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Italy By Rail - A Flexible Holiday

9 days

Now with Private Transfers + More Time in Rome and Florence

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Travel on your own in Italy

+ Tailor your holiday with your choice of first class, deluxe or luxury hotels including breakfast… All have been handpicked for their terrific city-center locations and fine service; some are even set in historic landmarks that capture the heritage of these cities.
+ Pursue your own passions with our wide selection of tours in each city – expertly guided excursions in the intimate company of never more than 8 guests. If you prefer, we can arrange private sightseeing with your own car and driver.
+ Sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of the Italian countryside: High-speed Italo trains with reserved First Class seats promise comfort and more time to enjoy this trio of cities.
+ Chauffeured airport and rail station transfers are always included for your convenience!
+ With our unique flexibility, we can arrange privately-guided city tours, add extra nights, do this trip in reverse, or extend your journey to more than 20 destinations throughout Italy!

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On arrival at the airport or rail station, you’ll be met and chauffeured to your choice of hotel in the heart of the Eternal City. The rest of this day is yours to get settled and explore as you wish.

Rome offers a wealth of ancient and historic sites to explore. Today you’ll have the opportunity to pursue your own personal interests and to tailor your stay in this captivating city. Just choose one of these included half-day tours:

Our Intimate, Expertly Guided Tours with Never More than 8 Travelers

Colosseum + Roman Forum: You’ll be picked up at your hotel in the afternoon and driven to the Colosseum to join your guide and an intimate group of English-speaking travelers. Standing in the largest amphitheater of the Roman era, it’s easy to imagine the roar of the 70,000 spectators who filled the stadium on opening day 2,000 years ago. Then explore the extensive ruins of the Roman Forum, the heart of the once-glorious Empire – a thriving district filled with temples, basilicas, government buildings and bustling public spaces.
 
Ends at Forum • 3 hours • Offered Sun, Mon, Wed and Fri • Guaranteed for 2 guests • Apr 1 to Nov 15
 
Vatican Museums with Skip-the-Line Access: Starting from your hotel this afternoon, you’ll be driven to the Vatican where your guide will lead your congenial group of 8 guests past the line and directly into the Museums, home to one of the world’s greatest collections of art and antiquity. Ascend the beautiful Spiral Staircase and marvel at the Gallery of Tapestries. You’ll also visit the fascinating Gallery of Geographical Maps and, of course, the Sistine Chapel with its mesmerizing fresco of the Last Judgment by Michelangelo.
 
Ends at Museum • 3 hours • Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri and Sat • Guaranteed for 2 guests • Apr 1 to Nov 15
 
Roman Squares and Fountains: Meet your guide at 9:00 this morning outside the Farmacia (Pharmacy) at the foot of the Spanish Steps and set out with your intimate group on this congenial walking tour. Throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain to ensure your return to Rome and then stroll along cobbled streets to the Piazza Venezia, with its impressive monument dedicated Vittorio Emanuele II, the first King of Italy. Then venture down evocative alleyways to reach the Piazza Farnese; virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages this corner of Rome promises an authentic experience of city life. This tour ends at Campo de’ Fiori, a handsome town square now home to a lively and colorful market – the perfect place to linger on your own after bidding farewell to your guide.
 
3 hours • Offered Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri and Sat • Guaranteed for 2 guests • Apr 1 to Nov 15
 
Roman Highlights: You’ll be picked up at your hotel this morning for a panoramic tour of the city. With only 8 guests, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to engage with your guide as you travel through the Eternal City to see landmarks like the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo, home to some of the city’s most glorious churches. You’ll also discover Piazza Navona, one of the most beautiful Roman squares, and see the ancient Pantheon. At the Trevi Fountain, be sure to throw in a coin as countless others have done before you! Then ascend Gianicolo Hill for enchanting views of the city before returning to your hotel.
 
3 hours • Offered daily • Guaranteed for 2 guests • Apr 1 to Nov 15
 
Rome by Night: Departing your hotel this evening, this panoramic sightseeing tour reveals all the magic and romance of the Eternal City – with illuminated landmarks and streets abuzz with local residents. Traveling comfortably with a congenial group of 8 other travelers, you’ll experience the nocturnal beauty of landmarks like the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Step off the coach at the Trevi Fountain where you can continue the tradition of throwing in a coin. Then ascend Gianicolo Hill for enchanting nighttime views of Rome before returning to your hotel.
 
