About Italy

Italy is a country located in southern Europe.  It was founded on March 17, 1861.

History [Founded on March 17, 1861] • Capital [Rome] • Government [Parliamentary Republic] • Currency [Euro (€)] • Language [Italian (official), German, French] • Religion [Roman Catholic, Jewish, Muslim] • Electricity [230V, 50Hz (European or Italian plug)] • Time Zone [UTC+1] • Country Code [+39] • Internet TLD [.it] • Emergencies [Dial 112]

Italy Travel Guide

This local travel guide below will provide you with travel information & tips to plan your trip to Italy and find the best things to see, do and experience in Italy even  before you arrive here.

Local Attractions

Colosseum

Colosseum

Pantheon

Pantheon

Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona

Roman Forum

Roman Forum

St. Peter’s Basilica

St. Peter's Basilica

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain

Map

Tipping

Hotel –  1-2 euro for porter. Housekeeper 1-2 euro
Restaurant – No tipping expected.
Tour Guide – 5 Euros
Taxi Driver – No tipping expected.
Spas – 10% of the bill

Money & Duty Free

Currency

Euro with symbol: € = 100 cents
Euro Notes denominations (€):5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500
Euro Coin denominations(€): 2, 1
Euro Coin denominations(Cents):1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50

Credit cards

MasterCard, American Express, Cirrus, Maestro, Visa are widely accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants.  It is advisable to have more smaller US dollar notes for easy spending as locals prefer dollars.

ATM

ATMs are available in many places and accept cards from overseas banks such as MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus, Plus, Maestro.

Travellers cheques

Widely accepted. In Euros, Pounds Sterling or US Dollars.

Banking hours

Mon to Fri: 0830-1330, 1500-1600.

Safety Guide

Emergency number

Dail 999

Keep yourself insured

  1. Ensure you buy travel insurance before you come as admitting to local hospitals for tourists will be expensive.

Keep yourself safe

  1. Do not walk alone late at night.
  2. Avoid unlit areas.
  3. Do not leave your drink unattended.
  4. Do not carry a lot of valuables and cash.
  5. Avoid cash counting in public.
  6. Do not accept offer of rides from stranger.

Keep belongings safe

  1. Ensure your cars and accommodation are locked when leaving for other destinations.
  2. Do not leave your wallets, mobile phones, bags, backpacks,  or cameras unattended in public places.
  3. Report lost or stolen possessions to local police stations. Get a report from them if you are claiming travel insurance.

Keeping safe with alcohol

  1. If you drink alcohol in designated ban area could lead to fine or being arrested.
  2. You can be fined for drinking alcohol on public transport, including taxis.
  3. If you drink, take cab back to your accommodation. Best if your friend can accompany.

Keeping your credit cards and identity safe

  1. Do not show your credit card number and PIN that will let people capture with a camera.
  2. Do not bring too many credit cards.
  3. Report lost or stolen credit cards immediately.