Colourful cliff-side villages, romantic Venetian canals and even pretty slices of pizza, Italy is all about living La Dolce Vita.

Some things are just better in Italy. The pasta is out of this world, the villages are so picturesque they look like they’re from a movie (in fact, many classic movies have been filmed here), the sports cars are fast and the flattery borders on aggressive.

Only in Italy can you break your pizza-eating best in Naples, down limoncello in Sorrento and pretend you know something about art in Florence. And let’s not forget the impressive ruins. Muse about what the Romans used to do for entertainment at the Colosseum, be shocked by the scale and devastation of Pompeii, or pretend to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa for a photo (like many did who came before, and many will continue afterwards). 

Yep, the land of all of your favourite foods also delivers a massive slice of wanderlust.

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Transport in Italy

Why hail a plain old cab when you could ride a bike? Half the fun of travel is experiencing a destination just like the locals – including how they get around. Wherever possible, Geckos Adventures uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport. This way we can reduce our environmental impact, support local operators and have a great time.


Bicycle: Whether you’re peddling through wildflowers in grassy fields or past quaint buildings on cobbled lanes, nothing says ‘la dolce vita’ like exploring Italy’s amazing scenery from a bike.

Italy travel FAQs

Australia: No – not required
Belgium: No – not required
Canada: No – not required
Germany: No – not required
Ireland: No – not required
Netherlands: No – not required
New Zealand: No – not required
South Africa: Yes – in advance
Switzerland: No – not required
United Kingdom: No – not required
USA: No – not required

Visitors from most nations do not need to visa for stays of up to 90 days. Visitors from South Africa are required to apply for a visitor visa before they depart for their trip. Make sure to give yourself ample time to ensure your application is processed in time. See for more information.

It’s generally a good idea to make sure your passport is valid for a minimum period of six months after your arrival date in Italy. For the most up-to-date information regarding visa requirements, please contact your local Italian embassy or consulate.

Tipping isn’t customary in Italy, but it is appreciated. Feel free to leave a small amount if the service has been particularly good.  Some restaurants will add a ‘cover charge’ to your bill.

Internet can be accessed at internet cafes and hotels in most cities and major towns in Italy.

Mobile phone coverage is generally good in Italy. Ensure global roaming is activated with your service provider before leaving home.

Western-style flushable toilets are the norm in Italy. You may have to pay a small fee to use public toilets in some parts.

Cup of coffee at a cafe = USD 2.25
Glass of beer = USD 6
Small gelato cone = USD 3.50
Sit-down dinner at a local restaurant = USD 28 - USD 58

Drinking tap water is safe in Italy. Help the environment and try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle with filtered water. Your leader or hotel can tell you where to find filtered water.

Major credit cards are accepted by most stores in Italy but may not be accepted by smaller cafes and shops. Make sure to carry enough cash to cover smaller purchases in case credit cards are not an option.

ATMs are common in Italy and finding one won’t be a problem in most towns and cities.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Geckos are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

Jan 1: New Year’s Day
Jan 6: Epiphany
Apr 16: Easter Sunday
Apr 17: Easter Monday
Apr 25: Liberation Day
May 1: Labour Day
June 2: Republic Day
Aug 15: Assumption Day
Nov 1: All Saint’s Day
Dec 8: Immaculate Conception
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 26: St Stephen’s Day

For a current list of public holidays in Italy go to:

As a whole, Italy is a hassle-free destination for LGBTQI-travellers. Same-sex relationships are legal and are largely accepted. That being said, overt displays of affection can attract negative responses in smaller towns, which tend to be more conservative and less accepting. Rome, Milan and Bologna have the largest gay scenes, with Florence and Naples having a handful of gay venues as well.

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting Equaldex or Smartraveller before you travel.