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Italy travel requirements 2024: What travelers need to know

We aim to keep this post updated about Italy travel in 2024 with official Italy travel restrictions, requirements, and health and safety guidance. Our goal is to help you make informed decisions so you can travel confidently, safely, and responsibly in this new post-pandemic world of ours.

Italy has a special place in our hearts, and we finally returned in Fall 2022.

As restrictions vary based on the traveler’s citizenship, we will focus primarily on rules affecting U.S. citizens.

Last update: January 28, 2024. Originally published: July 2020.

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Photo credit: Annalisa, Rome January 2024: “Tourism in Italy right now is flourishing, and although it is low season, there is a considerable amount of travelers both in art cities such as Rome, Florence, and Venice, and in small villages. In tourist spots such as museums and archaeological areas there are no restrictions of any kind, except in cases of overbooking such as for the Colosseum in Rome, so I recommend booking tickets at least two months in advance. The business of restaurants, hotels, and vacation homes is normal and busy. Access to health care takes place as usual, with regular and free access to checkups and treatment through hospital emergency rooms for Italian residents and nonresidents. As for Covid tests, although they are not required by any tourist facility, they can be done in all Italian pharmacies for a cost of €10-15.” -Annalisa of Rome Travelogues , Resident of Italy

At the end of the post, we share on-the-ground perspectives from local residents and travelers to Italy so you’ll get a true sense of what to expect.

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Can US citizens travel to Italy? Can I travel to Italy right now?

Italy is open to all travelers, including US citizens who are traveling for tourism.

As of June 2022 , all travelers, including US citizens are no longer required to show a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate upon arrival to Italy. All travelers can enter Italy without quarantine.

Most Italy travel restrictions have been lifted as of May 1 for activities inside the country. See regional restrictions here and regional zone classifications  here .

Visitors from over 60  visa-exempt countries , including the U.S., will soon be required to have a European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) travel authorization to enter Italy and other European countries . The start date has been delayed from 2024 to 2025. 

See details about ETIAS here

Quarantine rules in Italy: What happens if I get Covid?

Travelers are not required to quarantine upon arrival in Italy.

For those who test positive for Covid while in Italy, self-isolation for five days or until testing negative, followed by masking up to 10 days, was the latest requirement. More recently, locals report that quarantine is no longer being enforced.

Italy Green Pass Requirements to Enter Restaurants, Attractions and Large Events 

You might be wondering: Do I need a vaccine certificate or Covid test to enter restaurants and attractions in Italy?

Italy’s green pass (basic or super green pass) is no longer required to access restaurants, businesses, public transport, or participate in certain activities.

However, the Super Green Pass is still temporarily required for anyone age 12 and older to access hospitals or care homes.

Can Americans travel to Italy in July 2024? Can US citizens travel to Italy this Summer?

Travel to Italy in July is open . Read on for details and check back for updates.

What is it like to fly to Italy FCO or CIA Rome International Airport right now? In Rome, body temperature checks through thermo scanners may be taken at the entrance of the airports. The airports sanitize their spaces daily. 

For travelers entering Italy from other countries, check with your airline about current mask requirements on board.

Do Americans have to quarantine when traveling to Italy?  Quarantine is not required upon arrival.

See details above.

Does Italy check COVID-19 symptoms of incoming travelers? Body temperature may be scanned in the airports for inbound and outbound travelers. 

Does Italy require a negative Covid 19 test for American travelers? A negative Covid test is no longer required to enter Italy.

Does Italy require a proof of Coronavirus vaccine for American travelers? Proof of Coronavirus vaccine is no longer required to enter Italy.

Do I still need to provide a negative Covid test or quarantine if I have been vaccinated? Neither proof of vaccination, negative test, nor quarantine are required to travel to Italy. 

Is a booster shot required for travel to Italy? A booster shot is no longer required to enter Italy.

However, a booster shot is needed for the US vaccination card to be considered a valid Green Pass to enter healthcare settings while in Italy. See Green Pass Requirements above.

What Covid testing options are available for travelers in Italy? PCR and antigen tests are available for U.S. citizens and visitors in Italy. Antigen tests cost approximately 20-30 euros while PCR tests can cost around 70.

Individuals in Italy can get a Covid test from the following:

  • Government-approved testing labs
  • Testing facilities with English-speaking doctors in Italy
  • On-site testing facilities at international airports in Italy, such as Milan, Rome Fiumicino, Cagliari, Florence, Malpensa, Bari, Venice,  Pisa, and others.
  • Private testing labs and pharmacies in Italy

What healthcare options are available to travelers in Italy who get the virus? Tourists and visitors may access Italian health care and emergency services by paying out of pocket or with privately purchased travelers’ insurance. Tourists can also contact the Italian Covid hotline at 1500 (free toll number).

For travel insurance that covers Covid, check out Nomad Insurance by Safety Wing >

What service businesses and restaurants are open in Italy? Bars, restaurants and all other establishments are open. Both indoor and outdoor dining are allowed.

Are face masks required in Italy? As of October 2022, wearing of masks in Italy is no longer mandatory except in healthcare settings. 

Are buses and trains running in Italy? Public transportation is available throughout Italy at normal capacity. Masks are no longer required on buses, trains, etc.

Will Italy impose new Covid restrictions? What’s next is difficult to predict. Historically, most countries impose COVID-19 restrictions when strains on the health care system might become unsustainable.

How has the Coronavirus impacted Italy?

Italy was the first country in Europe affected by COVID-19 and was hit hard by the outbreak, requiring strict lock downs. Another large spike in cases occurred at the end of October 2020. A nationwide state of emergency continued through 2022. 

Italy’s economy, which includes a large tourism sector, has faced its deepest recession in history. More than 200,000 tourism-related jobs were discontinued in Italy by the end of 2021– accounting for a massive shortage of workers in the country. 

In May 2021, Italy formally opened its borders to international travelers from select countries to revive tourism. In June, Italy eased its restrictions for international travelers, then tightened somewhat due to the Delta variant and Omicron variant.

Italy’s state of emergency ended on March 31, 2022. 

Italy obtains its vaccines via an EU procurement program. On December 27, 2020, Italy vaccinated the first residents against COVID-19. Currently, three quarters of Italians are fully vaccinated.

For the current situation in Italy – including how bad is covid in Italy today, total COVID-19 positive cases; daily number of cases in Italy; and COVID-19 recovery rates in Italy, please see the statistics here .

What should you pack for safely traveling in Italy?

😷 Face Masks – Face coverings are recommended in public spaces and required in healthcare settings. Find N95 masks at Bona Fide > or designer options at Vida >

💊 Medicine – Bring enough prescription and over-the-counter medication for your entire trip to avoid trips to the clinic.

💳 Vaccine Card Holder – Protect that paper CDC card when traveling abroad (if your country doesn’t offer a digital version). Get a simple plastic protector > or Vegan leather clippable > or Leather passport + card combo holder >

👃 Covid self-test – The most studied rapid antigen self-test with FDA emergency authorization.  NOT valid to enter countries. Use for your own peace of mind. Order from CVS > or Walmart >

💧 Sealed water bottle – Make sure your reusable water bottle has a lid that’s not exposed to the air. We use one of each of the following: Shop insulated water bottles with protective lid > Shop water bottles with purification filter and protective lid >

✈️ Travel insurance that covers Covid – We’ve started using Nomad Insurance by Safety Wing for affordable evacuation, international medical, and trip coverage.

What do Italian locals and recent travelers say about visiting Italy now?

What is it like to visit Italy right now? It’s our goal to provide regular updates here from real people on the ground, to help potential visitors know what to expect.

The following are subjective opinions only. Official travel guidance can be found above.

October 2023 – Louisa Loring of EatingAroundItaly , resident of Italy:  “Expect to come to Italy and travel as freely as before the COVID pandemic. Currently, there are no laws or recommendations for masking, social distancing or public gatherings. Today, all historic monuments are open as usual without restrictions.

There is no requirement for those who show symptoms. The Italian public healthcare system has removed its state of emergency and it’s easy to access the emergency room.. Private healthcare facilities are free to test patients if they choose too.

Since COVID, there has been an enormous increase in pre-bookings for museums in Italy. Although not all museums require that you pre-book, most people do and it can save you a lot of time waiting in line. Most museums have an easy and hassle free online booking system with paperless tickets.”

September 2023 – Linda of insieme-piemonte.com , resident of Italy:  “Italy has, especially in summer, many crowded places. However, beautiful Piedmont, in the northwest of the country, remains a hidden gem: cheap, hospitable and visited by Italians at most in high season.

At the moment, Covid is no longer an issue. There are no restrictions or protective measures. During the pandemic, however, very strict rules prevailed throughout the country, including house arrest for several weeks.”

Turin market

June 2023 – Natalie Deduck of Best of Turin , visitor: “My husband and I come to Turin to stay a month and later travel to other destinations in Italy.  

The main tourist destinations such as Rome, Amalfi Coast, Florence, and Milan are receiving a tremendous influx of tourists this Spring and Summer. We are glad that we choose Turin for our longer stay. It is an incredible destination but not as famous as the other places, so here we can enjoy all the best of Italy without hassling with crowds.

Since I landed in Italy, I didn’t see any advice or signals about Covid measures or how to behave in public spaces. No one wears masks, and businesses are open as usual, including bars, restaurants, clubs, museums, and open-air markets.

Everything is pretty much back to normal. My husband and I lived in Turin in 2019 and 2020 during the pandemic. We experienced Italy in its worst moment, and it’s so good and heartwarming to see life back to what it was before the pandemic.”

January 2023 – Zoe of Together In Switzerland, EU visitor: “For our visit to Como, Italy for 2023, the location was pretty busy and lively. All shops and restaurants are open and seemed like a good mix of locals and tourists.

It’s not mandatory, but many do choose to wear a mask such as on the local bus or when in the main shopping area. There were absolutely no checks during our whole visit in Como, however you do see that local stores do still have a those plastic protection areas at the cashier tills and hand sanitizers is available at entrances. We personally didn’t see many people using these and no minimum space was needed. The only crowded area we encountered was for a busy local restaurant that everyone wanted to eat at.”

October 18 2022 -Michelle, Intentional Travelers: “Italy’s tourism feels back in full force and daily life has resumed as normal. Some people wear masks in grocery stores, trains, or other public areas but not many. On the train back to Rome airport, we saw staff sanitizing handrails in all the train cars. Lines at FCO airport seemed typical, and we passed through check-in, security and customs relatively quickly (25 minutes) on a weekday morning. We didn’t have to show any Covid documents, only passports.”

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September 2022 – Michelle, Intentional Travelers:  “We flew into Florence, Italy and took trains through Tuscany in September. To enter Italy, we only needed our passports. Air Dolomiti airlines required masks on the flight.

The Florence airport tram into town had signs that masks were required but maybe 50% of people were masked. Around Florence, it is as busy as ever and highly recommended to make reservations for big attractions in advance. Masks were still required on the regional trains in Italy, enforced by staff and audio announcements. Otherwise, tourism does seem back to normal.”

June 3, 2022 – S.M, American digital nomad – “I flew today to Rome from Croatia. They didn’t ask for anything covid related. No test or vax cards. But we had to wear N95 mask on the plane, that’s it.”

May 2022 – Lyndsay at thepurposelylost.com : “I’ve been living in Italy and exploring the country for six months now, and the past few days were the busiest I’ve seen the cities! As the weather gets warmer, we’re expecting an uptick in tourism, which is definitely what I’ve encountered so far. Tourists are eager to experience la dolce vita again!

Although you don’t need to wear a mask walking around outside, masks are still required on public transportation like busses, metros, and trains, and highly encouraged for all inside spaces like restaurants and shops. You’ll even find a mix of people wearing masks at public outdoor events.”

March 24, 2022 – Heather American/Italian dual citizen:  “I flew into Rome and then proceeded to take several trains and a bus to get to a tiny village in Abruzzo where I will be living for the next five months. Masks are required inside all buildings, and most buildings have signs indicating you need to show a Super Green Pass for entrance. Trains and buses did check for my Super Green Pass and my CDC card showing my booster was accepted readily.

Italians are still taking things pretty serious, regarding masks, etc.”

March 2, 2022 – Sarah Wilson of Life Part 2 and Beyond , British visitor:  “I’m in Florence for 10 days learning Italian. I was surprised how many tourists were here over the weekend. Queues were long to many of the major sites. They do check your Green Pass every time you enter a tourist attraction, and restaurant. Some shops also insist on seeing your Green Pass but not all. Masks are being worn inside but not needed outdoors. 

There are plenty of pharmacies, many offer COVID testing or the rapid antigen tests. All the pharmacists in a city like Florence speak great English. To reduce waiting in line, I recommend booking attraction tickets online in advance.”

Candice of Mom in Italy , Permanent Resident: “It’s a nice time to visit because you can visit places like the center of Florence and its museums without any crowds.

We’ve also been visiting smaller villages like Pienza, Montepulciano, and San Gimignano, but they’re a little too empty. Almost all shops and restaurants are closed, due to the lack of local visitors. For anyone thinking of coming to Italy right now, I’d stick to the bigger cities, where you’re guaranteed to find things open and still full of Italian ‘vita.’

Throughout the entire pandemic, I’ve been impressed by the cooperation of Italians. People here wear masks when/where required and for the most part, respect the rules. Visitors need to follow the rules too – for example, if you don’t have the Green Pass here, you can’t sit down in an indoor restaurant. Owners don’t distinguish between locals and tourists – everyone has to have their Green Pass scanned or checked.

It’s easy to get tested in Italy – there are private clinics and you can also get tested in pharmacies. You can also get English translations easily. It’s not a great time to come to Italy if you aren’t vaccinated (or have proof of recovery from COVID within the last 6 months). Pretty much anything you’d want to do as a tourist right now requires the Green Pass.

We haven’t found any long lines or crowds, although I expect there will be an influx of visitors in the spring because Italy’s precautions help make it a less risky destination and people are ready to come back to Italia!”

January 2022 – Claudia of Strictly Rome , Italian resident:  “All attractions and places of interest for tourists are currently open in Italy. Visits to restaurants typically start with the staff coming to the table to check your “green pass” (the Italian vaccination card). Much like locals, tourists are required to show proof of vaccination or of having recovered from Covid to access attractions, restaurants, hotels and transport – including trains and local / city buses. Everyone in Italy follows the rules, wearing masks wherever required and showing their vaccination card to access public places, restaurants, attractions, transportation and the like. Antigen tests are available at any pharmacy, best if upon booking and depending on the city and region in Italy there may be a line to get tested. Access to health care remains free for everyone on Italian territory, including visitors. You will be significantly better off making restaurant reservations as with Covid restrictions and social distancing availability for tables in popular tourist destinations may be limited.”

December 2021 – Or of My Path in the World , Israeli traveler:   “I flew to Turin for a one week leisure trip in December 2021. I felt very safe in Turin as everything was well organized and it seemed like the locals were determined to live “normally” again. Everyone follows the current restrictions, and some people even wear masks outdoors though it’s not mandatory. You can’t enter a museum or a restaurant without your Green Pass being scanned (unless you’re sitting outside), and some attractions require a reservation in advance because you need to pick a specific timeslot for your visit. There are quite a few places for covid tests, and a PCR test for your flight back home will cost you about 70 Euros.”

November 30, 2021 – Morgan Fielder, Crave the Planet , E.U. expat: “It’s so great and easy to get reservations at awesome restaurants with fewer tourists. The airports in Italy have gotten more efficient and travel has been extremely easy since August if you are vaccinated and keeping your mask on appropriately. Yes, people follow the rules. Access is good to hospitals and if there’s any hint of problems, then businesses and events have gone to only letting in vaccinated or recovered people. Contract tracing is done via app when you go inside a venue or restaurant.”

September 20, 2021 – Sarah Wilson , British expat in Malta:  “I was in northern Italy at the beginning of September for two weeks and now I’m in Sicily until the end of the month. The locals are very welcoming. It’s been a tough time for many businesses in Italy, so they are very happy to receive tourists. I literally had Rome to myself, so if you enjoy travelling without the crowds, now is the time to visit. To enter any restaurant, museum or tourist site, you do have to show your vaccine certificate. Some places like the restaurants in Lake Como also asked for your name and phone number. Masks are worn on all public transport and indoors and majority comply. Sicily has recently turned yellow which means masks are supposed to be worn indoors and outdoors – very few wear them outdoors – it’s too hot.”

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August 2021 – Abigail, American traveler : “I went to Italy for a weekend. I felt safe and all of the stores were open. There was a green pass that people used to dine indoors, however since I’m a US Citizen I did not have one. Instead I showed my vaccination card, and it was asked for at every establishment. They did not ask for the Covid pass for public transport for Venice or Milan during my stay. For sit down restaurants, they wouldn’t let you in the door if you could not show vaccination. I did see a lot of seats for outdoor dining everywhere I went though.”

August 2021 – Caroline A., South African/Italian visitor: “My husband, 7 year old son, 4 year old daughter and I are in Rome for three months for an adventure as we have dual citizenship. Tourists are very much welcome in Rome at the moment although museums are requiring the green pass to enter. Since we are not vaccinated, we have been getting tested for entering museums, which lasts 48 hours. Testing is widely accessible. Most attractions are open for visits with covid protocols in place. There is a festive mood in the air as many people take their vacation over this time. It is wonderful not to have to wear a mask outside.”

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July 2021 – Kathryn, American Traveler: “I flew from Spain to Naples, Italy and stayed 2 days in Positano, 2 days in Sorrento, and 4 days in Rome. The locals were happy to have patrons in their cafes and restaurants. We had several people tell us how happy they are to see return of tourism. All public transportation was running as it would pre-pandemic (masks always required). We took planes, trains, taxis, boats and buses with no restrictions. Some restaurants required you to write down name, phone number, country of origin for contact tracing. Otherwise, no restrictions for outdoor dining and tables were quite close to each other as you would typically experience in Europe. Indoor dining often had more space between tables to allow for social distancing. In Rome, there were quite a few walk-up COVID testing tents throughout the city to use if needed. Rome sights were much less crowded than what I’ve experienced past summers. All major tourist sites were open. They offered both advance tickets and walk-up (usually wouldn’t be possible due to large numbers of tourists in the summer, but with less tourists this year it was possible to purchase day-of tickets). They had temperature checks at most major sites and required masks if indoors.”

