Travel Information for Italy
Time zone:GMT +1 (Central European time)
Daylight savings:GMT +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
Main languages:Italian
Other languages:German, French, Slovene, Albanian
Currency: euros (EUR)

$1 = 0.89, £1 = 1.19

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.itInternational Dialling Code:    39

For help planning your trip to Italy including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Italy trip planning page.

Further information on Italy

Discover more about Italy - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of italy

Total area: 301,230 sq km (7,210 sq km under water)

Coastline: 7,600 km (Adriatic Sea, Ionian Sea, Mediterranean Sea)

Neighbours (border lengths): Austria (430km), France (488km), San Marino (39km), Slovenia (199km), Switzerland (740km), Vatican City (3km)

Highest mountain: Mont Blanc (Monte Bianco) de Courmayeur (4,748m) - Climb this mountain!

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Italy from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldFree -
Democracy IndexFlawed democracy 29/167
Economic FreedomModerately Free 80/179
Press FreedomNoticeable problems 72/179
ILGA LGBT rightsSome rights -
Corruption PerceptionsMedium corruption 69/174
Overall Ranking:    47/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Italian Republic     Status: Independent Country

Population: 61,680,122 (rank: 23/196)     Density: 204.7 people/sq km (rank: 43/196)

Ethnic groups: Italian (includes small clusters of German-, French-, and Slovene-Italians in the north and Albanian-Italians and Greek-Italians in the south)

Religions: Roman Catholic 90% (approximately; about one-third practicing), other 10% (includes mature Protestant and Jewish communities and a growing Muslim immigrant community)

GDP (PPP): $1805 billion       GDP per capita: $29,600 (rank: 37/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.