Italy is one of these popular and famous countries that don’t really need a presentation. The country of the boot has always fascinated thousands and thousands of Canadian tourists every year. In Italy, you can enjoy the great food, slow pace lifestyle (especially outside the big cities), rich history and amazing atmosphere.
Italy is a bit higher on average in Europe when it comes to accommodation costs. Accommodation in large cities can be pretty expensive during local holidays and events. It’ suggested to plan ahead so you can avoid the crowds and rest assured that you’ll have a nice place to stay. Moving across the country is inexpensive if you use the trains and buses.
Italy has a tremendous tradition in terms of food, despite the fact that pizza and pasta are nowadays cooked and served in every part of the world. In Italy, it is still possible to try the authenticity of these foods in the traditional way they were created. The traditional way to prepare pizza has been recognized as UNESCO Heritage in 2017.
Pizza and pasta in all the thousands of varieties are not the only typical foods in Italy.
In Italy, you can enjoy hundreds of varieties of wines, dairy products, cakes, (not to mention gelato which is highly addictive in summer).
For low cost travelers, we suggest aperitivo; Italian finger food served with wine or Spritz (low alcohol cocktail that is really popular in the Venice region).
Rome is definitely a city like no other. It is like an archaeological site that people keep on discovering in the 2800 years of its history.
In the city of Rome, there are monuments like the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, which are visited by millions of tourists every year and it is still a very popular tourist attraction among Canadian tourists.
In Rome, you can take many of the cities guided tours and enjoy a full day of exploring this great land of history and culture. One of the most highly recommended day trips is the trip to Vatican City and the visit to the Vatican Museums.
Although it's really easy to make this tour when you reach the center of Rome, we suggest planning it ahead since it's usually very crowded.
Rome is not the only city with a great history and culture in Italy. Many other cities like Venice and Florence will offer a great atmosphere as well.
Venice, in particular, is a unique city that doesn't also need further presentations. For couples looking for a romantic experience, a one hour trip in a Gondola is a must do.
Florence, located in the wonderful region of Tuscany, also has an incredible cultural background. The historical center and the museum of Uffizi are stacked up with the best pieces of art from the Italian Renaissance era.
Not so far from Florence, tourists can reach the Pisa tower in the city of Pisa, one of the most celebrated icons of Italy.
Outside the big cities, Italy offers a great variety of tours and activities. Worth mentioning has to be a visit to Cinque Terre (five lands), a small group of villages leaning between the mountains and the beaches. Hikers and people who love trekking would particularly appreciate this area.
If you are a winter sports lover, the country also offers a lot of activities. The Alps and Apennines (small Alps) are just wonderful for winter sports. These mountains run through the country splitting it almost in half.
When it comes to summer vacation, Italy is very competitive with other countries in Europe and again offers amazing places to visit. For example, in Sardinia, you can enjoy the crystal clear blue sea and amazing beaches. This really is a country with snow top mountains, historical cities and ancient sites to beautiful sandy or rock cliff beaches. Italy has it all!
Canadian citizens traveling to Italy for tourism do not need a visa as long as they spend 90 days or less in an Schengen Country. This is because Canadian passport holders are generally visa-exempted and for this reason, they can enter the Schengen area as long as the duration of stay does not exceed 90 days within a 6-month period. For longer duration of stay, an Schengen Visa is mandatory. The Visa is issued directly by the Government of Italy. If you intend to visit the country for more than 90 days you should contact the local embassy and ask for further information about how to apply for a visa.
There will be a change that has an impact for all the Canadian tourists from 2021 once the European Union is planning to initiate an electronic travel authorization, which is pretty similar to our eTA.
All Canadians planning to visit an Schengen Area Country have to have this electronic visa.
The difference between an Schengen Visa and ETIAS travel authorization is that an Schengen visa is valid only inside the Italian borders but ETIAS can be used during its validation period also to cross the borders with other Schengen Countries.
Tourist traveling in a group must all get a valid travel authorization. There are some requirements for having an authorization:
As a Canadian citizen, you will need to double check that the validity of your passport extends 90 days after your arrival in Italy.
Proof of funds:
You will need to bring documentation that proves you have sufficient finances to support your entire stay in the region.
You will need to provide a reason and documentation of your travel to the region. This documentation should support your travel itinerary.
You might also need to show additional entry documents depending on the countries you will be traveling to. Be sure to investigate each destination country and any additional paperwork required.
The Etias Travel Authorization is valid for a course of 3 to 5 years (this is currently under discussion and can be altered) and it can be denied at anytime. Because of this, it’s highly recommended to check the validity of the authorization for each traveler if traveling in a group before the departure date. If the validation is expired, it can result in a denied boarding on the day of traveling.
When entering in Italy, you will still need to show your passport and go through customs. If your entry is permitted, your passport will be stamped at the customs with the date indicating your arrival date into Italian territory.
When your entrance is clear and accepted, you will have free access to move within the Schengen region as long as you do not spend more than 90 days within a 180-day period.