Italy

Italy is not only the birthplace of pasta and pizza it also provides a wide range for artwork lovers to experience. Italy has a Mediterranean climate with very hot summers and not so cold winters. The temperatures in autumn and spring are pleasant and the weather is also best during this time. For fire call 115 for ambulance 118 and in case of emergency 112.


Vatican city

Culture

The official language being spoken is Italian and the locals are not very familar with English. Family ties are of utmost importance here and hence social courtesies mean a lot to the locals. The impact of the Roman Catholic Church on the culture here is great. One should use botteled water for staying fit during the trip because there is a high content of chlorine in tap waters. You also should learn a few common Italian phrases which can be of great use because English is not spoken on wide scale. Dressing casual is accepted except at religious places.


Colusseum in Rome

Site Seeing

A place one should visit is the leaning tower of Pisa, where Olympics originated. Also make sure to visit Rome and th Vatican city but remember that especially flash photography is restricted at places like museums and art galleries. Italy is a country that should be majorly discovered on foot for particularly viewing all the beautiful monuments and buildings. A good option to get to a tourist spot are coaches and trains.


Monument in Rome

Shopping

Shops in Italy are open from 9am to 8pm and closed for lunch. Along with the service tax levied on the bill, tipping of 10 percent is common. Italy and especially Milan is famous for its top designers, so buy clothes and accessories to update your wardrobe.

Electricity

The voltage used is 220 volts and 50 Hz frequency.


Getting there

The national airline of Italy is Alitalia but many other airlines connect to Italy from USA, Canada, Australia and major cities in Europe. There is a big competition to attract passengers between the airlines so one can find cheap offers for traveling. Rome airport is located 26 km away from the city and it takes 45 minutes to get there from the airport. The best way to get to the city is to use the trains connecting the airport to Termini Station from where one can take taxis to get to their destination. The airport also provides facilities like free shops, bank, car hire, restaurants and more. Another famous airport is the Milan International airport, which is away 45km from the city.

Major seaports of Italy are Brindisi, Anacona, Naples and Venice. State Railways connects many European cities but Eurostar provides the fastest train service.

If traveling by car, don’t forget to carry national or international driving license and international insurance certificate. Roads connect Italy to Centrel Europe via France, Austria and Switzerland, also many coach services are provided from the neighboring countries.

Duty Free Items

The following items can be carried without customs duty being levied on them:
1. 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos or 250g of tobacco
2. 2liter of wine and 1liter of spirits (over 22 per cent) or 2liter of fortified or sparkling wine
3. 50g of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette
4. 500g of coffee or 200g of coffee extract (if over 15 years of age)
5. 100g of tea or 40g of tea extract
6. Gifts not exceeding €89.96 (if entering from an EU country), €175 (if entering from a non-EU country).