June 2021 – Alexander and Cynthia, Travel your Memories , Dutch visitors: “We flew to Rome and visited for 4 days. After Rome we travelled to Florence for 2 days. Because you can do many activities outside, Italy is prefect to travel to at the moment. The population pays very close attention to the guidelines of COVID. All sights have been adjusted accordingly. Only a maximum number of people are allowed in the shops (depending on the size). If you get cold symptoms, you can go to a test street. For major sights it is important to book your ticket in advance because you have to fix a time slot.”

May 2021 – Sarah, Benvenuti Arts, American: “I have a visa as I’m here to teach at a University, and traveling into Italy felt joyful! The crew on the flight were so happy to see us all, and there were only about 30 passengers on the plane. The customs officials were very nice and the people doing COVID-testing in the airport were very friendly.  While the rules, as read, seemed more strict than the US, I’m noticing people’s interpretation of those rules is just as scattered as in my country. I happened to arrive right when they reopened after the Easter lockdown, and people seem to be thrilled to be outside. We wear masks in all public areas, and there is no indoor dining, so in general it feels safe. But I am finding myself a bit overwhelmed by crowded areas, like places where students hang out. That’ll take some time to get used to again! I would say, if someone is traveling soon, be respectful and be overprepared. Rules were changing weekly in the lead up to my visit, so I have so much documentation printed that I haven’t needed. Everything takes a bit more preparation than you might be used to in Italy, too. Some restaurants require reservations. Museums are open, but with timed, pre-reserved tickets. There is no indoor dining. There’s a curfew. I am usually loose with my planning when I travel, but am doing more of it just because it’s required. But the food is amazing, the people are lovely, and the city is beautiful, so even with some adaptations, it’s amazing to be here!”

April 2021 – Chicca, Cooking in Tuscany , Italian resident: “We have been living a lockdown life since October – I have to say we’ve got so use to it. But just these days our prime minister has announced to relax some of the strict coronavirus measures starting April 26. The vaccination plans are rolling out quite consistently to have the majority of the population vaccinated by this summer. I read here and there that maybe borders will be opening first to Europeans and then to Americans. We don’t know when but, yes, I start dreaming of having visitors again.”

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January 2021 – Clotilde, A Princess Travelling with Twins , Italian living abroad:  “I flew to Rome, with my husband and our twins over the Christmas period for 10 days to visit family.  People working in the tourist sector are really welcoming and try their best to respect, and make customer respect, the rules and regulations. They have been suffering a lot from the lack of tourists and all the imposed restrictions, so they are happy to see tourists coming back but other people are more cautious. News of the new variants of the virus have particularly made people more alert. The biggest issue when travelling to Italy right now is the rules change really quickly, the country can ban specific countries without warning as happened over Christmas with people coming from the UK. On top of that, each Italian region is defined by a colour depending on the level of the infection rate. This reflects also in services opening times that change unexpectedly and often forget to update their websites or search engines. For example you could be stranded at the airport wondering what to do as the rental car office where you booked your vehicle has closed and the curfew time is approaching, as happened to us! “

September 2020. Rebecca Ann Hughes, journalist – permanent resident of Venice:  “Tourist numbers in Italy have been low all summer. For those who come to visit, they are seeing popular tourist destinations as never before, but many businesses are struggling. Locals whose work is fed by tourism are eager to welcome back visitors but many of them, along with those who do not work in the tourism sector, are pushing for a change in tourism. Particularly in Venice, they want visitors who travel “slow”, who are respectful, and who interact with the community. This includes following COVID regulations imposed by local councils and the government. Recently, a tourist on a vaporetto (waterbus) in Venice refused to wear a mask, angering locals and causing a fight to break out. Visitors should be well prepared to follow the regulations in Italy, even if they differ from their home country.

Most tourist attractions, public transport, restaurants, bars and other amenities are open and functioning as normal, albeit with social distancing rules and the obligation to wear a mask. It is possible that some tourist attractions will require advanced booking and may have longer queues if the venue is taking temperatures upon entry. Visitors may often have their temperature taken when entering a restaurant. When entering a building or getting on public transport, use hand sanitiser if it is provided. Testing booths have been set up in many airports and visitors can download a contact tracing app for Italy.”

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Check out our other Italy travel resources: – Self Guided Walking Tour of Florence – Lucca Day Trip Guide & Walking Tour – A Guide to Tuscany’s Etruscan Coast – Cooking in Tuscany Classes – Hiking Cinque Terre Itinerary – Packing List for Europe in Fall/Winter – 7 Hidden Gem Towns on Tuscany’s Coast – Best Beaches in Tuscany Italy – Tuscany Castles to Rent or Visit – Why Visit Italy in September

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Very useful information, thank you, I will be staying in Sicily for 10 days this July!

Hi! Great info! Is it safe traveling to Italy now from the US because of Ukrania- Russia conflict? Thanks!

Thanks, Wilda. We have a good friend in Tuscany who tells us there is no concern about safety in Italy currently, however, prices and availability of some products/delivery is being significantly affected. We recently sent out a Europe update to newsletter subscribers with the following: “If you have plans to travel to Europe, you may be wondering if it’s still safe. Right now airspace over Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova are on the EASA risk list [CNN]. But most of Western Europe is hundreds of miles from the conflict, and experts are saying there’s no need to cancel trips [AFAR].” We are planning to travel to Italy ourselves in September-October. Of course, as with Covid, each of us have to make our own assessment based on the level of risk we’re willing to accept when we travel.

Is there a current ban on US citizens (vaccinated or not) traveling to Italy?

Why are US citizens not allowed to travel to Italy at this time as you stated below. I copied and pasted from your article…. Can Americans travel to Italy in January 2022? Can US citizens travel to Italy this Winter? Travel to Italy in January is now allowed for US citizens visiting for any reason, including tourism. Read on for details and check back for updates.

Hi Jamie. I think perhaps you have misread “is NOW” as “is not”? I’ll reword it to prevent future confusion. As you’ll find throughout the rest of our post, Italy IS open to Americans under certain protocols. Thanks for visiting.

Hi Michelle, thank you for making this information easy to digest. I’m unclear on the “green pass” and “super green pass”.

– Green pass: proof of vaccination – so our white vaccination cards work – correct? And no proof of booster is required?

– Super Green Pass: unclear here.

Also, is the “health declaration form” and the “dPLF” form the same? If not, are both needed?

I plan to visit Italy starting late Feb – Mar ‘22 and am now wondering if I should push this to June. With it all changing so fast, maybe I’m being overly-cautious?

Kate, I’m glad you’ve found our post helpful. Whether pushing the trip back to June will make much difference is hard to say. I’ve shared a bit about my philosophy on canceling/rescheduling trips here .

Some of the green pass rules are quite new and it is admittedly confusing. Also it may change again by March! Firstly, yes, your white CDC vaccination card will work as your pass, as long as the latest vaccination date qualifies.

There is now a time limit on vaccination for the Green Passes (though not for entry into the country). At the moment, this means that if your last Covid shot was more than 9 months ago, you would need a Covid test within 48 hours before checking into accommodations or taking public transit. Starting February 1st, a booster shot will be needed for persons who have been fully vaccinated for more than 6 months. As I read it, if your last Covid shot is more than 9 months old, then you would not be allowed to do the activities under the Super Green Pass like indoor dining, museums, or spas without a booster. Again, there is not a lot of detail available about how this works practically yet.

Sorry for the confusion about the forms – the self-certification health form I think might be an old term so I’ll update that in our post. The dPLF digital Passenger Locator Form is what is now required before travel.

Hi there and thank you for your lovely blog. I am traveling to Italy in February, and my second vaccine dose would be older than 6 months, and not able to get a third dose before arrival. Does than mean that I won’t have a green pass and need to undergo a pcr to enter some places?

Auba, thank you for your question. We were surprised by this restriction. It’s all quite new so how this works out practically may change, but I read it as you do. To confirm, I also found this: “All arrivals to Italy with vaccinations considered as expired by Italian standards (see line above) are required to do Rapid COVID-19 tests (available in local pharmacies and test centres) to obtain a Green Pass, which will be valid for 48 hours. The test provider will print your test results and will email you a unique code. You will then need to access the Government website (in Italian) and enter your details. Select the option ‘Utente senza tessera sanitaria’ (‘User without a health card’). You will be prompted to enter the type and number of the ID you showed when you got your test, as well as the code on your test certificate. Click ‘Ricupera certificazione’ (‘Get certificate’) to download your digital test result. You will need to continue with this process for the duration of your stay to enable travel within Italy and to access hospitality and leisure venues including bars, restaurants, museums, exhibitions, sporting events, fairs, civil or religious ceremonies and large events.”

Nice post! I recently applied for an Italy Visa but was sceptical about the travel restrictions imposed by Italian authorities. So, I started searching for some answers and that is how I came across your informative article. It talks about all the important details that a first-time Italian traveller like me should know. Do share such informative blogs about other countries and any possible restrictions that they are imposing. It might come in handy for a lot of tourists who want to get out of their homes after a long season of the pandemic.

Thanks for a great info. Did they ask the covid pass in the public transport? I read that in intercity trains require at least but would like to know the reality. And if Unvaccinated customers can enter an establishment to buy food, but they are not allowed to eat indoors, are there many restaurants with outdoor areas that can be used without the passport? Thanks a lot

Thanks for your questions. The green pass is required in Italy for domestic planes, ferries, inter-regional trains and long-distance buses. For public transit within a city like buses and metros, there are capacity controls and masks required but not the green pass. Taxi drivers do not check for the green pass. Yes, many restaurants in Italy have outdoor seating. We’ll do our best to gather more testimonials about what this looks like on the ground to update our post in the future.

Trying very hard to find out exactly what happens and what options are available to you should you happen to test COVID positive before your flight back to USA. Especially now that fully vaccinated folks are testing positive. Please advise as soon as possible. Thank you!!

Hi and thanks for visiting our blog. According to the CDC website , “People should self-isolate and delay their travel if symptoms develop or a pre-departure test result is positive until they have recovered from COVID-19. Airlines must refuse to board anyone who does not present a negative test result for COVID-19 or documentation of recovery.” So options are pretty limited at the moment if you test positive before returning to the U.S., and I haven’t heard whether that will be reevaluated any time soon.

Hi Michelle! I am a US citizen and I planned for an Italian trip Sept 3-15. Today is the first day i see about the quarantine requirement lift being ended on August 30. Does this mean August 30 they may decide to implement the quarantine period again? Do you think I will be able to do my trip or will it depend on how the Italian government reacts to this upcoming month? Thank you!

Kim, thanks for visiting our blog. The requirements may not necessarily be lifted but rather *reevaluated* at the end of August. It’s not possible to predict what the decision will be at this time. I’m sure Italy wants to keep tourism open and has new protocols like the Green Pass in place to do so more safely, but each country has to weigh that against health and hospitalization risks. For vaccinated travelers, being able to travel is more likely this Fall but nothing’s guaranteed as things continue to change quickly with this delta variant. I know the uncertainty is difficult, which I wrote about in our recent post here: https://intentionaltravelers.com/should-i-reschedule-my-trip/

Hi Michelle! Thank you so much for the reply, we knew there would be a risk to canceling the trip and we are very understanding and flexible. I just hope that we know in advance enough to not give our hopes up. We are vaccinated so hopefully if they restrict anything it’s unvaccinated folks. I’ll keep an eye out for updates!

We are having a lay over at Heathrow Airport. My interpretation of the Covid rules say we will have to quarantine in Venice for 5 days. Is there a “safe zone” in Heathrow that will allow us to enter Venice when we arrive. We are both vaccinated and have digital copies of our CDC vaccine card.

Thanks for visiting our blog, David. It is my understanding that a layover in the UK would mean you’d need to quarantine for five days in Italy, even if you’re only transiting through the airport unfortunately. I have seen reports of recent travelers rerouting flights to avoid the UK for this reason. It appears the requirement is to be in place through August 30, so if you travel after that, it’s possible the rule could change but there are no guarantees.

Hi. I am traveling to Italy in 3 weeks. Where can i get a negative covid test for my re entry to the US. Pharmacy?? Thanks.

Ciao Gianna. Please see the section in our post labeled “What Covid testing options are available for travelers returning to the U.S.?” for these details.

Great blog We’re travelling to Northern Italy in September and supposed to go to a outdoor concert in Marostica. Do you know if there is any plans to cancel outdoor gatherings? Thanks

Hello and thanks for visiting our blog. It’s still too early to know what restrictions might be in place in which regions come September, but we will be sure to update this post as the situation changes. If the concert takes place as scheduled, you’ll likely need a “green certificate” to attend.

How as an American travelers do I obtain a Green Pass?

Thanks for your question. We were actually just in process of updating this post with new information! More details may be forthcoming but it appears that Americans will be able to show a hard copy of their vaccination card, official proof of recovery, or a negative test result taken within 48 hours in place of the digital pass. We’ll be sure to update our information here as more details become available.

Is colosseum ticket free on the first Sunday of every month after pandemic?

That is a good question. We have covered the free first Sunday opportunity previously on our blog, however, the colosseum now follows a different schedule. Entrance is free on select dates throughout the year, however, I have not been able to find a list of those dates for 2021. I would expect that might be published in a bit further in the future.

News all say US travelers can present CDC vaccination card to skip testing. Not true? June 30 2021

Hi Jiang. Thank you for visiting our blog. That information is correct. A CDC vaccination card can be used by US travelers to obtain a “Green Pass”. US travelers with a “Green Pass” are no longer required to undergo testing or quarantine in Italy.

Excellent info!

Thank you for visiting the blog. Safe travels.

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Country Summary: Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Italy. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas.

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U.S. Embassy Rome

Via Vittorio Veneto, 121 00187 Rome, Italy Telephone:  +(39) 06-4674-1 Emergency After-Hours Telephone:  +(39) 06-4674-1 Fax:  +(39) 06-4674-2244 Email:   [email protected] The Rome consular district includes the regions of Lazio, Marche, Umbria, Abruzzo, and Sardinia.

U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome Via Boncompagni, 2 Telephone:  (+39) 06-4674-1 Emergency after-hours telephone:  (+39) 06-4674-1 Fax:  (+39) 06 4674-3535 Email:   [email protected]

U.S. Embassy to the Holy See Via Sallustiana, 49 00162 Rome, Italy Telephone:  +(39) 06-4674-3428 Emergency After-Hours Telephone:  +(39) 06-4674-1 Fax:  +(39) 06-575-8346

U.S. Consulate General Florence Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci, 38 50123 Florence, Italy Telephone:  +(39) 055-266-951 Emergency After-Hours Telephone:  +(39) 055-266-951 Fax:  +(39) 055-215-550 Email:   [email protected] The Florence consular district includes the regions of Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna (all except the Provinces of Piacenza and Parma), as well as the Republic of San Marino.

U.S. Consulate General Milan Via Principe Amedeo 2/10 20121 Milano, Italy Telephone:  +(39) 02-290-351 Emergency After-Hours Telephone:  +(39) 02-290-351 Fax:  +(39) 081-583-8275 Email:   [email protected] The Milan consular district includes the regions of Valle D'Aosta, Piemonte, Lombardia, Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Liguria, and Emilia-Romagna (Provinces of Piacenza and Parma only).

U.S. Consulate General Naples Piazza della Repubblica 80122 Naples, Italy Telephone:  +(39) 081-583-8111 Emergency After-Hours Telephone:  +(39) 081-583-8111 Fax:  +(39) 081-583-8275 Email:  [email protected] The Naples consular district includes the regions of Campania, Molise, Basilicata, Puglia, Calabria, and Sicilia.

U.S. Consular Agent - Genoa Via Dante 2 16121 Genoa, Italy Telephone:  +(39) 010-584-492 Emergency After-Hours Telephone:  Please contact the U.S. Consulate General in Milan. Fax:  +(39) 010-553-3033 Email:  [email protected] Hours: Monday through Thursday 11:00 AM-3:00 PM, by appointment only.

U.S. Consular Agent - Palermo Via G.B. Vaccarini 1 90143 Palermo, Italy Telephone:  +(39) 091-305-857 Emergency After-Hours Telephone:  Please contact the U.S. Consulate General in Naples Fax:  +(39) 091-625-6026 Email:   [email protected] Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 AM-12:30 PM by appointment only.

U.S. Consular Agent - Venice Viale Galileo Galilei 30 30173 Tessera, Italy Telephone:  +(39) 041-541-5944 Emergency After-Hours Telephone:  Please contact the U.S. Consulate General in Milan. Fax:  +(39) 041-541-6654 Email:  [email protected] Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, by appointment only.

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There are no COVID-related entry requirements for U.S. citizens.  

Traveling Through Europe:  If you are planning to visit or travel through European countries, you should be familiar with the requirements of the Schengen Agreement. 

  • Your passport must be valid for  at least three months beyond the period of stay. Review our  U.S. Travelers in Europe page .
  • You will need  proof of  s ufficient funds  and a  return plane ticket .
  • For additional information about visas for the Schengen area, see the  Schengen Visa page.
  • U.S. citizens who arrive at an Italian Port of Entry without a valid travel document – including passports that have been previously reported lost or stolen – will be denied admittance into Italy and returned to their point of origin. This regulation is strictly enforced in Italy.
  • U.S. citizens may enter Italy for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. All non-residents are required to complete a declaration of presence (dichiarazione di presenza). Prospective residents or anyone intending to stay in Italy for longer than 90 days must obtain a  permit of stay  (permesso di soggiorno). Additional information may be obtained from the  Ministry of Foreign Affairs  and the  Polizia di Stato .
  • Non-EU visitors must obtain a stamp in their passport upon initial entry into a Schengen country. Many borders are unstaffed, so you may need to request a stamp at an official point of entry. Travelers arriving from another Schengen country must request the declaration of presence form from a local police office (commissariato di zona), police headquarters (questura), or their place of stay (e.g., hotel, hostel, campgrounds), and submit the form, along with a copy of your passport, to the police or to their place of stay within eight calendar days of arrival. Failure to complete a declaration of presence is punishable by expulsion from Italy.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Italy.

Find information on  dual nationality ,  prevention of international child abduction , and  customs regulations  on our websites. For general information about Italian customs regulations, please read our  Customs Information page and our  Italian Customs  website.

