Info and paperwork in General

Tourism information offices, helpful websites, and passports and other travel bureaucraies

Planning a trip to General

Frescoed rooms in the 16C Palazzo Antellesi overlooking Piazza Santa Croce in Florence

Advice, resources, & tours for families traveling in Italy

 
Tourism information centers (Photo by Unknown)

Visitor information for Italy

 

Advice, resources, & tours for female travelers to Italy

 
Comparing travel and health insurance policies at Squaremouth (Photo © Squaremouth.com)

Do I need to buy travel health insurance for a trip to Italy? What about emergency medical evacuation?

 
Travel info (Photo by Bobafred)

Tourist information, guidebooks, maps, tips for niche groups (students, LGBT, seniors, disabled, etc.), and more in Italy

 
Get a great guidebooks or three (I happened to write or contribute to all of these above) (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

Everything you always wanted to know about travel guidebooks by a professional travel writer who spent two decades writing them

 

Advice, resources, & tours for mature travelers in Italy

 
You'd pay either $10 or 5%, whichever is greater, on each cash advance with this Wells Fargo Visa (and many others)

Advice, resources, & tours for student travelers in Italy

 
A gay pride event in Rome's Piazza Navona

Advice, resources, & tours for gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, and queer travelers in Italy

 
A U.S. Customs form (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

What you can and cannot bring home with you from your travels

 
Global time zones (the red lines divide them) (Photo from CIA World Factbook)

Time zones in Italy and dealing with the 24-hour clock

 
Checking out the frescoes in the historic cemetery in Pisa

Advice, resources, & tours for handicapped travelers in Italy

 
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The interactive maps on ReidsItaly.com

 
A six-bedroom dorm at Rome's Des Artistes hostel

Advice and tips for single travelers in Italy

 
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Advice, resources, & tours for women, LGBT travelers, the disabled, seniors, pilgrims, families, and students in Italy

 
A frescoed room at Venice's Foresteria Valdese, a religious hospice

Advice, resources, & tours for pilgrims, Christians, and spiritual travelers in Italy— and how to attend mass in an Italian church

 

Sights, museums, restaurants, shops: When the are open, when they are closed, and when they take a <em>riposo</em> (siesta)

 
Transportation options to and within Italy

All those boring but necessary travel details: passports, entry visas, trip insurance, health insurance, customs regulations, and all the other super-fun pre-trip preparations

 
U.S. Passports (Photo by Craig James)

The global ID card—and, technically, the only thing absolutely required for travel abroad

 
The backup info sheet (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

The sheet of backup information is the message in a bottle you send to yourself in case you get into trouble and lose all your important travel documents

 
Passport stamps are actually temporary tourist visas (Photo by Elliott Scott)

Visitors from most developed nations will receive an automatic tourist visa upon entering Italy

 
Embassies &amp; consulates (Photo unknown)

Embassies and consulates in Italy

 

Topics in General

Tuscany is lovely in every season (Photo clockwise from upper left: courtesy of Massimo Telò, Visittuscany, Camerone, KoenM)

The best time to go to Italy — Seasons, weather, and other considerations

 

How to get an Italian codice fiscale for filling out forms

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Visitor information offices (Photo )

The tourism information office of Amalfi

 
Get a good (up-to-date) guidebook (Photo )

Recommended guidebooks for travel to Amalfi—from a guy who used to write them

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Information
Amalfi Coast

The tourism information office of Amalfi Coast

 

Tourism information offices and desks in Amalfi Coast

 

Recommended guidebooks for travel to Amalfi Coast—from a guy who used to write them

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Visitor information offices (Photo )
Information
Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields

Tourism information for Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields

 
Sightseeing passes
Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields

Enjoy free admission to various Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges), plus discounts at other attractions

 
Get a good (up-to-date) guidebook (Photo )
Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields guidebooks
Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields

Recommended guidebooks for travel to Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields—from a guy who used to write them

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Informazioni turistiche (tourist information) (Photo )

The tourism information office of Capri

 
Visitor information offices (Photo )

Tourism information offices and desks in Capri

 
Get a good (current) guidebook (Photo )

Recommended guidebooks for travel to Capri—from a guy who used to write them

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Visitor information offices (Photo )

Tourism information in Caserta

 

Enjoy free admission to various Caserta sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges), plus discounts at other attractions

 
Get a good (up-to-date) guidebook (Photo )

Recommended guidebooks for travel to Caserta—from a guy who used to write them

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Visitor information offices (Photo )
Information
Castelli Romani

Tourism information for Castelli Romani, including Frascati, Albano Laziale, Nemi, and Castelgondolfo

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Visitor information offices (Photo )
Information
Cinque Terre

