Travel Information Italy
- FLAG 🇮🇹
- CAPITAL Rome
- GOVERNMENT Parliamentary Republic
- CURRENCY Euro (€)
- POPULATION 59,433,744 (2011 census)
- TOTAL AREA total: 301,340km² (water: 7,200km² land: 294,140km²)
- LANGUAGES Italian (official); minor German, French and Slovene-speaking communities
- DECIMAL SYSTEM Italy uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C)
- TIME ZONE Time zone is UTC+01:00 with daylight saving time
- LOCATION Italy is located in Southern Europe
Most popular cities in Italy
- Rome (Roma) — the capital, both of Italy and, in the past, of the Roman Empire until 285 AD
- Bologna — one of the world’s great university cities that is filled with history, culture, technology and food
- Florence (Firenze) — the Renaissance city known for its architecture and art that had a major impact throughout the world
- Genoa (Genova) — an important medieval maritime republic; its port brings in tourism and trade, along with art and architecture
- Milan (Milano) — one of the main fashion cities of the world, but also Italy’s most important centre of trade and business
- Naples (Napoli) — one of the oldest cities of the Western world, with a historic city centre that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is also the birth-place of pizza.
- Pisa — one the medieval maritime republics, it is home to the unmistakable image of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
- Turin (Torino) — a well-known industrial and historical city, first capital of Italy and home of FIAT. The city’s also renowned for its large amount of baroque buildings.
- Venice (Venezia) — one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, known for its history, art, and of course its world famous canals
Sockets & Plugs
Italy uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C, Type F and Type L.
Italy uses the euro (symbol: €), code EUR.
Banknotes come in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 euro. Euro is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 2 and 1 euros and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.
Credit & debit cards
Credit cards are widely accepted within Italy (at hotels, shops, and restaurants, travel agencies, car-rental agencies etc.). Visa, MasterCard and Maestro are the most widely accepted. American Express is less common. Diners Club is pretty rare. Discover, JCB, UnionPay and RuPay are unknown.
Automatic teller machines (local name: bancomat) are very common in Italy. You can find them in both large & small cities, tourist areas etc.
You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Not expected, but you can leave an extra tip
Tipping is usually not expected in Italy. However, if you are satisfied with the service provided you can show your appreciation by leaving a small ‘extra’ tip. Receipts might sometimes include a service charge. If there is a service charge there is no need to tip.
Internet speed in Italy is on average 7.4 Mbps.
WiFi coverage in Italy is high. Many hotels, hostels, cafes, restaurants and bars have it.
You can buy a SIM card for about €7.34, which includes 3 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: Wind, Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM), 3 (Tre) or Vodafone.
Italy uses GSM mobile networks GSM 1800 and GSM 900.
If you don’t want to buy SIM card in Italy upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Italy, dial +, then 39 (the country code for Italy), then the area code and the local number.
Moderate crime rate
Italy has a moderate crime rate . Take precautions to avoid mugging, bag snatching and pickpocketing. Be particularly vigilant at airports, railway stations and crowded public gatherings. Do not leave valuables unattended.
It’s recommended to follow security precautions like wearing a money belt, leaving valuables in your hotel room safe or well out of sight, securing your bag, staying vigilant in crowds and steering clear of commotions.
In Italy you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 110 km/h (68 mph) on expressways, 130 km/h (80 mph) on motorways, 50-70 km/h (31-43 mph) in all built-up areas and 70-90 km/h (43-55 mph) on undivided highways.
IDP is required
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required alongside your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave home.
Rent a car
In order to rent a car:
- you must be over 25
- must hold a full license for at least a 1 year
- almost always have a credit card (Visa & MasterCard are the best)
Alcohol, drugs & prostitution
Minimum age to purchase alcohol is 18 years old, while to drink it is not defined.
Prostitution is legal (in a way of exchanging sex for money). Brothels are illegal.
Cannabis is illegal, but decriminalized
Although drugs are illegal (including cannabis), cannabis (marijuana) is decriminalized meaning you will not go to jail and it will not be on your criminal record if you get caught. However, you could still get a fine, rehabilitation, community service or a combination of the three.
- Police 112
- Ambulance 112
- Fire department 112
- Police 113
- Ambulance 118
- Fire 115
- Forest service 1515
- Customs/Financial police 117
- Coast guard 1530
No vaccinations are required to enter this country
No vaccinations are required to enter the country, but it is recommended to perform routine immunizations for your protection and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
These apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.
- Tick-borne Encephalitis
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