Safety and Security

Terrorism:  Terrorist groups and those inspired by such organizations are intent on attacking U.S. citizens abroad. Terrorists are increasingly using less sophisticated methods of attack – including knives, firearms, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and vehicles – to more effectively target crowds. Frequently, their aim is unprotected or vulnerable targets, such as:

  • High-profile public events (sporting contests, political rallies, demonstrations, holiday events, celebratory gatherings, etc.)
  • Hotels, clubs, and restaurants frequented by tourists
  • Places of worship
  • Shopping malls and markets
  • Public transportation systems (including subways, buses, trains, and commercial flights)

For more information, see our  Terrorism  page.

Politically motivated violence in Italy is most often connected to Italian internal developments or social issues. Italian authorities and foreign diplomatic facilities have found bombs outside public buildings, have received bomb threats, and have been targets of letter bombs, firebombs and Molotov cocktails in the past several years. These attacks generally occur at night, and although they have not targeted or injured U.S. citizens, you should remain aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity to local authorities.

Crime:  Italy has a moderate rate of crime, especially for theft and economic crimes; violent crimes are rare. U.S. citizens should be aware of the following local circumstances:

  • Tourists can be fined or detained for buying counterfeit goods (usually fashion accessories).
  • Travelers must purchase train, bus, or metro tickets and validate them by punching them in validating machines prior to boarding (usually near the entrance of the train or metro or on the bus). Tickets may be purchased at tobacco stores or kiosks or, in some cities, via Apps or SMS. Failure to follow this procedure may result in an on-the-spot fine by an inspector on the train, bus, or metro. If the violator does not pay the fine on the spot, it will automatically double and be forwarded to the violator’s home address.
  • Be alert that many municipalities of cities in Italy have issued local restrictions banning certain activities in fountains or on monuments, such as eating, drinking, sitting, or bathing, as well as regarding the consumption of alcohol both indoors and outdoors after certain hours of the night.
  • Violating these regulations can result in fines. Tourists are advised to check the official website of each city they plan to visit to learn the details.
  • Thieves sometimes impersonate police officers. If you are stopped by a plainclothes policeman, ask for a uniformed officer or insist on seeing an officer's identification card (documento). Do not hand over your wallet and immediately report the incident to the actual police at a police station or by dialing 112 from a local phone.
  • Do not leave bags unattended. Most reported thefts occur at crowded tourist sites, at airports, car rental agencies, on public buses, metros and trains, and at the major railway stations. Never leave baggage alone in a car, including in a closed trunk. For more information on trains and security, please see the  Italian railway police’s advice for travelers .
  • Be alert to criminal schemes. Organized groups of thieves and pickpockets operate at major tourist destinations, in train stations, bars, and cafes. Some travelers have reported incidents in which criminals used drugs to assault or rob them. Thieves on motor scooters regularly snatch purses or bags off pedestrians. Resisting these thieves can be dangerous.
  • Keep your car doors locked and windows rolled up at all times to avoid car-jackings and thefts while you are waiting in traffic.

The U.S. Secret Service in Rome is assisting Italian law enforcement authorities in investigating an increase in the appearance of ATM skimming devices. Here are some helpful hints to protect against and identify skimming devices:

  • Use ATMs located in well-lit public areas or secured inside a bank/business.
  • Cover the keypad with one hand as you enter your PIN.
  • Look for gaps, tampered appearance, or other irregularities between the metal faceplate of the ATM and the card reader.
  • Avoid card readers that are not flush with the face of the ATM.
  • Closely monitor your account statements for unauthorized transactions.

Potential for Natural Disasters: Several major earthquake fault lines cross Italy, and earthquakes are frequent. High tides in Venice, flooding, and avalanches in mountainous areas may occasionally occur. The Italian Civil Protection agency has a robust capability to assist Italians and foreigners in the area of a natural disaster. Information about crisis preparedness and on-going crises affecting parts of Italy can be found on the Civil Protection web site at:  Civil Protection Italy . General information about disaster preparedness is also available online from the  U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency  (FEMA). Detailed information on Italy's fault lines is available from the  U.S. Geological Survey  (USGS).

Italy also has several active volcanoes, including Mt. Etna in eastern Sicily. Travelers to Sicily should be aware of the possibility for travel disruptions, including airport closures, in the event of volcanic activity, and are advised to check the website of the  Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia  for detailed information and daily updates. Italy has many other areas of potential volcanic activity especially in the vicinity of Naples. Any visit to an active volcano or volcanic field bears a certain amount of risk. Eruptions can occur with little to no warning. Travelers should exercise caution, follow posted instructions, stay on authorized trails, and use reputable tour operators.

Demonstrations  occur frequently and can be anti-American in nature, especially in areas hosting U.S. military bases. They may take place in response to political or economic issues, on politically significant holidays, and during international events. 

  • Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly become violent. 
  • Avoid areas around protests and demonstrations. 
  • Check local media for updates and traffic advisories.
  • Security Messages for U.S. citizens pertaining to  demonstrations  can be found on the Embassy’s website.

International Financial Scams:  See the  Department of State  and the  FBI  pages for information.

Internet romance and financial scams are prevalent in Italy. Scams are often initiated through Internet postings/profiles or by unsolicited emails and letters. Scammers almost always pose as U.S. citizens who have no one else to turn to for help. Common scams include:

  • Romance/Online dating
  • Money transfers
  • Lucrative sales
  • Contracts with promises of large commissions
  • Grandparent/Relative targeting
  • Free Trip/Luggage
  • Inheritance notices
  • Work permits/job offers

Victims of Crime:  U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should seek medical attention at the nearest public hospital as soon as possible. U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault are also encouraged to contact the U.S. Embassy for assistance at +(39) 06-4674-1. Report crimes to the local police by dialing 112. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes.

See our webpage on  help for U.S. victims of crime overseas .

  • Help you find appropriate medical care
  • Assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • Contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • Explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • Provide a list of local English-speaking attorneys
  • Provide information on  victim’s compensation programs in the United States
  • Provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • Help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • Replace a stolen or lost passport

Victim Compensation in Italy :

  • Italy has a program which provides financial compensation for victims of terrorism, organized crime, hit and run drivers and violent intentional crimes.
  • If you are a  victim of terrorism or organized crime  in Italy, you are entitled to economic (special compensation and a life income) and non-economic benefits (special access to certain state jobs).
  • In case of death, victims will include family members. You must file the application with the local Prefect’s office (Prefettura - the local representative for the Ministry of Interior) where the crime occurred, providing the date, location, injuries, and losses resulting from the crime.
  • If you are a  victim of a hit and run driver,  you can apply for compensation of damages to the Fondo Di Garanzia per le Vittime della Strada but only if: (i) the responsible vehicle cannot be identified, is not covered by car insurance, or it circulated against the owner’s will; (ii) if the car insurance company went bankrupt; or (iii) if the accident was caused by a foreign vehicle with a license number that does not match or does not match anymore that same vehicle. U.S. citizens should consult an attorney licensed to practice in Italy to clarify time limits for a specific legal action.

Victims of hit and run drivers and their families may seek assistance by reaching out to an Italian non-governmental organization (NGO) called Associazione Italiana Familiari e Vittime della Strada (AIFVS), “Association of Italian Family Members and Victims of Hit and Run Drivers”. AIFVS provides legal and psychological assistance through a network of professionals associated with the NGO. Please visit  AIFVS  for more details.

If you are a  victim of a violent intentional crime,  you are entitled to compensation from the Italian government to cover the medical and welfare expenses you incurred, except for sexual assaults and murders cases where the compensation is due even if no medical and welfare expense was sustained. To be eligible for the compensation, your annual income must be within a certain limit. In addition, you must prove that you have already unsuccessfully tried to enforce the decision ordering compensation for damages. We recommend you contact an attorney licensed to practice in Italy for more information.

Domestic Violence:  U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy or nearest Consulate for assistance.

Tourism:  The tourism industry is generally regulated and rules with regard to best practices and safety inspections are regularly enforced. Hazardous areas/activities are identified with appropriate signage and professional staff is typically on hand in support of organized activities. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is widely available throughout the country. Outside of a major metropolitan center, it may take more time for first responders and medical professionals to stabilize a patient and provide life-saving assistance. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance . 

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Your U.S. passport will not prevent you from being detained, arrested, or prosecuted. Individuals establishing a business or practicing a profession that requires additional permits or licensing should seek information from the competent local authorities, prior to practicing or operating a business.

Furthermore, some crimes are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on  crimes against minors abroad  and the  Department of Justice  website.

Arrest Notification:  If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy or nearest Consulate immediately. See our  webpage  for further information.

Counterfeit and Pirated Goods:  Although counterfeit and pirated goods are prevalent in many countries, they may still be illegal according to local laws. You may also pay fines or have to give them up if you bring them back to the United States. See the  U.S. Department of Justice website  for more information.

Faith-Based Travelers:  See our following webpages for details:

  • Faith-Based Travel Information
  • International Religious Freedom Report  – see country reports
  • Human Rights Report  – see country reports
  • Hajj Fact Sheet for Travelers
  • Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad

LGBTQI+ RIGHTS:  There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTQI+ events in Italy. Same sex civil unions are legally recognized in Italy. See our  LGBTQI+ Travel Information  page and section 6 of the  Department of State's Human Rights report  for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance .  The law in Italy prohibits discrimination against persons with physical, sensory, intellectual or mental disabilities, and the law is enforced. Social acceptance of persons with disabilities in public is as prevalent as in the United States. The most common types of accessibility may include accessible facilities, information, and communication/access to services/ease of movement or access. Expect accessibility to be limited in public transportation, lodging, communication/information, and general infrastructure, and common in lodging and general infrastructure. There is a significant difference between the main cities and the small towns.

  • Rental, repair, replacement parts for aids/equipment/devices, or service providers, such as sign language interpreters or personal assistants, are generally available. Contact the US Embassy in Italy to receive a list of providers.
  • Hand-controlled rental cars are available in Italy from major car rental companies. Contact the car rental company well in advance of your trip in order to reserve the vehicle.
  • Italy functions on 220-volt current. To recharge a power wheelchair, you may need a transformer to convert 220 to 110 volts and a plug adapter to fit Italian electrical sockets.
  • Guide dog owners must present  the documentation required by European Union Member States in order to enter Italy with a dog .

Students:  Students are often targeted by criminals as targets of theft or sexual assault. See our  Students Abroad  page and  FBI travel tips .

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES:  Strikes and other work stoppages  frequently occur in the transportation sector (national airlines, airports, trains, and bus lines); reconfirm any domestic and/or international flight reservations if you are traveling during one of these events.

Women Travelers:  If you are a woman traveling abroad, please review our travel tips for  Women Travelers .

For emergency services in Italy, dial 112 .

Ambulance services are widely available, but training and availability of emergency responders may be below U.S. standards.

Medical facilities are available but may be limited outside urban areas. Public hospitals may not maintain the same standards as hospitals in the United States. It is not possible to obtain an itemized hospital bill from public hospitals, as required by many U.S. insurance companies, because the Italian National Health Service charges one inclusive rate for care services and room and board. Private hospitals require you to pay for all services up front and get reimbursed later from your insurance company.

We do not pay medical bills . Be aware that U.S. Medicare/Medicaid does not apply overseas.

Medical Insurance:  Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our  webpage  for more information on insurance coverage overseas. Visit the  U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  for more information on type of insurance you should consider before you travel overseas.

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

In Italy, end-of-life directives are not legal. Tourists should know that by law, hospitals will continue with lifesaving procedures indefinitely regardless of a person’ preferences stated in a will or advanced directive.

Pharmaceuticals:  The Italian Ministry of Health sets rules defining who and how prescriptions and medications can be imported into Italy. However, the Ministry of Health website does not have information in English. According to the Ministry of Health, foreigners entering Italy are allowed to bring personal medications for a period of 30 days, but it is recommended that travelers also bring a copy of their prescription with them. Travelers should not bring excess supplies of prescription drugs into the country and cannot bring prescription drugs for other people.

The import of medications into Italy by courier services or by mail is strictly regulated by Italian Customs laws. Italian customs clears all incoming shipments of medications, even small amounts for personal use. Delays in the release of medications by Italian Customs received by mail or by courier services are common. The receiving party must be able to provide a statement signed by a physician licensed in Italy, certifying:

The medication is essential for the patient, that he/she would be put in a life-threatening situation without it.

There is no substitute or equivalent medication available on the Italian market.

Exercise caution when purchasing medication overseas. Pharmaceuticals, both over the counter and requiring prescription in the United States, are often readily available for purchase with minimal controls. Medication should be purchased in consultation with a medical professional and from reputable establishments.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Food and Drug Administration are responsible for rules governing the transport of medication back to the United States. Medication purchased abroad must meet their requirements to be legally brought back into the United States. Medication should be for personal use and must be approved for usage in the United States. Please visit the  U.S. Customs and Border Protection  and the  Food and Drug Administration  websites for more information.

Vaccinations : Be up-to-date on all  vaccinations  recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For further health information:

  • World Health Organization
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC)

Air Quality:  Visit  AirNow Department of State  for information on air quality at U.S. Embassies and Consulates. Many cities in Italy have air pollution levels similar to those in major U.S. cities. 

In parts of Italy, the lack of adequate trash disposal and incineration sites has led to periodic accumulations of garbage. In some cases, residents have burned garbage, resulting in toxic emissions that can aggravate respiratory problems. 

Visit the  European Environment Agency’s website  for information on air quality in Italy.

Health Facilities:

The U.S. Embassy maintains a  list of doctors and hospitals . We do not endorse or recommend any specific medical provider or clinic.

  • Adequate health facilities are available throughout Italy, but health services may be below U.S. standards.
  • Private hospitals usually require advance payment or proof of adequate insurance before admitting a patient.
  • Travelers should make efforts to obtain complete information on billing, pricing, and proposed medical procedures before agreeing to any medical care.
  • Medical staff may speak little or no English.
  • Generally, in public hospitals only minimal staff is available overnight in non-emergency wards.
  • In most cases, patients bear costs for transfer to or between hospitals.

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  • Medical tourism is a rapidly growing industry. People seeking health care overseas should understand that medical systems operate differently from those in the United States and are not subject to the same rules and regulations. Anyone interested in traveling for medical purposes should consult with their local physician before traveling and visit the  U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  website for more information on Medical Tourism.
  • We strongly recommend  supplemental insurance  to cover medical evacuation in the event of unforeseen medical complications.

Adventure Travel: Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about  Adventure Travel .

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ROAD CONDITIONS AND SAFETY:  While in Italy, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States such as:

  • Traffic lights are limited and often disobeyed.
  • Motor scooters are very popular, and their riders may behave unexpectedly.
  • Drivers frequently pass on superhighways (autostrada) at very high speeds.
  • Rural roads are generally narrow, often have no guardrails, and inconsistent speed limits.
  • Be careful when crossing streets even when using a marked crosswalk with a green walk (avanti) light illuminated.

Traffic Laws:

  • Seat belt use is compulsory.
  • You must use headlights year-round and at all times outside of urban areas.
  • During the autumn/winter months, it is compulsory to have either winter tires or carry snow chains if driving outside urban areas.
  • If you are stopped, under certain conditions you are expected to pay the police officer issuing the ticket immediately. Be prepared to pay in cash in local currency. Local police can confiscate your car if you cannot pay the fine.
  • Fines are imposed if driving without the proper permits in historic downtown areas of cities and towns throughout Italy. Cameras photograph the license plates of cars illegally driving in parts of the city that require a permit. The fines imposed for these violations are forwarded to the driver’s home in the United States to request payment. For definitive legal guidance or to contest a fine, you should consult a lawyer licensed to practice in Italy.  See the U.S. Embassy of Rome’s transportation page for more information .
  • Public Transportation: Pickpocketing is frequent on all public transportation, especially at train stations and major tourist sites.

See our  Road Safety  page for more information. Also, we suggest that you visit the website of the  Automobile Club d’Italia  (A.C.I.). For information on obtaining international drivers licenses, contact the  American Automobile Association  (AAA) via telephone at (407) 444-7000 or fax (407) 444-7380.

AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT:  The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Italy’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Italy’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the  FAA’s safety assessment page .

Maritime Travel:  Mariners planning travel to Italy should also check for  U.S. maritime advisories and alerts . Information may also be posted to the  U.S. Coast Guard homeport website , and the  NGA broadcast warnings .

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Can I travel to Italy from the United States?

Most visitors from the United States, regardless of vaccination status, can enter Italy.

Can I travel to Italy if I am vaccinated?

Fully vaccinated visitors from the United States can enter Italy without restrictions.

Can I travel to Italy without being vaccinated?

Unvaccinated visitors from the United States can enter Italy without restrictions.

Do I need a COVID test to enter Italy?

Visitors from the United States are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or antigen result upon entering Italy.

Can I travel to Italy without quarantine?

Travelers from the United States are not required to quarantine.

Do I need to wear a mask in Italy?

Mask usage in Italy is not required in public spaces and public transportation.

Are the restaurants and bars open in Italy?

Restaurants in Italy are open. Bars in Italy are .

What you need to know about traveling to Italy right now

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Aug 23, 2021 • 6 min read

TAORMINA, ITALY - JUNE 22: Students from Catania's Nicola Spedalieri High School visiting the Teatro Antico in Taormina while taking photographs on June 22, 2021 in Taormina, Italy. Tourists return to the hill-top town of Taormina near Mount Etna after Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted. (Photo by Fabrizio Villa/Getty Images)

Tourists return to the Teatro Antico in Taormina, Sicily as Italy relaxes border and domestic restrictions © Fabrizio Villa/Getty Images

Italy has gradually relaxed border controls and most restrictions as travelers return to one of the world's most popular destinations. And while there are plenty of new attractions to enjoy, from newly-opened secret tunnels in the Colosseum to recent discoveries in Pompeii , it isn't business as usual. Italy is still in a state of emergency and some pandemic-related restrictions apply, including the requirement of a green pass to enter indoor venues and large events.

With the ongoing threat of the Delta variant, travelers are warned that increased measures could be enforced with little notice. If you're planning a trip to Italy this year, here's what you can expect.

Can I travel to Italy from the EU?

