Italy

Your 5 min bite sized guide to Italy

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When were we there?

  • 2013 – Naples, Rome, Palermo, Aeolian Isles (Vulcano, Lipari, Stromboli), Capri, Procida, Ischia, Pompei, Herculaneum
  • 2014 – Monza, Riva Del Garda, La Spezia, Pisa, Cinque Terre
  • 2016 – Catania, Ragusa, Syracusa, Agrigento, San Vito lo Capo, Naples, Vico Equense, Sorrento
  • 2017 – Monza, Venice
  • 2018 – Rome, Naples, Palermo, Capo Vaticano, Tropea, Naples, Baia
  • 2019 – Monza, Bologna, Sirolo, San Marino, Lugano
  • 2020 – Naples, Rome

How did we travel?

We’ve travelled to Italy a variety of ways.

Easyjet seems to be he best way to get to Italy if flying from the UK as most large Italian towns are served by most UK airports. Check out skyscanner for all current deals.

We’ve driven by car and by campervan quite a few times and the route we’ve taken is down the UK to Dover, over the channel by ferry to Calais and then down through France to Strasbourg and over into Switzerland at Mulhouse/Basel and then down into Italy.


So what is it we love about Italy?

Italy keeps drawing us back again and again and a lot of what we like about this country is the food and the people. The food is second to none and from street food in Catania to fine dining in Rome there really is something for everyone. We’ve enjoyed exploring each regions specialities and discovering what Italians eat and yes, they really do eat pizza.

We also like the history and Italy is jam packed full of historical sights. Around almost every corner is something of interest and even though we’ve spent the last 8 years visiting there’s still so many places we want to explore and see. So our Italian list of things to do will grow.


Entering the country / Border crossings

The rules for travelling, to and within Europe, have recently changed if you are travelling from the UK. Since leaving the EU, UK travellers should have at least 6 months left on your UK passport and it needs to be less than 10 years old, or you may not be able to travel. Please check the appropriate rules on the UK GOV website or the relative authority in your own country if not the UK.


Getting Around:

Italy has one of the best public transport systems in Europe with a variety of trains, buses, ferries and undergrounds to choose from. Tickets are relatively cheap, timetables are frequent and getting around couldnt be easier.

If we’re booking trains in advance then we use the Trenitalia website. Its really easy to use and in other languages too. If buying tickets at the station then most have machines which are dead easy to use and equipped for travellers by having information in other languages.


Fancy getting somewhere by bus then when you arrive check out where the nearest bus station is and with an idea of where we want to go. Check the time tables which are usually displayed or if you’re lucky there will be an information booth where you can ask which stance you’ll need. Even if your Italian isn’t fluent just by saying the name of your destination usually promotes a response. Its all part of the fun. Bus & metro tickets can be bought a local newspaper stands. Make sure you buy enough for the day (or a daily ticket). Remember to punch your ticket into the machine on the bus so it’s validated and you don’t get chased by the conductor if he comes on board. In some cities bus & metro tickets are the same so can be used on both.


We’ve taken loads of ferries in Italy and always found it a complete adventure. We’ve travelled from Rome to Palermo, Naples to Palermo and Naples to Catania by overnight ferry.

Both of these trips we booked from the UK using Direct Ferries and one we booked while we were in Naples at the Ferry booking office down near the port.

We’ve travelled from the mainland to outlying islands. Milazzo on Sicily to the Aeolian Islands which we booked at the Ferry office at the port of Milazzo.

Naples to Ischia, Capri & Procida which we booked at the ferry terminal down at the Port of Naples.


In most major towns and cities you’ll find a metro and this is the easiest way to travel around. Take a picture of the metro map with your phone so you’ll always have it to hand. In some cities the metro is pretty spectacular like Naples for instance as they Linea 1 has several art installations which are definitely worth a look but mostly the metro is a great way of getting from one end of a city to another.


Where did we stay?

We’ve stayed in a variety of places throughout Italy and have only been disappointed a couple of times with the accommodation we’ve chosen. Links below will take you to some of the highlights.

Campsites – Monza, Lido de Jessolo, Sirolo, Riva Del Garda, Lugano

Hotels / B & B / HostelsNaples, Rome, La Spezia, Capo Vaticano


Any questions that you have regarding Italy we’ll be happy to help. There’s much more we have to tell you and will add to this page as we go along. Feel free to contact us below: