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About Italy

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

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

Facts

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]

Climate

Events, Festivals and Holiday

January

– New Year’s Day, January 1, Fri
– Epiphany, January 6, Wed

March

– Easter Monday, March 28, Mon

April

– Liberation Day, April 25, Mon

May

– Labour day, May 1, Sun

June

– Republic Day, June 2, Thu

August

– Assumption Day, August 1, Mon

November

– All Saints Day, November 1, Tue

December

– Immaculate Conception Day, December 08, Thu
– Christmas Day, December 25, Sun
– St Stephens Day, December 26, Mon

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.