Italy - Survival Guide

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  1. ffitalia

    ffitalia Silver Member

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    I started this thread to enter some general advice for all those who will be visiting Italy for business or pleasure.
    Please note the links shown are in Italian (not all sites have the English version sorry), but via google translator or similar you should have no problems

    1) Payments/Credit Card:
    In general widespread except in bars, sometimes required a minimum of expense to be accepted. In detail
    - Visa: the most widespread. If you have not it might be worth it, otherwise you'll often use the cash
    - Amex: uncommon. OK at the international hotel.
    Caution: Unlike the U.S., there are no gratuities, the price is indicated and it is always inclusive of taxes

    2) Move:
    Car:
    Unlike the United States in Europe, there are cars with petrol (benzina) and diesel, check when you rent the type of fuel and watch at gas station! The diesel costs less
    Highways (surcharge!) The speed limit is 130 km / h, unless otherwise specified. The "tutor" calculates the average speed ... attention to the limits.
    Above all in northern Italy attention to the fog in winter.

    Trains:
    - View TreniItalia for info and reservation.
    - For family discount read this


    3) Electrical Adapters (copied from post http://milepoint.com/forums/threads...iness-travelers-to-europe.42757/#post-1524904)
    In Europe there are three different plug types (UK, Italy and mainland Europe) which you should be aware of. It is not advisable to plug more than one adapter into one another so make sure you buy the relevant ones before you leave the United States. You will need an adaptor for Europe, where they use the “schuko plug” in most countries except the UK. UK and Malta use the type G plug which has 3 rectangular prongs to form a triangle with a 3 wire grounded and fused plug. Italy have two types of power sockets the European schuko for the larger appliances and the 3 prong Italian regular power socket. There are European to Italian converters that can be bought in Italy, so do not worry about geting one before you leave.
    NOTE: Make sure your device can be run at 220 volts or you will have an expensive surprise!


    4) WIFI:
    Until a short time ago due to an Italian law there was no open wifi networks (now theoretically possible but not yet widespread). For this reason in many hotels access to the Internet is free of charge. In many cities there are free wifi networks, a simple registration with a mobile phone number or an e-mail address to receive your password.
    Some links to get prepared:
    - FreeLuna is one of the most popular, with a single recording can be accessed from many cities.
    - Firenze
    - Roma
    An alternative for those who rent with Hertz

    5) AAA/CAA
    The ACI (automobil club italia) is partner "show your card", here you can find a list of conventions in general also apply to AAA/CAA members.
     
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  2. MX

    MX Gold Member

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    There's a growing number of diesel cars in the US now as well. In the area where I live, most gas stations have at least one diesel pump.
     
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  4. ffitalia

    ffitalia Silver Member

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    ok my mistake, sorry :oops:
     

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