Language:

Italian

Shopping:

Italy is a shopper's heaven. Luxury goods such as jewellery, clothes, luggage and accessories can be found in Milan, Rome, Venice and Florence. Delicacies such as cheese, salami, parma ham, olive oil and wine are widely available – as well as the famous Italian espresso.

Good to know:

• A tourist tax applies to hotels in certain regions of Italy and is only payable locally.
• Italy's public beaches are free while its private beaches incur a supplement (payable locally) which includes access to the beach and a sunlounger.

Tipping:

A service charge of 15-18% will usually be added to your bill.