online before you arrive in Italy.
Italy - Direct Flights to Major Airports
Airports handling direct flights to Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport ・John F Kennedy International Airport
・Chicago O’Hare International Airport
・Los Angeles International Airport
・San Francisco International Airport
・Miami International Airport
Airports handling direct flights to Milan–Malpensa Airport ・London Gatwick Airport
Airports handling direct flights to Orio al Serio International Airport ・Indira Gandhi International Airport
・ Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
・Netaji Subash Chandrabos International Airport
・Rajiv Gandi International Airport
・Chennai International Airport
Airports handling direct flights to Parma Airport ・Beijing Capital International Airport
・Shanghai Pudong International Airport
・Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
・Kunming Changshui International Airport
・Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport
Airports handling direct flights to Catania–Fontanarossa Airport ・Sydney International Airport
・Melbourne International Airport
・Brisbane International Airport
・Perth International Airport
・Adelaide International Airport
Flight Routes to Italy
Italy has excellent air connectivity from all major cities of the world. There are non-stop flights operating from the USA, Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and Australia to Italy. The six major airports in Italy are in Rome, Milan, Bergamo, Venice, Milan and Sicily. These major airports are all at convenient locations allowing easy and quick access to the city. Alitalia is the national carrier.