Soon you will go on holiday to the Adriatic coast in Italy. We are happy to send you well-prepared on your way, which is why we have listed some useful information for you. We wish you a nice holiday in 'la bella Italia'!
Most motorways in Italy are toll roads (strade a pedaggio). The current toll rates can be found here: https://www.autostrade.it/en/pedaggio. Payment can be made in cash or by credit card (toll booth Carte) or sometimes with an Irish debit card, without a PIN code. You can also buy a toll badge, which is valid in 4 countries: Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal. This can be done online. Can't pay? Then the toll gate will open anyway, you will receive a ticket and have to pay afterward at, for example, a manned toll gate further away or online.
An environmental zone has been established in many Italian cities, the so-called Zona a Traffico Limitato (ZTL). The rules are complicated and vary by city. There is no environmental badge like in other countries. An environmental zone is indicated by a sign zona trafico limitato. There are high fines. It is best to park outside the zone and continue by public transport or on foot.
Current fuel prices and petrol stations: https://www.autostrade.it/en/aree-di-servizio1
Refueling on the motorway is always a lot more expensive than on ordinary roads. The prices are lowest for self-service pumps (fai da te/self service).
It is mandatory to have a warning triangle and a safety vest in the car.
Are you going by plane and renting a car? An Irish driver's license is valid in Italy, The driver must often be at least 21 years old and have had a driver's license for at least 1 or 2 years. Only with a credit card (with PIN code) in the name of the main driver can a car be rented.
The most important traffic rules in Italy can be found here. In 2023, Black Saturday is on August 5. The weekends before and after are also very busy
Italy is the country of delicious cappuccinos, fresh pizzas and of course well-known brands such as Dolce & Gabanna. A country with something for everyone, but certainly also a mecca for real fashion lovers! Because besides sunbathing and a bite to eat, this is a country with unique boutiques and shops. Especially the Adriatic coast is highly recommended, and especially towns such as Rimini, Riccione, and San Marino.
Venice does not have large shopping centers, as can be found in Milan, Rome, and Florence. If you really want to make your move, go to Mestre, a suburb of Venice. Here is a large shopping center with supermarkets and clothing stores.
Tap water in Italy can generally be drunk safely. If a tap says Acqua non potabile (no drinking water), it is better to drink bottled water.
The bakers and butchers in Italy open somewhere between 07:00 and 08:00. Around lunchtime they are closed for a few hours and then they are open until about 19:00. Many bakeries are also open on Sunday mornings. Many shops are closed on Mondays. The large supermarkets are open every day, all day, and often until the evening, They can often be found just outside the cities, and in addition to food, there are also all kinds of other things for sale, from books to washing machines. Well-known supermarkets are Esselunga, Ipercoop, Eurospin, and Conad, but in Italy, you will also find the Lidl and the Aldi. Prices are on average slightly lower than in Ireland. Cigarettes and medicines (expensive in Italy) are not for sale in the supermarket.
If you go out for dinner at the campsite, you can often go early. If you go to a restaurant outside the campsite, keep in mind that there is often no one there before 20:00. Eating out is cheaper than in Ireland. You already have a simple 3-course menu for around € 20,-. Also, take a look at the menu or the bill: if there is Servizio, the tip is already included. Coperto is the amount the restaurant charges for the use of crockery, table linen, cutlery, etc., and has nothing to do with tips.
Italian health care is of good quality.
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) entitles you to necessary medical care in the event of illness or an accident during a temporary stay in Italy. Often it is not necessary to advance healthcare costs yourself. The personal EHIC can be found on the back of the health insurance card of your health insurer or in their app.
At the chemist (pharmacy), you can find all kinds of medicines and self-care products. The Italian doctors are always very generous with the provision of medicines.
In case of hospitalisation or when specialist medical care is needed, it is best to contact your insurance company directly.
In Italy, COVID-19 measures no longer apply at this time. It is also not necessary to get vaccinations.
