Currency € :The Euro is the currency of Italy. (ATM machines are used widely throughout).
Visa: Australian passport holders do not require a visa for stays up to 3 months. Once visitors arrive in Italy, those who will not be staying in a hotel or similar accommodation facility must register with the local police headquarters within 8 days of their arrival in the country. Visitors staying in hotels or other tourist accommodation facilities will automatically be registered upon reception there.
Driving: Driving is on the right hand side of the road (opposite to Australia) and an International drivers license is compulsory.
Language: Italian is the official language of Italy. English is widely spoken in main cities.
Various Electrical: AC – the cycle is 50Hz 220 V.
Medical Emergency: dial 118
Time differences between Italy and Australia: Italy is Greenwich Mean Time +1 hour (+2 during daylight saving (DST)). The applicable time zones are Central European Time (CET) or Central European Summer Time (CEST). DST starts on the last Sunday in March and ends on the last Sunday in October.
Example: Italy 12noon in Winter (December) = Perth 7pm; Darwin 8.30pm; Brisbane 9pm; Adelaide 9.30pm; Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney 10pm.
Italy 12noon in Summer (June) = Perth 6pm; Adelaide, Darwin 7.30pm; Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney 8pm.
SPRING (March – May): Spring comes early in Italy and it’s the ideal time for holidays in locations such as Florence, the Gulf of Naples, the Sorrento peninsula, the Aeolian Island, Sicily and Rome.
SUMMER (June – August): There are numerous beach resorts all along the Ligurian and Adriatic Rivieras, and magnificent beaches on the Tyrrhenian, Adriatic and Ionian shores and in Sardinia. At this time of year vacations in the mountains are particularly attractive at Alpine resort such as Ortisei, Cervinia, Cortina d’Ampezzo and in the Apennines at Abetone (Tuscany), Roccaraso (Abruzzo), Sila (Calabria) or on Mt. Etna in Sicily.
AUTUMN (September – November): Autumn is particularly enjoyable at Merano and Bressanone in the Dolomites, on the lakes of Lombardy, in Rome, Apulia, on Italy’s beautiful islands and for visiting Italy’s many spas.
WINTER (December – February): Winter is, of course, the winter sports season. Sports centres can be found not only in the Alps but also in many other parts of Italy such as the central Apennines, on the Aspromonte in Calabria, and in Sicily. Winters are delightfully mild on the Ligurian and Neapolitan coasts and in Sicily. This is also the best time to visit the art cities and avoid the crowds.
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