Tourism information for Cinque Terre

 
The Cinque Terre Card (left) and the trains-included Cinque Terre Treno MS Card (right) (Photo courtesy of the Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre)
Cinque Terre Card
Cinque Terre

Enjoy admission to the trail system and various Cinque Terre sights and monuments

 
Informazioni turistiche (tourist information) (Photo )

Tourism information offices and desks in Cinque Terre

 
Get a good (up-to-date) guidebook (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

Recommended guidebooks for travel to Cinque Terre—from a guy who used to write them

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Visitor information (Photo )
Information
Florence

Tourism information in Florence

 
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Enjoy free admission to various Florence sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges), plus discounts at other attractions

 
Informazioni turistiche (tourist information) (Photo Public Domain)
Florence tourist info
Florence: Centro Storico

Tourism information offices and desks in Florence

 
Get a good (up-to-date) guidebook (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

Recommended guidebooks for travel to Florence—from a guy who used to write them

 
Maps of Florence (Photo courtesy of the publishers)

Maps to the great city of Florence

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Visitor information offices (Photo )
Information
Herculaneum

The tourism information office of Herculaneum

 

Enjoy free admission to various Herculaneum sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges), plus discounts at other attractions

 
Informazioni turistiche (tourist information) (Photo )

Tourism information offices and desks in Herculaneum

 
Get a good (up-to-date) guidebook (Photo )

Recommended guidebooks for travel to Herculaneum—from a guy who used to write them

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Visitor information offices (Photo )
Information
Lazio lake district

Tourism information for Lazio lake district

 
Informazioni turistiche (tourist information) (Photo )

Tourism information offices and desks in Lazio lake district

 
Get a good (up-to-date) guidebook (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

Recommended guidebooks for travel to Lazio lake district—from a guy who used to write them

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Visitor information offices

The tourism information office of Naples

 
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Enjoy free admission to various Naples sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges), free public transit, plus discounts at other attractions

 
Visitor information offices (Photo Public Domain)

Tourism information offices and desks in Naples

 
Get a good, current guidebook (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

Recommended guidebooks for travel to Naples—from a guy who used to write them

 
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Naples consulates
Naples: Chiaia

How to contact your home consulate in Naples if you need citizen services (like a new passport application)

 
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Maps to the great city of Naples

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Visitor information offices (Photo )

The tourism information office of Paestum

 

Enjoy free admission to various Paestum sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges), plus discounts at other attractions

 
Get a good (up-to-date) guidebook (Photo )

Recommended guidebooks for travel to Paestum—from a guy who used to write them

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Visitor information (Photo )

The tourism information office of Pompeii

 

Enjoy free admission to various Pompeii sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges)

 
Informazioni turistiche (tourist information) (Photo )

Tourism information offices and desks in Pompeii

 
Get a good (up-to-date) guidebook (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

Recommended guidebooks for travel to Pompeii—from a guy who used to write them

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Visitor information offices (Photo )
Information
Downtown Positano

The tourism information office of Positano

 
Get a good (up-to-date) guidebook (Photo )

Recommended guidebooks for travel to Positano—from a guy who used to write them

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Visitor information offices (Photo )
Information
Downtown Ravello

The tourism information office of Ravello

 
Get a good (up-to-date) guidebook (Photo )

Recommended guidebooks for travel to Ravello—from a guy who used to write them

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Informazioni turistiche (tourist information) (Photo )

The tourism information office of Rome

 

Enjoy free admission to various Rome sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges), plus discounts at other attractions

 
Visitor information offices (Photo )

Tourism information offices and desks in Rome

 
Get a good (current) guidebook (Photo )

Recommended guidebooks for travel to Rome—from a guy who used to write them

 

Maps to the great city of Rome

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Visitor information offices (Photo )
Information
Downtown Salerno

The tourism information office of Salerno

 
Get a good (up-to-date) guidebook (Photo )

Recommended guidebooks for travel to Salerno—from a guy who used to write them

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Visitor information offices (Photo )
Information
Santa Maria Capua Vetere

The tourism information office of Santa Maria Capua Vetere

 
Sightseeing passes
Santa Maria Capua Vetere

Enjoy free admission to various Santa Maria Capua Vetere sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges), plus discounts at other attractions

 
Get a good (up-to-date) guidebook (Photo )
Santa Maria Capua Vetere guidebooks
Santa Maria Capua Vetere

Recommended guidebooks for travel to Santa Maria Capua Vetere—from a guy who used to write them

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Informazioni turistiche (tourist information) (Photo )
Information
Sorrento

The tourism information office of Sorrento

 
Visitor information offices (Photo )
Sorrento tourist info
Downtown Sorrento

Tourism information offices and desks in Sorrento

 
Get a good (current) guidebook (Photo )

Recommended guidebooks for travel to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast—from a guy who used to write them

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Visitor information offices (Photo )
Information
Downtown Tivoli

Tourism information for Tivoli

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Visitor information (Photo )

Tourism information in Venice

 

Enjoy free admission to various Venice sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges), plus discounts at other attractions

 
★★☆

Covers 11 civic museums and sights. Worth it.

