Italy has simplified its travel restrictions for EU and UK travelers, making now the perfect time to start planning an Italian getaway.
Fully vaccinated UK and EU travelers only need to present their digital Covid certificate to enter Italy, along with an EU digital passenger locator form.
The country is also expected to end its COVID-19 state of emergency in April, meaning more restrictions are expected to be lifted over the coming months. And with spring on the horizon, booking a trip to Italy now will give you something to look forward to when winter ends.
What are the travel requirements in Italy?
The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a very practical tool website (in English) where you can find the travel conditions for each country.
This is the fastest and most reliable way to find out the latest restrictions.
He has a survey where you will have to give:
- Your country of origin
- Countries you have visited in the last 14 days
- Whether you are a national of an EU or Schengen area country
- Your residency status in Italy (if applicable)
You will then be informed of the current restrictions for traveling to Italy from your country, the documents you will need to show and any quarantine you will need to do.
The Italian Super Green Pass
UK travelers will either need to apply for the Italian ‘Super Green Pass’ certificate, available in digital or paper form, or present their NHS vaccination pass which is also recognized in Italy as a green pass. This can also be scanned or printed.
The pass shows that people have been vaccinated, tested negative, or recovered from COVID-19, but does not apply to children under 12.
It is required for indoor dining in restaurants and bars, as well as for access to museums, cinemas, theaters, gyms, swimming pools, amusement parks, spas, wellness centers, festivals, fairs , casinos, bingo halls and sports stadiums.
You will also need it on the following types of transport: domestic flights, ships and ferries connecting different regions, intercity, night intercity and high-speed trains, coaches and buses connecting different regions.
The green COVID-19 pass is not required to board local trains and will not be required to consume food or drink at tables outside or to drink coffee standing up at the bar.
What are the best events in Italy this spring?
Viareggio Carnival – February 20 – March 12
Although smaller than its Venetian cousin, Viareggio’s carnival is no less beautiful. The festival has been around since 1873 and sees locally made papier-mâché floats being carried through the streets of the city. Full of music, dancing and of course beautiful costumes, the Tuscan seaside town is a must visit.
Due to its popularity, tickets must be purchased in advance. The parade runs every weekend for a month, with open, one-time event tickets available. You can buy tickets here.
Vinitaly Wine Festival, Verona – 10 – 13 April
It would be rude to visit Italy without tasting some local wines, and Vinitaly, one of the largest international wine and spirits fairs in the world, you will also be able to taste drinks from all over the world. With over 4,000 exhibitors, you can expect tastings, workshops and some of the best wines in the world.
If cocktails are more your thing, you can head to the mixology area for a range of masterclasses exploring the history of cocktail making, as well as new trends and flavor combinations.
Scoppio del Carro, Florence – Easter Sunday, April 17
After Carnival season, Easter Sunday is a big party in Italy, and nowhere does it do it better than Florence. Every year, locals head to Piazza del Duomo where an 18th-century cart is pulled across the square by oxen adorned with flowers and garlands.
A procession of clergy reading the sacred rites comes next, and then at noon a model dove holding a fuse is lit and “flies” on a wire towards the cart laden with firecrackers and windmills, sending up smoke and flames. explosions towards the sky.
Expect chants, bangs and bright colors at this wonderful Florentine spectacle.
You can find out more here.
Celebrate Rome’s birthday – April 21
Although Rome is known for “not being built in a day”, it has an official anniversary. Legend has it that the city was founded in 753 BC by Romulus, who killed his twin brother Remus after a long disagreement over the location of the city.
The Italian capital celebrates its anniversary every year with historical re-enactments and gladiator shows in the Circus Maximus, as well as street parades, fireworks on the Tiber and traditional Roman festivals.
The city’s museums and parks are free for all on this date, and after rather subdued festivals for the past two years due to COVID-19, this year’s event will hopefully be a return to form. .
Eurovision Song Contest, Turin – 10 – 14 May
After Italian Måneskin claimed victory in Rotterdam in 2021, the Eurovision Song Contest is heading to Turin this year. Spread over four days and including two semi-finals before the grand finale on May 14, the world’s longest-running song contest still draws crowds.
Worth a visit for the outfits and dance numbers alone, this kitschy example of European unity remains as vital as ever.
Marriage of the Sea, Venice – May 26
Taking place on the last weekend of May, the Venice Maritime Festival celebrates its relationship with its aquatic environment. Expect to see Venetian rowing races, an aquatic parade and a celebration of all things nautical.
The festival is now over 1,000 years old, but the modern version began in 1965. You can also watch the Doge’s Procession from St. Mark’s and visit the Sensa Market at the Church of San Nicolò.
What to do in Italy during the summer?
Verona Opera Festival, June 17 – September 4
It doesn’t get much more glamorous than the Verona Opera Festival. Each year, performances are held in the city’s Roman amphitheater. Except sumptuous sets, complex costumes and glorious songs under the Italian sky.
This year’s program includes classics such as La Traviata, Carmen and Aida. There will also be dance performances and Plácido Domingo will perform pieces by Verdi.
You can book your tickets here.
Umbria Jazz Festival, Perugia – July 8 – July 17
If jazz is more your thing, the annual Umbrian Jazz Festival is a must visit.
One of the most prestigious jazz festivals in the world, the event has hosted true musical legends including Miles Davis, Burt Bacharach and BB King.
Tickets are not yet available, but will be available through the Umbria Jazz Festival website Later this year.
What if I need more information about traveling in Italy right now?
For more information on traveling to Italy and the restrictions in force: