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Italy has been, since antiquity, the centre of history, culture and art. The Italian museums, collections and archaeological sites reveal countless tokens of the past and the many civilizations that have passed across this country, evidence of which is still inextricably woven into the present day landscape.

Artistic wonders can be found everywhere, and every corner of the country holds countless and wonderful surprises. The Italian artistic and cultural heritage is one of the most valuable in the world. Italy has more cultural UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country. Rome, Florence, Assisi, Venice, Siena, Pisa, and Naples are its most renowned cities of art, but the whole country can boast towns of breathtaking beauty, as these numbers demonstrate: 95,000 monumental churches, 40,000 forts and castles, 30,000 historical residences with 4,000 gardens, 36,000 archives and libraries, 20,000 historical cities and towns, 5,600 museums and archaeological sites, and 1,500 convents. 

Tourists can explore and discover the private residences of ancient and noble families; visit world famous museums such as the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Capitoline Museums in Rome, or the Brera Art Gallery in Milan; explore impressive archaeological sites, such as Pompei and Herculaneum, to immerse themselves in an exciting, grandiose past. That is by no means all - there are numerous cultural, artistic, and musical events that animate Italian life. 

Italy offers a rich combination of masterpieces from different areas, blending landscape and culture, history and art, architecture and city planning - it offers an exciting journey through time, from the Ancient Greeks and Romans to the present day, which is also filled by a wealth of art and culture.

Climate

The climate varies considerably from the north to the south of Italy. 

In the north of the country - the area between the Alps and the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines - the climate is harsh, with very cold winters and very hot, particularly humid summers. In central Italy the climate is milder, with a smaller difference in temperature between summer and winter and a shorter and less intense cold season than in the north; summers are longer, but the sultriness of the northern cities is mitigated by the sea. In southern Italy and the islands winters are never particularly harsh, and spring and autumn temperatures are similar to those reached in the summer in other areas of Italy.

Time Zone, Shop Hours

Italy is in the Central European Time (CET) Zone, 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), and observes Daylight Saving Time: at the beginning of spring the clocks go forward an hour in order to take advantage of an extra hour of sunlight in the late afternoon/evening. At the beginning of autumn the clocks are shifted back an order to standard Central European Time.

Shop opening hours 
Shops generally open at 09:00 in the morning and close at 13:00 hours, then after lunch Shops open again at 15:30 in the afternoon and close at 19:30 from Monday to Saturday.

Currency

Since 2001, the currency used in Italy is the euro. Bank opening hours are  Monday to Friday 08:30 -13:30 and 15:00 -16:00.

Language

Italian is the official language of the country, although accents and dialects may vary widely from one region to another. A large number of local dialects are spoken in Italy. 

There are two regions, however, which have a second official language: the Aosta Valley, where French is also spoken, and Trentino Alto Adige, where German is also spoken. In these regions, road signs, as well as place names, for example, appear in both languages. There are also a number of small areas in which languages other than Italian are used, although these languages do not have official status: in Friuli-Venezia Giulia there is a Slovenian-speaking area, and in Calabria (in the Bovesìa area) and in Apulia (in the Grecia Salentina zone), Greek is spoken in some areas. In Sicily, in Piana degli Albanesi, you will find the largest Albanian community in Italy, where the Albanian language is widely used, even in official documents and on road signs.


Driving in Italy

Documents required to drive in Italy 

Driving licences issued by any of the EU member states are valid throughout the European Union, including Italy. Drivers in possession of a licence issued by any EU country do not require an international driving permit or a sworn translation of their own licence.

Electricity & Water

Electrical system

In Italy the electrical current is 220 volts AC (50 Hz). Electrical sockets comply with European regulations. In most hotels you will find adaptors for different types of plugs.

Water

The supply of drinking water is guaranteed throughout Italy. The water from taps and fountains is checked regularly, and is perfectly safe to drink, unless there is a notice indicating otherwise.

Rome (+)

Rome, Italy’s capital, is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Ancient ruins such as the Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire. Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, has St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which house masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes.

  • Founded: April 21, 753 BC
  • Area: 1,285 km²
  • Weather: 26°C, Wind W at 11 km/h, 55% Humidity
  • Population: 2.868 million (2014) United Nations

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Travel

Travel Information (+)

Travel to Italy

It is easy to reach Italy and travel around the country once you arrive. Italy offers excellent air links with the rest of the world, but it is also possible to come here by train, by sea or by using the extensive motorway network. It is also easy to travel around within the country. All the main cities are connected with frequent daily flights. The rail network is spread over more than 15,000 kilometers, offering uniform cover throughout Italy, while travelling by coach or car is even more convenient still, with a dense network of motorways, dual carriageways and trunk roads allowing visitors to reach any location in the country simply and rapidly. To reach all of Italy's islands from the mainland, regular ferry services depart from the main towns and cities along the coast.

