Italy evokes many associations. Ask people on the street what they think when they hear the word Italy and you get a list of typical Italian things. Italy is best known for its rich culture and history, the delicious food, the temperament of the population and the love for beautiful things.

Italy is a very popular holiday destination. For Americans, a trip to Europe is almost incomplete without a visit to Italy and also among Dutch and Belgians, Italy is invariably one of the top destinations when it comes to sun holidays, city trips, cultural holidays and a large number of other types of vacations.

Discover Italy


The island of Capri, near Naples, Pompeii and the Amalfi coast is still relatively undiscovered.

Cinque Terre

Five small coastal villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso.


The city is one of the best known cultural cities in Europe. It is the birthplace of the Renaissance.


Wellknown for its leaning tower, but there is much more to see and do.


Rome has an old decor, but it is one of the trendiest and most versatile Italian cities there are.


Venice is definitely a city for on your bucket list: gondolas, canals, fantastic restaurants and an unforgettable romantic atmosphere.

Places I’ve been

  • Capri
  • Cinque Terre
  • Florence
  • Lago Maggiore
  • Lago di Como
  • Lago d’Iseo
  • Lago di Garda
  • Rimini
  • Milan
  • Naples
  • Pisa
  • Pompeii
  • Rome
  • Sorrento
  • Venice
  • Vesuvius


  • Sicily
  • Drei Zinnen

Best travel months

Italy can be visited year-round as long as you know the climate of its different regions so you can plan your trip accordingly.

  • From April until the end of September is the best time to visit Italy;
  • June until August, it’s high season so it can be hot, crowded, and more expensive;
  • May, September and October are ideal travel months to avoid mass crowds;
  • From July through early September the Italian have their holiday season.

Travel costs

As with most countries, how expensive your trip is going to be is entirely dependent on your preferences. Below you can find average prices for accommodation, food & drinks and some activitities.

Based on the expenses of other visitors on average prices, I believe that you can budget around €80 per day on your vacation (includes accommodation, food, transportation and fees for tourist attraction).


  • Camping (€10-40)
  • Hostel (€20-50)
  • Mid-range hotel (€80-100)
  • Luxury hotel (€200-400)

Or, you can try Airbnb; a popular choice for many travelers, including myself. Use this link to get a discount of €34 on your first trip.

Tip! Spend a night in a monastery.

Food & Drinks

  • Simple breakfast (€10) – breakfast is usually included at your hotel.
  • Meal inexpensive restaurant (€15)
  • Meal for 2 persons, Mid-range Restaurant (€50)
  • Domestic Beer (€4,50)
  • Cappuccino (€1,30)
  • Bottle of water (€1)

Tip! Order the best cup of coffee inside at the bar.


  • Museum entry (€10)
  • Cooking Class (€25)
  • Tours (€40-80)

Tip! Rent a car on the airport and make a beautiful roadtrip across Italy.

More tips


You should also see this masterpiece of Gothic art, from the inside.

Lago d’Iseo

Visit Monte Isola, the large island in the middle of the beautiful lake.


Charming Sorrento is the ideal place to visit all the highlights of the Amalfi Coast.


Visit the most famous Roman city and one of the most fascinating ancient cities in the world.

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