Italy is one of the most celebrated tourist destinations in the world, and with good reason - the country really does have it all. It not only boasts some of the most beautiful scenery the world has to offer, hordes of priceless art treasures, and the idyllic Mediterranean climate, but also some of the best food on the planet… mmmm… Pizza!
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.
We are travel insurance specialists, and genuinely believe that our policies can offer policies to suit your needs at a budget friendly price. Furthermore, you don’t have to worry about sifting through hundreds of options – our policies all offer the same great levels of cover, all you have to do is choose the excess you would like to pay in the event of a claim (ranging from £150 to nothing at all!).
Now, it is not all about the food, even if it is amazing! There are so many amazing places to see in Italy, so we have given you a few options below of some to add to your to-do list while you’re there.
*All information and prices correct as at August 2018.
As a British National you will not require a visa to enter Italy.
However, always ensure that your passport is in date and is valid for the whole duration of your stay, as you won’t be covered if you need to cancel because of this!
You are not required to have any vaccinations before travelling to Italy.
However, we always suggest that you carry your EHIC with you (the EHIC replaced the old E-111 forms from back in the day). They are part of an agreement with all EU countries that if you produce it whilst accessing public medical treatment, the treatment will be cheaper or in some cases, free.
If you use your EHIC, we will always waive the medical excess on your policy in the event of a medical claim. The EHIC is free to order from the NHS, so it’s well worth it!
If you don’t have one, can’t find it or it’s expired, click here and apply for a new one. The application takes minutes and it arrives in a few days.
The EHIC is not a substitute for Travel Insurance. It is to help you receive cheaper and sometimes free health care within Europe.
For more medical information prior to travelling to Italy please click here.
|Currency||Euro - Click here for the current exchange rate.|
|Emergency Info||For General emergencies, call 113.
Fire Brigade: 115
Forest Fire: 1515
Car Breakdown assistance: 116
|Tipping Protocol||In restaurants it is customary to leave It is not necessary to tip in Italy, so leaving the waiter change if paying cash is fine!
If you see ‘Coperto’ on your bill – this is the charge for tablecloth/silverware etc although illegal in some regions.
Ensure you keep your receipts. Police generally are around for safety purposes and can ask you to prove you have paid upon leaving.
|Drinking Age||18 years – although 16/17year olds are permitted to drink a glass of beer, wine or cider in a restaurant whilst eating.|
|Weather||Earthquakes can be a regular occurrence as much of Italy lies on a major seismic fault line.
For more information click here
|Seasons||Spring – March until May
Summer – June until August
Autumn – September until November
Winter – December until February
|Phrases||Hello – Ciao
Good Morning – Buongiorno
How are you? – Come va
How much please – Quanto per favore
Good night – Buona Notte
|Plug Type||220V to 230V – 50Hz|
|Driving Side||Right Hand Side|
|Local Laws/Customs||You should always be able to show identification- Photocopies of your passport should be enough – unless it is whilst driving when you will need the original.
You could also be stopped if purchasing from illegal traders on the street (mainly found in tourist areas)
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