Italy is part of the European Union which means most tourists can visit visa-free for up to 90 days. If you visit from another EU country, you can enter visa-free and stay without any restrictions.
If you visit from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or the UK, you can stay for 90 days, visa-free. There are some states whose citizens are required a visa upon entry on the Italian territory. See up-to-date information here on the official ministry of foreign affairs.
Safety in Italy
Italy is considered a safe country in Europe. Italy is safe for all travellers including solo tourists or women travelling alone. People are generally friendly and happy to help so don't hesitate to ask for help if you need it.
There are some instances when you will want to be more vigilant, especially in popular tourist destinations and big cities. Those are the areas where you might see pickpocketing, purse or phone snatching or some scamming. Avoid dark alleyways and unlit places after dark.
Keep your eyes on your belongings and keep your wallet close to you and make sure to not keep your phone or wallet in your back pocket when you are in a busy spot.
If you're visiting the Alps, don’t venture away from the hiking trails in the mountains, as those were created for your safety. If you plan on hiking deep in the mountains, leave your contact details with the closest information office and always check the weather in advance. Avalanches can occur at any time so please check with the Avalanche Risk Bulletin in advance.
As a solo women traveller, make sure you keep your drink safe at night if you plan on going clubbing. Don't leave your drink unattended. When leaving your accommodation, keep your doors closed and windows rolled up.
Most visits to Italy are trouble-free but it's always good to familiarise yourself with your surroundings. The most common crime in Italy is theft although you should avoid common scams.
How to get around
Italy has a good infrastructure but the best way to get around is by car. In big cities, you can rely on public transport but you might find it more difficult in rural areas. Between major hubs like Rome, Florence, Milan or Venice, you will find an extensive network of fast speed trains and regional services connecting small towns.
By car - Seeing Italy by car is by far the best option as it will allow you to stop for photos whenever you want. It will also make it easier to access hidden gems and beautiful locations which you might not otherwise add to your itinerary. Italy's countryside is simply stunning and we recommend taking smaller roads for more incredible vistas along the route. You can save money by booking a car rental in advance. Italy is such a beautiful country, seeing it during a road trip is a dream come true!
By public transport - As mentioned, you'll have access to fast and reliable public transport in major cities and major hubs. There are regional trains connecting smaller towns as well if you wish to take day trips from your city. Book your train tickets in advance here. If you want to travel all around Italy without restrictions, we recommend buying an Italy pass from Interrail.
Flights - There are so many low-cost flights connecting major cities in Italy. If you wish to travel from a Northern city to an island or to Southern Italy, you might want to consider getting a flight. It will save you lots of time and money. However, you will miss some incredible scenery along the way. Check out Skyscanner to book your flights.
Tour operators - There might be times you just want to enjoy Italy without having to worry about booking things or driving cars. For some of the best deals, find a guided tour that has everything organised including private transportation or guided paid trips. Book this 8 day best of Italy Trip from Rome.