Italy

Key facts

  • Currency: EUR:Euro
  • Language: Italian
  • Flight duration: From 2 to 3 hours from Gatwick.
  • Timezones: GMT +1

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WHEN TO GO

Summer temperatures in Italy give you reason to smile. On the islands – Sardinia and Sicily – the mercury hovers around the 30°C mark in July and August, while mainland temperatures range from around 27°C on the Venetian Riviera to 30°C plus down in Campania. If you prefer things a little milder, spring and autumn are great times to visit – temperatures in the low to mid-20s are the norm. Most of Italy’s rain falls over the winter months, but you might see the odd shower or thunderstorm here and there in summer. The weather usually clears up pretty quickly, though.

Weather

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Health & Safety

You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover you while you’re away. It’s also a good idea to get a European Health Insurance Card – or EHIC – before leaving the UK. Though it’s not a substitute for travel insurance, it entitles you to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Italian nationals. It won’t, however, cover you for medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or non-urgent treatment. For the latest health and safety information, visit https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/healthcare-abroad/apply-for-a-free-ehic-european-health-insurance-card/ .

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the UK don’t need a visa to enter Italy but must have a valid passport. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy/entry-requirements .

For more information visit the Foreign Office website - www.fco.gov.uk/en/