Helpful Links: Italy

General Information

Which time zone is Italy in?

What holidays are observed?

What business hours are held?

What post office/mail/parcel services are available?

How do I address letters to Italy?

What is the manner of dress in Italy?

Are there any etiquette rules that I should be aware of?

Which electrical outlets are used?


University Life

Where can I find a list of Italian universities?

What scholarships are available to me?

What is the average tuition?

What is the average salary of a professor?



What is the weather like in Italy?

What is the weather forecast for this week?

What about extreme weather?


Moving Around

Is my driver’s license valid in Italy?

How can I obtain an Italian driver’s license?

How can I obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP)?

Which side of the road do I drive on?

Can I rent a car?

How can I travel around within Italy?

Where can I find updated safety & travel alerts?


Visa Information

Can you give me an overview of the process to obtain a visa?

  • Visas for Italy

What type of visa do I need?

  • Types of visas

How long is my visa valid for?

  • Short term visa are up to 90 days, long term visas vary.

How do I obtain a Stay Permit?

Can I get a visa extension?

  • No.

Am I allowed to work with my visa?

Am I allowed to study on my visa?

What is the cost of a visa?

  • Visa fees

How long before departure should I apply for my visa?

  • Visas are issued in about 7-15 days. Visas applications cannot be processed more than 3 months in advance.

I was refused a visa, can I reapply?

  • Yes. Appeals are also allowed.

Can I bring my spouse/children with me?

Can I travel home/internationally while holding my visa?

  • Re-entry varies by visa type, but Italy is a Schengen country, so travel to most of Europe is allowed on most visas.

What customs information do I need to know?

My passport has been lost or stolen, what should I do?

Contact your nearest embassy/consulate

How can I become permanent resident?



Can I bring my pet with me to Italy?

Can I return home with my pet?


Medical Issues

Will my medical insurance work in Italy?

  • Check with your provider.

Do I need medical insurance?

  • Yes, medical insurance is mandatory and part of the visa application.

Can I bring my prescription medicine into Italy?

Is my medicine available in Italy?

My medication has run out, can I refill it with my doctor’s prescription?

  • No, you must visit an Italian doctor for a new prescription.

What vaccinations and immunizations do I need before traveling to Italy?

Where can I go in case of a medical emergency?

  • 113 - Emergency Police Help Number (also ambulance and fire)
  • 118 - Medical Emergencies

How do I find a doctor?



What is the current exchange rate?

Where can I change my money?

What is required to open an Italian bank account?

Can I obtain an Italian credit card?

Will my debit/credit card work in Italy?

Do I have to pay taxes?

What are the average costs of living?

How does tipping work?

How can I make international money transfers?



Which is the best phone service provider?

Will my current phone work in Italy?

Where can I purchase a SIM card for my phone?

Can I rent a cell phone in Italy?

What is the country code for Italy?

  • 39

How can I call home?

Are there international calling cards available

What about calls/video chatting on the internet?



How do I become a citizen?

What if I get arrested/in trouble with police?

Contact your nearest embassy/consulate


Additional Questions

How do I contact the US Embassy/consulate?

Contact your nearest embassy/consulate

How can I contact other expatriates?

  • Expats in Italy

Who do I contact in case of an emergency?

  • 112 – Carabinieri (police)
  • 113 - Emergency Police Help Number (also ambulance and fire)
  • 115 - Fire Department
  • 116 - A.C.I. (Italian Automobile Club) road assistance.
  • 118 - Medical Emergencies

Contact your nearest embassy/consulate



Are my children eligible to attend public school in Italy?


Language Resources

Where can I find Italian classes and/or tutors?



Are there any online Italian study materials?

Are there any phone apps for improving my Italian?

Where can I find an English-Italian bilingual dictionary?



Hard copy

What are some Italian idioms/phrases?

Where can I find a translation service?