One of the most celebrated tourist destinations in the world, and with good reason - the country really does have it all- from some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, to hordes of the world's finest art treasures, to the idyllic Mediterranean climate and some of the best food on the planet.*
Whether you're headed to the mountains which run the length of the country, or to the rolling hills and rustic feel of Tuscany, having travel insurance which covers you for essentials like your personal possessions, emergency medical expenses and legal expenses is really important.
Alpha have designed a way of tailoring your travel insurance policy to you - by choosing how much you would be willing to pay should you have to make a claim, you can find a travel insurance policy which covers you for an amount which fits your budget.
Other benefits to all Alpha Travel Insurance policies include:
To get a free quote, simply select the 'Get a Quote' button and then select the most appropriate policy for you and your planned travels. Select an excess and you're good to go! Alternatively, you can always contact us and our Customer Service Team and we will be more than willing to go through your cover options with you.
*Please note, Alpha Travel Insurance does not provide cover for any trip which goes against the advice of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). Please check the FCO advice on your chosen destination before booking your trip or purchasing our insurance.
While we hope your holiday to Italy is simply perfect, you can’t be too careful. It’s wise to keep the below contact numbers on hand just in case something does go wrong. You may also want to teach yourself some useful Italian phrases!
The European emergency number is 112 and can be dialled in case of a fire, medical emergency or if you require the police. Calls are answered within six seconds, and operators speak English, Italian, French and German.
To reach the police directly, call 113 instead.
I want to report a crime – Voglio denunciare un crimine
I have been mugged – Sono stato aggredito
To speak to the fire department in an emergency, call 115.
My house is burning down – La mia casa sta bruciando
Call the fire brigade – Chiamare i vigili del fuoco
If you need to call an ambulance, 118 is the direct contact number.
Where is the nearest hospital? – Dove si trova l’ospedale più vicino?
I have had an accident – Ho avuto un incidente
Call an ambulance – Chiami un’ambulanza
Receiving emergency medical treatment abroad can be expensive, which is why it’s important to take a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you. The card entitles you to medical treatment in any EU country at a reduced cost, or sometimes for free. If you don’t already have one, be sure to apply for one before you leave for Italy – they are free.
Please note that you still need to take out travel insurance – EHIC doesn’t cover all costs, including repatriation. Hang onto any proof of payment for treatment, as you will likely need to send over the receipts to your travel insurance firm when you return home in order to be reimbursed.
If you lose your EHIC at any point, you can obtain a Provisional Replacement Certificate from the Department of Health Overseas Healthcare Team, just give them a call on +441912181999.
No matter where you’re travelling to, it’s a good idea to check that any routine vaccinations are up to date. Book an appointment to see your GP four – six weeks before you travel and let them know where you’re going and what you’re doing. They will be able to advise you best on which jabs to have done.
Most tourists head to Italy between July and early September, as this is when the weather is at its hottest. However, if you want to avoid the crowds and would prefer the weather to be warm rather than boiling, we recommend either going between April and June or mid-September and October.
Italy tends to close down over the winter months, as businesses operate shorter opening hours and spa and beach destinations close completely. Weather-wise, cities like Rome stay fairly warm all year round, but in the north it gets much colder and may even see snow. October and November tend to be the wettest months no matter where you go in the country.
August is the absolute worst month to visit Italy – not only is it uncomfortably hot and stuffy, many of the locals choose to take this whole month off. This means that many family-run businesses are closed and the islands and beaches are overrun with Italian holidaymakers, as this is where the majority of them head. On the plus side, urban locations, such as Rome, Turin and Milan can be pretty quiet, and hotels here may be discounted if you’re lucky.
If you have a British passport, you do not need a visa to travel to Italy. EU citizens do not need any permits or live or work in the country either. However, if you choose to take up residence for three months or longer, you will need to register at the municipal registry office or anagrafe.
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