General Information about Italy

Area: 116,346 sq miles

Population: 61 million

Population density:125 per sq miles

Capital: Rome

Government: Republic

Head of State: President Giorgio Napolitano

Head of Government: Prime Minister Mario Monti

Electricity:230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are of the two round-pin type

Currency and Moneychanger

Italy is part of the Euro zone and the official
currency, since 2002 is the Euro.

There are 7 notes in denomination
of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 euros
and 8 coins in denomination of 2 and 1 euros
50 cents, 20 cents, 10 cents, 5 cents,
2 cents and 1 cent.


Money change can be provided at the
"Cambio Valute" (exchange office), banks,
at the post office. Usually banks and
the post office offer best rates that the
exchange office.
Commissions fluctuate and depend on whether you are changing cash or cheques.

Emergency telephone numbers

Here a list of emergency numbers you can dial from anywhere in the country (public phone box included):

113 - Emergency Police Help Number (also ambulance and fire)

115 - Fire Department

116 - A.C.I. road assistance.

118 - Medical Emergencies

Embassies & Consulates

United States of America

Embassy of United States of America in Italy
Via Vittorio Veneto, 119/A - 00187 Roma
Tel. 06-46741
from 8.30 am to 5:30 pm (Mon- Fri)

Consulate General of Unites States in Milan
Via Principe Amedeo, 2/10 - 20121 Milano
Tel. 02-290351
from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (Mon-Fri)

Consulate General of United States in Florence
Lungarno Vespucci, 38 - 50123 Firenze
Tel. 055-2398276
from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm (Mon-Fri)

Consulate General of united States in Naples
Piazza della Repubblica - 80122 Napoli
Tel. 081-5838111
from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm (Mon-Fri)


Embassy of Canada in Rome
Via Zara 30 - 00198 Roma
Tel. 06 854441
from 08:00 am to 12:00 pm (Mon-Fri)