Italy Practical information
An identity card or a valid passport for every EU citizen, but your stay should not exceed three months.
If you are a resident of a country outside the EU but which applies the Schengen Agreement, you are exempt from requiring a visa.
There is no need to have had any vaccines in order to enter Italy.
Check on your most recent tetanus update.
Avoid all contact with unknown animals (rabies).
Wash the wound with soap and contact a doctor if you have been bitten.
Ensure you have mosquito repellent.
Have a medical check-up before you leave.
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The currency used in Italy is the euro.
1 USD = 0.91 EUR*
* Exchange rate provided as a guideline only
Where can you change your money?
You can change your money in banks and airports.
You can also change money at a cambio (bureau de change with extended hours) or, at banks or the post office where you will get better rates.
Service is included at all establishments in Italy. There is no obligation therefore to leave a tip in restaurants or when taking taxis.
Taxis are plentiful. Choose the white or yellow ones as they are official. Their rates are negotiable.
The bus is another alternative if you want to explore the city while you're there.
Depending on your route, the train might be a cost-effective solution. Main line and branch line railways will take you around the country. Look for Regionali or Intercity trains which serve lots of Italian localities.
In big cities like Rome, the underground is also an option.
In Europe, 112 is the number for emergencies of all types. However, since some countries have not started using this number yet, you should be aware of the alternatives in Italy.
Fire service: 115
Italian is the official language.
A few phrases to remember :
Good evening: Buonasera
Thank you: Grazie
Please: Per favore
What time is it?: Che ore sono?
I don't understand: Non capisco
How much is...?: Quanto costa…?
The bill please: Il conto per favore
Where are the toilets?: Mi puo’ indicare dove sono i bagni ?
I would like to go: Vorrei andare
Where is… ?: Dov'è… ?
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