Useful Tips

Check list
  • Valid passport or identity card
  • Tickets and reservations
  • Insurance documents
  • Money, traveler’s cheques and credit cards
  • Personal medicine or medical prescriptions
  • E111 form (for citizens from EU countries)
  • Italian address given to parents etc.

  • Climate
    Although summer in Italy, from the Alps to Sicily, is quite warm, the winter in Northern and Central Italy can be quite cool; winter in the south, however, is relatively mild. The best weather in the cities is in spring and autumn.
    Average summer temperatures range from 18°C to 30°C (64°F to 86°F), the average winter temperature is around 4°C to 16°C (39°F to 61°F).

    Credit Cards / Traveler's Cheques
    Traveller's Cheques and Credit Cards are accepted almost everywhere. You can receive money at Automatic Teller Machines (ATM), if you have an ATM card linked to an international network (Bancomat, Postomat, EC, Cirrus, Plus, Maestro etc.). Mastercard and Visa (with PIN number) may be used to withdraw cash from an ATM machine. Cash from ATM's only in Euro. You should not forget that the daily amount is limited.
    Cash from ATM’s only in Euro / daily amount is limited.

    Italy uses a 220 Volts/AC system. Additionally, wall sockets and plugs may differ from those in your home country. Be sure to get information about the possible need for an adapter before your departure.

    Exchanging money
    When exchanging large amounts of money it is usually better to do it in Italy. However, you should also bring cash for the first few days (for the taxi, for purchasing small things, etc.). Avoid to change money in change offices because of high commission rates; the best exchange rates are at the bank.
    For a stay of more than 3 months, it may even be useful to open a bank account. Our staff will give you further information on it.

    Faxes can be sent from the post office, from a lot of stationer’s shops (cartoleria) and from copy shops. At our schools you can receive faxes free of charge and send them (against a fee).

    Internet access and sending & receiving emails
    In Italy there are Internet centers, (also in many hotels) where you can work with Internet and email (against a fee).

    Italian Currency / Euro
    The basic unit of Italian currency is the Euro.
    When exchanging large amounts of money it is usually better to wait until you arrive in Italy. However, you should also bring cash for the first few days (for the taxi, for purchasing small things, etc.). Avoid changing your money in change offices because of high commission rates; you will receive the best exchange rate at the bank.

    Health, Medical Doctors and Pharmacies
    English. Tourists requiring urgent medical care should go to the nearest hospital emergency ward (airports and many train stations also have medical teams and first aid facilities). Those with serious illnesses or allergies should always carry a special note from their physicians giving detailed information on the treatments they are following or that may be necessary.
    Pharmacies (Farmacia), generally follow shop opening times (approx. from 8.30am to 12.30pm and from 3 to 7pm, Monday to Saturday, but in large cities many are open throughout the day. Night time service is provided on a shift basis. Business hours and night shifts are displayed outside each pharmacy and are published in local papers. It is advisable to procure a document certifying coverage by the national health care service before departure.

    National Holidays
    The national and local public holidays: January 6th (Epiphany, called "Befana"), Easter Monday, April 25th (National Holiday), May 1st (Labour Day), June 2nd (Republic Day), June 24th (Saint John, Florence only), June 29th (Saint Peter and Paul, Rome only), August 15th (Assumption Day, called "Ferragosto"), November 1st (All Saints), December 8th (Immaculate Conception). Lessons are not held, not made up and not refunded.

    International telephone calls can be made from all public telephones (in the telephone offices, in bars, etc.)
    The country code for Italy is "39":
    'Land phone': The country code must always be followed by the "0" before the area code; 'Mobile phone': There will never be the "0" before the number.

    Traveling by train
    There are several night- and Eurocity-day-connections with Italy. People under 26 years may receive special discounts. Reservations for sleeping car or couchettes should be made as early as possible. Siena is connected with Florence and Rome by a public bus or by the train.

    Traveling by car
    In the old city centres parking is normally not allowed. In all other districts parking is free of charge except for specially marked short term parking zones. Paid parking in garages is usually available.

    World time zones

    Italy uses Middle-European-Time (MET): Rome: ±0; London: -1; New York: -6; Los Angeles: -9; Tokyo: +8. From the end of March to the end of October the clocks in Italy are turned ahead one hour.



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