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ITALY            Europe Enquiry Form
   
     
 
                                                           

Italy is a land celebrated for its art, sophistication, culture and cuisine. A year round paradise for visitors, Italy is spoilt for choices. With the sparkling Mediterranean sandy beaches, the Alpine resorts with their large range of winter sports opportunities or just taking in the history and culture, Italy has everything for the visitor.

Visit the fabled Trevi Fountains and make a wish or stroll along the beautiful Via Veneto. The breathtaking shops of Rome’s famed streets offer wide ranges of high fashion, hand crafted leather, exquisite jewellery, a connoisseurs delight.

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History surrounds you throughout the nation as the cities offer up their attractions; the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the art galleries of Florence and the spectacular Coliseum of Rome. Venice, on the Adriatic Sea is an aquatic world of its own with its timeless canals, gondolas and magnificent medieval bridges. A visit to the Vatican City, a state within a city, is a must. View the truly remarkable Sistine Chapel and marvel at the exquisite masterpieces of Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.  

                                                           
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Main Regions & Cities

Florence                              Milan
Rome                                  Venice
Amalfi Coast                        Italian Alps
Naples                                Sardinia
Sicily                                   The Lake Country
Tuscany                             

                                                           

WEATHER    Back to top

Italy has a largely temperate climate with regional variations. In summer the Northern parts of Italy are warm with occasional rainfall, the central region is somewhat stifled by humidity and the south scorches under the dry heat. In winter, conditions in Milan, Turin and Venice are dominated by cold, damp and fog and Tuscany's winter temperatures approach freezing, while temperatures in the south of the country are more favourable averaging 50-60ºF (10-20ºC). Most people visit Italy between June and August, however the best time to visit is in Spring (April-May) and Autumn (September-October) when the weather is good and the tourists are few. The sea is warm enough for swimming between June and September. Most Italians take their vacation in August and many shops and restaurants are closed during this period. The ski season runs between December and April and the best time to walk in the Alps is between June and September.

Rome

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rainfall (mm)

81

63

70

56

53

36

17

27

61

118

111

98

Rainfall (inches)

3.2

2.5

2.8

2.2

2.1

1.4

0.7

1.1

2.4

4.6

4.4

3.9

Min Temp (°C)

3

4

5

7

11

14

16

17

15

11

8

4

Max Temp (°C)

13

14

16

19

23

27

30

30

27

23

18

14

Min Temp (°F)

38

39

41

45

51

58

61

62

58

52

46

40

Max Temp (°F)

56

58

61

65

74

80

85

86

81

73

64

58


Venice

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rainfall (mm)

58

54

57

64

69

76

63

83

66

69

87

54

Rainfall (inches)

2.2

2.1

2.4

2.9

2.7

3.1

2.7

3.1

2.6

3.0

3.4

2.4

Min Temp (°C)

-1

1

4

8

12

16

18

17

14

9

4

0

Max Temp (°C)

6

8

12

16

22

25

27

27

24

18

11

7

Min Temp (°F)

31

34

39

46

54

60

64

63

57

48

40

32

Max Temp (°F)

42

46

54

61

70

77

81

80

74

64

53

43


Milan

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rainfall (mm)

61

58

71

85

98

81

68

81

82

116

106

75

Rainfall (inches)

2.4

2.3

2.8

3.4

3.9

3.2

2.7

3.2

3.2

4.6

4.2

2.9

Min Temp (°C)

-2

-1

3

7

11

15

17

16

13

8

4

-0

Max Temp (°C)

4

8

13

18

22

26

29

27

24

18

10

5

Min Temp (°F)

29

32

38

44

52

59

63

62

56

47

40

31

Max Temp (°F)

40

46

55

64

72

79

83

81

75

64

51

41



                                                           
GOOD TO KNOW    Back to top

Time: Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in September).

Electricity: Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. A variety of plugs are in use including the European-style two-pin plug.

Money: The Euro (EUR) is the official currency, which is divided into 100 cents. Those arriving in Italy with foreign currency can obtain Euros through any bank, ATM or bureaux de change. ATMs are widespread. Travellers cheques can be exchanged with ease in the large cities, not so in the smaller towns. Credit cards are accepted in upmarket establishments and shops around the cities. Banks are closed on weekends, but tend to have better rates than casas de cambios.

Approximate Currency Exchange Rates

EUR 1.00 =

USD 1.27

GBP 0.69

CAD 1.44

AUD 1.70

ZAR 9.08

EUR 1.00

NZD 2.08

Note: These rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only. Please go to our Currency Converter for the latest rates.

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Language: Italian. English is understood in the larger cities but not in the more remote parts of the country.

Passport/Visa Note: The borderless region known as the Schengen area includes the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. All these countries issue a standard Schengen visa that allows the holder, in principal, to travel freely within the borders of all. Travellers are advised to have a return or onward ticket plus all documents required for their next destination, and sufficient funds to cover period of intended stay in Italy.
 
Health: There are no specific health risks associated with travel to Italy. EU citizens can make use of Italy's health services provided they have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Cases of the N1 bird flu were found in swans in southern Italy and Sicily, but there is a low risk of human infection; as a precaution all close contact with wild, caged and domestic birds should be avoided, and poultry and egg dishes should be cooked thoroughly.

Tipping: Tipping is customary in Italy and 10% of the bill is acceptable in restaurants (unless a service charge has already been included). Hotels add a service charge of 15-18%, but it is customary to tip the service staff extra. Italians rarely tip taxi drivers, but 5-10% is usual. Most other services expect some small change.

Safety: The Italian Government has warned that the risk of an international terrorist attack in the country has increased, and tourists should be vigilant in public places and tourist sites. Domestic terrorism continues, but targets are usually Italian authorities, however there is a possibility of being caught up in attacks. Tourists are vulnerable to pick-pocketing and muggings in the bigger cities, particularly on public transport, in crowded areas and around tourist sites, and should exercise caution when carrying large amounts of cash and valuables. Be particularly careful on bus 64 to St Peter's Square and around the main train station, Termini. Visitors should be wary of groups of children, some of whom will distract attention while the others try to steal what they can. Strikes by transport workers take place regularly throughout Italy and delays are possible.

Communications: The international access code for Italy is +39. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). All numbers must be preceded by 0, whether originating in Italy or out, unless calling a mobile phone. There can be high surcharges on calls made from hotels and it is generally cheaper to use a calling card. Public telephone boxes take phone cards for local and international calls, which can be bought from newsagents. The local mobile phone operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with most international operators. Internet cafes are available in the main towns and resorts.

Duty Free: Travellers over 17 years from non-EU countries do not have to pay duty on 200 cigarettes, or 100 cigarillos, or 50 cigars, or 250g tobacco; 1 litre spirits with alcohol content higher than 22%, or 2 litres dessert wine not exceeding 22% alcohol content or sparkling wine, or 2 litres of table wine; and perfume up to 50g or 250ml eau de toilette. Travellers over 15 years do not have to pay duty on 500g coffee, or 100 tea; other goods for personal consumption to the value of €175 per adult or €90 for children under 15 years. Prohibited items include narcotic drugs, medicinal products, arms and weapons, explosives and protected animal and plant species. Providing goods are bought for personal use, there are no restrictions on carrying tobacco and alcohol between the 15 original countries of the EU (including the UK), with the exception of Finland, Denmark and Sweden

                                                           
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