2.5 hours • Offered daily • Guaranteed for 2 guests • Apr 1 to Nov 15.
 
You can also purchase any of these tours in advance for additional sightseeing to enhance your time in Rome. Please let us know when you book if you prefer private touring with your own personal car, driver and guide – here in Rome or anywhere across Italy.

This day is at leisure to relax, enjoy and explore as you wish. The heart-of-it-all locations of our hotels make it easy to step out and experience Rome at your own pace. If you wish, additional sightseeing can also be arranged.

We’ll chauffeur you to the station today to board the high-speed Italo train. Sit back and enjoy reserved First Class seats as you travel in comfort to Florence, the city of the Medici’s and home of the Italian Renaissance. On arrival, you’ll be met and escorted by private car to your choice of hotel, carefully selected for a warm welcome, air-conditioned comfort - and a terrific location close to the city’s best known landmarks, shopping and dining.

The city’s extraordinary legacy of art, architecture and culture has blessed Florence with a wealth of impressive sites to discover. Today, you can customize your vacation with the included sightseeing of your choice:

Our Intimate, Expertly Guided Tours with Never More than 8 Travelers

Walking Tour + Accademia with Skip-the-Line Access: Meet your guide at 8:50 this morning outside the historic Café Rivoire Collini, centrally located in Piazza della Signoria at the corner of Via Vecchereccia. Discover the highlights of this handsome city square and continue your walking tour to the Piazza del Duomo where you’ll see the celebrated gilded bronze doors of the Baptistery, Brunelleschi’s spectacular cupola that crowns the Cathedral, and Giotto’s Bell Tower – one of the city’s greatest Gothic landmarks. Arriving at the Accademia, your expert guide will lead you past the lines and directly into the Museum, where your tour reveals Renaissance masterpieces like Michelangelo’s David.
 
Ends at the Accademia • 3 hours • Offered daily except Monday • Guaranteed for 2 guests • Apr 1 to Nov 15
 
Uffizi Gallery with Skip-the-Line Access: Meet your guide and fellow travelers at 4:00 this afternoon outside Café Rivoire Collini, centrally located in Piazza della Signoria at the corner of Via Vecchereccia. Then enjoy the short walk to the Uffizi Gallery where you’ll skip the line to enter this magnificent and historic landmark, built in the 16th century by the wealthy Medicis to celebrate their rising power. Once inside, your guided visit reveals some of the world’s greatest masterpieces including works by Botticelli, Michelangelo, da Vinci, Giotto and other Renaissance painters.
 
Ends at the Uffizi • 2 hours • Offered daily except Monday • Guaranteed for 2 guests • Apr 1 to Nov 15
 
A Taste of Florence: Designed for an intimate group of only 8 guests, this morning tour begins from Piazza San Giovanni in front of the Baptistery, where you’ll meet outside Bar Scudieri at 10:30. After coffee and a mouth-watering pastry, you’ll continue to the historic Mercato Centrale where city residents have long come to shop for seafood, meats and produce. With colorful stories and cultural insights from your guide, you’ll explore the market and sample local specialties like Fritto Toscano. Continuing through the historic heart of the city, you’ll pause to taste other Florentine favorites – both savory and sweet. Your tour ends near the Arno River at one of the city’s finest wine houses. Enjoy a glass of Chianti accompanied by cheese and cold cuts before bidding farewell to your guide.
 
3 hours • Offered Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu and Fri • Guaranteed for 2 guests • Apr 1 to Nov 15
 
You can also purchase any of these tours in advance for additional sightseeing to enhance your time in Florence. Please let us know when you book if you prefer private touring with your own personal car, driver and guide – here in Florence or anywhere across Italy. 

With a convenient city-center location, it’s easy to step out from your hotel today to explore more of Florence at your own pace.

We also Offer these Special Excursions to Enhance Your 4-day Stay in Florence

Chianti with Wine Tasting and Lunch: In the pastoral heart of Tuscany, Chianti is a region famed as much for its robust wines as for its rural charms, beauty and fine culinary traditions. Departing from your hotel in Florence around 8:30 this morning, this full-day excursion for never more than 8 guests begins with a scenic drive to Greve After some free time to experience the charms of this medieval town on your own, we’ll take you to a nearby estate where you’ll tour its vineyards and cellars. Enjoy a tasting of their fine wines and a lunch of Tuscan specialties. Enjoy an after-lunch stroll in the charming hamlet of Montefioralle and visit the medieval abbey at Badia a Passignano before returning to your hotel in Florence.
 
