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Train Travel around Italy

Operated by Italian State Railways (Ferrovie dello Stato, or FS), there are seven types of train in Italy. At the top of the range are the ” Pendolino ” (CiS) and “Eurostar Italia” (ES), an Intercity service; in first class your ticket includes newspapers and a meal; reservations are included in the ticket price. Eurocity trains connect the major Italian cities with centres such as Paris, Vienna, Hamburg and Barcelona, while Intercity trains link the major Italian centres; reservations are advised on both of these services (and are sometimes compulsory anyway) and a supplement in the region of thirty percent of the ordinary fare is payable. (Make sure you pay your supplement before getting on board; otherwise you’ll have to cough up a far bigger surcharge to the conductor.) Diretto, Espresso and Interregionale trains are the common-or-garden long-distance expresses, calling only at larger stations; and lastly there are the Regionale services, which stop at every place with a population higher than zero (and on which smoking is not allowed). For information on trains call 1478.88.088, or visit the useful Web site at .

Healthcare and Medical Assistance

Tourists requiring urgent medical care should go to the nearest hospital emergency room (airports and many train stations also have medical teams and first aid facilities). Those with serious illnesses or allergies should always carry a special note from their physicians certifying in detail the treatments in progress or that may be necessary.
Pharmacies (Farmacia), generally follow shops times (approx. from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 3:00 to 7:30 p.m., Monday to Saturday, but in large cities many are open no-stop. Night-time service is provided on a shift basis. Business hours and night shifts are displayed outside of each chemist’s (they are also published in local papers). Before departure, it is advisable to procure a document certifying coverage by the national health-care service.

Banking Hours

Banks in Italy are open Monday through Friday from 8:35 a.m. to 1:35 p.m. and from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.; in many tourist areas they are open no-stop from 8.30 a.m. to 4p.m. and closed all day on Saturday and Sunday and on national holidays. The afternoon one hour opening may vary from city to city. Travelers checks can be exchanged for Italian currency at most hotels and shops and at the foreign exchange offices in main railway stations and at the airports.

Emergency Telephone Numbers

12   Phone Directory Assistance
112 for Carabinieri’s service
113 for Emergency Police Help
115 for the Fire Department
116 for the A.C.I. (Italian Automobile Club) – for road side assistance
118 for Medical Emergencies
176 International Inquires

Entry and Exit Requirements

Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) change regularly. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Italy for the most up-to-date information.

Italy is a party to the Schengen Convention, along with 24 other European countries, which allows Australians to enter Italy without a visa in some circumstances. See our travel bulletin on the Schengen Convention for more information.

Entry and Exit Requirements…

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