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Pizza, pasta and picturesque views: amazing Italy needs no introduction. Let us take you to the heart of its beautiful cities as you create your own adventure with Monograms in Italy. Discover the ancient wonders and modern vibrancy of Rome, as you soak in the views of the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain, before getting lost in the many laneways of Via del Corso. Feel the magic of romantic Florence wash over you as you gaze over Michelangelo’s David at the Academy of Fine Arts and admire the medieval Ponte Vecchio. Relish every moment in Venice as you drift down its canals in a gondola or people watch in St. Mark’s Square. You get to choose your own adventure with Monograms in incredible Italy.

Snapshot: Italy
Official Language
61 million
Time Zone
Drives on the



7 days,1 Country
Package: DIW
According to Fran Lebowitz, “If you read a lot, nothing is as great as you’ve imagined. Venice is — Venice is better.” Although she did not mention Rome, Rome is the same—even better than you imagine....
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Package: DI
In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Brutus said, “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more." We think you’ll make a similar proclamation—that you love Rome—during this week-long holiday to...
7 days,1 Country
Package: DI
In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Brutus said, “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more." We think you’ll make a similar proclamation—that you love Rome—during this week-long holiday to...
7 days,1 Country
Package: DIA
“Che sarà sarà.” This Italian proverb says, “What will be, will be.” While we believe this is a good attitude to have about life, we don’t take this attitude with your holiday to Rome and Sorrento....
Travelling in Italy
Best time to visit
Italy has hot summers and cold winters. The south experiences mild, wet winters and very hot summers. Rain generally falls in October, January and early Spring. Pack lightweight clothing with a few warm layers in Spring and early Autumn, plus rain gear. In Winter, bring a jacket in the south and a warm overcoat in the north. Summers can be hot and humid, so bring light summer clothes with a light jacket for the evenings.
Culture & customs
Respect the siesta! Especially in summer and rural areas, many shops and museums close between 1 – 3pm. And even a hungry face pressed up against a window won’t convince your local ristorante to open earlier than 7pm. Italians greet each other with a kiss on each cheek, go with the flow, get under the cultural skin, enjoy their open-hearted welcome.  
Language & useful phrases
Good Morning/Day: Buongiorno
Good Evening: Buonasera
Hi: Ciao
Please: Per favore
Thank you: Grazie
Yes: Si
No: No
Do you speak English? Parla inglese?
How much? Quanto costa?
1: Uno
2: Due
3: Tre
4: Quattro
5: Cinque
6: Sei
7: Sette
8: Otto
9: Nove
10: Dieci
Health & safety
Thieves in highly touristic areas tend to be professional – be vigilant about your money and ID. 
Consult your local doctor for general immunisations and visit http://smartraveller.gov.au for current safety and travel information.
Electronics & devices
Italy uses a round, 2-prong plug.
Money & costs
The official currency of Italy is the Euro.
Bank hours are 8:30am - 1:15pm and 3:30pm - 4:30pm Monday to Friday.
1 Euro (€) = 100 Cents (c)
Banknote denominations: €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500
Coin denominations: 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1, €2

Keep receipts until you have left restaurants or bars, as occasionally there are spot tax checks on owners. Credit cards are accepted in the larger cities (mostly Visa and Mastercard), and you should have no problems using them in shops and restaurants. However, smaller shops, especially those in rural locations, may ask you to pay in cash or have a minimum amount required to use a credit card.

Average costs:
Soft drink/Mineral water/coffee = €3-5
Salad or sandwhich lunch with drink = €15
Dinner at a midrange restaurant = €30-40
Visas & insurance
Italy is a member of the Schengen Convention. Nationals of countries including Australia and New Zealand don’t need a visa for stays under 90 days. We recommend standard travel insurance for Italy.
Top tips
- Stand in a bar to eat or drink, it reduces the cost of sitting by almost half. 
- Follow those crooked alleys and eat a street or two away from the main tourist strip, you’ll find local prices and often better food.
- Drink the house wine – always. You're in wine country! Chances are it will be delicious – and you’ll find great wines, who knows, their ‘local’ wine might just happen to be a drop from Montepulciano. 
How Monograms is Different

Monograms is independent travel that takes all the hassles out of planning and organising your dream holiday. We’ve done all the work to build just the right all-in-one package for you – your choice of the right hotels in the heart of the action, sightseeing, transportation around cities, a Local Host at your destination and much more. We handle all the details so you can enjoy your destination like a local.

Roam with local insight
Discover new places at your own pace. You'll have all the space and time to enjoy your adventure, with as much or as little help from your Local Host as you want, so you never have to miss a minute!
Independent travel made easy
With Monograms, we take all the hours of organising trips away from you. We handle the details so that you can feel comfortable and confident in your destination - even if it's your first time there!
Your perfect space
Whether you prefer hotels that are close to shopping and sightseeing, surrounded by natural beauty, part of the city's artistic heritage or that offer contemporary styling, our holidays put you at the heart of your destination.
Enjoy freedom and flexibility that comes with a personalised holiday! Choose how many nights you stay in select European cities.