8 hours • $165 per person • Offered Sun, Mon, Wed, and Fri • Guaranteed for 2 guests • Apr 1 to Nov 15
 
Siena and San Gimignano with Wine Tasting + Lunch: Designed for an intimate group of never more than 8 guests, this full-day excursion begins with a morning pick-up from your hotel in Florence. Leaving the city behind, you’ll travel into the Tuscan countryside with its vistas of vineyards, olive groves and medieval hamlets. Arriving in Siena, you’ll enjoy a walking tour along its medieval streets as your expert resident guide shares colorful stories and historic insights. Behold the beautiful Piazza del Campo and tour the Siena Cathedral. From Siena, you’ll continue to a family-run vineyard estate for lunch and a tasting of their fine vintages. Before returning to your hotel in Florence, you’ll stop in San Gimignano where you’ll have free time to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site at our own pace.
 
9 hours • $280 per person • Offered Sun, Tue, Thu and Fri • Guaranteed for 2 guests • Year-round
 
Privately Guided Tour to Pisa: Departing from your hotel with your personal car and driver, enjoy the scenic journey to Pisa where you’ll explore the Piazza dei Miracoli, recognized as one of Europe’s finest ensembles of medieval architecture. Accompanied by your own private guide, you’ll tour the Cathedral, a Romanesque masterpiece that was begun in 1093, and also visit the Baptistery – a unique circular building that was started in 1153 in Romanesque style and finished 200 years later in Gothic style. Of course, you’ll have time to capture plenty of photographs of the world-famous Leaning Tower before returning to Florence.
 
4.5 hours • $325 per person • Offered daily • Guaranteed for 2 guests • Year-round

After breakfast, our car and driver will take you to the station. Sit back and enjoy your reserved First Class seat aboard the high-speed Italo train. On arrival in Venice, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the hotel of your choice, handpicked to enhance your stay in this magical city.  Meals B

Tailor your exploration of Venice to your own tastes and interests by choosing one of these included excursions:

Our Intimate, Expertly Guided Tours with Never More than 8 Travelers

Venice Walking Tour + Doge’s Palace: Meet your fellow travelers at 8:25 this morning in front of the historic Caffé Florian, centrally located in St. Mark’s Square. Then set out across Piazza San Marco as your expert guide shares colorful legends and fascinating historical facts about the many architectural landmarks that surround this grand and beautiful square. Your sightseeing ends with a guided tour of the Doge’s Palace, a masterpiece of Venetian Gothic architecture that’s also filled with masterpieces by great Italian artists from Titian to Tintoretto.
 
2.5 hours • Offered daily • Apr 1 to Nov 15
 
Tasting Tour of Venice: Focusing on some of the many bàcari (Venetian wine bars) that can be found near the Rialto Bridge, this tour begins at 6:00 pm in front of the clock tower of the conveniently located San Giacomo di Rialto Church. Setting out with your in-the-know resident guide, your congenial group of no more than 8 people will join Venetian residents for one of their favorite traditions – gathering with friends in a neighborhood bàcari to enjoy a glass of wine and some appetizers. As the evening progresses, you’ll visit 3 different establishments for a genuine and delightful taste of Venetian life. Enjoy two appetizers and a glass of wine at each bàcari visited.
 
1.5 hours • Offered Mon through Fri • Apr 1 to Nov 15
 
Twilight Gondola Serenade: Experience the magic of Venice as the sun dips toward the horizon and deepening shadows fall across Venice’s glorious medieval architecture. Accompanied by music and song, your 30-minute Gondola cruise takes you on a romantic promenade along the city’s most picturesque canals and waterways.
 
You can also purchase any of these tours in advance for additional sightseeing if you wish. Please let us know when you book if you prefer private touring with your own personal car, driver and guide – here in Venice or anywhere across Italy. 

We also Offer these Special Excursions to Enhance Your Time in Venice

Private Excursion to Murano and Burano: We’ve chartered a private boat with an experienced skipper so you can explore two of Venice’s most enchanting islands. With your own personal guide, step ashore on Murano, famous throughout the world for its exquisite glass. On Burano, delight in the island’s colorfully painted residences and learn about the extraordinary lace-making skill of its residents.
 
