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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 Explore Hotel Franceschi QQQ

Tucked away in a Tuscan mountain village, this small and friendly hotel is run by the Franceschi family.

Enjoy an all-inclusive stay surrounded by Slovenia's picturesque alpine scenery.

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.

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 Hotel Alle Dolomiti QQQ+

Enjoy a stay on Lake Molveno at the Hotel Alle Dolomiti, among the beautiful pink-hued mountains of the Dolomites. The hotel provides the ideal base for enjoying the lakes and mountains and is located in the typical Italian mountain village of Molveno.

Explore the mountain scenery, limestone gorges, tranquil lakes and flower meadows of northern Italy.

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.

Enjoy a special Christmas in the fashionable resort of Opatija in Croatia.

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Celebrate Italian-style!

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.

Celebrate a traditional Tuscan Christmas with the Franceschi family at this small and friendly locally rated 3-star hotel.


English,French,German -

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


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.


Euro -

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


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.


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?


Italy is one hour ahead of GMT.


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


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


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, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad at

Passports and visas

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


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.