Italy - Holiday facts and Information

Holiday facts and information about Italy

General facts

Trip Preparation

Trip Preparation

Trip Preparation

Area 301,318 km ² Population 58,126,212 (2009) Official name Italian Republic Capital Rome Italy is in southern Europe. Something special about this country is that it has too small states within its borders, San Marino and the Vatican City.

Language

The residents of Italy speak Italian. There are several dialects which are divided into two groups, east and west.

Currency

Italy joined the Euro in 2002.

Electricity

Electrical current is 220 volts. In the case of other connections, you can buy an adapter.

Best travel time

Summer in Italy is usually quite warm, especially in the south. The Mediterranean climate means that temperatures can reach up to 35 degrees. The winter is cold and wet in the mountains of the north. In the south it is milder. In spring and autumn a warm wind blows from Africa, which provides a temperature rise.

Visa requirements

A national identity card or passport is sufficient for EU citizens. If you wish to stay longer than 90 days you can obtain a visa. Vaccination In theory there are no vaccinations required. However in summer a vaccination against tick fever may be an option. Ask your doctor for more details.

Country and People

Country and People

Traditions and Culture

People think of Italy, they think of culture. The country has a long history and so much culture to offer. Historic towns, baroque churches, beautiful squares and famous art collections. Italy does has 38 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. For Italians, the town or region they come from is very important, as are family ties. Although there is a large difference between the north and south. In the South, the population is very traditional. Family loyalty and pride are very important. Southern families are often large, although the number of children has gone down in recent years. The families of the north are less numerous, but they also highly value family ties. A north-south divide is most apparent in the social position of women. The north has more benefits for women in terms of work and social life. The mentality of the Italian population is very open and neutral. One of the key aspects of family life. The favourite sports in Italy are football and cycling.  Italians take great pride in their national teams.

Public holidays

01/01 New Year 06/01 Epiphany 25/04 Liberation day 01/05 Labor day 15/08 Assumption 01 /11 All Saints day 08/12 Immaculate Conception 25/12 Christmas 26/12 Saint Stefano

Religion

The main religion in Italy is Roman Catholicism. 87.7% say they are Catholic, but only 36.8% practiced the faith.

Getting around

Getting around

By bus

Buses and trams in most cities. Rome has a subway. Italy also has an extensive railway system and tickets are not expensive. By ferry you can easily reach various destinations like Greece, Croatia, Albania, Tunisia, Turkey, Spain and Malta.

By plane

Most large cities have airports with the main airports being, Rome, Naples, and Milan. Domestic flights are often very expensive. Rental cars can be rented at airports, by credit card. It is cheaper to arrange from your home country. Most motorways are toll roads, and take you quickly where you want to go.

Discover and Enjoy

Discover and Enjoy

Events

Several regional celebrations, often to do with Christianity, such as Easter, Pentecost and Christmas.

Food

Of course, Ice cream! Available in flavours you could never dream of. In the morning Italians drink a Cappuccino or espresso. In the afternoon, a heavy lunch of pasta, meat, fish or pizza accompanied with a glass of wine. And then again at night! Each region has its own specialities. For example Risotto near Milan.