4 hours • $330 • Offered daily • Guaranteed for 2 guests Year-round
 
Private Walking Tour with Art + Wine: Join your personal guide for an illuminating late afternoon walk through the evocative streets and alleyways that lead to and from the Rialto Bridge – it’s one of Venice’s most interesting areas to explore! Then visit the Frari Church, built over the course of a century starting in 1340. Inside, you’ll discover glorious masterpieces by Venetian artists like Titian and Canova. As you continue through the San Polo and San Bartolomeo districts, you’ll stop in two bàcari (Venetian wine bars) where you’ll join city residents for a glass of wine and some appetizers, a favorite pre-dinner tradition here in Venice.
 
2 hours • $160 • Offered daily • Guaranteed for 2 guests Year-round

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Arrivederci, Italia!

After breakfast, our private car and driver will take you to the airport or rail station for your onward journey. If you wish to explore more of Italy, you can add extra nights here in Venice or let our experts assist you with extensions all across Italy. We can arrange your transportation, wonderful hotels, meals, and sightseeing.  Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Include Pompeii + Sorrento in your Journey by Rail

4 days from $1,199

Our program includes First Class rail between Rome and Naples, 3 nights hotel accommodation in Sorrento with arrival and departure transfers, daily buffet breakfast and a privately guided tour of ancient Pompeii. You can extend your stay and add any features you wish.

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Naples to Sorrento

You’ll be warmly greeted upon arrival at the airport or rail station in Naples. Then setting out in your own chauffeured car, you’ll skirt the Bay of Naples traveling southeast to Pompeii. Two thousand years ago, Pompeii was a thriving port and sophisticated Roman city with an estimated population of more than 10,000 residents. But in the year 79 AD, a cataclysmic eruption buried the city and thousands of its inhabitants under 13 to 20 feet of volcanic ash. These ruins were first discovered in the late 1500’s, but systematic excavation did not begin until 1738. Today, the vast archaeological site at Pompeii is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site; indeed, it’s remarkably preserved villas, frescoes, baths and other public buildings offer an almost you-are-there look into the life and culture of ancient Rome! With your own private guide, your tour of Pompeii will be enhanced by historical narratives and gripping stories that bring the ancient city and its long-ago inhabitants to life.

After sightseeing, continue your journey around the Bay of Naples to Sorrento, a picturesque coastal resort set on the southern shores with spectacular views of Mt. Vesuvius and the Bay. Check in to the Hotel La Favorita in the heart of town and enjoy the rest of this day to relax or explore the town at your own pace.

Note: If you have a late arrival into Naples, we can take you directly to your hotel in Sorrento today. Then you can enjoy your tour of Pompeii on Day 4 en route back to Naples.

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At your leisure in Sorrento

Sorrento has long been popular with travelers on holiday! But despite its continued appeal over the centuries, it retains all the charms of a classic Mediterranean town. With its cobblestone streets, graceful plazas, handsome villas and enchanting gardens, it’s the perfect friendly sort of town to explore at your own pace. There are wonderful cafes and restaurants to try and many shops, galleries and boutiques to explore. And when you’re not out experiencing Sorrento’s myriad charms, you may wish to take a few moments to relax by your hotel’s pool and take in the stunning views of the Bay of Naples. Meals B

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A Second Free Day

This entire day is yours to relax and do as you please. There are wonderful cafes and restaurants to try and many shops, galleries and boutiques to explore at your own pace. If you prefer additional guided sightseeing, we offer a variety of optional excursions including the Isle of Capri and a tour to the enchanting coastal resorts of Positano, Amalfi and Ravello.  Meals B

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Back to Naples

After breakfast, your car and driver will take you to the rail station in Naples to board the Italo Train. Enjoy your included First Class seat for the journey to Rome.  Meals B

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+ Private airport and rail station transfers whenever you come and go.
+ Extended 3-night stays in Rome and Florence at our fine city-center hotels.
+ All sightseeing tours now limited to 8 travelers. 
+ Save $1,000 per couple | $500 solo with our pay-in-full savings.  

We Can Add Destinations Across Italy  

Alberobello + Amalfi + Assissi
Bellagio + Bologna + Capri + Catania
Cinque Terre + Genoa + Lake Como
La Spezia + Ligure + Lucca + Milan
Naples + Palermo + Parma + Perugia
Pisa + Portofino + Portovenere
Positano + Santa Margherita + Siena
Siracusa + Sorrento + Taormina

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Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
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About Your Journey… Italy

No doubt, the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi was partial to his homeland, but surely his words will resonate as well with the many travelers who have fallen in love with Italy!

