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Passports and VisasPassport required for entry.
Electricity220 V, 50 Hz
Languages SpokenItalian is the official language. Dialects are spoken in different regions. German and Ladin are spoken in the South Tyrol region (bordering Austria). French is spoken in all the border areas from the Riviera to the area north of Milan(border with France and Switzerland). Slovenian is spoken in the provinces bordering Slovenia. English, German and French are also spoken in the biggest cities and resorts by people connected with tourism.
CurrencyItalian Lira (Lit). Travelers checks and foreign money can be changed at banks, railway stations and airports, and very often at main hotels (generally at a less convenient rate). For more information on currency and exchange rates you can access the Universal Currency Converter.
Gratuity TipsService charges are included in your restaurant bill, so you are not expected to tip. It is common practice, however, to leave a small amount. In bars, Italians will usually leave any small change as a tip, but this is by no means obligatory. Be aware that prices in Italian bars double (sometimes even triple) if you sit down. Tipping taxi drivers is not common practice, but your hotel porter will expect a little something.
Banks, Credit Cards, ATMsAccess/MasterCard, Diners Club, and Visa are widely accepted. Check with your credit card company for merchant acceptability and other facilities which may be available.
Clothing RequirementsLightweight cottons and linens are recommended during the summer months which can get hot. During the winter months, lightweight to medium weights are worn in the south, while warmer clothes are worn in northern and central areas. Alpine wear is advised for winter mountain resorts.
Tourism InformationThe Italian National Tourist Office in the US, New York-Main office: 1 (212)245-4822. US, California office: 1 (310) 820-6357. Also visit the official web site of the Italian Government Tourist Board for Italian Tourism.
Venice is the only city of its kind in the world because of the way it was developed: it was built on over 100 islands in a lagoon four kilometers from terra firma and two kilometers from the Adriatic Sea. The entire historic center, crisscrossed by canals connected by hundreds of bridges, is a treasure from the artistic and architectural point of view.
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