MICEport DMC in Italy
Bell'Italia! Italy has Europe's richest, craziest culture. After all, this nation is the cradle of European civilization — established by the Roman Empire and carried on by the Roman Catholic Church. As you explore Italy, you'll stand face-to-face with some of the world's most iconic images from this 2,000-year history: the Colosseum of Ancient Rome, the medieval Leaning Tower of Pisa, Michelangelo's David and Botticelli's Venus, the playful Baroque exuberance of the Trevi Fountain…and the elegant decay that surrounds the canals of Venice. Beyond these famous sights, though, Italy offers Europe's richest culture. Traditions still live within a country that is vibrant and fully modern. Go with an eye open to both the Italy of the past and of the present.
Rome is magnificent and brutal at the same time. It's a showcase of Western civilization, with astonishingly ancient sights and a modern vibrancy. Rome is a magnificent tangled urban forest. This city of beautiful chaos is Italy's political capital, the capital of Catholicism, and the center of its ancient empire, littered with evocative remains. As you peel through its fascinating and jumbled layers, you'll find Rome's buildings, cats, laundry, traffic, and 2.7 million people endlessly entertaining. Visit St. Peter's, the greatest church on earth, learn something about eternity by touring the huge Vatican Museums, do the "Caesar Shuffle" through ancient Rome's Forum and Colosseum, savor the Borghese Gallery, and take an early evening stroll with Rome's beautiful people.
Italian is the official language of Italy, however English is widely spoken.
VAT and Tax Refunds
Travelers to Italy from outside the EU are entitled to a reimbursement a minimum of 4% to a maximum of 20% V.A.T. (Value Added Tax) they pay on all purchases as long as the purchases add up to no less than 150 Euros in the same store and on the same day. The vendor must provide the purchaser with a duly filled out invoice which includes the price of each good, the V.A.T. paid for each item, as well as the identification (name and address) for both vendor and purchaser. The goods must be brought out of the European Union within three months from the date of purchase.
Italy’s currency is the Euro €. Traveler’s checks are still accepted throughout the country in large shops, hotels, and restaurants, but credit cards and Euros are really the most acceptable way to pay for your purchases. ATMs are now very easy to find. The best exchange rates are often found with the use of credit or debit (ATM) cards. Therefore it is almost always smartest to use these rather than change your currency at a cambio (exchange bureau). Italian banks are generally open from 8am to 1pm and from 2:30 to 3:30. All banks are closed on holidays, which are frequent in Italy
The usual opening hours for shops are 9:00 or 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Outside of Monaco, most businesses close between 1pm to 3pm, although it is becoming more common for shops and supermarkets in larger towns and cities to stay open during this time. Most shops are closed on Sunday, although outdoor markets are typically in full swing, and some supermarkets are open in the morning. Most museums are closed on either Monday or Tuesday, and many museums close for lunch and hours change with the seasons. The majority are closed on national and religious holidays.
In Italy the power sockets are of type F and L. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
The warm air from the Mediterranean and the blocking of cold air by the northern mountains contribute to Italy’s overall temperate climate—the average temperature in summer is 75ºF/23ºC. Because of Italy’s geographical diversity, however, with mountains to the north and plains in the south, the weather varies depending on where you are. In the north, in the Dolomites and the Alps, the summers are cool and in the winter it can get quite cold: the temperature can drop down to 17ºF/-8ºC. In the central region, the winters are generally foggy and rainy, and the summers are hot and humid. From Rome southward, the winters are mild, rarely reaching below 50ºF/10ºC. During the summers, the scirocco, the warm wind from the Sahara, blows in to the southern region, creating a very hot, but dry climate.
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