Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the time difference in Italy with respect to EST?
A. With respect to Eastern Standard Time, Italy is around 6 hours ahead.
Q. What is the weather like in Italy?
A. In summers, temperatures in Italy range from 14 degrees Celsius to around 31 degrees making its pleasurably warm. Spring and autumn temperatures hover generally around 12 to 13 degrees whereas winter temperatures can vary from -2 degrees to even 20 degrees. The difference is because of the considerable climate change between north and south portions of the country.
Q. What requirements are mandatory for travelling in Italy?
A. Valid passports with visa are mandatory for all foreign travellers. For those who will be driving or renting a car, a valid driving license is required. No immunizations are required.
Q. How to get around in Italy?
A. You can reach almost any place in the country by bus, train or ferry. Services are cheap and efficient. Air travel is the preferred form of travel for longer distances.
Q. What are the prices and costs like in Italy?
A. Italy isn’t cheap. What you spend on accommodation depends on various factors such as the location, season, comfort and most importantly, luck. Eating out is just as variable. In major tourist cities like Venice and Milan, you tend to pay a lot ad get little whereas Rome and Florence and other cities offer many affordable lunch and dinner options.
Q. Is tipping customary?
A. Even though there are no expectations for you to tip on top of restaurant service charges, you can do so if the quality of service impresses you. However, you are expected to tip the porter in almost all top end hotels.
Q. What is the currency used in Italy?
A. Euro is the preferred currency in the country. The notes for the same come in the denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 euros while the coins are available in the denominations of 2 and 1 euros apart from 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and one cents. You can exchange travellers’ cheques or your national currency into Euros in banks, post offices or the exchange office, also known as cambio.
Q. Is travel insurance necessary while travelling to Italy?
A. It is good idea to have travel insurance whenever you are travelling anywhere. This helps in covering any kind of theft, loss and medical problems that may occur during the course of your trip.
Q. What kind of precautions do I need to practice when travelling?
A. Pickpockets and bag snatchers are a common sight in big tourist cities like Rome and Naples. Wear a money belt carrying the money and your important documents like your passport and others under your clothing. Wearing purses and cameras slung across your body is also a good idea as it makes them easier to snatch away.
Q. What are the emergency numbers in Italy?
A. For any kind of emergencies, the national emergency number is 112. However, this is not the only one available. Others are 113 for police and 115 for fire brigade. Calls are answered in English, French and German to provide best possible emergency care.