Italy is a large country with large geographical differences. As a result, there are various climates.
Google translate will go a long way, of course, but it's also nice to know some phrases. We'll help you get started:
|See you later||Arrivederci/Ciao||(a·ree·vuh·duh·chee/tsjau)|
|How are you doing?||Come stai||(koo-me staj)|
|Good||Sto bene||(sto be-ne)|
|How much does it cost?||Quanta costa?||(kwan-ta kos-ta)|
|I think it's too expensive||È troppo costoso (per me)||(e trop-po kos-to-so per me)|
|I would like to...||Vorrei..||(vo-rei)|
|No, I don't want to||No, non voglio||(no, non- vo-lji-o)|
|Do you speak English?||Parla inglese?||(par-la ien-glee-zee)|
|I don't understand||Non ho capito||(non ho ka-pie-to)|
|Where is the toilet?||Dov’è il bagno?||(do-vè iel-ban-joo)|
|May I ask something?||Posso chiedere qualcosa?||(pos-so kje-de-re kwal-kosa)|
In Italy, just like in Ireland, you pay with the euro. The price level is on average slightly lower than in Ireland. You can pay almost anywhere with your regular debit card or with a credit card. There are more ATMs in Italy than in Ireland. Please note: withdrawing money with a credit card is usually not free.
1st Easter Day
2nd Easter Day
|Liberation Day||Giorno della Liberazione|
|Labour Day||Festa del Lavoro|
|Republic Day||Festa della Repubblica|
All Saint's Day
Are you traveling alone with a minor child, for example, because you are divorced? Or are you taking a friend of your child with you? Then you must be able to prove that you have permission from the parent(s). You can do this with a permission slip.
Put the phone number of a contact person in case of emergency as an ICE (In Case of Emergency) number in your phone.
Tip: before leaving, photograph your passport/ID, insurance card, bank card, emergency numbers, and other important items. Mail or app them to yourself or other traveling companions, so that you still have important data to hand in case of loss or theft.
The most fairytale city in all of Italy, with hundreds of bridges and bridges, sloshing water, the colorful houses. Visit St. Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace, the islands of Burano, Murano, and Torcello, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Rialto Bridge.
In this park, there are 273 miniatures of famous Italian and European buildings. In addition, the Grand Canal of Venice has been recreated on a scale of 1:5. In addition to the miniature world, Italia in Miniatura has other attractions, such as the cruise through Venice with boats, and various shows.
Fortified town in the north of the Adriatic coast, in the shape of a star. The town as a whole is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Pizzeria near Eraclea Mare has won several awards and even became the world champion of pizza baking in 2016. If you're hungry, try the Calzone pizza!
Rimini is the main seaside resort in Emilia-Romagna and is located on the Adriatic Sea. It is also the busiest and most famous seaside resort in Italy. Rimini has more than 15km of sandy beach. Known as a place to go out for young people, Rimini also has a beautiful historic center.
Chioggia is also called la piccola Venezia (little Venice). Here, as in Venice, you will find many bridges, boats, and colorful houses, but it is a lot quieter. In the adjacent town of Sottomarina is a nice beach.
The Po Delta National Park is a national park of 54km². The river Po, the largest in Italy, divides the vast plains of northern Italy by means of numerous smaller rivers into marshland, small islands, and lakes, where many birds breed. Ideal for spotting special animals and or enjoying nature. The park can be explored by bike, on foot, or by boat.
The bustling seaside resort of Lido di Jesolo is a paradise for shoppers with its 12 km long shopping street behind the boulevard that is located on a beautiful wide sandy beach. Here you will find countless shops, from luxurious Italian fashion stores and charming boutiques to cozy souvenir shops. And of course, the Italian ice cream parlors are not missing!
Padova is one of the nicest cities in Italy, with a car-free medieval center, squares, and terraces. In this student city, you will find the oldest botanical garden in Europe, which is also on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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