town has an APT (Azienda di Informazione Turisica) or IAT (Informazione
e Accoglienza Turistica). If you need addresses and telephone numbers
you should look in the local directory or in Yellow Pages under
ENIT (Ente Nazionale per il Turismo, which is the Italian state
tourist board). The Yellow Pages website is www.paginegialle.it.
Main APT offices and TCI offices (Touring Club
Italiano) will offer free city maps, a list of hotels, museum addresses
and opening hours, and any other helpful information they can give.
They will also be able to recommend the best local food to eat and
which wines will compliment it. Should you like a local guide for
a day or two, they can easily arrange this.
Upon entry into Italy a valid passport is required.
Visas are not required for tourists who are staying in Italy up
to three months. However, if you are entering Italy to work or study
you will be required to obtain a visa from the Italian Embassy or
Under Italian law, tourists are required to register
with a local police station within eight working days of their arrival,
regardless of their intended length of stay. You must obtain a permit
of stay called a "permesso di soggiorno".
Italy remains largely free of terrorist incidents.
However, Italy's borders are open to its European neighbours
allowing the possibility of terrorist groups coming and going with
Italy has a moderate amount of violent crime,
some of which is directed towards foreigners. Mostly these crimes
are committed for motives of theft. Travellers must remain vigilant,
as they would travel in any other country. Train stations and airports,
nightclubs, bars and outdoor cafés are all prime target areas.
If you are a victim of a crime, file a police report and contact
your embassy or consulate. There are also organisations within Italy
that are there to help as well as provide counselling, medical and
legal assistance to certain crime victims.
Petty crimes such as pick pocketing, theft from
cars and purse snatching are serious problems throughout Italy,
especially in the larger cities. Thieves often work in pairs or
Medical facilities are available throughout Italy,
but may be limited in more rural areas. Public hospitals are generally
free of charge for emergency services.
Streets in old city centres are likely to be winding,
narrow and congested. Locals like to get about on scooters and the
drivers often see themselves as exempt from conventions that apply
to cars. Tourists who rent scooters are advised to be extremely
careful. Foreign pedestrians and drivers should be constantly alert
to the possibility of a scooter's sudden presence! Traffic
lights are limited and often disregarded. In northern Italy drivers
should be aware of fog and poor visibility in the winter months.
Roadside assistance is Italy is excellent on the well-maintained
toll roads, but limited on secondary roads. Headlights must be on
at all times outside urban areas and the wearing of safety belts