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Italy

Hardly any other country enchants like Italy - be it with beautiful landscapes, delicious food or the elegant Italian lifestyle. No matter where you are in Italy, you feel like you are walking through the backdrop of a painting, which can look very different. Because the country is diverse. Tuscany, for example, fascinates with a view over its hilly landscape. In the south, things heat up when Etna spits fire again. You'll quickly need to cool off in the Mediterranean, which lovingly frames Italy. In the north, you can relax in the mountains with their glistening glacial lakes.

Overview

 

Capital

Italy's capital is Rome.


Language

The national language is Italian, although some also understand or speak English.


 
 
 

Currency

In Italy, payments are made in euros.

 
 
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Entry & Visas

Italy is a member of the EU, which is why EU citizens do not require a visa. In addition, there are generally no border controls within the EU. You only need to carry your identity card with you.


Time

Central European Time (UTC+1) applies.


 
 
 

Credit cards & ATMs

There are ATMs everywhere in the cities. Outside of cities, however, you should always have enough cash with you. In restaurants and other establishments, it is best to ask in advance whether card payment is possible.


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Best time to visit

It depends on what you're planning. If you want to go to the beach, May to September are ideal (late summer can be particularly good!). Spring and fall are best for city trips. If you want to go skiing, you should travel between December and March.


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Driving

A national driving license is sufficient for EU citizens. The traffic signs and rules are by and large uniform within Europe.

The speed limit on freeways is 130 km/h (150 km/h is also possible if indicated), 110 km/h on motorways, 90 km/h outside built-up areas and 50 km/h within built-up areas. The blood alcohol limit is 0.5 per mille.

You can find more information here.


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Phone

If you have a phone contract from the EU or the Schengen area, you do not pay any roaming charges. You can use your phone at the same rate as at home.