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Italy in details

Official Name: Italian Republic

Population: 57,380,000

Area:  301,323 sq km (116,341 sq miles). 

Capital: Rome (Population: 2,645,322)

Language: The official language is of course Italian, but English is widely spoken throughout Italy – at least enough to communicate basic information.


Predominant Religions: Christian (Roman Catholic)

Time Zone: one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (+1 GMT). Italy operates on European Daylight Savings Time is observed from March through October and is six hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Time. Therefore, when it is 6:00PM in Italy, it is 12:00 noon in New York, 11:00 AM in Chicago, 10:00 AM in Denver and 9:00 AM in Los Angeles. Unlike the Unites States’ two 12-hour timetables, Italy  follows a single  24-hour time-table, for example 2:00pm = 14.00 hours, 9.30pm =21.30 hours etc.


Currency: The Euro is now the official currency of EU member states (including Italy). The first Euro coins and notes were introduced in January 2002. Euro (€) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of € 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of € 2, 1 and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents. Those arriving in Italy with foreign currency can obtain Euros thru any bank, ATM machine (or bureau de change). The exchange rate fluctuates daily. For updates on the daily exchange rate situation, you may like to visit following web site:
Major credit cards are accepted extensively throughout Rome as are traveler’s checks. Foreign currency can be exchanged at the hotel, banks or exchange shops although the best rates are typically available via ATM transactions.
Banks are generally open from Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM and from around 2:45 PM to 4:15 PM.


Passport/Visa Requirements: Passport needed by Australian, Canadian, U.K. and U.S. citizens. No visa required if staying less than three months. Reconfirm travel document requirements with your carrier before departure. Once in Italy, you need to bring your passport with you only in order to exchange travelers’ cheques, retire money from bank offices through your credit card or where a document is required (I.E. Casino…). A copy will be fine for the rest and if in case you loose your passport  the copy will be very useful to issue a new one.


Shopping: Most stores are open from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM, except for some in the Historic Center that are open all day. Major supermarkets and department stores are also open all day. Most stores are closed on Sundays and sometimes Mondays’ mornings. Normally, business offices are open all day.  State- and city-owned offices close for the day at 2:00 PM.


VAT: Italy, like most other European countries, imposes a value added tax (VAT) on goods and services. In Italy, VAT is known as the Imposta sul Valore Aggiunto or IVA. This tax, typically 10%-20%,  is included in the price of most goods  and services. E.U. non-resident passengers may be granted VAT refund (Americans may obtain a refund of the IVA) on purchases of new goods although not on the price paid for services such as hotels, car rentals, entertainment, meals or transportation. For more information on this issue, please visit:


Electric current: the electric current in Italy is 220-volt, 50 cycles AC. For 110-volt appliances, it is necessary to bring:

  1. a current converter appropriate for the wattage of the appliance.
  2. a two-prong, round plug adapter to operate 110-volt U.S. travel appliances.

Telephone: the country code for Italy is 39 and the city area code (06 for Rome; 02 for Milan; 055 for Florence; 041 for Venice). When making a call from the United States to Rome it would be dialed as    011 + 39 + 06 + phone number.


Attire: comfort is the key when going around, especially during city tours. In particular, comfortable walking shoes are a must. Also, when entering a church or holy site, specific attire is required: ladies attire must cover knees and shoulders, while gentlemen’s attire must include pants/slacks or jeans only (no shorts). Deviation from this will preclude entrance to these particular sites.

Tips are always appreciated, in Italy as in the rest of the world. It is customary to tip waiters in bars and restaurants, porters and taxi drivers and, as a general rule, anyone who is particularly helpful. Size of the tip may depend on the bill and vary from 8 to 12%.

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Italian Regions

offerta primax travelAbruzzo
offerta primax travelBasilicata
offerta primax travelCalabria
offerta primax travelCampania
offerta primax travelEmilia Romagna
offerta primax travelFriuli Venezia Giulia
offerta primax travelLazio(Latium)
offerta primax travelLiguria
offerta primax travelLombardia (Lombardy)
offerta primax travelMarche (Marches)
offerta primax travelMolise
offerta primax travelPiemonte (Piedmont)
offerta primax travelPuglia (Apulia)
offerta primax travelSardegna (Sardinia)
offerta primax travelSicilia (Sicily)
offerta primax travelToscana (Tuscany)
offerta primax travelTrentino Alto Adige
offerta primax travelUmbria
offerta primax travelValle d'Aosta(Aosta Valley)
offerta primax travelVeneto

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