Quick Facts Italy

AVERAGE COST OF THINGS IN ITALY IN $USD

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TOP TOURIST DESTINATIONS:

Rome, Amalfi coast, Lake Como, Milan, Venice, Cinque Terre, Florence, Vatican, Pisa, Capri, Naples (Pompeii)

BORDERING COUNTRIES:

Monaco, France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia

CURRENCY:

Euro €

LANGUAGE:

Italian

Most major cities speak English

IS IT SAFE:

Other than the average pick-pocketing and tourist scams, Italy is very safe! (take it from two girls that walked home at 4 am)

MUST TRY FOOD:

Pasta Carbonara, Wood Oven Pizza (any and all kind), Lasagna, Ossobuco (veal shanks) , Risotto (slow-cooked creamy rice), Gelato

MUST TRY Alcohol:

Limoncello - lemon liquor

Aperol Spritz - orange and bitter’s cocktail (a broads favourite)

Grappa - grape based clear brandy (Its not very good but it’s high in percentage)

Italian beers- Bierra Moretti, Peroni

VEGAN/VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY:  

Yes! Many Italian foods can be modified to be vegetarian and vegan.

Many pastas can be made vegetarian, however be aware the pasta itself may contain egg! Load up your pasta dish with veggies and fresh tomato sauce and you are golden. Pizza dough is vegan, simply order any pizza without formaggio (cheese) or grab the pizza marinara with veggies.

As a vegan you also will not be missing out on dessert. Many fruity gelatos are vegan but when in doubt simply ask if its dairy free.

IS TAP WATER DRINKABLE:

Yes! However the tap water is not very cold in temperature

TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS:

The train system in Italy is one of the best modes of transportation. It will allow you to access the entire country at a reasonable price. We would not recommend being reliant on taxis and buses as they are not the easiest to find. Most major cities (Rome, Milan) have a metro system that will help you get around town. Renting a car in Italy is also a good option, however be prepared that most cars are standard, and drivers in Italy may be quite speedy and careless at times. Another (touristy) option is to rent a Vespa (scooter), however we would not suggest using them in major cities especially, if you are not an experienced driver. A lot of the cities in Italy are accessible by foot.

VACCINATIONS:

None

USeful Phrases:

“Buongiorono” - Good morning

“Ciao” - Hi/Bye

“Grazie” - Thank You

“Quanto costa?”- How much does it cost?

“Spiacente” - Sorry