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What language is spoken in Italy?

Italian is the most spoken language and is Italy's national language. Many locals in tourist areas are multilingual, speaking English among other continental languages.

What currency is used in Italy?

The euro (EUR) is the main currency used in Italy. Visa and Mastercard credit cards are also accepted however it is recommended to call ahead and advise the credit card company of travel plans to avoid interruptions while on vacation.

Do I need a visa to travel to Italy?

Italy is part of the Schengen travel zone. Until the end of 2021, Canadian and US citizens do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days within the zone. The European Travel Information and Authorization System, or ETIAS, takes effect from January 2022. The ETIAS negates the need for a tourist visa for both US and Canadian citizens. It instead requires incoming travellers to register and pay a small fee at least 15 days before arriving in Europe. Each authorization is good for up to 3 years, provided the authorized passport does not expire during that time. If a traveller changes or renews their passport, they will need to re-apply for new authorization under the ETIAS.

When is the best time to travel to Italy?

The summer months are both the most popular and busiest time to visit Italy, and with good reason. The warm weather makes the Amalfi coast a delight, while iconic cities like Rome, Florence, and Venice are in full swing. Visiting the country in the spring or fall months is an excellent alternative as the weather is very pleasant weather there are fewer crowds. The caveat here, and with winter, is that many regional gems close for portions of the spring and fall and much of the winter.

How is the transportation within Italy?

Train travel is one of the most popular and efficient ways of travelling within Italy and is widely used to get between the major cities. Public transportation is available in major cities but isn't commonly used among tourists. Many of the major cities such as Milan, Venice, Florence, and Rome are quite walkable. There are many gondolas in Venice that serve as a great way to travel through the canals. Smaller towns or areas like Lake Como and the Amalfi Coast offer several day cruise options to explore the neighboring villages. 

Is Italy a family-friendly destination?

Italy is a destination that has something to offer to everyone. From mouthwatering cuisine, historical landmarks, and breathtaking natural surroundings, the country offers endless options for its visitors. Families with young children will have no challenges finding something to do as there are many excursions and activities to keep both parents and children interested and eager.

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