Reaching Italy by plane

Italy's main airports for intercontinental and international arrivals are 'Leonardo da Vinci' (Rome Fiumicino) and Malpensa (Milan); however, international flights arrive in almost all the country's numerous airports. A wide range of flights is available from both traditional and low-cost airlines, covering a vast array of destinations. Italy has air links with most European countries and with the rest of the world. The websites of the main regular and low-cost airlines provide further information on routes, flight times, prices and availability. More or less all the airports are serviced by a dense network of taxis, buses and trains, which allow to reach one's final destination with a certain ease. 

Travelling by air in Italy is easy, thanks to the wide range of flights and airlines that operate in the country. There are plenty of connections from one city to another, with frequent services from Rome-Fiumicino and Milan-Malpensa to all the other airports in Italy, and it is also simple and convenient to reach Sicily, Sardinia and the smaller islands from the mainland, with frequent services available. There are almost forty other small and medium-sized airports in Italy, present in every region except Molise and Basilicata.

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Reaching Italy by ship

For sea lovers, it is possible to reach Italy by ship. There are many national and international passenger ship and ferry companies that link the main ports in Europe to Italy. Ticket prices are very high in the summer and vary depending on the weight of the passenger's vehicle loaded on the ship. The Navi Veloci fleet sails between Barcelona and Genoa. Sea links between Greece and Italy are guaranteed on the busiest routes: from Igoumenitsa, Corfu and Patras, Blue Star Ferries sail directly to Venice and Brindisi, while Superfast Ferries operate services to Ancona and Bari. Fragline Ferries sail from Corfu to Brindisi; Grimaldi Ferries, one of the best-known Italian companies, link Tunis and Barcelona with Civitavecchia, Salerno, Livorno and Palermo. Tirrenia Navigazione ferries operate numerous services throughout the year between Tunis and the major Italian islands, Sicily and Sardinia. 

Reaching Italy by train

Travelling by train will never lose its particular charm, at least not for visitors in Italy. Both daytime and overnight services between Italy and the rest of Europe are known for their high quality, rapidity and excellent level of comfort. It is advisable (and in some cases compulsory) to book a seat. Some international rail companies also offer the opportunity for visitors to transport their own motor vehicle. Every day, a large number of international trains come over the border to Italy, connecting the country to the main towns and cities in Austria, Germany, France and Eastern Europe. 

For further information: 
www.trenitalia.it

Reaching Italy by bus

There are many comfortable coach services that take passengers over the alpine borders into Italy. The Eurolines consortium, which gathers together the main European coach travelling companies, has information offices in the main towns and cities, and offers services departing from over thirty locations throughout Italy. These coaches offer all the services and facilities necessary for a comfortable journey, and of course offer services to and from the major cities such as Milan, Rome and Florence.

Useful links:
EuroLineswww.eurolines.com     
Busabout Adventure Coach Travel Europewww.busabout.com     
Europe by Bus www.europebybus.com     

Travelling in Italy
The cities, towns, villages and hamlets of Italy are connected by efficient bus and coach services that allow visitors to travel around and explore all the sights and attractions the country has to offer. A range of scheduled passenger transport routes are available to travel the length and breadth of the country. The numerous companies that operate in Italy guarantee connections both between small country villages and small and medium-sized towns and rapid, efficient transport services between major cities. To travel to smaller cities or country towns and villages, coaches are generally a cheaper and more convenient option than trains. Departure and arrival times can be consulted at the local information offices, as well as local tourist information and tourist board offices. In larger cities, tickets can be purchased directly from the travel company offices or from travel agencies, while in smaller towns and villages it is easier to purchase them from the local bars or directly from the driver. It is not compulsory to book seats, although it is advisable to do so for longer or overnight journeys. For any information you may require on destinations, timetables and fares, you can consult both travel portals and the official websites of the various companies.

For further information:
Arpa - www.arpaonline.it (Abruzzo)   
Sais - www.saistrasporti.it  (Sicily)   
Busweb - www.busweb.it   
Saj - www.saj.it  (Calabria)   
Marino - www.marinobus.it (Apulia e Basilicata)   
Sena - www.sena.it (Tuscany)   
Autostradale S.p.A. - www.autostradale.it (Lombardy) 

Reaching Italy by car

The extensive European motorway network and the presence of a number of mountain passes makes it easy to come to Italy by car or by motorbike. Italy can be reached from Austria, France, Switzerland and Slovenia. The main passes, open all year, that provide access to Italy are: the Mont Blanc Tunnel, which from Chamonix links France to the A5 motorway for Turin and Milan; the Great St. Bernard Tunnel, which links Switzerland with the A5; the Brenner Pass through Austria, which links up with the A22 motorway for Bologna. The alpine tunnels may often be closed during winter, and sometimes even in autumn and spring, as a result of heavy snow.

