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Italy Travel Info

Info on passport, useful phone numbers, climate, custom regulations, electricity, laundry, store hours, health, mail services, water.


For citizens of Canada, Mexico and USA holding a valid passport, a visa is only required if you plan to stay longer than 90 days. For citizens of other countries, please contact the Italian Consulate in your country.

113 Police 
112 Carabinieri 
115 Fire Deparment 
116 Road Assistance (A.C.I. – Automobil Club Italia) 
118 Medical Emergency
176 International Inquiries 
12 Phone Directory Assistance

Climate varies depending on height and region. Most of Italy has a Mediterranean climate. However, in Sicilia is subtropical and the Alps have long, harsh winters. Italy has varying weather conditions in autumns, winter and spring, while summer is usually more stable, although the northern regions often have thunderstorms in the afternoon and night-time. The hottest months are usually July and August. Then temperatures can reach 35-42°C. The coldest month is January when morning lows can drop to -14°C in the Po Valley.
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The time in Italy is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time

There are no limits to what may be bought or carried on trips within the European Union, provided such purchases are for the traveller’s own personal use.

The current in Italy is ACand the cycle is 50Hz – 220 V. Plugs have round prongs.

Laundry and Dry Cleaning: most hotels have laundry and dry cleaning facilities. Public services can be found (Lavanderia or Tintoria.) Please ask your hotel concierge.

Shopping: normally shops are open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 or1 p.m. and 3:30 or 4 p.m. to 7:30 or 8 p.m. In tourist areas shops might be open without lunch break (orario continuato)

No vaccinations are required. For medical emergencies dial 118 from any phone. In case of urgent medical care need, you should go to the nearest hospital (airports and main train stations also have first aid and medical facilities.) If you are taking with you a considerable amount of medicine for allergies or other conditions, you should carry a signed certificate from your doctor.
Pharmacies are usually open 8:30 am till 12:30 pm and from 3:30 pm till 7:30 pm. Extended hours service is provided by one of the pharmacies in town, on a shift basis. This information is posted at all pharmacies and in local papers. All medicine (both prescription and over the counter) are sold only at pharmacies.

Stamps can be purchased only at the post office or at tobacco shops. Mailing fares are different for different countries. Post offices are usually open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am till 5:00 pm (sometimes 2:00 pm), and Saturdays from 8:30 am till 12:00 pm. Mail services like Fedex, UPS, and others can be found in major cities.

Most hotel offer paid or free internet access. There are several internet cafes all throughout Italy. Some of them are listed in the following directory:

Tap water is drinkable.