Travel Tips for Italy
A valid passport is required for travel to Italy. For American travelers, a valid passport should have at least 6 months of passport validity. You will not need a visa. A visa is an endorsement of the traveler that acts as an approval for the traveler to be in the country. For Americans, a visa is not required if you are in the Schengen Area for 90 days or less. Italy is part of the Schengen Area, which is an agreement between many European nations to allow for visa-free travel.
Brief History of Italy:
Italy is a history buff’s dream seeing as it dates back to 753 BC, according to the age old legend of Romulus and Remes, twin brothers who claimed to be sons of the war god Mars founded Rome. But, of course, we know that around 27 BC the Roman Empire was born which is the conception for the abundance of historical sites all throughout Italy. Throughout its existence, Italy has gone through many monumental phases such as the Dark Ages and has seen many outstanding historical figures such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Dante, Machiavelli, and Galileo, among others, revolutionized the fields of art, literature, politics, and science. Italian explorers, such as Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus, introduced Italy and Europe to the rest of the world. Italy flourishes with their memory and makes this a country visitors must see.
A Break Down of Places of interest:
Our quick Travel Tips for Italy by region and city:
- In short, the city of Pisa is a must see, however it should be known that in no more than 2 hours can visitors see everything there is to see in Pisa so do not plan a whole day here.
- Venice is a tourist hot spot and visitors can easily spend a day here visiting shops, museums, famous buildings, and of course walking along the coast of the Adriatic Sea watching the gondola’s pass. Venice is also home to Saint Mark’s Basillica and other must- see monuments and buildings.
- Rome is definitely a trip that requires a few days in order to get the full Italian experience seeing as it is the capital and the heart to so much Italian history. While here visitors need to see the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon to name a few spots.
- The fashion capital of the world, yes we are talking about Milan, can be sufficiently seen in a few short days as well seeing as it is such a lavish city with arguably the most gorgeous cathedral of all sitting in its city center. Milan is also home to Leonardo’s “The Last Supper” painting which visitors can pay to see for 15 minutes maximum and yes this is strictly regulated.
- If you find you need a break from the hustle of the touristic spots, Italy offers so many cliffs and mountains to climb (which also offer breathtaking views) such as the Amalfi Coast and Manarola. Manarola is a city comprised of 5 villages in Liguira and is reputed to be the most colorful city in the world which makes for a great view if you are on the mountain looking at the landscape, or on the landscape looking at all the homes on the mountains.