 
★☆☆

Covers 18 churches. Must visit at least 5 to make it a savings.

 
☆☆☆

Pre-booking service for sights, transit, and services offering minor discounts

 
Informazioni turistiche (tourist information) (Photo Public Domain)
Venice tourist info
Venice: San Marco

Where to find tourism information offices and kiosks in Venice

 
Get a good (up-to-date) guidebook (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

Recommended guidebooks for travel to Venice—from a guy who used to write them

 

Maps to the great city of Venice

 

No, "tourist season" is not when you get to hunt them. And yes, in winter the city really does flood regularly.

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Visitor information offices (Photo )
Information
Vietri sul Mare

The tourism information office of Vietri sul Mare

 
Get a good (up-to-date) guidebook (Photo )

Recommended guidebooks for travel to Vietri sul Mare—from a guy who used to write them

 
Useful links
Useful Italian phrases

Useful Italian for rail travel

English (inglese) Italian (italiano)  Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...train station la ferroviaria [or] la stazione lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah [or] lah stat-zee-YO-nay
ticket un biglietto oon beel-YET-toh
first class prima classe PREE-mah CLAH-say
second class seconda classe say-CONE-dah CLAH-say
one way solo andata SO-low ahn-DAHT-tah
round trip (return) andata e ritorno ahn-DAH-tah ay ree-TOUR-noh
Just the supplement Soltanto il supplemento soul-TAHN-toh eel sou-play-MEN-toh
Just a seat reservation Soltanto una prenotazione soal-TAHN-toh oo-nah pray-no-tah-tsee-YOH-nay
I have a Eurailpass Ho il Eurailpass oh eel YOO-rail-pahs
sleeping couchette una cucetta oo-nah koo-CHET-tah
berth in a sleeping car un posto nel vagone letto oon POH-sto nell vah-GOAN-nay LET-toh
track binario been-AR-ree-yoh
train treno TRE-no
car (carriage) carozza ka-RO-tza
seat posto PO-sto
departures partenze par-TEN-zay
arrivals arrivi ah-REE-vee
information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay
left luggage deposito bagagli day-PO-zee-toh ba-GAHL-yee
     
punch your ticket timbrare il biglietto teem-BRA-ray eel beel-YET-toh
Is this the right platform for the Rome train? E questo il binario per il treno à Roma? ay KWAY-sto eel been-AR-ree-yo pair eel TRE-no ah RO-ma? 
delayed in retardo een ree-TAR-do
strike sciopero SHO-pair-oh
     
Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
City / Train station names
English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Main station
Rome Roma Termini
Florence Firenze Santa Maria Novella
Venice Venezia Santa Lucia
Milan Milano Centrale
Genoa Genova Porta Principe
Naples Napoli Centrale
Leghorn Livorno Centrale
Turin Torino Porta Nuova

Useful Italian for air travel

English (inglese) Italian  (italiano)   Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Where is... Dov'é doh-VAY
the airport l'aeroporto LAHW-ro-port-oh
the airplane l'aereo LAIR-reh-oh
terminal terminal TEAR-me-nahl
flight volo VOH-lo
gate uscita d'imbarco oo-SHEE-tah deem-BARK-oh
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
keep going straight sempre diritto SEM-pray dee-REE-toh
departures partenze par-TEN-zay
arrivals arrivi ah-REE-vee
delayed in ritardo een ree-TAR-doh
on time in orario een oh-RAH-ree-yo
early in avanti een ah-VAHN-tee
boarding imbarco eem-BARK-o
connecting flight la coincidenza la ko-een-chee-DEN-za
check-in accettazione ah-chet-ta-zee-YO-nee
immigration controllo passaporti cone-TRO-lo pah-sa-POR-tee
security check controllo di sicurezza kohn-TRO-lo dee see-kur-AY-tzah
customs dogana do-GA-na
shuttle la navetta lah na-VET-tah
boarding pass carta d'imbarco kart-ta deem-BARK-o
baggage claim ritiro bagagli ree-TEER-oh bah-GA-lyee
carry-on luggage bagaglio à mano bah-GA-lyo ah MA_no
checked luggage bagalio bah-GA-lyo