If this is your first visit and you’re focusing on Rome, Florence and Venice, you won’t be disappointed. This classic trio of cities captures everything we love about Italy – from its ancient landmarks and wealth of art and culture to its modern-day vibrancy and enduring culinary traditions. And if you’re a repeat traveler, there will always be an abundance of new sights and experiences awaiting your discovery.

If you’re venturing farther afield to explore other regions of the country – perhaps the charming seaside enclaves of Cinque Terre, the medieval hill towns of Tuscany, or the surprising city of Bologna – then you’ll have an opportunity to discover even more of Italy’s bounty. Indeed, Italy is that rare destination where food, wine and history come together so perfectly with abundant natural beauty, welcoming residents and a pace of life that it never fails to enchant.

So whatever your itinerary, come to Italy with every expectation of a marvelous time! And be sure to bring your smile, an open mind and your spirit of adventure… We’re sure that your journey will be filled with a delightful variety of experiences that are enriching, memorable, inspiring and just plain fun!

Passports + Visas
American citizens will need to present a valid passport upon entry into Italy. Passports must be valid for six (6) months after the completion of your stay. It is the traveler’s responsibility to obtain required travel documents (passport, visas and vaccination certificates). No visas are required for American citizens unless you are staying longer than 90 days. Visitors from countries other than the United States should check on their specific entry requirements with the nearest Italian consular office.

Now is a good time to assemble and check your travel documents, then keep them together in a safe, accessible area of your home. If you keep your passport in a bank safe deposit, retrieve it now to avoid a last-minute rush, and double-check the expiration date!

Your Health
Italy does not require any specific vaccinations or inoculations. However, your personal physician knows your health history and is the best person to consult regarding inoculations, health precautions and other advice for your upcoming journey. Always check the World Health Organization (WHO) website http://www.who.int/ith/en/ and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website https://www.cdc.gov/ before you travel internationally.

Each country has different health regulations and requirements. If you are taking a prescription medicine, especially those containing narcotics, such as sleeping pills or tranquilizers, please have a copy of your doctor’s prescription with you.

Medical supplies, such as CPAP machines for sleep apnea can be brought as an additional carry-on with most airlines.  If you are traveling with a CPAP machine, please let us know in advance and consider bringing a backup battery in case of inconsistent electricity supply. Distilled water may be easily obtained in most destinations but all machines will work with filtered or bottled water in a pinch. Make sure you have all appropriate adaptors although newer machines have universal power supplies that can adapt to various voltage. Bring extra supplies (especially cushions) and pertinent replacement parts as repairing the machine while travelling may not be possible.

If You Face Physical Challenges
Journeys to Italy tend to be active trips. The excursions and activities often involve a great deal of walking over uneven terrain, both paved and unpaved. There will be hills to climb and descend, and steps usually have no wheelchair access. Even indoor sites like museums and historical buildings may have only steps, no elevators or ramps.

Ancient sites worldwide were constructed well before building codes or the existence of safety and accessibility standards. And in order to maintain the architectural and historical integrity that attracts visitors in the first place, many of the sites have been intentionally left in their natural state. As such, you will encounter uneven terrain, irregular steps, and a lack of handrails, barriers, ramps and cautionary warning signs where you might expect them back home. Therefore, it is extremely important for you to take great care and caution when exploring these sites. Pay attention to all instructions and do not wander away from your guide, especially off designated paths into unmarked terrain. When exploring on your own, heed all regulations, be extra mindful of your surroundings and note any conditions that could increase the risks (poor visibility, wet slippery surfaces, etc).

For travelers with mobility issues or physical challenges, be prepared for less accessibility than we enjoy in the United States. Hotels may be limited in the provisions made for such travelers and some do not have elevators. Airports are not always fully equipped with modern jetways, and ramps for wheelchairs are often absent.

We regret that we cannot provide individual assistance for guests who need mobility assistance.  Nor can we ensure that local vehicles will be wheelchair-equipped. For these reasons, a qualified companion must accompany guests who need such assistance.
 
If you have any mobility or medical issues of which we should be aware, please advise Alexander+Roberts well in advance of your departure.

A Word about Hotels
As in other parts of the world, check-in time for most hotels is around 3:00PM and check-out time is typically 11AM. If your flight arrives early, and your room is not ready, you can usually store your luggage with the hotel and step out to explore a bit at your own pace or relax with a cup of tea or coffee in the lobby. 

If early check-in is absolutely required, advance arrangements can usually be confirmed for the cost of an additional night.