Italy has adopted the EU digital COVID certificate which facilitates the return of free movement across the bloc. It's a digital or paper certificate that indicates the holder meets the conditions for travel: is fully vaccinated (the last dose administered at least 14 days before departure), or has recovered from COVID-19, or holds a negative COVID-19 result from a PCR or antigen test taken within 48 hours of travel.

Read more: Planning your perfect trip to Italy's Amalfi Coast

You will need to present this cert to enter Italy, regardless of where you are traveling from in the EU. That's because Italy does not classify risk areas in accordance with the EU's recommendations and currently no country is classified as low risk. So even if you are coming from an EU country that is classified green (low risk) in the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control’s traffic light system, you are still required to present a digital COVID cert to travel to Italy.

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Can I travel to Italy from a non-EU country?

Italy applies border restrictions on travelers depending on the COVID situation in the country they are departing from. Most countries are on the C and D list and quarantine restrictions apply to all of them except for the US, Canada, Japan and Israel . People arriving from those countries are permitted to skip quarantine provided they present proof of vaccination, proof of recovery from COVID-19, or a negative result from a test taken no more than 72 hours before traveling to Italy, using official vaccination or medical documents issued in either of those countries.

Those arriving from the UK will have to undergo a five-day quarantine upon arrival with mandatory testing until at least August 30.

Entry restrictions for individual countries can be found here .

What vaccines does Italy accept?

Italy requires that travelers are fully vaccinated with both doses of an EMA-approved vaccine: Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca; or with the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Do children need to be vaccinated to enter Italy?

Children under six-years-old are exempt from all vaccine, testing or quarantine requirements in Italy. However, children between the age of six and 18 are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result before arrival.

What else is required?

All arrivals are required to fill in a passenger locator form before arrival, regardless of their COVID status or point of departure.

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Do I need a green pass in Italy?

Yes, if you want to enjoy most of Italy's cultural attractions, you'll need a green pass. The pass proves that the holder has been vaccinated, has recovered from COVID-19 or has recently tested negative for the virus. People need to present it to enter indoor spaces such as museums, football stadiums, gyms, theme parks, spas, swimming pools and theaters. It's also required to sit indoors at bars and restaurants; and from September 1, it will be required to board public transport in Italy.

Anyone traveling from another EU country, can present their EU digital COVID cert wherever the green pass is required. People traveling from a Schengen Zone country can present their official health documents too.

The Italian government confirmed that it will accept official COVID documents that were issued in Canada, the US, the UK, Japan and Israel from tourists too in place of a green pass. This was later extended to cover all official vaccination certificates that are compliant with Italian or EU guidelines. In order for it to be accepted in lieu of the green pass, the certificate must be in Italian, English, Spanish or French and contain the following information: type of vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, J&J or AstraZeneca), date of doses and lot number, as well as the person's name and the name of the medical authority issuing the certificate.However, despite the guidelines, some tourists have reported difficulty with having their certificates accepted at venues.

If you're not vaccinated, you'll need to be tested via a PCR or antigen test within the previous 48 hours.

Read more: Italy has expanded the use of it 'green pass' - here's what travelers need to know

Can I get tested in Italy?

Many countries, including the US, require passengers to present a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding their flight home from an international trip. Fortunately, tests are widely available across Italy in pharmacies, labs and testing centers. Antigen tests cost approximately €20, while PCR tests are generally around €65.

The Red Cross has pop-up testing sites in train stations across Italy , including Roma Termini, Milano Centrale, Venice Santa Lucia and Florence Santa Maria Novella for antigen tests. On-site testing is available at Italy's major airports too, and most offer both antigen and PCR tests but check the website of the airport you are traveling through in advance for details.

Read more: Italy visa requirements

What's open in Italy?

Italy is home to many of the world's greatest works of art, architecture and gastronomy, and has more Unesco World Heritage cultural sites than any other country. Among its popular attractions are Pompeii , where visitors can walk in the footsteps of ancient Romans, and Ravenna , home to glittering Byzantine treasures. The gondolas of Venice take in the famous Rialto Bridge , while Rome is home to St Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum, as well as the iconic Trevi Fountain.

Thankfully, you can experience these sites with relative ease as all Italian regions are now classified as "white zones". Italy classifies its regions into colored areas based on the epidemiological risk; different restrictions apply, depending on the color. White zones are very low-risk zones. Most restrictions have been lifted but social distancing guidelines remain in place in public areas, as do mask requirements in crowded outdoor places, on public transport and in indoor public spaces.

Indoor dining has returned to Italy's restaurants, cafes, bars, ice-cream parlours and pastry shops. Some capacity limits apply but the general rule is no more than six people per table. Anyone who wishes to eat inside will need to show proof of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19 or a recent negative test. Hotels, spas and swimming pools are open, as well as beaches but visitors must keep at least one meter apart when setting up towels, deck chairs or umbrellas.

Museums and cultural attractions are open for walk-ins with capacity limits Monday to Friday and for those with pre-booked tickets on weekends. Cinemas, theaters and concert halls are generally open at 50% capacity. Again, remember to bring your vaccination card if you're planning to visit any museum or cultural attraction in Italy.

For a full breakdown of restrictions per region, see here .

This article was first published on May 5 and updated on August 23, 2021.

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Can i travel to italy what are the travel restrictions in italy here are the answers to all your questions. .

On Tuesday, 7 September, Italy's coronavirus emergency commissioner General Francesco Figliuolo announced that more than 80 percent of the population over the age of 12 has received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. As a result, Italy is well on pace to meet its goal set earlier this year of having 80 percent completely vaccinated by the end of September. Figliuolo also announced that Italy would start giving third doses to members of the population deemed to be in the high-risk category. All of this is good news for a country that has seen life largely return to normal over the summer, including in the tourism sector.  

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However, the highly contagious Delta variant has seen infection and hospitalization rates in countries such as the US, India, and Brazil sky-rocket. As vaccination rates in the US remain relatively low, and because they make up a large portion of foreign travelers in Europe, EU authorities decided that tougher restrictions were necessary for countries with high infection rates.  

Countries are listed in a tier system (A-E) based on their location, and epidemiological risk. Each list has different levels of restrictions associated with it.  

  • Where in Italy is the covid Green Pass required?

Italy has also recently announced its new "green" travel pass for all foreigners looking to travel to the country as of May 16th. This includes travelers from the US and UK that makeup over 30 percent of travelers to Italy. To qualify for a green pass you must prove that you have been vaccinated for Covid, have tested negative and taken a Covid free flight, or have recently recovered from Covid-19. Italy has also announced that it is expanding its list of routes for Covid-free flights to Canada, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates.    

Category A contains Vatican City and the Republic of San Marino. There are no restrictions for either of these two States.  

List B and C

Category B and C both pertain to Continental Europe and any other territories on the European Mainland as well as Iceland and Israel, but not the UK. List B is used for many countries in Continental Europe that have a low epidemiological rate, though currently, no countries qualify for this list. Anyone with EU/Schengen Citizenship can travel to Italy for any reason, including tourism. Restrictions will apply if someone has passed through or stayed in a country on list D and/or E within 14 days before entering Italy. Before entering Italy, it is mandatory to fill out the Digital Passenger Locator Form (see the link below) which replaces the self-declaration form. It is also mandatory to provide the EU Digital Covid Certificate (see link below) in one of the following languages: Italian, English, French, or Spanish, showing one of the following conditions:

Having completed the anti-SARS-CoV 2-vaccination cycle with one of the following accepted vaccines:

  • AstraZeneca  
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • That you have recovered from Covid-19 (the certificate of recovery is valid for 180 days from the date of the first positive swab)  
  • That you have tested negative for Covid-19 with a molecular or antigen swab test in the 48 hours prior to entry into Italy. (Children under the age of 6 are exempt from the pre-departure swab test)

Failure to provide any of these documents will result in a mandatory 5 day period of self-isolation upon entry, at the end of which an antigen or molecular swab test will be carried out.  

More information on the Digital Passenger Locator Form can be found at the following link .

More information on the EU Digital Covid Certificate can be found at the following link . 

More information on List C countries can be found at the following link . 

The countries included on List D have changed. As of now, the countries included on List D are Albania, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, Qatar, United Kingdom (excluding the territories, not on the European continent), the Republic of Korea, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Singapore, United States of America, Ukraine, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao Special Administrative Regions.  

Specific Rules have been adopted for entry from Japan, Canada, and the United States of America, more on that below.  

For travelers from countries on List D to avoid a mandatory period of self-isolation upon arrival, they must present one (or more) of the following:

  • Fill out the Passenger Locator Form as listed above. The form can be filled out in both digital and paper formats.
  • Show proof of a negative molecular or antigen swab test taken within 72 hours before entering Italy. Travelers coming from the UK must take the test within 48 hours before entry.
  • Show proof of vaccination of one of the vaccines listed above for List C.

If travelers are unable to present either a negative swab test or proof of vaccination upon arrival, they will be required to complete 5 days of self-isolation with a molecular or antigen test taken at the end of the period. Travelers who will self isolate must do the following:

Fill out the same passenger locator form listed above.

Take a molecular or antigen test with the same rules listed above.

  • Notify the prevention department of the local health authority of your arrival in Italy. See contact details here : 
  • Travel to your final destination in Italy by private transport only.  
  • Remain in self-isolation for 5 days and take another test at the end of the period.

Vaccination certificate guidelines are the same as for countries in List C. For more information on travel restrictions from countries on List, D see the following link    

List E includes all other countries not mentioned previously except for Brazil, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Japan, Canada, and the United States of America as specific rules apply to these countries.  

Entry into Italy from any country on List E does not require any authorization from the Ministry of Health, but is allowed only for specific reasons:  

  • Health reasons
  • Study reasons
  • Absolute urgency
  • Return to one’s domicile, home, or residence

Upon entry into Italy from a country on List E one must follow these guidelines:

  • Have tested negative within 72 hours of arrival into Italy with either a molecular or antigen swab test.
  • Complete the Digital Passenger Locator Form
  • Notify the prevention department of the health authority responsible for the area of your entry.
  • Reach your final destination in Italy only by private transport.
  • Undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance for 10 days.
  • Take another molecular or antigen swab test at the end of your 10 day isolation period.

For more restrictions on travel from List, E countries use the following link  

Japan, Canada, and the United States of America

Travelers from these countries are allowed to enter Italy without the need for motivation or undergoing a 5 day isolation period. However, certain restrictions do apply to travelers from these countries:  

  • Upon entry, travelers must present the Passenger Locator Form as well as proof of a negative result from a molecular or antigen test taken within 72 hours of arrival.  
  • Travelers from these countries must provide valid proof of vaccination of one of the vaccines listed earlier that have been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The proof of vaccination must be provided in one of the following languages: Italian, English, French, or Spanish.  
  • Or a valid certificate showing that someone has recovered from Covid-19.

Travelers who only have proof of a negative molecular or antigen test must self-isolate for 5 days and take another test once their period of self-isolation is finished.  

For more information on the restrictions for travelers from Japan, Canada, and the US follow this link  

  • What are Italy's travel rules for US tourists?

India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka

Entry into Italy is prohibited for travelers who have stayed in India, Bangladesh, or Sri Lanka in the past 14 days with the following exceptions:  

  • Italian citizens enrolled in the Register of Italian Resident Abroad.
  • Persons entering Italy to reach their place of residence were established before August 28th, 2021.
  • People who, irrespective of their nationality, are entering Italy for study reasons.
  • Persons wishing to reach the domicile, dwelling, or registered residence of their: minor children, spouse, or civil partner.

Note: self-declaration is required for all the reasons listed above, but authorization from the Italian Ministry of Health is not required.  

It is also possible to enter/return to Italy with express authorization from the Ministry of Health for the following reasons:  

  • For imperative reasons of need.
  • in the situations foreseen under Article 51, par. 7, letter n):
  • "for officials and agents, however, designated, of the European Union or international organisations, for diplomatic agents, administrative and technical staff of diplomatic missions, consular officials and employees, military personnel, including those returning from international missions, and members of the Police Force, personnel of the Information System for the Security of the Republic and of the National Fire Corps in the exercise of their functions ”;

In all cases, travelers must comply with the following procedure:

  • Completion of the digital Passenger Locator Form found here  before entering Italy.  
  • Presentation of a certificate of a negative molecular or antigen test performed in the 72 hours prior to entry into Italy.  
  • Compulsory molecular or antigen test upon arrival at the airport.
  • Obligation to undergo, regardless of the result of the test, a period of self-isolation at the location indicated on the Passenger Locator Form for a period of 10 days.  
  • Compulsory molecular or antigen test at the end of quarantine period.  
  • Visit the following link for more information on travel restrictions from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka as well as how to apply for authorization from the Ministry of Health:  Brazil

Travelers who have stayed in or transited through Brazil within the last 14 days are banned from entering or transiting in Italy. Entry into, and transit through Brazil is permitted, provided no Covid-19 symptoms occur, but only for the following categories:

  • Those who have been registered in Italy since before the 13th of February, 2021.
  • Those who must reach the domicile, home or residence of their minor children, spouse, or party to a civil partnership.
  • Those entering Italy for study purposes.  
  • Persons in a state of imperative need authorized by the Ministry of Health.

Note: the first three categories require self-declaration but do not require authorization from the Ministry of Health.  

In the cases described above, entry into Italy and air traffic from Brazil is allowed according to the following rules:  

  • Present proof of a negative test result from a molecular or antigen test carried out within 72 hours of entry into Italy.  
  • Completion of the Passenger Locator Form.  
  • The obligation to carry out a molecular or antigen test on arrival at the airport or within 48 of arrival into Italy.  
  • Notify the Department of Prevention of the local health authority upon arrival. See this page for the phone numbers: 
  • A 10 day period of self-isolation at ones home or dwelling is mandatory regardless of the result of the swab test upon arrival.  
  • Reach the final destination only by private transport.
  • Carry out another molecular or antigen test at the end of the self-isolation period.  

For more information on the travel restrictions for Brazil, as well as how to apply for authorization from the Ministry of Health, visit the following link  

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Here are the latest COVID-19 rules for visiting Rome, Italy, plus a local's tips on the best time to visit

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Accessible, beautiful, and with near year-round sunny weather, Rome is an easy city to visit. But as a local living in Rome for the past 20 years, the rule of thumb I always repeat is, check and double-check your plans, because weather and an evolving global pandemic can quickly change.

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Italy was hit hard by COVID-19 and, in response, set up stringent regulations. I spent two months in my home in Rome, leaving only for necessary shopping, and was given a maximum 250-meter radius in which I could roam from home alone. 

For those of us living in the city, we spent the following 12 months keeping up with regional and local rules and restrictions. The good news is that the country also upped its tech capabilities to provide real-time information and updates.

As of this writing, Italy  ended its state of emergency status , removed its Green Pass requirements, and is in the process of phasing out the remaining restrictions.  

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The first thing I always suggest to anyone planning to travel to Italy is to visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' entry questionnaire , which will answer all questions about entry to Italy, and then review the Ministry of Health COVID-19 info page for current restrictions and mandates. Finally, peruse the US Embassy's COVID-19 information page, which is regularly updated regarding Italy and US requirements. And be sure to double-check again the closer you get to arrival. 

Here are a few other key points to know.

  • Quarantine: If you arrive in Italy and do not have a valid vaccination, recovery certificate, or negative test result, be prepared to stay at your hotel or apartment and self-isolate for five days , until you test negative with a molecular PRC or rapid antigen test. If you test positive for COVID-19 during your stay in Italy, you are required to self-isolate for seven days, and until you test negative (a molecular PRC or rapid antigen test). Self-isolation means you cannot go anywhere but your room.
  • Testing: There is no negative molecular PCR or rapid antigen test requirement or quarantine period to enter Italy as long as visitors present COVID-19 certificates such as completion of vaccination series or a COVID-19 recovery document (medical note). Italy considers "full vaccination" to be at least 14 days after the second or booster dose. Unvaccinated travelers will need to provide a negative test result from a rapid antigen or molecular PCR test within 48 or 72 hours, respectively, before entry into Italy. Home tests and rapid antigen tests are available in most pharmacies and results are usually available within two hours. Molecular PRC tests are available in clinics and medical facilities  with results received in 24 hours.
  • Masking: Face masks (FFP2/KN95) are mandatory for all forms of transport, in hospitals and nursing homes, in cinemas and theaters, at concerts and indoor sporting events, hair and beauty salons, and in schools and universities through June 15. They are no longer required for entry into shops and other indoor spaces but are recommended.
  • Rules for children: All children under six years of age are exempt from the pre-departure swab and self-isolation requirements if their accompanying parent or guardian is not subject to this obligation (i.e., vaccinated or recovered). 

When is the best time to visit Rome? 

The knee-jerk answer is anytime. Rome is gorgeous all year, and we often brag that the climate is such that we dine outside for 10 months of the year.  

The more nuanced answer is that visiting Rome is best when the weather is mild and there are fewer crowds, meaning mid-October through early November, and January through early March. Keep an eye on the forecast because there are rainy periods in the fall and late winter.

From Easter forward, hordes of people converge in the city center, in the piazzas, and at major tourist sites. By July, the sweltering summer heat causes Romans to avoid the city, and by August, the city traditionally quiets as residents leave for vacations and businesses close for the holidays, though more recently, many stay open. A word of advice for summer visitors: Don't leave any reservations to the last minute, book in advance.

View Insider's comprehensive guide to visiting Rome .

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Can you travel to Rome right now?

Elyssa Bernard

By Elyssa Bernard

Updated June 2, 2023

Are you wondering, “can you travel to Rome?” Is Italy open for tourism?

What's the latest news about the Coronavirus in Rome ?

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You may be wondering if you can plan a trip to Italy and if so, how - read on to find out the answers to these questions and more.

Can you travel to Rome? - Your questions answered

I've had lots of questions about Covid-19 and its impact in Italy, since all this began, with the questions changing over time.

Now I think most people want to know simply "can you go to Rome" and what it will be like when they get here.


I am not a medical professional or government official. I have no authority to tell you if you can or should travel to Rome, Italy, or elsewhere.

Much of the information on this page comes from, and links to various trusted sources, such as the American CDC, WHO, the Italian Ministry of Health, various embassy websites, and airline websites.

Can you travel to Rome - table of contents

On this page you will find information about:

Why is everyone in Italy right now?

  • All the current entrance requirements for Italy

When and where you need to wear a mask

  • How safe it is to visit Rome , what's open and what's closed right now
  • What happens if you get Covid while in Italy
  • Active Green Pass requirements in Italy

Can Americans travel to Italy?

