Travelling to Italy

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Fancy a city break, a coastal trip, skiing in the mountains or a holiday in the countryside? Italy has all of those things to offer and so much more. With so many amazing places to visit in this fantastic country, offering history, art and culture, you’ll be spoilt for choice and are very likely to want to return and do all the things you didn’t get a chance to do the first time! Not forgetting the amazing fresh food and local wine that Italy is also famous for, you’re in for a real treat, whatever region you choose to visit.

Like most countries around the world, travellers to Italy will have to meet the COVID-19 requirements to enter Italy. We’re going to take a look at the best places in Italy to visit, as well as the COVID-19 tests for travel that you’ll need for entry into the country.

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Attractions In Italy

Venice

This unique city is definitely one not to be missed – small, compact and ideal if you have a few days for a mini-break. Relax while cruising on a gondola and absorb the architecture of this floating city. Though this is a popular destination for summer city breaks, it’s also stunning in the winter, when it’s less crowded and the mist makes it look even more magical. Enjoy a creamy cappuccino at the Caffè del Doge, a stone's throw from the Rialto Bridge; see the famous St Mark’s Square – but after that, simply let yourself get lost in the city’s twisting streets and you’ll see why so many people have fallen in love with this magical place.

Florence

If you’re looking for art, then Florence has to be on your list of places to visit. It has been described as one giant art museum. The Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, is a landmark of world architecture and is recognisable by its giant dome. The city of Florence was also home to Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael (the artists, that is, not the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). 

If you're not an art fan, don't worry – there’s still plenty for you here. Go shopping on the Ponte Vecchio, which is thought to originate from as early as 996, or take a walk through the 16th-century Boboli Gardens, which cover 45,000 square metres and act as a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. You could even take the opportunity to try some of Florence's delicious gelato.

Naples

With a history dating back more than 4,000 years, this is one of the oldest cities in the world. History lovers may enjoy taking a trip to the Museo Archeologico, where you can see a collection of mosaics from Pompeii. You can even explore Pompeii’s ruins, climb Mount Vesuvius or simply spend some downtime in a restaurant in a Piazza, people-watching while enjoying some delicious fresh pasta. 

Of course, you can't visit Naples without stopping for a slice of pizza (or a whole one). This famous dish was invented here –specifically, at the Antica Pizzeria Port'Alba, which has been providing its patrons with delicious pizza for over 200 years.

Milan

Milan is conveniently located close to Venice and Lake Como, meaning you can spend a day or two here while you’re travelling between cities. Not that it doesn’t deserve a visit of its own – it does! Shop ‘til you drop in the trendy shopping areas and explore some of the city’s extensive selection of museums. Milan is the home of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper”, which is one of the most famous paintings in the world, making it a must-see for art-lovers. 

You can gaze out upon the city from the top of the Duomo, take in a show at the Teatro Alla Scala, or destress after a busy day in the city at the QC Termemilano, whose underground lair can offer you baths of varying temperatures, geyser pools, Jacuzzis and much more. 

The main sights of the city are also all fairly close together, which makes it an ideal place to pay a flying visit. So, if you’re tempted by one of these dream Italian destinations, why not book your trip today?

Rome

One of the most famous cities in the world and with so much to offer, Rome could keep you occupied for probably far longer than you’re staying there. Spend a day, a week, or more in Italy’s capital city, exploring some of the 22 different districts and absorbing the amazing sights and culture – go shopping on the Via del Corso; eat at Michelin-starred Aroma while overlooking the Colosseum; or make like a local and go to a rooftop pasta-making class. There are also a huge number of well-known places of interest to visit, including the Trevi Fountain, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican, to name just a few.

COVID-19 requirements to enter Italy

The nature of COVID-19 is unpredictable and each country has its own entry rules and regulations that are subject to change at a moment's notice. Travellers should always check the COVID-19 entry requirements of their destination before departure. 

Travellers can get the latest information on the Italian government website to find out what they are required to do to enter the country.

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