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Gap Year in Italy

The epicenter of the Roman Empire and birthplace of the Renaissance, Italy probably is there on every traveler's bucketlist. No matter whether you are seeking Michelangelo's David and Sistine Chapel frescoes, Botticelli's 'Birth of Venus' and 'Primavera' and Da Vinci's 'The Last Supper' or thinking of sipping on a glass of wine and biting a freshly baked pizza - there's everything in store for you in Italy. As the Lonely Planet perfectly describes, "Home to many of the world's greatest works of art, architecture, and gastronomy, Italy elates, inspires and moves like no other." For all those wanderlustful souls and gap year travelers thinking of setting sail to Italy, Go Discover Abroad has curated some amazing itineraries for all - that amalgamates the best of Italy! So put away your procrastination and start making your travel plans, ASAP!
 

General Questions

Citizens of U.K, EU, US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand do not require a visa and can visit Italy for up to a period of 90 days without one. For citizens of other countries, a Schengen Visa is required. For more information, click here.
 

Whatever suits you best! It’s completely your choice whether you want to go for a soul-searching solo adventure or some roof-raising time with your bunch of BFFs, or have a romantic getaway with your partner- our programs will accommodate you in any which way. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.

Most of our adventure tours do not have a single supplement. This means that accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis, and if you are traveling alone, you’ll be sharing a room with another one of GDA’s traveler of the same sex. What could be better than bonding with your new travel mates and making amazing new friends along the way of your journey? 

Some tours have optional single supplement for couples and solo travelers and a private room can be availed at an extra cost. The cost and details vary by trip so we suggest you to get in touch with your coordinators regarding the same beforehand. 
 

If you’re traveling alone you’ll find some awesome travel mates along the way, and if you’re coming in a group, then you’ll get a chance to add a few more crazy adventurers into your gang. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to Italy, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!
 

You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.
 

You will need to carry extra money for personal expenses, add-on tours, eating out while traveling in Italy. For basic personal expenses, a budget of 40-50 USD per week is more than sufficient barring the extra costs of add-on activities. If you’re planning on using credit/debit card in Italy, it is advised to let your bank know about your travels beforehand so that they don’t suspicious of your account activity. We also advise all our participants to keep an emergency fund of 200 USD only to be used in case of any emergencies, if one arises. 
 

Yes! We always advise our travelers to get some pre-nights and post-nights booking done if they want to explore more upon arrival or continue with their travels after the tour ends. In most cases, we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels. If we are unable to provide you with the extra nights we will give you the name of a hotel you can contact directly. Please also note that extra accommodations must be booked outside of 30 days of departure.
 

You will be on the move a lot so our advice for you is to pack light. Casual wear is generally the way to go when you’re visiting Italy. The summer temperature in Italy easily goes up to 22–24 °C in the peak summer months of July-August and its blissfully hot days are perfect with cool, breezy lightweight clothes in breathable fabrics. 

May-September months are considered shoulder months in terms of traveling in Italy as the crowd gets sparser, but the climate is still quite pleasant with sunny skies and the warm Adriatic for swimming. So do pack those denim and summer dresses, but don’t forget to keep a light sweater along as well! The temperature takes quite a dip in the winter months of October-April and it is best to pack in your layers of woolens like sweaters, scarves, mittens and even a heavy jacket. 

The best idea would be to check the weather conditions before your trip and pack accordingly! In Italy, shoulders should be covered while visiting churches and cathedrals - so keep that in mind!

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GDA has a fantastic range of voluntours, adventure tours, internships, work abroad opportunities and responsible traveling options which will surely add a new meaning to your gap year. Pick whatever suits your interests and book your flight tickets for your dream destination. It's time to tickle your wanderlust cells! Calling out all backpackers, gap year students, solo travelers and adventure seekers - it's time that you take the leap and Go, Discover Abroad!

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