  • Taking Covid-19 tests in Rome
  • Traveling within Italy and Europe
  • What you need to do when flying home
  • The rules for Italians traveling abroad from Italy

I've moved this question to the top of the page.

Since spring 2022, Rome and the rest of Italy are PACKED to the gills.

It seems everyone is planning to come, or is already here this year.

It's been a bit disconcerting since we had years of a very quiet Rome.

Even when things sort of opened in mid-2021, Rome and Italy did not see huge tourist crowds at first.

I presume this was because of testing, Green Pass , masks , and other requirements. And maybe people just weren't ready.

But since May 2022, many of the restrictions for Italy travel have dropped.

And by June, nearly all of them had. Italy was fully open for business and it seems this is where many people want to come. Flights to Rome are fully booked, apparently even more so than to many other European cities.

Some are calling it "revenge travel" - revenge on Covid-19 perhaps.

Either way, the bottom line is that you will find Rome and the rest of Italy more crowded than you might expect, even now. 

As you will likely find many things booked up so if you are going to Rome anytime in the near future, now is the time to plan ahead and book things in advance !

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How can you travel to Rome? Entrance requirements and more

Right now, the Italian entrance requirements for everyone, from every country, are identical which makes travel very simple!

You may enter Italy from any country for any reason, and you do not need to fill out and submit a Passenger Locator Form before traveling.

You also do not need to prove your Covid status anymore, which means you no longer have to show proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or proof of a negative test result to enter Italy. No-one is required to quarantine .

Travel Documents

Before traveling to Rome, Italy or anywhere in the EU, you should double check your passport validity.

In order to enter an EU country from a non-EU location, your passport need to be valid for at least 3 months AFTER the date you plan to leave the EU, as well as being issued less than 10 years before the the date you ENTER the EU.

In practice, your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months before traveling, in order to give yourself enough of a buffer. Consider renewing your passport early if you're getting close to your expiry date!

While traveling to Italy is simpler than it has been for a long time, there are some factors  you  may want to consider  before deciding if you want to travel to Rome, Italy, and/or the rest of the EU right now.

If you are thinking about coming to Rome soon, just know how much we want you to come back to visit us, when it is right for you to do so!

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Face masks are now only required in medical situations - the generic mask mandate has ended.

You will need to wear an FFP2 mask in medical situations such as in hospital or visiting people in a care home.

While the mandatory mask requirement has been removed for bars, restaurants, shops, salons, museums etc, all organizations have the right to implement their own mask policy.

Therefore, as you may still need to wear a mask indoors in some places so always carry one with you just in case!

Your vaccination status is not a factor .

The same rules apply to everyone regardless of whether you have been fully vaccinated or not.

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Is it safe to visit Rome right now?

Can you travel to Rome and feel safe?

Aside from your own government’s advice, the decision will be based on your personal feelings about being safe visiting Italy right now.

The active cases have decreased significantly - you can follow the data here . Vaccinations are still being administered but a huge proportion of the population is already fully vaccinated and have received their booster doses. You can follow Italy's vaccination progress here .

For more information about how safe a city Rome is to visit in general, and how to stay safe in Rome, visit my page about this here .

what's open and what's closed in Rome?

All types of businesses and sites are permitted to be open now, with no restrictions on who can enter or to show proof of Covid-status.

So, you can visit restaurants , bars, cafes and gelato shops, all types of shops, entertainment venues, gyms, sports centers and beauty salons as and when you want.

All museums and archeological sites are open as normal as well, including the Vatican Museums , Colosseum , Roman Forum and Palatine Hill , Galleria Borghese , Ostia Antica , Domus Aurea and Castel Sant'Angelo .

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While all businesses are allowed to be open again now, many individual businesses have had to close because of the impact of Coronavirus in Rome and Italy . It's best to check in advance if you’re planning on visiting a particular shop, restaurant or hotel on a future visit to Italy therefore.

What to do if you get Covid-19 while in Italy

If you are unlucky enough to test positive for Covid during your trip here, there are a few things you need to be aware of.

After taking a test (most likely at a pharmacy) that comes back positive, you will need to self-isolate for 5 days. You do not need to take a further test at the end of the 5 days.

You can freely move around after the 5 day period, but are required to wear an FFP2 mask for 10 days from when you first experienced symptoms. The only exception is if you have taken a further test which comes back negative.

If you are due to travel during or immediately after the self-isolation period, you will need to speak to your airline or travel provider to understand the rules that may apply to your chosen transport company and/or destination country.

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Green Pass Requirements

The Green Pass system was a way of proving that you have either been vaccinated, recently recovered from Covid-19 or have taken a negative test within the previous 48 hours (rapid antigen) or 72 hours (PCR).

As of May 1 2022, the Green Pass system was removed from essentially all situations, so you will not need it while you're in Italy unless you need to visit someone in hospital or a care home - my dedicated page all about the Italy Green Pass sets out all the details you need to know.

Americans traveling to Italy face almost no restrictions at this point.

You do not need to show a negative test or proof of vaccination to enter the country or move around.

When you fly out of the USA, you will likely find that the experience is much as it was before Covid. When you land in Italy, there is nothing to show except your passport. And when you return home, as long as you are a USA citizen or legal resident, you do not need to show anything either. (At the time of this writing, foreign nationals do need to still show proof of vaccination in order to enter the USA.)

Testing in Italy and Rome

You do not need to provide proof of a negative test result to enter Italy anymore, but you may need to take a Covid-19 test while you're in Rome.

If you do, at most pharmacies around Rome , you will see outdoor tents where you can get Covid tests done. In most cases, the tests performed here are rapid antigen tests .

PCR tests are done at specific labs. There are many around Rome. You will need to book in advance. Sometimes you can book online and sometimes you have to call. Labs include Synlab , Artemisia , and Bios but there are others too.

Here is an official link with a list of every lab  in Lazio that does PCR testing.

If you need to get a PCR test elsewhere in Italy, here is a link to the Ministero della Salute (Italy Health Ministry) website with their list .

Most PCR test results are available within 48 hours, but in reality, you should receive them within 24 hours. Rapid test results come back within 15-30 minutes, and in both cases, you will receive a certificate with your results which you can show officials if needed.

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Can you travel from Rome to other parts of Italy or other European countries?

Italy at one time had imposed restrictions on travel between different regions, but this has not been in force for some time now.

Currently, you may move freely between all regions of Italy with no barriers to travel.

Right now, most EU countries have also relaxed their entry requirements, but some countries still have some rules in place.

Check with this website to see if you can freely travel from Rome, Italy to the country of your choice.

What happens when you fly back home?

When you fly back home, you may have to take a PCR or antigen test prior to leaving Italy .

This will depend on the airline, your home country's requirements, and whether or not your flight stops first in another European city.

Different airlines and different airports have different rules so no matter what, you should stay up to date with the regulations as outlined by your airline and home country. Keep checking up until the dates close to your travel date.

Can Italians travel from Italy abroad?

The Italian government has not restricted their citizen’s ability to travel.

Italy to the US

The US state department has ended COVID-19 vaccine requirements for international air travelers on May 11, the same day that the COVID-19 public health emergency ended as per the World Health Organization.

Italy to the UK

The UK's entry requirements changed more than once, but the UK removed all travel restrictions and requirements, for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. So there are no tests, quarantines or passenger locator forms required.

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Rome Coronavirus · COVID rules in Rome

When it comes to the coronavirus in Rome, the Italian government relies on personal responsibility. Here you will find the current regulations and information.

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Test before the return trip, quarantine in italy, how big is the covid 19 risk in rome, coronavirus regulations in rome, health insurance, practical tips and precautions for rome.

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In Italy, masks are not mandatory and no proof of vaccination is required.

Travelers from all over the world are allowed to enter Italy and there are no COVID checks upon entry.

Also, registrations such as the Passenger Locator Form are no longer required.

There are very few travel restrictions worldwide.

As the regulations for entering different countries can vary greatly, you should obtain the relevant information before your return journey.

Quarantine is also not mandatory in the case of COVID infection. However, persons who are COVID positive are advised to wear a mask and avoid persons at increased risk.

Overall, the number of infections is very low.

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The Romans are very careful about hygiene and the government’s measures against the spread of the virus have always been followed very well in Rome. The incidence in Rome province is 2 (data as of May 10) Source: Il Sole 24 ore .

There are no regulations regarding the coronavirus in Rome.

Of course, you should provide adequate health insurance during this time. It is sufficient for citizens of the European Union to have their health insurance EHIC card with them.

Arrival and departure

There are several ways to travel to Rome. Whether in your own car , by Flixbus, by train or by plane , all roads lead to Rome.

Public transport is not our first choice in Corona times. We recommend to book a transfer in advance for the journey from the airport to the hotel.


There are several reasons why we recommend accommodation in the center of the city. The most important thing is that you can reach most of the attractions without public transport. Metro and buses are totally overloaded and you have to expect long travel and waiting times. If you have your accommodation in the center, you can walk to almost anything. Read our article Hotels in Rome .

Rome is known for the “Movida”. Many Romans enjoy the mild autumn nights and meet on the streets and squares until late at the night to chat. For your safety, avoid crowds and keep away from people you don’t know. If it’s not possible to keep the distance, wear your mask! Places where people could gather can be blocked.

Rome is a very safe city. However, there is a big problem with pickpockets. People from all over the world consider Rome a lucrative place for their criminal activities. You can find more information in our article Safety in Rome .

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Italy's travel rules have changed for visitors from around the world. Here's everything you need to know.

Italy will abolish all entry rules for international travellers from June 1.

At present, unvaccinated tourists need to take a test before visiting the country - but this rule will expire on May 31.

Italy’s Health Ministry have indicated that it “will not be extended,” marking the end of all entry restrictions on travellers.

Like many other European nations , the country has been steadily opening up over the past few months, dropping the requirement for arrivals to complete an EU digital passenger locator form (dPLF) on May 1st.

As per a reopening decree announced in March - when the country also ended its ‘state of emergency’ - Green Passes and Super Green Passes are no longer needed to enter venues.

A mask mandate is set to remain in force until at least 15 June. Though the EU-wide mask requirement on flights lifted in May, airports and airlines flying to and from Italy may require passengers to wear masks until that date.

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What are Italy's travel rules?

Travellers will now be able to enter Italy without testing, regardless of whether or not they have been vaccinated. 

Previously, non-vaccinated travellers had to produce proof of recovery from COVID within the last 180 days or a negative COVID test. Until May, they had to quarantine for five days. 

Travellers are no longer required to fill in a Passenger Locator Form, regardless of vaccination status.

Passengers flying to or from Italy must also wear an FFP2 mask at all times while on board.


Do I still need a Green Pass or Super Green Pass in Italy?

From 1 May, Italy dropped both the 'basic' and 'super' versions of its Green Pass - a digital certificate proving a person had been vaccinated or recovered from COVID - in almost all settings. This includes restaurants, bars and long-distance public transport. 

You'll also no longer need it to enter cinemas, theatres, concerts, cultural centres, parties or discos. 

The Super Green Pass will still remain in place, however, for those visiting hospitals and nursing homes. 

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Do I still have to wear a mask in Italy?

Despite plans to drop the mask mandate from 1 May, Italy has now extended its requirement to wear masks on public transport and in some indoor settings until 15 June. 

Everyone over the age of five must wear a high-grade FFP2 mask on all forms of public transport, in cinemas, at indoor sporting events theatres, concerts, hospitals, schools and universities. 

No other setting, including shops and workplaces, is included in the most recent announcement though it does still "strongly recommend" masks continue to be worn in all indoor public spaces. 

Children under the age of six are exempt from all mask-wearing rules.

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For the most up-to-date and reliable information, fill in this questionnaire from the Italian Foreign Ministry. It is in English and will give you the travel requirements based on your individual situation.

You can also check the Italian Health Ministry’s travel information page (in English).

Or you can call the Italian coronavirus information line .

From Italy: 1500 (toll-free number)

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Can you travel to Italy – latest travel information [June 2024]

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Many people are asking can you travel to Italy in 2024. In this article we outline the conditions for travel to Italy, protocols required on arrival and what to expect when you get there. We will continue to update this page as the situation changes. We do not speculate on the prospects for changes in legislation or on any health related matter.

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Please note that as information can change quickly particularly with respect to different country advisories please check your own government travel advisories and call the Italian embassy in your country for specific information relating to your unique circumstances. We have provided links to these sources below.

You should also check your airline requirements as, depending on the route taken, any stop-overs and specific airline procedures, different protocols may apply.

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Entry requirements to Italy in 2024

To enter Italy, visitors must:

  • Have a minimum of 3 months validity on your passport
  • Have a current and valid visa if required (no visa or visa waiver is currently required for citizens of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, or European Union)
  • There is no requirement to show proof of covid-19 vaccination

Documents required on entry to Italy

All passengers (except children under 6 years old) will need to show proof of:

  • Your valid passport
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Do I need to take a covid-19 test to enter Italy?

Covid testing is no longer required to enter Italy

Do I need a visa to enter Italy?

Citizens of most countries including the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK can travel to Italy and wider Schengen area for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. You can check the visa requirements for your country on this Italian government website .

EU Entry/Exit System (EES)

In late 2024 the European Union (of which Italy is a member) will introduce new standardized set of biometric tests including fingerprints and facial photographs, in addition to passport details currently collected on entry into Italy. This process applies to third-country nationals (non-EU or Schengen Zone citizens) such as visitors from the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom on entering and exiting the European Union.

On arrival into Italy from outside the EU, it is expected that you will present your passport and complete the necessary biometric tests and other questions relating to your stay in Italy at a kiosk in the airport terminal. This process is expected to take around 2 minutes to complete and is not expected to impact processing time at the airport.

There has been no official date announced for the EES however it is expected to be implemented in late October 2024

ETIAS Travel Authorization

The European Union including Italy has announced they will introduce a new travel authorization process called ETIAS for visitors from the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and 60 other countries starting in 2025.  There is no confirmed start date for this new process which has already been delayed many years. 

Once active, visitors to Europe will need to visit an online site to complete their application and pay a small fee of around €7 per person. The process is expected to take minutes with application approvals also expected to take minutes. There is more information on the official European Union ETIAS website .

The European Union has not confirmed when this process will come into place. We will update this page as more information becomes available.

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FAQ about travel to Italy in 2024

Is italy allowing international visitors to enter the country.

Yes, the latest advice for international travel from the Italian government was given in June 2022. To check what the situation is for your country of residence and nationality, please go to this Italian government website that aims to clarify the situation for you. This page from the Italian Health Ministry usually has the most up to date general health information and you can find a good summary of information for tourists at the Italian Tourist Board .

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in Italy?

There is no need to quarantine on arrival due to covid-19 however this may not be the case for other infectious diseases. Please see this Italian government website for more info

What is the latest guidance on travel to Italy from my country?

Currently the following advisories are in place. While every effort is made to keep this information current it is best to check with your country travel advisory in the “read more” links below.

  • United States – Level 2 – Exercise increased caution – read more
  • United Kingdom – Exercise caution – travel info . 
  • Australia – The Department of Foreign Affairs advises Australians to exercise a normal degree of caution in Italy – read more
  • Canada – Take normal precautions in Italy – read more
  • New Zealand – Exercise increased caution in Italy (level 2 of 4) – read more

Citizens of countries not on this list should refer to their country foreign affairs department.

Can I buy travel insurance to cover my trip?

Travel insurance is strongly recommended for all international travel however many travel insurance companies will not cover your trip for cancelations or health problems related to covid19. Check all policy inclusions carefully before purchasing insurance. Note – many companies will not sell or honor policies at all where a travel ban exists for your country of residence.

Need travel insurance? Review policy options and compare quotes now

There are many reasons to take out travel insurance for Italy – you can read about them in this article .

No matter what decision you make, ensure you understand the risks associated with not having insurance and read the terms and conditions carefully should you decide to purchase a policy .

What is the situation in Italy now?

Is there a state of emergency.

No. The Italian parliament ended the covid state of emergency on March 31st, 2022. From that date, covid restrictions were gradually eased across the country.

Are many people still ill with Covid-19? Are cases increasing?

Cases are stable in Italy. Some restrictions may be re-introduced if figures rise again including mask-wearing in some indoor venues such as cinemas and on public transportation. To check the latest figures and updates by region visit the Italian Ministry of Health (use Google translate to see English language).

What restrictions and social distancing rules apply?

FFP2 or KN95 masks are required to be worn in hospitals and care homes.

Restrictions by region in Italy

Some regions implemented rules differently in Italy. If cases increase and restrictions are re-introduced, please check the following pages for regional requirements. Specifically, Sicily and Sardinia often add extra requirements.

For specific rules relevant to the areas you are visiting, please visit the following pages. 

Abruzzo  –  Basilicata  –  Calabria  –  Campania (Amalfi Coast, Capri, Naples) – Emilia-Romagna (Bologna) – Friuli Venezia Giulia  –  Lazio (Rome) – Liguria (Cinque Terre) – Lombardy (Milan, Lake Como) – Marche  –  Molise  –  Piedmont  –  Puglia  –  Sardinia  –  Sicily  –  South Tyrol (Dolomites) – Tuscany (Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Siena) – Trentino  –  Umbria  –  Valle d’Aosta  –  Veneto (Venice)

Are the main attractions open?

Museums and galleries are open as usual. If cases increase and restrictions are re-introduced, check the main websites regularly for latest updates.

Do I need to wear a mask in Italy?

You are required to use FFP2 or KN95 face masks in hospitals and care homes.  Fines of €400 – €1,000 apply for non compliance. Masks are not mandatory on public transport from 1st October 2022.  

Can I travel by train?

Yes, you can travel by train. You are no longer required to wear a mask.

Can I eat out at restaurants?

Yes, restaurants and bars are open for both indoor and outdoor dining without restriction.

What happens if I fall ill with Covid when in Italy?

If you have symptoms you should contact the regional health authority where you are staying immediately. They will arrange a test and determine next steps which will likely mean isolating for at least 5 days and potentially up to 14 days at your own expense if you test positive.

You must be symptom free for 2 days before you able to take a test to show that you are negative and can be released from isolation. Make sure you have adequate health insurance to cover you if such a situation occurs and be aware that your insurance company may not honor claims if you are in Italy when a do not travel order there exists.

