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?

 
 

Weather

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?

What type of visa do I need?

How long is my visa valid for?

How do I obtain a Stay Permit?

Can I get a visa extension?

Am I allowed to work with my visa?

Am I allowed to study on my visa?

What is the cost of a visa?

How long before departure should I apply for my visa?

I was refused a visa, can I reapply?

Can I bring my spouse/children with me?

Can I travel home/internationally while holding my visa?

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?

 
 

Pets

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?

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?

 
 

Money

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?

 
 

Phones

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?

 
 

Legal

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?

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

 
 

Education

Are my children eligible to attend public school in Italy?

 
 

Language Resources

Where can I find Italian classes and/or tutors?

Classes

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?

Online

Smartphone/tablet

Hard copy

What are some Italian idioms/phrases?

Where can I find a translation service?