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ELECTRICITY: 220 V / 50 Hz


CURRENCY: Euro (€)


PASSPORT / VISA / ID:
European Citizens whose country is under the authority of the Schengen Treaty may enter Italy with nothing more than a valid identity card or passport. Citizens from all other countries must show their passport on the border; where a visa is required, this must also be presented to the border authorities and must indicate the length of the holder's stay and his or her destination. Visa applications - specifying the reason for the trip -  must be made to the Italian Consulate in the applicant's country of residence, and are generally issued 90 days after the application was been made.


WATER:
The supply of drinking water is guaranteed throughout Italy. The water from taps and fountains is checked regularly, and is perfectly safe to drink, unless there is a notice indicating otherwise.


SHOP OPENING HOURS:
Shops are generally open from Monday to Saturday, from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 and from 3.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m., although shopping centres and department stores often stay open all day, from 10.00 a.m. to 9.00 or 10.00 p.m. Shopping centres and stores are also open on several Sundays throughout the year.
 
SALES SEASONS:
The winter sales season starts the first week of January, the summer sales around the second week of July, and the fall season sales around October. The italian word for “sales” is “saldi”.


BANKS / CREDIT CARDS / ATMs:
Banking hours are normally Monday to Friday mornings from 8.30 hrs – 13.00 hrs and for an hour in the afternoon (usually 15.00 – 16.00 hrs).
As well as in cash, purchases can be paid for using the most common credit cards.
Travellers cheques (in USD or Euros) can be cashed in Italian banks.
ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines) in Italy are known as Bancomat.


TIPS:
Tips are not compulsory and in Italy there are no generally established rules, although it is common practice to leave a sum amounting to around 10% of the bill if you are satisfied with the service you have received.


PETS:
Animals must be identified by means of a microchip or a clearly legible tattoo, and must be in possession of a valid EU passport certifying that they have been vaccinated against rabies. Animals from non-EU countries may enter the country, provided they possess a certificate stating to their origin and state of health (issued by foreign public health authorities recognised in Italy), which must include the details of both the animal and the owner and must state that the animal is in good health and has been vaccinated against rabies no later than 20 days before entry and no earlier than 11 months before the issue of the certificate.


EMERGENCY PHONES:
113 (State Police), 112 (Gendarmerie), 117 (Financial police force), 115 (Fire Department), 118 (Medical Rescue), 1515 (State Forestry Department), 1530 (Coast Guard), 1528 (Traffic reports)


 


SOURCES:


http://wikitravel.org/en/Italy


http://www.italia.it/en/useful-information.html

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