Daily life

Living in Europe | Access to the culture of the host country/language courses, Banking | Italy

Here follows some information about Italy and about practical formalities required when settling down in a new country such as applying for tax code, opening a bank account, etc.


Italy is covered by the Central European Time Zone (CET), 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1). Summer Time (ora legale) starts at the end of March until end of October.

Italy’s currency is Euro. It is possible to change money in banks or Exchange offices.

Emergency number​
For any kind of emergency dial 112, the European emergency phone number.

Electricity comes out of the wall socket at 220 volts alternating at a 50 cycles per second, conforming the European standard as well as plugs and sockets. In some cases, you may need an adaptor for Italian plugs Type L.

Telephone, mobile, internet and WiFi
In Italy there are several telephone and internet providers. The International country code is ++39.

Land line and WiFi connection is widely available everywhere. Cafes, restaurants, bars usually offer free wi-fi. Many Italian cities and towns provide public free wi-fi hotspots (a registration might be asked).