Useful Italian for car travel

English (inglese) Italian  (italiano)  Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
car automobile ow-toh-MO-bee-lay
scooter/motorboke un motorino oon mo-tair-EE-no
gas station stazione di servizio stah-zee-YO-nay dee sair-VEE-tzee-yo
gas benzina ben-ZEE-nah
diesel gasolio [or] diesel gah-ZOH-lee-oh [or] DEE-zell
Fill it up, please al pieno, per favore ahl pee-YAY-noh, pair fa-VOHR-ray
Where is... Dov'é doh-VAY
...the highway l'autostrada lout-oh-STRA-dah
...the state highway la statale [written "SS"] lah sta-TAHL-eh
...the road for Rome la strada per Roma lah STRA-dah pair RO-mah
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
keep going straight sempre diritto SEM-pray dee-REE-toh
to cross attraversare ah-tra-vair-SAR-ay
toll pedaggio peh-DA-jo
parking parcheggio par-KEH-jo
road map carta stradale kar-ta stra-DA-lay
where can I pay the fine? dove posso pagare la multa DOH-veh Po-so pag-GAR-ray la MOOL-tah


Typical road signs / terms » more

English (anglais) French (français) 
Stop Stop
Exit  Uscita
Staffic light Semaforo
One-way Senso unico
Dead-end Strada senza uscita
Parking prohibited No parcheggio or parcheggio proibito
Pedestrian zone Area pedonale
Limited Traffic Zone (you pay to drive in) ZTL or Zona Traffico Limitato

Basic phrases in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) pro-nun-see-YAY-shun
thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
yes si see
no no no
Do you speak English? Parla Inglese? PAR-la een-GLAY-zay
I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
How much is it? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
     
Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
Excuse me (to get past someone) Permesso pair-MEH-so
     
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...the bathroom il bagno eel BHAN-yoh
...train station la ferroviaria lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay

Days, months, and other calendar items in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
When is it open? Quando é aperto? KWAN-doh ay ah-PAIR-toh
When does it close? Quando si chiude? KWAN-doh see key-YOU-day
At what time... a che ora a kay O-rah
     
Yesterday ieri ee-YAIR-ee
Today oggi OH-jee
Tomorrow domani doh-MAHN-nee
Day after tomorrow dopo domani DOH-poh doh-MAHN-nee
     
a day un giorno oon je-YOR-no
Monday Lunedí loo-nay-DEE
Tuesday Martedí mar-tay-DEE
Wednesday Mercoledí mair-coh-lay-DEE
Thursday Giovedí jo-vay-DEE
Friday Venerdí ven-nair-DEE
Saturday Sabato SAH-baa-toh
Sunday Domenica doh-MEN-nee-ka
     
Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
     
a month una mese oon-ah MAY-zay
January gennaio jen-NAI-yo
February febbraio feh-BRI-yo
March marzo MAR-tzoh
April aprile ah-PREEL-ay
May maggio MAH-jee-oh
June giugno JEW-nyoh
July luglio LOO-lyoh
August agosto ah-GO-sto
September settembre set-TEM-bray
October ottobre oh-TOE-bray
November novembre no-VEM-bray
December dicembre de-CHEM-bray

Numbers in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
1 uno OO-no
2 due DOO-way
3 tre tray
4 quattro KWAH-troh
5 cinque CHEEN-kway
6 sei say
7 sette SET-tay
8 otto OH-toh
9 nove NO-vay
10 dieci dee-YAY-chee
11 undici OON-dee-chee
12 dodici DOH-dee-chee
13 tredici TRAY-dee-chee
14 quattordici kwa-TOR-dee-chee
15 quindici KWEEN-dee-chee
16 sedici SAY-dee-chee
17 diciasette dee-chee-ya-SET-tay
18 diciotto dee-CHO-toh
19 diciannove dee-chee-ya-NO-vay
20 venti VENT-tee
21* vent'uno* vent-OO-no
22* venti due* VENT-tee DOO-way
23* venti tre* VENT-tee TRAY
30 trenta TRAYN-tah
40 quaranta kwa-RAHN-tah
50 cinquanta cheen-KWAN-tah
60 sessanta say-SAHN-tah
70 settanta seh-TAHN-tah
80 ottanta oh-TAHN-tah
90 novanta no-VAHN-tah
100 cento CHEN-toh
1,000 mille MEEL-lay
5,000 cinque milla CHEEN-kway MEEL-lah
10,000 dieci milla dee-YAY-chee MEEL-lah


* You can use this formula for all Italian ten-place numbers—so 31 is trent'uno, 32 is trenta due, 33 is trenta tre, etc. Note that—like uno (one), otto (eight) also starts with a vowel—all "-8" numbers are also abbreviated (vent'otto, trent'otto, etc.).