Italy at a glance
Where to visit
Best Time to Visit
Safety & Accessibility of Resources
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Italy at a glance
9 Day Italy Itinerary at a Glance
From the history of the Roman Empire to the priceless art of the Renaissance and mouthwatering cuisine of world renowned restaurants, Italy is truly an unparalleled destination. With each city and village offering something for everyone, it is the perfect place to spend a 9-day vacation.
Italy is comprised of 20 different regions, and each one is unique with its own set of customs, traditions, foods, and locally spoken dialect. Beautiful landscapes and historical landmarks can be found from north to south, and each area is worth visiting. Some of the most well-known Italian regions are Lazio, Tuscany, Veneto, and Lombardy. Some of Italy's major cities highlight these regions: Rome in Lazio, Florence in Tuscany, Venice in Veneto, and Milan in Lombardy. There are endless places to go and things to see in these cities during a 9-day trip. Rome offers the Colosseum and Pantheon while Florence is home to the Florence Cathedral and Uffizi Gallery. Venice and Milan are just as impressive, and offer St. Mark’s Square and La Scala Opera House, respectively.
Similar to other countries around it, Italy has a Mediterranean climate. The northern regions, such as Piedmont and Lombardy, tend to be overall colder than southern regions and the island of Sicily. During the late Fall and Winter months, rain can be found in many areas, and snow is likely in northern regions as well. The Summer months are usually dry and warm all over the country, with southern regions such as Calabria and Sicily having the highest temperatures.
Italy has a population of over 60 million people, and is ranked as the 23rd most populated country in the world. A large percentage of the country’s population centers around major cities, such as Rome and Milan. The northwest region of Aosta Valley is Italy’s smallest and least populated area, and is home to less than 130,000 inhabitants.
Over 70% of Italians identify as Roman Catholic, and this is the predominant religion in the country. Vatican City, located outside of Rome, is the center of the Roman Catholic faith and the residence of the Pope.
The national language of Italy is Italian, and this is the most common language you will hear during your trip. Regional dialects can also be heard, and Puglia and Sicily are known to have some of the most unique ones. English may also be found, especially in high tourist areas and around major cities.
The European Euro is Italy’s national currency and the most common form of payment. Major credit cards are also widely accepted and common in many areas.
Where to visit
Where to Visit in 9 Days
Nine days is a great amount of time to spend in Italy, and will allow you to explore some of the major cities and fantastic attractions. Your trip can begin with three days in Rome, and then continue with two days each in Florence, Milan, and Venice. While in Rome, you can discover the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and nearby Vatican. Florence offers the gorgeous Florence Cathedral and Ponte Vecchio, while Milan also has a stunning Cathedral and the legendary La Scala Opera House. Venice is an attraction in and of itself, and is home to beautiful gondolas and the magnificent St. Mark’s Square and Basilica.
Best Time to Visit
Best Time to Visit Italy
Italy is gorgeous in the Spring and Fall, and you will find ideal temperatures during this time. Temperatures in the 60s and 70s Fahrenheit are perfect for touring and visiting different cities and attractions. These months of the year also tend to be less crowded than the Summer. July and August are usually the most crowded as well as the hottest months of the year. August is also a popular vacation time for Italians, and many places close for the first half of the month.
Essential Experiences in Italy
Memorable cities and once in a lifetime landmarks can be found all over Italy. Here are a few of the essential experiences you will not want to miss during your 9-day trip:
Experience the Historic Opulence of the Pantheon in Rome
The Pantheon is one of Rome’s best-preserved historical landmarks, and its magnificent dome is an architectural phenomenon.
Embrace the Masterpieces in the Accademia Gallery in Florence
The Accademia Gallery is the ideal place to view some of the best art from the Renaissance. Michelangelo’s famous David statue is one of the Gallery’s highlights.
Witness the Intricate Adornments of the Milan Cathedral
The Milan Cathedral is stunning, and you can marvel at its intricate statues and enjoy sweeping views of the city from the rooftop.
Enjoy Iconic Canals with a Gondola Ride in Venice
One of Venice’s traditional boats is the perfect way to view the city while you glide around its winding canals.
In regards to weather, May, the first half of June, September, and October are the best months to visit Italy as comfortable temperatures can be enjoyed during these months. The Winter months of December, January, and February are usually the coldest months of the year, while the Summer months of July and August are usually the hottest. Rain may be encountered in any city and at any time, but the highest likelihood is November and April. Many of Italy’s top tourist destinations are open throughout the year, and many can still be visited even if the weather is not ideal. Your Zicasso travel specialist can help plan alternate activities for any time the weather is a concern.