Departing Italy – Info for visitors needing to test on departure

Some countries required residents to show proof of a negative test prior to boarding their flight home from Italy. Here you’ll find important information on testing and what to do if you test positive before your flight departure, if cases increase and restrictions are re-introduced.

Testing required on departure from Italy

Here are some useful links for finding a place to get a covid-19 test in Italy

  • Book your rapid test in Rome online here
  • This is a useful site for finding testing sites in Italy  
  • Many of our readers from the United States used the BINAX proctored home tests

What happens if I test positive prior to boarding my flight home from Italy?

Should you test positive prior to departure you may not be able to join your flight. You will need to contact the regional health authority where you are are immediately. They will arrange a further test and determine next steps which will likely mean isolating for at least 5 days and potentially up to 14 days at your own expense at a private property or government quarantine hotel.

You must be symptom free for 2 days before you able to take a test to show that you are negative and can be released from isolation.For this reason travel insurance that covers this scenario is strongly recommended.

FAQ about planned vacations

Sadly many people had trips to Italy canceled in 2020 and 2021. If you have travel plans in 2024 here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about reorganizing travel. While we do our best to keep this as accurate as possible, please refer to your own country consumer law and advice for the latest information.

Unfortunately we cannot assist with individual requests for assistance rebooking or canceling trips.

Will I need to prove I have received a Covid vaccine to enter Italy?

Currently this is not a requirement

Is my flight / cruise / tour still departing?

Flights, tours and cruises may be canceled in 2022. Check with your travel agent or if you booked directly with relevant airlines and cruise companies for the latest information.

What should I do if my flights have been canceled?

If your airline cancels your flights you should be entitled to a full refund under most consumer jurisdictions. Once your flight cancelation is confirmed, the airline should advise when you will receive your refund. Make sure to also cancel accommodation, activity and tour bookings. You can also try to move your travel insurance coverage to new dates.

Refunds apply when the airline cancels your flight. If you choose not to fly then you will be subject to the change and cancelation rules of your fare and any special measures put in place by your airline to respond to the covid-19 situation.

Am I entitled to a refund on my flights / hotels and accommodation / tours?

This depends on the terms and conditions that you booked under and the consumer laws of your country and / or the country where the business is based. While many businesses are trying to refund customers who purchased non-refundable services, others are unable to or have chosen to offer vouchers for future use instead.

The Italian government issued this decree allowing travel companies to offer vouchers for future use instead of refunds. Many companies are applying this ruling to their businesses including the Colosseum and Vatican Museums.

If you are not happy with the compensation offered by the service provider you can file a dispute with your credit card company if you used one to book your travel.

  • AirBNB extenuating circumstances policy – click here
  • Booking.com covid19 center – click here

What happens if I am offered a voucher and I would prefer a refund?

First, try and negotiate with the company. There are often very serious and legitimate reasons why people will not be able to travel in the future. You should state these clearly and most companies provide an exception in extenuating circumstances. If this does not produce an acceptable outcome, pursue a dispute with your credit card company as the next step.

Steps to take to reorganize  or cancel your trip

  • Review all your bookings and understand the terms and conditions under which you booked
  • Contact the providers to understand their position on refunds and / or rebooking
  • Decide what you want to do with respect to rebooking. You may be offered dates in a different time of year than you originally planned to travel. If you want to know what it is like in Italy at different times throughout the year check this article
  • Contact your insurance provider to understand if you can recover any funds owing for services you do not wish to rebook
  • You may choose to pursue fund recovery with your credit card for services you are not happy with the recourse offered

Recommended official websites for up to date information

  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • New Zealand
  • European Union ‘ Reopen EU ‘ – useful site with latest information on reopening in Italy – includes travel and health information plus details of differences by region
  • IATA Travel Center – the International Air Travel Association’s site for up to date travel information used by airlines
  • Italian Ministry of Health – tracks cases and issues related to coronavirus in Italy
  • Italian Tourism Board – latest information for tourists on visiting Italy at this time (site in English)

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Italy travel advice

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Last updated: June 4, 2024 08:03 ET

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Petty crime

Petty crime such as pickpocketing and purse snatching occurs, and tourists are frequently targeted.

Organized groups of thieves often use distraction techniques and are particularly active:

  • at tourist sites and attractions
  • in hotels, restaurants and bars
  • on public transportation
  • at airports and railway stations

While you’re in Italy:

  • ensure that your belongings, including your passport, are secure at all times
  • don’t keep your passport and other types of ID at the same place and carry a photocopy rather than the original when you’re out
  • avoid showing signs of affluence
  • avoid carrying large sums of cash or unnecessary valuables
  • pay attention to your surroundings, particularly in crowded and tourist areas
  • be wary of unsolicited offers or advice from strangers

On the road

The theft of items from vehicles is common, and thieves often target rental cars. They may use distraction techniques or simulate accidents. Thefts can occur at gas stations, highway service areas, and parking lots.

Be especially vigilant when stopped at traffic lights. Thieves on scooters or on foot often snatch bags from passenger seats.

  • Keep your windows and doors locked at all times
  • Keep your belongings out of reach
  • Use secure parking facilities, especially overnight
  • Never leave belongings unattended in a vehicle, even in the trunk

On public transportation

Thefts on public transportation and passenger trains are common, particularly on those servicing major tourist sites, main cities and airports. Thieves will often steal your belongings while you’re asleep or distracted and may hassle or crowd you.

Keep your valuables secure and out of sight.

Home break-ins

Home burglaries occur mainly in main cities and coastal areas and sometimes affect holiday rental accommodation.

Whether staying in private or commercial accommodation, make sure you lock windows and doors at night and when you are away.

Spiked food and drinks

Never leave food or drinks unattended or in the care of strangers. Be wary of accepting snacks, beverages, gum or cigarettes from new acquaintances. These items may contain drugs that could put you at risk of sexual assault and robbery.

Victims of crime

If you are a victim of a theft, go to the nearest police station (Carabinieri or Polizia di Stato) to report it. Keep a copy of your report, as you may need it to make a claim to your insurance provider.

It’s possible to file a preliminary complaint online, in Italian, for certain types of minor crimes, such as theft of belongings. This could help speed up the process at the police station.

If you are a victim of sexual assault:

  • seek medical assistance, whether or not you appear to have been physically harmed
  • contact the local police immediately and ensure they file a report
  • inform consular officials at the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate

Useful links

  • Online preliminary complaint - Arma dei Carabinieri (in Italian)
  • Closest police station - Polizia di Stato, Italy’s national police (in Italian)
  • Advice for women travellers

Credit card and ATM fraud

Credit card and ATM fraud occurs.

When using debit or credit cards:

  • pay careful attention when others are handling your cards
  • use ATMs located in public areas or inside a bank or business
  • avoid using card readers with an irregular or unusual feature
  • cover the keypad with one hand when entering your PIN
  • check for any unauthorized transactions on your account statements

Cybercrime occurs. Criminals may compromise public Wi-Fi networks to steal credit card or personal information.

  • Avoid using public Wi-Fi networks
  • Avoid making purchases on unencrypted websites
  • Be cautious when posting information on social media
  • Be particularly vigilant when contacting or meeting individuals known over the internet

Overseas fraud

There is a threat of terrorism in Europe. Terrorists have carried out attacks in several European cities and further attacks elsewhere in Europe are likely. Attacks in Italy cannot be ruled out.

Targets could include:

  • government buildings, including schools
  • places of worship
  • airports and other transportation hubs and networks
  • public areas such as tourist attractions, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, shopping centres, markets, hotels and other sites frequented by foreigners

Always be aware of your surroundings when in public places. Be particularly vigilant if attending sporting events and during religious holidays and other public celebrations, as terrorists have used such occasions to mount attacks.

The Government of Italy maintains a public alert system on terrorism. Alert level changes are communicated mainly through local media. Enhanced security measures are also deployed in various strategic locations and transport hubs.

Expect an increased presence of police and military forces during holidays and in public places, including tourist locations and major landmarks.

Demonstrations and strikes

Demonstrations and strikes occur regularly, particularly in larger cities and often with little notice.

Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to significant disruptions to traffic and public transportation.

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations
  • In case of a transportation strike, contact your provider or tour operator to make alternate arrangements
  • Information on planned strike action - Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (in Italian)
  • More about mass gatherings (large-scale events)

Swimming and water activities

Coastal waters can be dangerous. Always take into account warning flags at beaches.

In the fall and winter months, be cautious when walking on the shore, as waves can be unpredictable, breaking further than expected and causing strong undertows.

  • Avoid visiting beaches or coastal areas during periods of severe weather warnings
  • Look out for signs warning of cliff erosion and falling rocks
  • Don’t dive into unknown water, as hidden rocks or shallow depths can cause serious injury or death
  • Exercise caution and follow the advice of local authorities

Water safety abroad

Mountain activities

If you intend to go hiking, mountaineering or skiing:

  • never do so alone
  • consider hiring an experienced guide from a reputable company
  • buy travel insurance that includes helicopter rescue and medical evacuation
  • ensure that your physical condition is good enough to meet the challenges of your activity
  • ensure that you’re properly equipped
  • stay informed about weather and other conditions that may pose a hazard
  • inform a family member or friend of your itinerary
  • know the symptoms of acute altitude sickness, which can be fatal
  • obtain detailed information on trekking routes or ski slopes before setting out
  • do not venture off marked trails or slopes

Information on avalanche risk - Meteomont, Arma dei Carabinieri

Stray dogs are common in certain areas.

Don’t approach or feed them as they could be aggressive.

Road safety

Road conditions and road safety vary throughout the country.

City streets can be narrow and congested. Signage, traffic lights and road markings may not be visible, especially in the southern areas of the country.

In mountainous areas, roads are often winding and narrow. Weather conditions can make driving conditions dangerous. Avalanches or landslides can occur and block access routes to small isolated towns. In northern Italy, particularly in winter, fog can substantially reduce visibility.

Drivers do not always respect traffic laws. They may drive at excessive speeds and be reckless.

  • Be cautious when using pedestrian crossings or where there are no sidewalks; drivers may not see you, especially where street lights are limited
  • Pay close attention to motorcycles and electric scooters
  • Monitor local news and weather forecast
  • Refrain from driving during or immediately after severe storms
  • Follow the advice and warnings issued by local authorities

Public transportation

The quality and availability of public transportation vary across the country.

In urban areas, buses can be over capacity during rush hours, impacting your transit time. Metro stations are sometimes closed for maintenance. Strike actions may also affect train service.

The inter-city train system is extensive, well-connected and reliable.

In Italy, drivers start the meter at the point of departure rather than at pick-up. Ride-sharing services are available but may operate differently.

Use only officially licensed taxis from a stand or requested by phone or app.

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

Information about foreign domestic airlines

Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.

We have obtained the information on this page from the Italian authorities. It can, however, change at any time.

Verify this information with the  Foreign Representatives in Canada .

  • Schengen area

Italy is a Schengen area country. Canadian citizens do not need a visa for travel to countries within the Schengen area. However, visa-free travel only applies to stays of up to 90 days in any 180-day period. Stays are cumulative and include visits to any Schengen area country.

If you plan to stay in the Schengen area for a longer period of time, you will need a visa. You must contact the high commission or embassy of the country or countries you are travelling to and obtain the appropriate visa(s) prior to travel.

  • Foreign Representatives in Canada

Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.

Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.

Regular Canadian passport

Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the date you expect to leave the Schengen area.

Passport for official travel

Different entry rules may apply.

Official travel

Passport with “X” gender identifier

While the Government of Canada issues passports with an “X” gender identifier, it cannot guarantee your entry or transit through other countries. You might face entry restrictions in countries that do not recognize the “X” gender identifier. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Other travel documents

Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

  • Foreign Representatives in Canada
  • Canadian passports

Tourist visa: not required for stays up to 90 days in any 180-day period Business visa: not required for stays up 90 days Work visa: required Student visa: required

Information for foreign nationals - Polizia di Stato, Italy’s national police

Other entry requirements

Customs officials may ask you to show them a return or onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds to cover your stay.

Declaration of presence

If you plan to spend fewer than 90 days in Italy for visits, business, tourism or study, you don’t need to apply for a residence permit. However, you must report your presence in the country. Commercial accommodations will generally file the declaration on your behalf, but you are responsible for making sure it's done. Request a copy of this record.

If you’re staying in a non-commercial accommodation and:

  • arriving from a Schengen country, you must file a declaration of presence with the local police office within 8 days of arrival
  • arriving from a non-Schengen country, make sure border officials stamp your passport upon arrival, as this is the equivalent to a declaration of presence

Failure to comply with this regulation could result in expulsion.

Entering Italy - Polizia di Stato, Italy’s national police

  • Children and travel

Learn more about travelling with children .

Yellow fever

Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).

Relevant Travel Health Notices

  • Global Measles Notice - 13 March, 2024
  • COVID-19 and International Travel - 13 March, 2024

This section contains information on possible health risks and restrictions regularly found or ongoing in the destination. Follow this advice to lower your risk of becoming ill while travelling. Not all risks are listed below.

Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic preferably 6 weeks before you travel to get personalized health advice and recommendations.

Routine vaccines

Be sure that your  routine vaccinations , as per your province or territory , are up-to-date before travelling, regardless of your destination.

Some of these vaccinations include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.

Pre-travel vaccines and medications

You may be at risk for preventable diseases while travelling in this destination. Talk to a travel health professional about which medications or vaccines may be right for you, based on your destination and itinerary. 

Yellow fever is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.

Country Entry Requirement*

  • Proof of vaccination is not required to enter this country.


  • Vaccination is not recommended.

* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.

About Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres in Canada

Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is a risk in some areas of this destination. It is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). It is spread to humans by the bite of infected ticks or occasionally when unpasteurized milk products are consumed.

Travellers to areas where TBE is found may be at higher risk  during April to November, and the risk is highest for people who hike or camp in forested areas.

Protect yourself from tick bites . The vaccine is not available in Canada. It may be available in the destination you are travelling to.

In this destination, rabies  may be present in some wildlife species, including bats. Rabies is a deadly disease that spreads to humans primarily through bites or scratches from an infected animal. 

If you are bitten or scratched by an animal while travelling, immediately wash the wound with soap and clean water and see a health care professional. 

Before travel, discuss rabies vaccination with a health care professional. It may be recommended for travellers who will be working directly with wildlife. 

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It can spread quickly from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of being infected with it when travelling internationally.

Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are fully protected against measles.

  Hepatitis B is a risk in every destination. It is a viral liver disease that is easily transmitted from one person to another through exposure to blood and body fluids containing the hepatitis B virus.  Travellers who may be exposed to blood or other bodily fluids (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) are at higher risk of getting hepatitis B.

Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for all travellers. Prevent hepatitis B infection by practicing safe sex, only using new and sterile drug equipment, and only getting tattoos and piercings in settings that follow public health regulations and standards.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious viral disease. It can spread from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

It is recommended that all eligible travellers complete a COVID-19 vaccine series along with any additional recommended doses in Canada before travelling. Evidence shows that vaccines are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. While vaccination provides better protection against serious illness, you may still be at risk of infection from the virus that causes COVID-19. Anyone who has not completed a vaccine series is at increased risk of being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and is at greater risk for severe disease when travelling internationally.

Before travelling, verify your destination’s COVID-19 vaccination entry/exit requirements. Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are adequately protected against COVID-19.

 The best way to protect yourself from seasonal influenza (flu) is to get vaccinated every year. Get the flu shot at least 2 weeks before travelling.  

 The flu occurs worldwide. 

  •  In the Northern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs from November to   April.
  •  In the Southern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs between April and   October.
  •  In the tropics, there is flu activity year round. 

The flu vaccine available in one hemisphere may only offer partial protection against the flu in the other hemisphere.

The flu virus spreads from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Clean your hands often and wear a mask if you have a fever or respiratory symptoms.

Safe food and water precautions

Many illnesses can be caused by eating food or drinking beverages contaminated by bacteria, parasites, toxins, or viruses, or by swimming or bathing in contaminated water.

  • Learn more about food and water precautions to take to avoid getting sick by visiting our eat and drink safely abroad page. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
  • Avoid getting water into your eyes, mouth or nose when swimming or participating in activities in freshwater (streams, canals, lakes), particularly after flooding or heavy rain. Water may look clean but could still be polluted or contaminated.
  • Avoid inhaling or swallowing water while bathing, showering, or swimming in pools or hot tubs. 

Insect bite prevention

Many diseases are spread by the bites of infected insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas or flies. When travelling to areas where infected insects may be present:

  • Use insect repellent (bug spray) on exposed skin
  • Cover up with light-coloured, loose clothes made of tightly woven materials such as nylon or polyester
  • Minimize exposure to insects
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in buildings that are not fully enclosed

To learn more about how you can reduce your risk of infection and disease caused by bites, both at home and abroad, visit our insect bite prevention page.

Find out what types of insects are present where you’re travelling, when they’re most active, and the symptoms of the diseases they spread.

  • In this country, risk of  dengue  is sporadic. It is a viral disease spread to humans by mosquito bites.
  • Dengue can cause flu-like symptoms. In some cases, it can lead to severe dengue, which can be fatal.
  • The level of risk of dengue changes seasonally, and varies from year to year. The level of risk also varies between regions in a country and can depend on the elevation in the region.
  • Mosquitoes carrying dengue typically bite during the daytime, particularly around sunrise and sunset.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites . There is no vaccine or medication that protects against dengue fever.

Animal precautions

Some infections, such as rabies and influenza, can be shared between humans and animals. Certain types of activities may increase your chance of contact with animals, such as travelling in rural or forested areas, camping, hiking, and visiting wet markets (places where live animals are slaughtered and sold) or caves.

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, livestock (pigs, cows), monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats, and to avoid eating undercooked wild game.

Closely supervise children, as they are more likely to come in contact with animals.

Person-to-person infections

Stay home if you’re sick and practise proper cough and sneeze etiquette , which includes coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand. Reduce your risk of colds, the flu and other illnesses by:

  •   washing your hands often
  • avoiding or limiting the amount of time spent in closed spaces, crowded places, or at large-scale events (concerts, sporting events, rallies)
  • avoiding close physical contact with people who may be showing symptoms of illness 

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) , HIV , and mpox are spread through blood and bodily fluids; use condoms, practise safe sex, and limit your number of sexual partners. Check with your local public health authority pre-travel to determine your eligibility for mpox vaccine.  

