Visiting

Business hours

Businesses are usually open from 9.00am to 5.00/6.00pm with lunch at 1.00pm. Government offices and banks may open earlier 8.00/8.30am and close around 4.00pm. Banks will often close for one or two hours during lunch.

The opening hours for shops and services may vary between cities and regions. In general, the opening hours for shops are from 10.00am to 7.30pm, Monday to Saturday. In smaller towns many shops and services will be closed for lunch from 1.00pm to 3.30/4.00pm. Most shops are closed on Sundays, with the exception of major cities and tourist areas; some supermarkets and shopping centres also remain open.

Public holidays

January 1 – New Year’s Day
January 6 – Epiphany
Easter Monday
April 25 – Liberation Day
May 1 – Labour Day
June 2 – Republic Day
August 15 – Assumption
November 1 – All Saints Day
December 8 – Immaculate Conception
December 25 – Christmas Day
December 26 – St Stephen’s Day

Climate

Italy’s climate varies significantly from north to south.

Northern Italy generally has cold and sometimes foggy winters and hot, humid summers. Central Italy has a milder climate, less cold in winter and less humid in summer in the coastal areas. The south of Italy has mild winters and long hot summers.

Visitors should bring warm clothing and overcoats in winter and lightweight clothing in summer.

For weather details in Italy, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.

Currency

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The official currency is the Euro (€).

Banks and Money

Cash can easily been withdrawn from ATMs at any bank.

While credit cards are widely accepted in the major cities, MasterCard and Visa are the most common. It is advisable to carry cash as some smaller shops and taxis may not accept cards, particularly in smaller towns.

Time zones and time differences

Italy is eight hours from March to September and 10 hours from October to February behind Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

To find out the current time in Rome, view the World Clock.

Dialling codes

Italy's country code is +39.

For calls to Italy from Australia dial: 0011 + 39 + area code + telephone number.

For calls from Italy to Australia dial: 00 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

Find out more about Australian area codes or international dialing codes.

Electricity and water

Italy’s power supply is 220 volts

The round European two-pin plugs are the most common.

Tap water is safe to drink in Italy, although most hotels and restaurants will only serve bottled water.

Links and resources

Travel and tourism

Italy Tourism Board

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