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Italy
When in Rome…

Who can resist all those world-famous cities drenched in culture, the seductive language of love, and fresh pizza?

Stay and Relax Grand Hotel Moon Valley QQQ+

From this delightful hilltop hotel overlooking the sea, you'll be able to explore some of Italy's most vibrant towns and cities, and mysterious ancient ruins.

Stay and Relax Hotel Plaza QQQ

Enjoy Italian hospitality at its best, the long beaches of the Adriatic Riviera and the varied attractions of Emilia Romagna region with a stay at the family-run Hotel Plaza.

Stay and Relax Parc Hotel Paradiso QQQQ

Enjoy the most popular and largest of the Italian lakes, Lake Garda, with a stay at the locally-rated 4-star Park Hotel Paradiso situated in pleasant grounds adjoining the hotel's own 18-hole golf course.

Discover some of the Italy's most important archaeological sites, from Pompeii and Herculaneum, to the lesser-known yet equally impressive Paestum and Phlegrean Fields.

Escorted Tour Pace 2 Neapolitan Island Escapes

With stays in two contrasting destinations in the Gulf of Naples, you’ll be able to enjoy the vibrant city itself, and then relax and explore on Ischia.

Escorted Tour Pace 2 Italian Splendours

Traverse the rolling hills of Tuscany, immerse yourself in the magic of Florence, explore ancient Rome and discover the Bay of Naples on this fantastic introductory tour of Italy.

The secrets of unspoilt Italy are unveiled on this enchanting tour through Puglia, Calabria and on to Sicily.

Escorted Tour Pace 2 Secrets of Central Italy

This exciting tour takes in some of the country's most iconic sights such as the leaning tower of Pisa, the historic cities of Rome and Florence and the famed landscapes of Tuscany.

Stay and Relax Best Western Grand Hotel Royal QQQQ

Explore Tuscany's riviera from this elegant hotel which is set in the seaside town of Viareggio.

Escorted Tour Pace 2 Seriously Sicily

Get a feel for the real Sicily on this comprehensive tour which combines the island’s best-loved destinations with some real hidden gems.

Escorted Tour Pace 2 Postcards from Tuscany

A feast for both the eyes and the taste buds, this journey to Tuscany's world-renowned cities and less-frequented towns will reveal the true essence of the region.

Step aboard Saga Sapphire as she heads to the Mediterranean Sea and traces the coast of the Iberian Peninsula.

Language

English,French,German -

Although English, German and French is spoken in the biggest cities, Italian dialects add colour to the different regions.

Tipping

You are not expected to tip in Italy and leaving something for hotel staff is at your own discretion. Restaurants will automatically add the service charge to your bill.

Population and size

Almost 61 million people live in Italy, two million less than the UK.

Italy is one and a quarter times the size of the UK.

Currency

Euro -

Gone are the days of six million lira being worth 20p, Italy now uses the euro.

Culture

Italy is a predominantly Roman Catholic country where the family is paramount.

Appearances are very important and you will be judged on your clothes, shoes, accessories and how you carry yourself.

A handshake with eye contact is the correct greeting. Football is by far the most popular sport.

An architectural delight, Italy is home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and, according to one estimate, the country guards half of the world’s great art treasures.

Phrases

Yes – Si

No – No

Good morning – Buon giorno

Good evening – Buona sera

Good night – Buona notte

Thank you – Grazie

Please – Per favore

How much? – Quanto costa?

Timezone

Italy is one hour ahead of GMT.

Electricity

Mains voltage is 220 volts AC. All sockets take small, round two-pin plugs.

Climate

Hot and dry in the summer, cool and wet in the winter.

Health

Your health is only at risk in Italy if you seriously upset the Mafia!

As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre – see www.nathnac.org, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad at www.fco.gov.uk/travel.

Passports and visas

By law, you’ll need to carry a photocopy of your passport at all times.

Smoking

Smoking is banned in all public places.

Flight time

It obviously depends where you fly to, but as an example flight time from London to Rome is 2 hours 15 minutes.