Before You Depart

Flavors of Italy

Departing the U.S.: For the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours has implemented COVID-19 travel requirements which apply to all tours regardless of destination. To learn more, click here.

Please note destination entry requirements are changing rapidly. smarTours will communicate entry requirements in your Tour Documents 10–14 days prior to departure. For up-to-date information, please click the links below.


Your flights between the U.S. and Italy will are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules. We recommend that you check-in at least three-and-a-half hours before the scheduled departure.

Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing customs and immigration if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least three-and-a-half hours. Please note that flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

Departure Date Airline Depart JFK Arrive JFK
2023: Apr. 16, May 28, Jun. 11, Sep. 17, Oct. 15 Emirates Airlines 10:20 PM 6:55 PM
2023: Sep. 29 ITA Airways 8:25 PM 3:55 PM


The airlines above do not assign seats in advance. Seat assignments can only be arranged at the airport upon check-in. If you have a preferred seating choice, please make sure you check-in for your flight as early as possible. These airlines do not offer any frequent flyer miles.


International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.

Generally, check-in at hotels is not before 4:00 PM and check-out is prior to 12:00 PM. If arriving early or departing late, hotels usually allow travelers to store their luggage in the luggage room.


You must possess a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. No visa is required for U.S. passport holders. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.


Final instructions, documents, and travel tips will be emailed to you 10–14 days before the scheduled start of your tour. If you have not received your final documents, please check your spam folder or contact smarTours.


Immunizations are not currently required; however, you should consult your personal physician, local public health authorities or the Center of Disease Control (CDC) as to their suggestions.


You may expect daytime high temperatures ranging in the 50s and 70s.


The hotels used on this tour offer several dining choices, ranging from coffee shop to specialty restaurants. The average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20-25 per meal, per person. Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.


Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping,” you will need local currency. You can either exchange U.S. Dollars into local currency in advance of your trip, or you may use your debit card to withdraw local currency from an ATM. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.


Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage and one carry-on piece. Please check with the airline for the maximum weight and size for luggage. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.