Italy, Italy... the pleasures and the pains of life in a fascinating complex country. Some travel tips to fully enjoy Italy...
In the last years new rules have been introduced by city administrations in the field of bus service (for instance Milan, Florence, Montecatini, Pisa, Bologna, Rome, Monaco).
These rules may vary from municipality to municipality. Please call us for further information!
Single rooms are limited and are often available at supplements. Hotels offer double rooms where third or fourth beds can be added easily, for example for a family with a baby\'s cot.
When in Rome do as Romans do!
Hotels in Italy serve traditional breakfast consisting of cappuccino, espresso, tea, milk, croissants or bread with jam. Anyway in many hotels items such cheese, eggs and different cuts are available at a small supplement.
Swimming pools are usually open from the end of May until midst September but this may vary from season to season. Water is heated, deck chairs and beach umbrella are at guests\' disposal.
LIVE AND LET LIVE...
If you choose a central hotel please consider that there may be lot of noise and traffic congestion in the city centre.
Italians are lively people who like going out in the open air. In summer time they spend the evening in the squares or take a stroll along the promenade.
Law currently in force in Italy govern the use of heating which may vary from region to region and subject to weather conditions. Heating is normally only needed from the end of October to the end of April.
The voltage is 220V. Travellers are advised to bring adapters.
On holidays most museums and archaeological sites close, although this may be less absolute in big cities. We recommend to ask local information centres.
TIPPING AND EXTRA
Service is usually included in the bill. Sometimes restaurants will have "Pane e Coperto" (bread and cover charge) on the bill, deck chairs and beach umbrella, telephone, drinks. Anyway, in Italy it is customary to leave a coin behind in cafes and bars(about 10% of the price).
Banks in Italy are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 1:20 pm and from 2:30 pm to 3.30 pm.
Dedicated exchange facilities are not to be found quite often, therefore we suggest that you change money or cheques in banks. VisaCard are accepted almost everywhere.
Shops are usually open from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm and from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm, although times vary from region to region, for instance in southern Italy shops stay open from 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm. In tourist areas in summer shops can open in the evening.
Although Italy has a mild climate, it is recommended to wear warm clothes in the low season. Churches in Italy are first of all sacred places and not monuments, therefore casual wear is expected. It is not permitted to visit churches in miniskirts, shorts or in uncovered shoulders. Men must wear a shirt and re not permitted to wear short pants.
Hotel facilities in Italy may vary considerably from region to region.
New tourist resorts offer more modern facilities than traditional resorts, however the hotel star rating does not always mirror actual standards and there may be significant difference between hotels in the same category, for example some 2 star hotels may offer excellent services. Some advice is needed here!