Similarly, if you have a late departure flight, hotels will store your luggage after you’ve checked-out, leaving you unencumbered to explore and relax until it’s time to go to the airport. Depending upon how busy they are, hotels may allow you to occupy your room for another hour or two without charge; check with the front desk to determine if this is possible for your day of departure. If a late check-out is absolutely required, advance arrangements can be confirmed for an extra cost. 

Please notify your travel agent or Alexander+Roberts if you wish to confirm either early check-in or late check-out.

Our Flexible Sightseeing
Whether you’re a first-time traveler or repeat visitor to Italy, our selection of included sightseeing tours in Italy allows you to tailor your touring to your personal interests. In order to provide maximum flexibility, we’ve carefully handpicked a variety of shared sightseeing options in each city.

These motor coach tours operate on a shared basis with other visitors to Italy who have not necessarily booked their trip through Alexander+Roberts. All of the tour guides are licensed professionals with a deep and broad knowledge of Italy, their native land. With an excellent command of English and other languages, they will share their passion and insights to enhance your selected excursion. Please contact us though if you wish to explore our sightseeing options offered on private basis.

If you have already booked optional tours in Italy, this information has been conveyed to our local office. Upon arrival, double-check with our local office to ensure that you are clear about where and when your tour begins. Make sure that you are prompt for all sightseeing tours! Once in Italy, our local office or the hotel concierge can assist you with additional arrangements, including sightseeing, dinner reservations, guided shopping excursions and cultural performances. At the time of booking you will have to pay in cash in the local currency.

Climate
Central and southern Italy enjoy a predominantly Mediterranean climate. Northern Italy, however, has a transition zone from the Mediterranean climate to alpine. In the far north of the country, winters are normally cold, windy and humid with snow coverage in the mountainous areas while the south enjoys the balmy winter Mediterranean sun. Spring and autumn are clearly defined. From April to September you can expect the sun to shine for about 12 hours a day. The hot spells of summer tend to be broken by sudden showers and thunderstorms. The average July temperature will range from the low 80s to the high 90s, however, be prepared for hotter summer spells.

Money Matters
The currency of Italy is the Euro (€, EUR), Europe’s common currency. Exchange rates can vary widely but one US dollar roughly equals about €0.90.

Major credit cards are accepted in most shops and restaurants. We recommend that before you travel you inform both your bank and your credit card company which countries you will be visiting. It is also a good idea to inquire about fees for transactions abroad.

Traveler’s checks must be cashed into local currency. You may be required to show your passport when cashing traveler’s checks, and there is usually a transaction fee involved. Make sure to ask what the fee is before exchanging your money. The best place to exchange is at a bank. Although the exchange rates at train stations and independent counters look favorable, they usually also charge extremely high commissions for exchange.

ATMs on both the Cirrus and Plus networks will give you instant cash in the local currency. You can find ATMs in most major Italian cities. However, most European ATMs will not accept PIN numbers longer than 4 digits. Also, please be aware that like many American ATMs, some Italian ATMs limit how much cash can be taken out at one time. 

It’s always a good idea to carry some Euros, especially small bills for tips and small purchases.

Tipping
All tips are voluntary and at your discretion. It is a nice gesture to tip your guides and drivers whether on a private tour or coach tour. Please use your own discretion as to the amount. Follow the guidelines you would use for similar service in the US. When tipping your local guide or driver, a personal note from you is always a source of great pleasure to them.

The following recommendations are meant to help you prepare for your trip but as always please use your own discretion when tipping:

Local Guides:    $3-4 per person per excursion   
Driver(s):        $2-3 per person per day
If you enjoy a private excursion with a private guide and driver, we suggest you double the above amounts.

At restaurants a 15% tip is expected and standard practice if you are satisfied with the service, the food and the experience in general. Tips should be given directly to your server and not left on the table. Before you tip, make sure that it has not already been added to your bill although in Italy it is customary to leave a small tip for waiters and hotel room maids even if the bill includes service charges. Most restaurants cannot accept tips on credit card even if the meal is paid with credit card.  Tips should always be provided in cash.

Local City Taxes
In most Italian cities, city taxes are charged for your hotel accommodations and range from 1 to 10 Euros per person per night, with the rate increasing within this range by tier (3-star hotels are assessed at a lower rate than 4-star hotels; likewise, 4-star hotels are assessed at a lower rate than 5-star hotels). Rome has the highest city taxes in the country: 4 Euros at 3-star hotels, 6 Euros at 4-star hotels, and 7 Euros at 5-star hotels. At Rome airport hotels, though, the tax is a flat 2 Euro across all hotel classes. These city taxes cannot be prepaid and are not included in your package cost. Payment will be applied upon checkout at each hotel respectively. 