There are many transportation options available to travel around Italy. Trains, buses, rental cars, and escorted tours are all popular. Figuring out logistics and handling luggage can get tricky, so you will want to keep luggage to a minimum and think ahead if you plan on traveling on your own. Traveling with Zicasso can put any transportation logistics and concerns you have at ease, and allow you to enjoy every minute of your trip.
What to pack is always a question when traveling internationally. For your 9-day trip to Italy, it’s a good idea to bring a variety of clothing. Lightweight jackets, comfortable walking shoes, and a mix of shirts and pants and/or shorts are a good place to start. Even if traveling in the Summer, you will want to bring shawls and jackets as certain attractions, such as the Vatican, require shoulders and knees to be covered in order to enter.
Since you may encounter inclement weather during your vacation, you should plan on packing umbrellas and raincoats. Hats, sunblock, and water bottles are also great to have on hand if the weather is on the warmer side.
European standard electrical outlets are utilized throughout Italy, so adaptors and converters are essential so you can charge and use any electronics from home.
Pharmacies are readily available throughout Italy’s major cities, including Rome, Florence, Milan, and Venice. Since not all medications may be available, it is always suggested you bring ample amounts of medications and prescriptions with you.
As you travel from one Italian city to the next, friendly faces and warm smiles will greet you. Italians are used to tourists and visitors, and are generally quite welcoming. Besides the amazing landmarks, there are also open fields and public parks that you can enjoy during your vacation. It’s a good idea to utilize restrooms at attractions and restaurants when available, as public restrooms can sometimes be difficult to find. It is customary for many places to close for an hour or two in the afternoon, which is the time many Italians head home for a meal and break.
You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather, and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.
Flights Via Zicasso
Zicasso Air Desk is an international air ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation by employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso. Our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 Service & Support, and Complimentary Consultation of Routing vs. Pricing with an Expert Flight Specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.
It is extremely important to have the necessary travel documents with you for your trip to Italy. Doing so will allow you to have a more relaxed and easygoing vacation. Here is a list of some of the essential documents you should have:
- Emergency contact information
- Personal medical information, including any medication and conditions
- Airline tickets/reservations
- Hotel reservations/confirmations
- All required customs forms
- Travel and medical insurance (see above section regarding this)
In addition to the above items, your Zicasso travel specialist can provide further requirements specific to your trip, though it is important to remember that responsibility always lies with the traveler to ensure that all is in order. Travel requirements can and do often change, so it is imperative to stay updated as your trip approaches.
Finances & Tipping
Since Italy utilizes the Euro, it is a good idea to exchange some money either before your trip or shortly after arriving. ATM machines are readily available in many cities, and credit cards are also widely accepted. Tipping is not considered required in much of the country, but tips of a few euros for waitstaff and 5 to 10 euros for tour guides are acceptable. Your Zicasso travel specialist can help provide further tipping guidelines for hotel or other staff you may wish to tip. Bartering and negotiations are common with street vendors and for items such as souvenirs, so you can feel comfortable trying to get a better price. Note that these types of negotiations are not common in formal stores or boutiques.
Safety & Accessibility of Resources
Safety and Accessibility of Resources
Italy is considered a very safe country, and you can feel secure while traveling from one city to the next and visiting the country’s many attractions. You can also rest assured that if needed, emergency resources and law enforcement agencies are readily available in most areas. Major landmarks and tourist sites are often closely guarded as well.
Italy ranks as one of Europe’s safest countries, and has experienced a decline in crime rates in recent years. Petty thefts can occur in busy cities and train stations, so always be aware of your surroundings.
Things to look out for
Tourists have been known to become targets for pickpocketing, so it is important to always keep your wallet and other personal items secure while out touring. Street vendors can sometimes unfortunately sell counterfeit goods or inflate prices, so make sure you are comfortable with what you are buying and the typical price for it.
Medical & First Aid
Hospitals, medications, and pharmacies can be easily found around Italy’s major cities, including Rome, Venice, Florence, and Milan. In the case of an emergency during your trip, you will want to get to the nearest hospital and also advise the local embassy if necessary. This information is not intended as a substitute for personalized guidance from a physician, and it is recommended that all travelers consult with a primary care physician prior to traveling.
Water & Food Safety
Italy has some of the best cuisine in the world, and its food and water are safe to indulge in and enjoy. Public drinking fountains are also considered safe. Should you purchase any fresh fruits or produce at an outdoor market, be sure to wash it thoroughly before eating. If you have any food allergies, you should discuss these with your travel specialist and keep a list of the allergies with you during your vacation.
Travel with Zicasso
Travel with Zicasso
When planning a luxury vacation, every detail matters, which is why our approach is different. We will match you with leading travel specialists who are the most qualified to make your dream trip happen. They know their country better than anyone, and each travel specialist in Zicasso’s network is among the finest travel agents and tour operators, comprising the top tier of the industry. Experience the wonder of an exceptional itinerary crafted just for you.