Italy

Capital Rome

Population 60,665,551

Area 301,336 km2

Key facts

Italy is a member state of the European Union located in Southern Europe. There are 6 countries (Austria, France, San Marino, Slovenia, Switzerland, Vatican City) that Italy shares its borders with. The official language of Italy is Italian. Unfortunately, if you speak English, it might be problematic to communicate fluently unless you know Italian.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Italy was ranked 35th out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Italy is Euro (EUR). The euro (€) is subdivided into 100 cent (c).

With today’s currency rate, 1 USD is worth 0.92 EUR.

Italian
Banknotes

€5€10€20€50€100€200€500

Italian
Coins

€1€25c10c20c50c1c2c

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Italy is 144.34 Mbps and mobile is 79.88 Mbs.The global average is 150.61 Mbps and 97.08 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density Italy has more ATMs than most other countries.90.31 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Italy, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 3 socket types used in Italy. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries. Type L is not very common around the world, so it might be a good idea to check if your electronics need an adapter.

Type C 230 V, 50 Hz  Type F 230 V, 50 Hz  Type L 230 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2023, Italy will celebrate 12 national public holidays.

Date Holiday name
January 1, 2022 New Year’s DayCapodanno
January 6, 2022 EpiphanyEpifania
April 17, 2022Moving holiday Easter SundayPasqua
April 18, 2022Moving holiday Easter MondayLunedì dell’Angelo
April 25, 2022 Liberation DayFesta della Liberazione
May 1, 2022 International Workers DayFesta del Lavoro
June 2, 2022 Republic DayFesta della Repubblica
August 15, 2022 Assumption DayFerragosto o Assunzione
November 1, 2022 All Saints DayTutti i santi
December 8, 2022 Immaculate ConceptionImmacolata Concezione
December 25, 2022 Christmas DayNatale
December 26, 2022 St. Stephen’s DaySanto Stefano

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Italy?

There are Mariott hotels in 2 cities: Milan and Rome.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Italy.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Italy.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Italy.

There are Radisson hotels in 8 cities.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Italy.

What fast food chains are present in Italy?

The McDonald’s chain operates in Italy.

The KFC chain operates in Italy.

The Burger King chain operates in Italy.

The Subway chain operates in Italy.

The Domino’s Pizza chain does not operate in Italy.

The Starbucks chain does not operate in Italy.

Weather

What is the weather like in Rome?

Today the sun in Rome, rises at 7:16 AM and sets at 5:31 PM. The climate of Rome may be categorized as a Mediterranean (Csa), according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayFeb 5Partly cloudlyLow: 4.3°C (39.74°F)High: 11.1°C (51.98°F)
MondayFeb 6OvercastLow: 1.1°C (33.98°F)High: 10.1°C (50.18°F)
TuesdayFeb 7OvercastLow: -0.2°C (31.64°F)High: 9.8°C (49.64°F)
WednesdayFeb 8Partly cloudlyLow: -0.9°C (30.38°F)High: 9.3°C (48.74°F)
ThursdayFeb 9Partly cloudlyLow: -0.9°C (30.38°F)High: 10.8°C (51.44°F)
FridayFeb 10Partly cloudlyLow: -0.8°C (30.56°F)High: 11.5°C (52.7°F)

Weather data for Rome (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains , and some of them are high-speed trains.

Subway Systems The subway system is available in 7 cities.

Taxi Apps Uber is available in 68 cities. You can use Bolt in 5 cities.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Italy.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 6.0, Italy is placed 22nd out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Italy traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  1,012.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 5.30 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 2: Exercise increased caution. 

Emergency phones in Italy

112 Police
112 Ambulance
112 Fire police

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Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Recreational usage is decriminalized, and medical use is legal.

The products are only for your own use or consumption, or as a present for members of your household. They may not be imported for commercial purposes under any circumstances.

Alcohol allowance

Travellers from EU countries:

  • 90L of still wine (60L of sparkling wine)
  • 110L of beer
  • 10L of alcoholic beverages stronger than 22%
  • 20L of fortified or sparkling wine or other liqueurs up to 22%.

Travellers from non-EU countries:

  • 4L of wine
  • 16L of beer
  • 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume

Tobacco allowance

Travellers from EU countries:

  • 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco

Travellers from non-EU countries:

  • 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco

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