General Italy Tourism Information



Italy's attractions are well known and impressive in both quality and quantity. But if you're looking for more than a superficial understanding of this rich and varied country, the sites below provide detailed information about its cities, landscapes, and culture. You'll also learn how to get there, where to stay, and what your fellow travelers were inspired to share about their Italian journeys.

General Italy Tourism Information

Most people don't need to be told why Italy is worth visiting. However, the following sites provide a useful overview for anyone wanting a taste of la dolce vita, including the country's most beautiful cities and regions, and of course, the cuisine. 

Dulcinea's Insight

  • August is the month when Italians go on vacation, and (for understandable reasons) most of them stay within their national borders. Hotels fill up and many shops and restaurants close. Plan your trip for another month if you can.
  • Venice is high up on many a traveler's to-do list. However, central Venice gets very crowded in the summer. Because its architecture, galleries, and romantic ambiance aren't dependent on the seasons for their appeal, consider visiting at another time of year. (Some canals get a little pungent in the summer heat, which is another reason to go in the off-season.)
  • In pricey restaurants, you ought to leave the kind of tip that's customary in America: around 15-20 percent of the check. But the staff in less costly establishments won't expect a gratuity.
  • The Rome City Break Feature in our Netcetera section covers the attractions of Italy's capital, providing the resources you need to make the most of the Eternal City.

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Travel Requirements for Italy

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Getting to Italy

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Books and Travel Blogs on Italy

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