Medical services and facilities

Good health care is available throughout the country. However, hospital services may be limited in rural areas and medical staff may not be able to communicate in English or French.

Medical treatment and emergency room visits are free of charge but only for life-threatening emergencies, as determined by the treating physician. Hospitals charge upfront for any convalescence or follow-up care.

There are also numerous private clinics and hospitals that cater to foreign travellers.

Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.

Travel health and safety

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a   travel health kit , especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

You must abide by local laws.

Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad .

Transfer to a Canadian prison

Canada and Italy are signatories to the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. This enables a Canadian imprisoned in Italy to request a transfer to a Canadian prison to complete a sentence. The transfer requires the agreement of both Canadian and Italy authorities.

This process can take a long time, and there is no guarantee that the transfer will be approved by either or both sides.

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences or heavy fines.

Drugs, alcohol and travel

Public behaviour

Certain municipalities, particularly those with a high number of visitors, such as Rome, Florence and Venice, have adopted strict public conduct rules. Certain behaviours are illegal and may include:

  • sitting, eating or drinking on a monument or an archaeological landmark
  • bathing in fountains or canals
  • walking in an urban setting in swimwear or without a shirt/T-shirt
  • feeding the pigeons
  • putting locks on bridges or monuments
  • dropping litter or using single-use plastic

Comply with public notices about conduct, which are usually found in and around tourist areas in major cities. You may be fined if you fail to do so.

Counterfeit merchandise

Buying counterfeit merchandise, such as sunglasses or purses, is illegal. You may receive heavy fines if you’re caught buying counterfeit merchandise.

Natural objects and flora

Removing pebbles, shells, or sand from the beaches in Sardinia and other coastal regions is prohibited.

In mountainous areas, it’s illegal to cut certain types of endangered flowers.

Avoid removing natural objects and flora from their natural setting. You could be fined if you do.


Photography of military installations and critical infrastructure is regulated.

Request permission from local authorities before taking photographs of such installations.

Recreational and commercial flying of drones is regulated.

You must register your drone to use it across the European Union. If you don’t comply, you may be fined and your drone confiscated.

  • Civil drones - European Union Aviation Safety Agency
  • Use of drones - Italian Civil Aviation Authority (in Italian)


Authorities may request to see your ID at any time.

  • Carry valid identification or a photocopy of it at all times
  • Keep a photocopy of your passport in case it’s lost or seized

Hotels and other commercial accommodation providers must provide the Italian authorities with personal details on their guests. As such, you’ll have to present a passport upon check-in.

Wait at the reception until the hotel staff has taken the required from your passport.

Dual citizenship

Dual citizenship is legally recognized in Italy.

If you are a Canadian citizen, but also a citizen of Italy, our ability to offer you consular services may be limited while you're there. You may also be subject to different entry/exit requirements .

Travellers with dual citizenship

International Child Abduction

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international treaty. It can help parents with the return of children who have been removed to or retained in certain countries in violation of custody rights. The convention applies between Canada and Italy.

If your child was wrongfully taken to, or is being held in Italy, and if the applicable conditions are met, you may apply for the return of your child to the Italian court.

If you are in this situation:

  • act as quickly as you can
  • contact the Central Authority for your province or territory of residence for information on starting an application under The Hague Convention
  • consult a lawyer in Canada and in Italy to explore all the legal options for the return of your child
  • report the situation to the nearest Canadian government office abroad or to the Vulnerable Children's Consular Unit at Global Affairs Canada by calling the Emergency Watch and Response Centre

If your child was removed from a country other than Canada, consult a lawyer to determine if The Hague Convention applies.

Be aware that Canadian consular officials cannot interfere in private legal matters or in another country's judicial affairs.

  • List of Canadian Central Authorities for the Hague Convention
  • International Child Abductions: A guide for affected parents
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You may drive for up to one year with a valid Canadian driver’s licence and an international driving permit or a certified translation of your Canadian licence.

You must also have an international car insurance plan.

If driving a foreign car, an adhesive sticker indicating country of origin must be displayed on the back of the car. It’s illegal to drive a vehicle registered abroad for more than 60 days. If you plan to stay in Italy for more than 60 days, you must obtain Italian plates.

Vehicles must be equipped with safety equipment, including a warning triangle and reflective jacket.

Local authorities may request immediate cash payment for minor traffic violations.

Limited traffic zones and low-emission zones

Historic centres of many Italian cities have restricted traffic zones marked as ZTL, which stands for “Zona Traffico Limitato”, or low-emission zones, to reduce air pollution.

You need a special permit to access limited traffic zones. This permit is usually issued to residents. To be granted access to a low-emission zone, your car must meet certain environmental standards. Authorities may use cameras to record the licence plate of vehicles that violate these restrictions.

If you enter these zones without a permit, you could be fined. If your vehicle is rented, the rental agency could receive the fine and provide your contact details to the local authorities.

Some municipalities use the services of a private company to collect the fines abroad. You could receive traffic tickets by mail several months after returning to Canada.

  • Pay close attention to street signage
  • Obtain instructions from your hotel on how to access it by vehicle if it’s located in a ZTL

Seasonal and regional regulations

Rules on the mandatory use of snow tires or snow chains differ regionally. Pay attention to road signage in mountainous regions or other parts of the country prone to snow.

Certain islands restrict or prohibit the entry and use of vehicles belonging to non-residents during the high tourism season and holiday season. These include:

  • the Aeolian Islands (Alicudi, Filicudi, Lipari, Panarea, Salina, Stromboli, Vulcano)
  • the Aegadian Islands (Favignana)
  • the Campanian Archipelago (Capri, Ischia, Procida)
  • the Pelagie Islands (Linosa)
  • the Tuscan Archipelago (Giannutri, Giglio)

Other islands could enforce similar regulations. Confirm before travelling.

On route 163 of the Amalfi Coast, between Positano and Vietri sul Mare, it’s prohibited to use campervans or large recreational vehicles.

  • Driving in Italy - European Commission
  • International Driving Permit

You must purchase bus, metro and tram tickets in advance at kiosks in stations or at tobacco shops and validate them at machines located on board or in the station.

If you don’t validate your ticket, you may receive a fine requiring immediate payment.

The currency of Italy is the euro (EUR).

Payment in cash is restricted to transactions under €1000.

If you are carrying €10,000 or more, or the equivalent in other currencies, you must make a declaration to customs when you enter or leave the European Union. It includes sums in:

  • banknotes and coins
  • bearer negotiable instruments such as cheques, travellers’ cheques, promissory notes and money orders
  • bonds, shares
  • gold coins with a gold content of at least 90 %
  • gold bars, nuggets or clumps with a gold content of at least 99.5 %
  • any other convertible asset

This does not apply if you are travelling within the European Union or in transit to a non-EU country.

EU cash controls - European Commission

Forest and maquis fires often occur during the summer months, particularly in Sicily, Calabria and Sardinia.

The air quality in areas near active fires may deteriorate due to heavy smoke.

In case of a major fire:

  • stay away from the affected area, particularly if you suffer from respiratory ailments
  • follow the instructions of local emergency services personnel, including evacuation orders
  • monitor local media for up-to-date information on the situation

Storms and flooding

In fall and winter, strong rainfall and winds may cause landslides and flash flooding, resulting in significant damage in coastal regions and certain cities such as:

  • Campania (Amalfi Coast)
  • Liguria (Cinque Terre)

The Italian Civil Protection Department publishes weather alerts on its website.

  • Monitor local news and weather reports regularly
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities, including evacuation orders

Latest alerts - Italian Civil Protection Department

Venice is subject to tidal flooding (acqua alta), particularly during fall and spring. During episodes of severe flooding, some streets and squares become impassable, and certain businesses and landmarks may temporarily suspend their activities. Local authorities typically install raised pedestrian platforms to facilitate crossing in strategic locations.

The city of Venice warns citizens and tourists of episodes of high tide through a system of acoustic alerts.

In case of high tide:

  • follow the instructions of local authorities
  • contact your hotel, travel agent or tour operator to determine if the situation will disrupt your travel arrangements
  • Tidal forecast - City of Venice (in Italian)
  • Interpreting tidal forecast - City of Venice
  • @ICPSMVenezia - Tide Forecasting and Reporting Centre (in Italian)

In mountainous areas, avalanches present a risk. They can make roads impassable and cause power disruptions. These conditions can affect access to isolated areas, including tourist resorts, and limit the ability of emergency services to respond.

If you plan on skiing or mountaineering:

  • stay informed of weather and safety conditions

Seismic activity

Italy is located in an active seismic zone. Even minor earthquakes can cause significant damage. Volcano eruptions occur.

Mount Etna is Europe’s most active volcano. Periods of high activity can bring significant ash fall, earthquakes and emission of harmful gases.

The Stromboli and Vulcano islands are active volcanoes. Eruptions, ash fall and lava flow occur regularly.

Mount Vesuvius and the Phlegraean Fields in the Naples area are active volcanoes. They are both located near densely populated areas and are continually monitored by the local authorities.

There are several other dormant volcanoes throughout the country.

If you’re travelling near an active volcano or are practising volcano tourism:

  • closely monitor volcanic activity levels through local media and official sources
  • ensure that you’re well informed about conditions that may pose a hazard
  • follow the advice of local authorities
  • Earthquakes - What to Do?
  • Information on active volcanoes - Italian national institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (in Italian)
  • Information on seismic activity in Italy - Italian Civil Protection Department

Local services

Dial 112 for emergency assistance.

Consular assistance

Albania, Malta, San Marino

For emergency consular assistance, call the Embassy of Canada in Rome and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.

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If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.

Learn more about consular services .

Risk Levels

  take normal security precautions.

Take similar precautions to those you would take in Canada.

  Exercise a high degree of caution

There are certain safety and security concerns or the situation could change quickly. Be very cautious at all times, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities.

IMPORTANT: The two levels below are official Government of Canada Travel Advisories and are issued when the safety and security of Canadians travelling or living in the country or region may be at risk.

  Avoid non-essential travel

Your safety and security could be at risk. You should think about your need to travel to this country, territory or region based on family or business requirements, knowledge of or familiarity with the region, and other factors. If you are already there, think about whether you really need to be there. If you do not need to be there, you should think about leaving.

  Avoid all travel

You should not travel to this country, territory or region. Your personal safety and security are at great risk. If you are already there, you should think about leaving if it is safe to do so.

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Everything you need to know about traveling to Italy

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For Aldo Melpignano, co-founder of the luxury hotel Borgo Egnazia in Italy’s Puglia region, the country’s reopening is palpable in the piazza, where people dance while local musicians play.

His hotel had reimagined its operations during the pandemic, hosting dinner parties with spaced-out tables. But he recently saw guests get up and move to the music again at an event in late April — and even danced with them.

“It’s refreshing and makes you feel like we’re back, and sort of almost forgot about all that’s happened the last couple years,” he said.

Like destinations around the world, Italy has relaxed many of its covid restrictions , and Melpignano and other Italian travel experts are gearing up for a busy summer. “In terms of tourism here in Italy, it’s definitely back on,” Clio Morichini, head of travel and events for Italy Segreta , said in an email.

If you’re thinking about visiting this summer, here’s what you need to know before you go.

How to get there

As of June 1, Italy has lifted all its pandemic-era entry restrictions , no longer requiring international travelers to show proof of vaccination, proof of recovery from the coronavirus or a negative test.

Italy requires travelers to wear FFP2-grade masks on planes. Despite the European Union ending a mask mandate for air travel, Italy will keep its rule in place until June 15.

Elizabeth Minchilli, an author and food tour operator who lives in Rome and has a vacation home in Umbria, said your airline’s website is typically your best source of information regarding any remaining rules.

A local's guide to Rome

How to show your vaccination status

Italy discontinued the use of its Green Pass — which captured proof of vaccination, recovery from covid or a negative test result — for most indoor settings this month. The pass is no longer required for many places including restaurants, bars, museums, theaters, spas and gyms. However, it is still mandatory for others, like hospitals and nursing homes.

Some tour operators such as Minchilli, are also asking customers to be vaccinated before being allowed to join group excursions.

How to dine and explore

You may have competition finding a seat, room, ticket or beach chair this summer. Simone Amorico, CEO of the private tour operator Access Italy , estimates that his company’s bookings are up about 40 percent from 2019.

He advised travelers to plan ahead by booking hotels and activities two months in advance. “I mean, the sooner the better, but two months is a good bracket,” he said.

Even so, Amorico said, during a visit to Rome’s Colosseum last week, he noticed shorter lines now that guests do not need to present a Green Pass.

Minchilli said the Italian capital is already packed. “It’s hard to drive through the streets, there are so many people wandering around,” she said. “But that’s normal for May and June … For those of us who lived the last two years in Rome, it’s sort of shocking because we got kind of used to it being empty. But now, things are starting to get back to normal, which is a good thing.”

Her tours are fully booked through 2023, though she is adding more next year.

Annabella Cariello, general manager of Hotel Vilòn in Rome, also advised purchasing train and ferry tickets ahead of time and making reservations when going out to eat. She said the situation is much different from last fall or summer.

“I think that we have indeed switched gears and are ready to bring back our Italian-ness and celebratory approach. … The atmosphere is rather festive as the weather is getting better and we see summer just around the corner,” she said in an email.

In southeast Italy, this pastry is king

What to know about restrictions

Morichini said by email that while coronavirus case numbers are relatively high, many restrictive measures have been “removed or softened and life is slowly and gradually going back to normality.” Italy saw a 12 percent drop in daily cases over the past seven days, with 22.85 reported cases per 100,000 people reported Monday, according to tracking data compiled by The Washington Post.

That number is higher than this time last year but represents a dramatic decrease from counts during the omicron wave, which saw 378.33 reported cases per 100,000 people on Jan. 18. Daily deaths also dropped 10 percent over the past week.

While Italy dropped its indoor mask rule this month for most places, masks are still recommended indoors and at crowded outdoor events. In addition to airports and public transportation, FFP2 face coverings are also still required at indoor sporting events, cinemas and concert halls.

Minchilli gives her guests a pack of masks to wear out of consideration for staff at businesses such as stores and restaurants. “I suggest that if you walk in and somebody working in a place is wearing them, you might want to put them on just in respect of that person,” she said.

As the world battles the spread of coronavirus variants , too, remember that mandates and restrictions may change at any time.

Where to get a coronavirus test before returning home

While the testing requirement to return to the United States has dropped, you may still want to test before your flight home.

PCR tests cost about $70, and antigen tests run about $20, according to the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Italy.

You should still test for travel, health experts say

Melpignano — who is also vice president of the Altagamma, a foundation that represents high-end Italian cultural and creative companies — says most upscale hotels will arrange tests for guests to make life easy.

Amorico said test-seeking travelers can find them at Italian pharmacies. Otherwise, instead of finding a test locally, travelers can pack an at-home test with a video option to test in front of a provider, such as the Abbott BinaxNOW kit, to take themselves within that one-day window.

In case you do test positive for the coronavirus while you’re in Italy, Melpignano, Minchilli and Amorico all recommend getting covid-specific travel insurance . You should check whether your health-insurance plan covers issues abroad, too.

Those who test positive will need to self-isolate for seven to 21 days, depending on the circumstances, and will be on the hook for the cost, per the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Italy.

Otherwise, while you’re there, have fun. Minchilli said there is a positive energy right now, from locals and tourists alike: “Even when you’re in a crowded piazza in Rome, you can just feel how happy everybody is."

Natalie Compton contributed to this report.

More travel tips

Vacation planning: Start with a strategy to maximize days off by taking PTO around holidays. Experts recommend taking multiple short trips for peak happiness . Want to take an ambitious trip? Here are 12 destinations to try this year — without crowds.

Cheap flights: Follow our best advice for scoring low airfare , including setting flight price alerts and subscribing to deal newsletters. If you’re set on an expensive getaway, here’s a plan to save up without straining your credit limit.

Airport chaos: We’ve got advice for every scenario , from canceled flights to lost luggage . Stuck at the rental car counter? These tips can speed up the process. And following these 52 rules of flying should make the experience better for everyone.

Expert advice: Our By The Way Concierge solves readers’ dilemmas , including whether it’s okay to ditch a partner at security, or what happens if you get caught flying with weed . Submit your question here . Or you could look to the gurus: Lonely Planet and Rick Steves .

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On the ground: What the scene in Italy is like right now

Laura Itzkowitz

Now that Italy has reopened, you might be wondering what it's actually like on the ground. As an American based in Rome, I've been here for the duration of the pandemic, so believe me when I say that things feel much more normal now than they did at just about any point since March 2020. Of course, that doesn't mean that things are exactly as they were before. The pandemic's effects will still be felt for many months.

Still, a spirit of optimism is finally returning to the air in Italy and can be felt just about everywhere I've been. Restaurants are full, hotel occupancy is at an all-time high since the start of the pandemic and a number of new openings are bringing a bit of excitement to the country.

"Travel is tiptoeing back, the tourists are slowly returning to Italy. It's a pleasure to see them and quite nice that we didn't automatically spring back to regular tourism levels," Zoe Shapiro, who just launched Stellavision Travel , a new tour company aimed at female travelers, told TPG. "Slow, sustainable, year-round travel is good for the industry and good for Italy's historic sites. It's why we run small group tours at Stellavision, for eight to 10 women. And I think it's what we'll experience in 2021 to 2022."

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Related: Italy is reopening: 11 things I learned as a tourist

Entry requirements

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As of June 21, travelers coming from the U.S., Canada, Japan and the EU no longer need to take COVID-tested flights to travel to Italy, but can enter with a "green certificate" instead.

The new ordinance requires such passengers to provide one of the following: proof of vaccination completed at least 14 days prior to entering Italy, a negative antigen or molecular swab test taken within 48 hours prior to entering Italy or proof of having recovered from COVID-19.

Passengers still need to complete the European Digital Passenger Locator form prior to departure. Vaccinated travelers must have received one of the four vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson or AstraZeneca).

Due to the recent discovery of the first case of the omicron variant in Italy , the country's health minister has banned entry to anyone who has traveled to South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho or Eswani in the last 14 days.

Related: Italy further relaxes rules on Americans

Are masks required in Italy?