For further information:    
www.autostrade.it
www.stradeanas.it

Travelling inside Italy
An excellent network of motorways, identified by green-coloured signs, shortens the distances between the twenty regions that make up Italy: 3408 kilometres of roads that guarantee perfectly safe, efficient travel and transport services throughout the country.

Two main motorways link the north and south of Italy: the Autostrada del Sole (the A1, which connects Milan, Bologna, Florence, Rome and Naples) and the Adriatica (the A14, which connects Bologna, Ancona, Pescara, Bari and Taranto). 
Tolls must be paid on the motorways. Cash or credit cards may be used for payment.

“Viacard” and “Telepass” cards are a quicker method of payment. Viacard is a magnetic card that can be used at the automatic or manual accesses or eventually given to the toll-man. Telepass is quickest solution for automatic payment, based on distance electronic recognition of the vehicle, charging the fee to the user: it allows to perform transactions without stopping at the tollbooth, quickening transit and saving fuel. 
For any information you may require on weather or traffic conditions, the cost of motorway tolls etc., you can stop at the Punti Blu info points, located at all motorway junctions, contact the official website of the Società Autostrade company, or telephone the Road System Call Centre 840-042121, operating all day long.

In addition to motorways, drivers will find an extensive network of trunk roads, indicated by blue-colored signs, which link towns and villages within the various regions, or municipalities in one region with those in another. Secondary roads, on which tolls do not have to be paid, offer splendid views, which cannot be admired from the motorways: these routes are not as quick, but the journey is undoubtedly more pleasant and interesting.

Further information:

www.autostrade.it
www.aci.it

Taxi Services

Authorised taxis in Italy are white, and must have 'Taxi' written on the roof. They must be fitted with a taximeter indicating the cost of the fare in real time and, where applicable, the supplements payable for luggage, public holiday services, services during the night or outside of the city (as in the case of services to and from airports, for instance). To call a taxi, you can either go to a taxi rank, indicated by yellow lines or an orange sign, or telephone the various radio taxi services, which vary from one city to another.

Car Hire

It is very simple to rent a car or a motorbike, but it is best to check in advance which are the requirements of the different agencies. Age generally must be 23 or over (sometimes 25), but some agencies allow younger people to rent a vehicle. A credit card is generally necessary, plus a driving licence. Non-EU nationals should also possess and International Driving Permit (IDP).

General Info
  • In Italy the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. Electrical sockets comply with European regulations. In most hotels you will find adaptors for different types of plugs.

  • Since 2001, the currency used in Italy is the euro. Bank opening hours are Monday to Friday 08:30 -13:30 and 15:00 -16:00. Most credit cards are widely accepted.

  • To call an Italian telephone number from outside Italy, either from a landline or a mobile phone, you will need to add the international dialing code for Italy, which is 0039 (+39), followed by the telephone number you require. 

  • Most shops are open from 10:00 to 20:00. Some close for lunch between 13:00 and 16:00. Department stores are open between 09:00 to 20:00 seven days a week.

  • Pharmacies have the same opening hours as shops, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 and from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; in the larger cities, some pharmacies are open 24 hours. For emergencies during the night, or when the pharmacies are normally closed, a number of them remain open, on a rotational basis. A calendar listing the nearest one open can be found on the doors of all local pharmacies. 

  • The supply of drinking water is guaranteed throughout Italy. The water from taps and fountains is checked regularly, and is perfectly safe to drink, unless there is a notice indicating otherwise.

  • Airports near Rome
    • Leonardo da Vinci Airport (Fiumicino) - approximately 36 km from the center of Rome (45/60 minutes).Connections to the city are available by rail, bus and taxi.
    • The Ciampino airport, 16 km southeast of Rome, is the destination for most low cost airlines. It is connected to the Termini Railways Station by a local train line and by the busses.

Visa Requirements (+)

European Citizens whose country is under the authority of the Schengen Treaty may enter Italy with nothing more than a valid identity card or passport. Citizens from all other countries must show their passport on the border; where a visa is required, this must also be presented to the border authorities and must indicate the length of the holder's stay and his or her destination. Visa applications - specifying the reason for the trip -  must be made to the Italian Consulate in the applicant's country of residence, and are generally issued 90 days after the application was been made. 


For more information please visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here www.esteri.it

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