When planning a trip abroad it is good to be aware of any requirements that the country you are visiting has in place, such as driving regulations and what type of passport or visas you might need in order to enter. On these pages you will find useful information about travelling to Italy to help you prepare for your trip.

CULTURE

In Italy you’ll find that family is very much at the centre of Italian life, and community plays a big part of the overall social structure. This in turn makes it a warm and friendly place to visit where you can feel right at home from the moment you arrive.

Italian is the official language of Italy and some of the more commonly used greetings you may find useful to know when visiting are:

• Buongiornio - Hello
• Arrivederci - Goodbye
• Si - Yes
• No - No
• Per favore - Please
• Grazie - Thank you
• Aperto / Chiuso - Open / Closed
• Signori, Uomini / Signore, Donne - Gents / Ladies
• Campeggio  - Campsite

Most of the people you'll need to deal with during your stay will speak at least some English so you should have no problem on the campsites and in the main tourist areas. English is generally understood in the larger cities, though as a rule, English is not widely spoken throughout so we recommend investing in a phrase book to help you during your stay - learning polite phrases so you can communicate in Italian will be appreciated.

CURRENCY

The currency of Italy is the Euro.

Banking Hours
Monday to Friday: 0830 – 1300 and 1500 – 1600

Credit Cards & ATM
The major credit cards (Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club and Visa) are widely accepted by shops, hotels, restaurants and most motorway petrol stations. Some small petrol stations on ordinary roads may not accept cards.

There are cash dispenser machines (ATMs) throughout the country which accept debit and credit cards.

Travellers' cheques are no longer generally accepted, although they may be exchanged at some major banks.