UK tourists on holiday in Italy warned over 'dangerous and unpredictable' threat

UK tourists going on holiday in Italy have been over a "dangerous and unpredictable" threat. Holidaymakers from the UK flying out to Italy in the European Union for a holiday this spring and summer have been warned over the danger.

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said there are some areas pose more of a risk due to active volcanoes. "There are several active volcanoes in southern Italy. National emergency planning has been updated for Vesuvius as well as the Phlegraean fields, an area that remains active and which has experienced tremors in 2024," it warned.

"Forest fires are a risk during the extended summer months. They are highly dangerous and unpredictable," it added. "Check the latest alerts and weather forecast and follow advice of local authorities if you’re considering travelling to affected areas.

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"Take care when visiting or driving through woodland areas and report fires to the emergency services." To enter Italy (and all Schengen countries) your passport must: have a ‘date of issue’ less than 10 years before the date you arrive.

Passports issued after 1 October 2018 are now valid for only 10 years, but for passports issued before 1 October 2018, extra months may have been added if you renewed a passport early . It must also have an ‘expiry date’ at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave.

As well as Sicily and Sardinia, other popular places to holiday include Florence and the Tuscany region, including Pisa, while others enjoy capital city Rome, northern city Milan, and also the likes of Verona, Venice, and Naples.

The Foreign Office adds: "Temporary border checks have been introduced at Italy’s border with Slovenia, allow extra time for crossing the land border. Be ready to show your passport or residency card if you are asked to do so by the border police."