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Italy


Description

Italy has been attracting tourists for ages. Charm and romance come to mind when you think of this country... From north to south, the Italian Peninsula offers thousands of attractions, from the peaks of the Alps to the beaches of the Amalfi Coast, from the sumptuousness of Rome and Florence to the cachet of small country villages. Discover the land of good living, good wine and good food. A trip to Italy is a chance to forget your daily worries - and your diet! - to adopt la dolce vita. Live to the rhythm of Italy: slowly, enjoying every moment.


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What to do in Italy


Splendor of Rome

Rome has a natural striking beauty. Centuries old temples stand at the end of the most modest alleys. Of course, you won't want to miss the architectural and historical wonders of the Colosseum and Pantheon, St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel (Vatican) but Rome is much more than an imposing collection of monuments. It's also the vibrant San Lorenzo neighborhood, packed with students, the narrow streets of Trastevere, the flower market in Campo de’ Fiori and the lively crowd in Piazza di Spagna. In Rome, the best tables can be found in small trattorias hidden away from the busiest squares. Do not hesitate to go off the beaten path!


Enjoying the sun on the Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is a true paradise on earth - and a popular destination for vacationers in search of great weather. This sun-drenched coastline offers a succession of small towns and colorful villages perched over the cliffs. Wherever you are, a deep blue sea stretches out at your feet. Enjoy the lively nightlife in Praiano or relax in Positano, the jewel of the Coast. From this chic seaside village with its steep narrow streets, you could take a boat to the romantic island of Capri. Visit the beautiful Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto) or climb to the top of Mount Solaro and end the day with a glass of Limoncello at one of the harbor terraces.


Relive the Renaissance in Florence

Tucked away in the hills of Tuscany, Florence continues to resemble a Renaissance painting to this day. Stroll through its museums and palaces to immerse yourself in the art and architecture of the time. The iconic Duomo overlooks the city - the bravest could climb the 463 steps to the top of its red dome for a breathtaking view. Cross the river by Ponte Vecchio, the famous bridge that has become the city emblem, and reach the Oltrarno, the area on the river’s left bank. Away from the busy crowds, this neighborhood is a haven to find artisan workshops, markets and intimate trattorias. End the day in Piazzale Michelangelo, a belvedere from where you can watch the sunset over Florence. 


Take a break in the country

Italy's rolling countryside is a dream destination for many travelers. Imagine peaceful landscapes dotted with cypress trees, sun-drenched fields, ever-blue skies... In fact, this dream is not far from reality. The region of Tuscany is the most popular among tourists because of its proximity to Florence and Siena, two cities steeped in history that attract lots of visitors. Did you know that the province of Umbria, just next door, offers the same scenery with much less tourists? Discover the beautiful city of Perugia, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe, or get lost in the charming streets of Spoleto. You won't regret leaving the crowds behind!


Romantic landscapes of Northern Italy

Treat yourself to an idyllic retreat on the shores of Lake Como, nestled in the heart of the Italian Alps. Northern Italy is very popular with skiers, but you don't have to be a ski enthusiast to fully enjoy its beautiful scenery. Lake Como’s eastern shore offers several resorts, including the Piani di Bobbio, the largest ski area in the region. The west side of the lake is home to splendid and luxurious villas, some of which are open to the public. From Como, head northeast to discover the Dolomites, or west to admire the Lago Blu and visit charming villages hidden in the mountains. The air is fresh and life is certainly quiet!




Temperatures

Maximum (°C)

Minimum (°C)

Precipitation (mm)

Jan.

15

4

120

Feb.

14

4

114

Mar.

15

9

108

Apr.

17

14

94

May

22

17

77

Jun.

26

21

71

Jul.

29

23

50

Aug.

30

23

40

Sep.

27

19

95

Oct.

24

14

96

Nov.

20

11

115

Dec.

17

4

106


Currency

The country's official currency is the Euro (EUR).

Convertor

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Official language

Italian is the official language in Italy.

Voltage

You will need a power adapter and maybe a converter. Electrical outlets used in Italy are not the same as in Canada. Voltage is 230V and frequency is 50Hz.

Electrical outlet
Electrical outlet

Passport and entry & exit requirements

It is strongly recommended that your Canadian passport be valid for at least 6 months after the date of your return from travel. For more information, visit the Government of Canada's website.