On June 28, the Italian government lifted the requirement of wearing masks outdoors, except in situations where it's impossible to maintain social distancing. However, many Italian cities and regions are reimposing mask mandates even outdoors as a precaution against crowding during the busy holiday season. There are currently mask mandates in cities including Rome, Florence, Milan, Venice, Bologna, Bergamo, Padua, Genoa, Turin, Cortina d'Ampezzo and Aosta and regions including Campania, Sicily, Calabria and Alto Adige.

Masks are still required on any form of public transit and when entering enclosed spaces, such as museums, shops and restaurants (except while eating and drinking). They're also required at archeological sites, even if they're outside.

What's open and closed?

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Just about everything is open: museums, archeological sites, shops, restaurants, bars, beaches, pools and more. However, as of Dec. 6, either the super green pass or basic green pass (see below) is required to dine indoors as well as to visit museums, cinemas, theaters, gyms, swimming pools, amusement parks, spas, festivals, fairs, casinos and sports stadiums.

Another thing to keep in mind is that many museums are requiring visitors to purchase timed tickets in advance in order to better control the number of visitors and ensure social distancing during the pandemic. While some museums (mostly smaller ones) have eliminated this requirement, others still have it in place.

For example, I visited the Giardino dei Tarocchi sculpture garden in Tuscany earlier this summer, and even though it's almost completely outdoors I had to book timed tickets online. So if museums, archeological sites, and other attractions are part of your travel plans, check in advance to see if they require timed tickets.

What about the green pass?

Italy's version of the green pass (both the digital and paper versions) is only available to people who have been vaccinated, received a negative test result or recovered from COVID-19 in Italy. Travelers coming from other EU countries can use the green pass issued by their country.

In a tightening of restrictions on anti-vaxxers, the super green pass has just come into effect. The super green pass is the same as the basic green pass except it's only available to people who have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19. And for the period from Dec. 6 until at least Jan. 15, it will be required for indoor dining and recreational activities, including going to the cinema, theater, concerts, etc. During this period, the basic green pass will be required at museums, hotels and all forms of public transportation.

According to Wanted in Rome , Italian authorities will also accept vaccination certificates and medical documents certifying recovery from COVID-19 (in the past six months) from the U.S., U.K., Canada, Israel and Japan. If you have a CDC-issued vaccination card, be sure to bring it with you when you dine indoors or visit museums, archeological sites or any of the other places listed above.

If you have not been vaccinated against or recovered from COVID-19, you can take an antigen or molecular swab test available at pharmacies throughout Italy, but your resulting green pass will only be valid for 48 hours. A green pass obtained via vaccination is valid for 270 days, while one obtained via proof of recovery from COVID-19 is valid for 180 days.

According to Statistica , as of Dec. 8, 84.9% of Italy's total population over the age of 12 has been fully vaccinated. And as of Oct. 15, all workers in Italy are required to have a green pass, so you can be sure that your waiters, hotel staff and just about anyone else you come into contact with has either been vaccinated, recovered or received a negative test result in the last 48 hours.

Regional differences

Italy's 20 regions are color-coded based on the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in intensive care, with restrictions corresponding to the region's color. A region going into a red zone signifies a total lockdown, orange zone means a partial lockdown, yellow zone means things are mostly open with some restrictions and white zone means things are (almost) back to normal. Currently, every region is a white zone except for the northern regions of Friuli Venezia Giulia and Alto Adige, which are yellow zones.

"Getting vaccinated is the only way to conclude this dramatic season," Italy's health minister Roberto Speranza said, according to the national news agency Ansa , adding, "But I must say that the response of the Italians has been extraordinary, the vaccination campaign is moving forward with significant numbers."

Moving around Italy

Travel between white zones and yellow zones is allowed without the need to provide the auto-certification form that was previously required to justify your reason for traveling. In the past six months, I've traveled to seven other regions (from Lazio to Abruzzo, Tuscany, Umbria, Le Marche, Campania, Sicily and Lombardia) and have never had to present an auto-certification form. The green pass has been required on planes as well as high speed and intercity trains since Sept. 1. Ticket controllers scan the QR code on each passenger's green pass when they check tickets.

However, the requirements are changing now with the introduction of the super green pass. As of Dec. 6, the basic green pass is required on all forms of public transit, including metros, buses, trams, plus regional and high-speed trains. Wanted in Rome reported that the first fine for violating the new regulations was handed to a commuter on a bus in Rome on Dec. 6.

What's new in Italy

In Rome alone there are several major hotel openings this year, including the Hoxton, Rome (opened in May), Soho House (currently in a soft opening phase), W (open as of Dec. 6) and Hotel Maalot by Shedir Group, which is behind the luxurious Hotel Vilòn . The Rome Edition will open early in 2022 and there are upcoming properties by Bulgari, Six Senses and Rosewood. Anantara has taken over the historic Palazzo Naiadi on Piazza della Repubblica and will renovate it in 2022.

The city also recently got a Mexican rooftop bar called Hey Güey at Chapter Roma, which became an instant hotspot for locals. And after an 8 million euro (more than $9 million), five-year restoration, the 1st-century B.C. Mausoleum of Augustus (Rome's first emperor) reopened earlier this year to the public. The first round of tickets sold out within 48 hours.

Rome is far from the only place with exciting new things to do and places to stay. Renowned chef Oliver Glowig recently relocated from Rome to Umbria to launch Locanda Petreja , where he serves gourmet tasting menus using the freshest local ingredients (think black truffles and Cinta Senese pork) at Borgo Petroro, a 13th-century castle transformed into a country house hotel. Also in Umbria, Castello di Reschio debuted an ultra-luxurious hotel designed by Count Benedikt Bolza in an 11th-century castle on the grounds of his family's massive estate.

Up north in Venice, Ca' di Dio opened with a sleek modern design by acclaimed designer Patricia Urquiola in the Arsenale arts district. Borgo Santandrea , the first new five-star hotel to open on the Amalfi Coast in 10 years, launched this summer with a stunning mid-century-meets-Mediterranean design and a beach club on a stretch of sandy beach. Meanwhile, in Sicily, Villa Igiea recently opened its beautiful 19th-century Art Nouveau doors after being taken over and given new life by Rocco Forte Hotels. Four Seasons also took over San Domenico Palace in a 14th-century convent in Taormina.

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Italy Travel Restrictions: What Travelers Need To Know

Updated December 18, 2022

Italy was one of the first countries to be hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and has subsequently worked hard to get the disease under control. At this point, the country has largely reopened, which means that travelers can enjoy the fantastic food, culture, and history that makes Italy such an electric destination.

Is It Safe To Travel To Italy Right Now?

As COVID travel restrictions go, Italy has lifted most of them and travel feels much like it did pre-pandemic. But is Italy safe to visit? 

When the coronavirus pandemic first emerged in 2020, it hit Italy especially hard with a devastating first wave in March 2020. Like most places, Italy has seen more waves of COVID over the past few years. But strict travel restrictions and a vaccination campaign that has resulted in 80% of the country fully vaccinated as of September 2022 have helped keep the virus at bay as much as possible.

At this point, the CDC gives Italy a Level 3 rating , which means that cases are high. They recommend that all travelers get vaccinated before going to Italy . 

So what kind of COVID travel policies does Italy have in place? And what should travelers expect when they arrive in cities like Rome, Venice, or Naples? 

Italy Travel Restrictions To Know Before Your Arrival

Both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers may visit Italy (although the CDC recommends vaccination before travel). Neither vaccinated nor unvaccinated travelers need to present a negative COVID test. 

Right now, the only nationwide requirement to keep in mind is that FFP2 masks are required on public transportation and in healthcare settings. Individual businesses are also allowed to require masks at their discretion.

What To Expect On A Trip To Italy

Travel in Italy feels almost like it did pre-COVID. More people wear masks (and they’re still required in some places). It’s smart to pack COVID rapid tests and be mindful of the local case levels. If you happen to get COVID during your trip, you’ll need to self-isolate for 5 - 14 days . 

But day to day, you can take a passeggiata in the evenings, go for a cappuccino at a corner cafe in the mornings, visit museums, and enjoy long leisurely meals like you could before the pandemic. 

That said, things could change at any time and it’s important for travelers to respect local rules and regulations.

Why Travel To Italy Right Now

Things to do in Italy range from exploring the rich history in Rome to feasting on seafood in Venice, soaking in the art scene in Florence, or simply sitting down and ordering some handmade pasta. 

Plus, you’ll find some fantastic places to stay in Italy. If you love old cities, history, and good food, you can’t beat going to Rome. If you’re looking for rolling countryside and heart-stopping sunsets, then maybe you’ll want to go to Tuscany. Then again, it’s hard to beat the glitz and glam of Milan.

All in all, travelers will still be able to plan an Italy trip that fits their travel style. If you’re looking to get out of the cities and avoid crowds, Italy has tons of places to visit that you’ll like. But if you’re ready to see the world again and dive into an Italian city, then you can find that, too. 

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An Easy Travel Guide to Rome, Italy

V isiting the Eternal City for the first time? Rome is one of the most visited cities in Italy and we created an easy travel guide to Rome so that you know the best things to see and do.

In this post, we’re sharing all we’ve learned from our vacations in Rome to help you plan your getaway. We’ll cover the most popular neighborhoods, the best things to see and do, how to get around in Rome, the best time of the year to visit, how to get to central Rome from FCO Airport, and tips for traveling.

Where is Rome

Rome is located in the region of Lazio, near the and is undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations in Italy. It has the highest population of all cities in Italy and sits about 1 hour from the western coast.

And when it comes to tourism, it’s no surprise that visitors from around the globe travel to Rome to see its beauty and Renaissance art, experience Roman cuisine and Italian cooking , shop the fashion capital, discover the piazzas and fountains, explore the historical landmarks, or even practice Italian phrases that they’ve learned.

The various neighborhoods are the most widely visited by tourists because they are where most attractions can be found. Traveling through the city is easy on foot, but you should also consider the Rome sightseeing bus or the Rome golf cart tours .

The Best Time of Year to Visit Rome

Rome can be extremely uncomfortable in the summer months (primarily June through September). In April and May, the spring temperatures are nice, the mornings are cool, and by noon you probably won’t need a jacket.

The Best Things to See and Do (by Neighborhood)

Each neighborhood of Rome has museums, churches, gardens, parks, and iconic spots to visit. This list gives a brief description of each district, and helps you understand what to see in each neighborhood. It will come in handy for deciding where to stay in Rome while planning your trip.

You may need to take public transportation to reach a specific neighborhood depending on where you stay. However, once you arrive, the area is completely walkable and getting from one point of interest to another is easy.

Modern Center

This neighborhood is located around Via Veneto and the Spanish Steps, the Modern Center neighborhood combines classic and contemporary influences. It has a mix of upscale boutiques, trendy cafes, and luxurious hotels, making it a hub for shopping, dining, and experiencing the modern side of Rome.

Palazzo del Quirinale

Complesso delle Quattro Fontane

Trevi Fountain

Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica a Pallazo

Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri

Castro Pretorio

Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria

Museo e Cripto dei Frati Cappuccini

The heart of Rome’s historic center, the Old Rome neighborhood captivates with its cobblestone streets, charming piazzas, and awe-inspiring landmarks like the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.

Scalinta di Trinita dei Monti (Spanish Steps)

Museo dell’Ara Pacis

Campo de’ Fiori

Palazza Farnese

Piazza Navona

Museo di Roma Palazzo Braschi

Chiesa di San Luigi dei Francesi

Chiesa di Sant’Agnese in Agone

By far this is the most popular neighborhood in Rome for travelers. Trastevere is a bohemian neighborhood located on the west bank of the Tiber River. It is known for it narrow, winding streets, nightlife, and charming piazzas. Trastevere has a lively atmosphere with trendy bars, and traditional trattorias.

Villa Farnesina

Galleria Corsini

Basilica di Santa Maria

Orto Botanico

Home to the iconic Colosseum, the Colosseum neighborhood in Rome immerses visitors in ancient history as they explore the grandeur of the Roman Empire, marvel at ancient ruins, and soak in the architectural splendor of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Roman Forum

Palatine Hill

Bocca della Verita

Circo Massimo

Piazza Venezia

Altare della Patria

Aventino – Tastaccio

Testaccio is a historic working-class neighborhood that has transformed into a culinary hotspot. It offers a vibrant food scene with traditional trattorias, gourmet restaurants, and a bustling food market.

Basilicia di San Giovanni

Terme di Caracalla

Knights of Malta Keyhole

Esquilino – San Giovanni

Located near Termini Station, the Esquilino neighborhood is a melting pot of cultures and flavors. Known for its diverse immigrant communities, Esquilino is a mix of ethnic restaurants, colorful markets, and architectural gems like the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore.

Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore

Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

Museo Nazionale Romano

Basilica di San Pietro in Vincole

Nomentano combines residential tranquility with commercial areas. This neighborhood is characterized by its leafy parks, elegant villas, and the iconic University La Sapienza. There is a mix of students, locals, and dining. Nomentano has a relaxed and intellectual atmosphere.

Sapienza University

North Center

The North Center neighborhood of Rome, encompassing areas like Villa Borghese and Parioli, presents a more tranquil and residential atmosphere. With its leafy parks, elegant villas, and cultural institutions like the Galleria Borghese, this area provides a peaceful retreat from the city center.

  • Museo e Galleria Borghese
  • Villa Borghese
  • La Galleria Nazionale
  • Museo Nazionale Etrusce di Villa Guilia

Vatican City

Vatican City is the smallest independent state in the world and the spiritual center of Catholicism. Home to St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel, this iconic neighborhood offers a rich blend of religious significance, magnificent art, and awe-inspiring architecture.

St. Peter’s Basilica

Vatican Gardens

Vatican Museums

Castel Sant’Angelo

Southern Rome

The southern part of Rome is less touristy and has an authentic atmosphere that portrays a taste of local Roman life. From food markets and traditional trattorias to vibrant street art and a strong sense of community, Southern Rome provides a glimpse into the city’s everyday charm.

Via Appia Antica

Catacombe di San Sebastiano

Catacombe di San Callisto

Museo Capitoline Centrale Montemartini

How to Get Around Rome

Getting around the cobbled-stoned streets of Rome is not hard. I’ve walked, biked, and bused throughout Rome and loved it! All are great ways to get around and the method you choose depends on how much time you have and your personal preference.

I recommend the  Big Bus Tour  or a Golf Cart Tour in Rome if you are short on time or if you booked your travel in the dead heat of summer (which can be intensely hot).

With these tours, you’ll see all the top Rome attractions with audio commentary in your language of choice. If you choose an open top tour bus, the added benefit is free wi-fi and for 3 extra euros, you can use your ticket for two days (it is worth it).

When it comes to seeing Rome, walking can not be avoided especially when getting to an attraction that require climbing hilly pathways or navigating ancient streets. In my opinion, being on foot is one of the best ways to travel in Rome.

Exploring the narrow streets can lead you to the most marvelous pasta, the creamiest gelato, or the most perfect pasta! I highly recommend visiting the Trastevere neighborhood for  Italian street food . 

Public Transportation

This is the best option for getting to a part of town that is more than 20 minutes on foot, especially if visiting a museum or park. Save your energy and use public transportation for less than 2 euros. You can purchase them at the tobacconist store.

You will need to validate your ticket upon boarding the bus (it’s an honor system). Getting caught with an un-validated ticket can result in a fine. You should also use a really good map of Rome. 

Bike or Vespa

Peddling around the city on your own time feels so liberating. Bike rental is very affordable and is an enjoyable way to experience the outdoors, get some exercise to make up for all the  Italian breakfasts  that you eat, and explore Rome.

You can find rentals for as little as 13 euros for 24 hours, complete with lock, for a standard bike. The price for e-bikes is higher.

Getting around on a two-passenger scooter is loads of fun!  Rent a Vespa to skirt traffic or explore outside the city. They can be rented by the hour or day. This will make your trip to Rome memorable as you travel in true Italian style!

How to Get to Central Rome from FCO Airport

There are several options to get from Leonardo da Vinci International Airport to the center of the city. I found the train to be the quickest and most affordable especially if you’ve had a long day of travel and want to get to Termini station.  

The most economical way to get from the airport to the city center is via a shuttle bus service from the airport. You can travel conveniently between Rome’s city center and the airport and take pleasure in a stress-free arrival or departure from the city.

The ride takes about 50 minutes and departures run from the airport every 30 to 40 minutes so you have time to collect your luggage. Shuttles stop in Terminal 3’s arrivals section. Look for the respective service at the arrival platform.

Terravision offers a shuttle service for less than 8 euros it’s quite popular. The buses are air-conditioned and there is no cost to bring your luggage aboard. It goes directly to Termini station with no extra stops. 

Another option is the public transportation system, which costs about 6 euros. The bus stops multiple times in the city center, including one close to the Vatican and one at Termini Station, throughout the 45- to 1-hour one-way trip.

Buses halt in Terminal 3’s arrivals section, at number 14. You can purchase tickets at the airport desk or online. 

A taxi is quite expensive. It will set you back almost 50 euros and the ride takes just as long as a shuttle service (about 50 minutes). You can find the taxis at the arrival level of Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.

The Leonardo Express train is less than 20 euros and runs every 15 minutes during peak periods. It is operated by Trenitalia and the ride takes about 30 to 40 minutes.

If you wait to collect your luggage, and then make your way to the window or kiosk to purchase your ticket, note that many others will be doing the same. Hate long lines? You can purchase tickets in advance and be ready for validation after boarding the train.

I can’t recommend a car rental unless you plan a day trip and need a set of wheels. Rome is completely walkable. Not to mention, even Italians know that finding a parking space can be a hassle.

Tips for Visiting Rome

I adore visiting Italy. And no trip would be complete without seeing some of the most iconic and historic spots in the Eternal City.

Don’t make the mistake (that I made on my first trip) and skip these incredible spots! Fortunately, I was able to see them on return visits!

Whether you are visiting the Vatican for the first time or returning because you tossed a coin into the Trevi fountain, these Rome travel tips will come in handy to make your stay enjoyable.

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  • Think comfort when flying coach , it will help you stay calm and confident.
  • Beware of scammers, pickpockets, and panhandlers. It’s a thing in Europe and it can happen when you least expect it. 

So, what are you waiting for? Book that flight to Rome and thank me later.

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