Tour the romantic, pastoral Italian countryside and let life intoxicate your senses. Tuscany embraces much of what Italy has to offer, including decadent food and wine, Renaissance art, famous churches and Etruscan artifacts. Italians answer their phones by saying ‘Pronto,’ or ready; ready to engage, to experience and to thrive in the palpable culture all around.
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United States citizens need a passport, but not a visa, to visit Italy (and you will be required to have a passport or other accepted document that establishes your identity and nationality to re-enter the United States). We recommend that you keep a photocopy of the first page of your passport in a separate place in case of an emergency; you can leave your actual passport in the safe in your home.
IMPORTANT!! Check the expiration date on your passport carefully before traveling to Europe. Entry into any of the 26 European countries in the Schengen area for short-term tourism, a business trip, or in transit to a non-Schengen destination, requires that your passport be valid for at least three months beyond your intended date of departure. If your passport does not meet the Schengen requirements, you may be refused boarding by the airline at your point of origin or while transferring planes. You could also be denied entry when you arrive in the Schengen area. For this reason, we recommend that your passport have at least six months’validity remaining whenever you travel abroad.
Visas and other entry requirements, such as vaccinations, vary for individual countries. We recommend that you call the nearest consulate well in advance of your trip to confirm what you will need prior to travel. For the consulate nearest you, please visit www.ukinusa.fco.gov.uk/en.
In the case of minors, when traveling with your children, but without your spouse or partner, please have a notarized letter from the non-present parent authorizing the child’s travel. If not, the child may be held at security and unable to travel. This letter is highly recommended for any international destination (airlines include Hawaii in this case), and suggested for travel within the continental United States.
One of the main reasons we love Tuscany is the weather! Close your eyes and picture yourself on one of those lovely balmy summer evenings when the weather is just perfect, relaxing outside by the pool, the heady perfume of jasmine hanging in the air, glass of Chianti in hand, mesmerized by the sheer spectacle of a Tuscan sunset.
In practical terms, the climate in Tuscany is very mild with little difference between the provinces. However, the coast and valleys are hotter in summer than the hilly areas. Usually summers in Tuscany are hot with little or no rain. Spring (April and May) and autumn (October and November) are milder and rainier, but there are still plenty of dry, sunny days. Winter can still have some sunny days but is usually wetter and colder, especially at night. July and August are the hottest months. January is the coldest month.
Spring in Tuscany can be one of the most rewarding times to visit, average temperatures are warm and comfortable. It can however, be one of the wettest seasons, but normally by May, rain is rare and the days are longer with up to 10 hours of daylight.
Summer in Tuscany is usually hot and sunny with pleasant warm evenings for al fresco dining. Humidity levels can get high, especially in the cities.
Autumn, like spring can be a good time to visit Tuscany, with warm average temperatures into October and sometimes later.
Winter rarely gets really severe weather, a day or two of snow with wetter weather and lower temperatures is the norm. However, it’s usually mixed with crisp bright days and clear, blue skies.
Annual Average High: 72; Annual Average Low: 40
Radda in Chianti is a small, antique village in the heart of the Chianti hills, located in the center of Tuscany at an elevation of 535 meters (1,755 feet) above sea level.
The euro is the official currency of Italy however you may still run into prices quoted in both euros and lire. A bank is the best place to exchange currency or traveler’s checks. You will receive a better rate for traveler’s checks than cash and these may be exchanged at the airport and some travel agencies such as American Express. A currency exchange website can be found at www.markets.ft.com. ATMs are the most convenient way to get money, simply because you needn’t trade cash for cash. Rates are almost always lower at ATMs than anywhere else.
Tuscany is in the Central European Time Zone, which is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. Noon in Italy is 6:00 a.m. in New York. Tuscany practices Daylight Saving Time, which begins in May (one hour forward) and goes until late September or October (one hour back).
Electricity in Italy is 220 volts, 50 cycles alternating current (AC). For comparison, in the United States it is 110 volts, 60 cycle AC current.
If you plan on using your own 110-volt appliances, you will need a voltage converter, unless your appliance is designed to also work with 220 volt electricity (dual voltage).
In Italy, jobs with tip-based wages do not exist. Waiters, bartenders and others earn full salaries so tips are not required to complete their wage, but they are always appreciated. Most Italians do not tip at all, because it is a different system and they are not accustomed to it. To complement good service, for instance, at a restaurant you can tip 5 to 10 percent. Be aware ahead of time that tips can not be added to a credit card total, so they must be left in cash, meaning euro, not dollars.
If you are traveling with prescription medicines, carry them in their original containers and bring a copy of your prescription. If you buy medications abroad, be aware that they may not be FDA-approved or allowed into the United States. For more information on customs rules and regulations, please contact 202.354.1000 or visit www.cbp.gov.