These prices are subject to change at any time but can be used as an indicator for budgeting purposes.

About Electricity
Electric current is 230V at 50 Hz AC and most outlets support two round-pin plugs. An adapter plug and a converter may be necessary to charge your electronic devices, and are usually available from the front desk. If you’re bringing electric appliances from the US such as an electric razor or hair dryer, you’ll need a converter and a plug adapter. However, many hotels have electrical outlets at 110V for electric shavers. For more information on plugs and sockets, review the information at: www.iec.ch/worldplugs/map.htm

Internet and Phone calls
If you plan to bring your cell phone when you travel, please check with your carrier to ensure that your plan covers international calls and/or mobile data from the countries you will visit on your trip and whether there may be money saving plans available from your carrier that can be arranged in advance. Alternatively, local prepaid SIM cards for your phone are usually available at the airport where you arrive and can be used to tap into local service providers. Wi-fi is available at many hotels either complimentary or for a fee; you can find Wi-Fi information on your itinerary and hotel list, or check with the front desk upon check in regarding access details.

If making an international call from your hotel room, please check the rates first.  Hotels often contract with outside companies to provide direct-dial telephone services for guests calling overseas from their rooms, and the rates can be unexpectedly high.

The dialing code for Italy is +39; you’ll need to prefix the local number with this dialing code when calling from outside of Italy.

Is the Water Safe to Drink?
The tap water in Italy is safe to drink. However, most Italians drink bottled water. In restaurants, when you order water you will be served bottled water at a charge. If you do not want to pay for it, ask specifically for tap water.

Meal Time!
Your hotel accommodations include breakfast. You will find a good choice of typical European and American breakfast foods.

Eating a leisurely Italian meal is one of the pleasures of traveling in Italy! Traditional meals may last one or two hours or even longer, and some restaurants will not serve lunch before 1:00PM or dinner before 8:00PM. Italians take food very seriously. Each region, and sometimes even a city, will have regional specialties that they are very proud of. Your experience might be enhanced by telling your waiter that you want to try the regional specialties. A full meal usually consists of an appetizer, first course and a second course with a side dish.

The waiter will almost never bring the bill until you ask for it. When you are ready for the bill, simply ask for il conto. Prices listed on the menu usually include tax and service fee. You may leave a small tip (a few coins) if you wish. Not all restaurants accept credit cards so be prepared with cash.

A Word about Train Travel in Italy
There are several types of trains operated by privately run lines and the Italian railway system. “Eurostar Italia” and “Italo” trains are exclusively first-class inter-city trains on which you must have a reservation or you may be unable to board. “Diretto Espresso” and interregional trains are long-distance expresses that stop only at the larger stations. Lastly, there are regional services, which stop at every station along their route. In winter, trains are not crowded, but during the summer a seat reservation is necessary on the main routes.

If your program includes train travel in Italy, please review your travel documents, where you will find your first-class rail tickets with seat reservations. (In a few cases, if you’ve extended an itinerary to a city that is not served by first-class trains, that portion of your itinerary will have the appropriate rail tickets and seat reservations, if available.) Please check your tickets for your train number as well as the date and time of departure from each city. If you’ve purchased transfer services to or from the train station, please review your transfer vouchers as well and reconfirm the time of your transfer with your local host in each city.

A separate note of caution: please beware of pickpockets around train stations (and on the train). Do not leave your possessions unattended.

Shopping
By all means, enjoy your shopping! But we do recommend that you avoid objects that appear to be ancient artifacts. Many so-called artifacts are anything but old. In addition, the export of genuine ancient relics is strictly controlled so that cultural treasures do not leave the country. Animal skins, things made with tropical bird feathers, and similar items should also be avoided. Some could be made from endangered species and their export (and import into the US) may be illegal. Buying only from reputable shops will help you to avoid problems.

Ban on Public Snacking Near Historical Sites
The city councils of Venice, Florence and Rome have banned snacking in key locations in their historic city centers (particularly on or near any monuments). It is a costly offense: fines range from 25 to 500 Euro! Please look carefully for signage denoting areas where you should not eat in public.

What are the Business Hours?
Italy is 6 hours ahead of New York City and businesses generally operate between 8:00AM and 6:00PM. In some cases businesses will close for a mid-day meal. Most shops are closed on Sunday; Italy also observes many civic and religious holidays that will close banks and other businesses.

A Note about Traveling with Minors
Many countries currently require documentary evidence of a relationship between minors traveling with an adult. Although Italy is not one of them, we strongly recommend that parents traveling alone with a minor carry a notarized letter from the absent parent authorizing the trip, regardless of whether the parent is married or divorced. Never-married parents, parents whose spouse has died, and parents who have been granted sole legal custody of children are encouraged to carry notarized proof of their status, including death certificate where appropriate. Grandparents traveling with grandchildren and adults traveling with children who are not their own should carry letters of authorization from both parents of the children. It is wise to also carry the child’s birth certificate with the original seal. Please visit the state department’s website travel.state.gov if you plan to travel with a minor.

Packing Advice to Get You Started
Generally, the attire is casual with the emphasis on comfort and convenience. Easy-to-care-for clothing and mix-and-match separates are ideal to prevent the need to bring a lot of clothes. To accommodate the variable weather, you should pack rain gear (raincoat or all-weather jacket, collapsible umbrella and hat) and clothing you can layer. For dining out, the dress code is “smart casual.”  However, you may wish to pack semi-formal attire if you plan to attend the theater or an evening cultural event.

If your program includes visits to churches, the Vatican or other religious sites, please dress conservatively on these dates to show respect for the local custom. Most Italians consider shorts, mini-skirts, and uncovered shoulders inappropriate attire for a church setting. If you are dressed this way, you may not be allowed to enter the church. 

Since your itinerary includes some walking during city sightseeing tours and excursions, please pay particular attention to footwear: a pair of comfortable walking shoes with rubber soles and firm arch support is strongly recommended. Note that cobblestone streets are common in old towns of Italy; some of the sites included on your tours are accessible only on foot. European cities tend to restrict access to city centers and their historical core to pedestrians; therefore, be prepared for lots of walking! Suitable footwear consists of low-heeled shoes, sneakers, tennis shoes and similar. Be prepared for rainy days no matter the season. Don’t forget your sunglasses and sunscreen.

A Few Final Tips
Some handy items we recommend include: an extra pair of glasses, an alarm clock, zip-lock plastic bags, a bottle opener and an English/Italian dictionary.

Reminders about Your Baggage
While baggage restrictions may vary by airline, most carriers limit international passengers to one checked bag weighing no more than 50 pounds with maximum linear dimensions (length + width + height) of 62 inches/158 cm. Depending on the airline there could be a surcharge for any additional checked baggage. For information about the baggage allowance and applicable fees for the first and second checked bag and carry-on, please visit your airline’s website before you begin to pack.

TSA Packing Tips
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) publishes a comprehensive list of items that are Permitted and Prohibited in carry-on and checked baggage. You can find the complete list online at https://www.tsa.gov/travel.

For vacation travelers, the important thing to remember is that only one small bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes can be in your carry-on bag when you pass through security. Each item is limited to 3.4 ounces (100ml) - and all containers must fit inside a clear, 1-quart sized, zip-top bag. If you have containers that are larger than 3.4 ounces, they must go inside your checked baggage.

Medications, baby formula/food and breast milk are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding the 3.4-ounce limit, and they do not have to be in a zip-lock bag. You should declare these items at the checkpoint, and keep in mind that TSA Officers may need to inspect them.

A Few Words about Safety + Security
Traveling abroad is no different than visiting a new city in the United States. Although you will find Italians to be friendly and welcoming, use common sense precautions to safeguard your person and your possessions at all times.
•    Do not go out and about with your passport unless specifically instructed to do so by your local guides.
•    Keep your extra cash and passport in the in-room safe of your hotel. In the few instances where they are not available, then store these items in the safety deposit box at the front desk.
•    Always make a copy of your passport, credit cards and e-tickets and keep them separate from the originals so that they can be more readily replaced if lost or stolen. Leave extra copies with someone at home who you can reach while traveling. Or consider scanning these documents and emailing them to an address that you can access while abroad.
•    If you don’t already own one, consider investing in a money belt that can be concealed under your clothing. This is a good place to keep the cash and credit cards that you need for personal expenses while sightseeing, shopping and touring. Do not display large amounts of cash in public. Carry your purse with the strap across your chest, not dangling from your shoulder or arm.

These measures will save you countless time and trouble should your credit cards, airline tickets or passport be lost or stolen.