Capital: Rome

Language: Italian

Area: 301338 km²

Population: 60599936

Timezone : UTC/GTM 1

Currency: euro (€)

Code: +39

Electric sockets: 230 V AC, 50Hz. Type F also known as "Schuko". This socket also works with plug C and plug E. Type L: This type is of Italian origin. This socket also works with plug C.

Italy is a member of the Schengen Area.

To travel to Italy U.S. citizens with ETIAS are required to:

  • Hold a passport valid for the length of their stay
  • Have sufficient financial resources available to guarantee maintenance throughout the planned visit and the return trip.
  • A valid ETIAS visa waiver for Italy

U.S. citizens staying in Italy for more than 90-days:

U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy

Address: Via Vittorio Veneto 121, 00187 Roma

Phone: (+39) 06.46741

The following cities have U.S. Consulates: Florence, Milan, and Naples.

Tourist Travel Information about Italy

etias italyThe Italian Republic (Repubblica Italiana) is a country in southern Europe.

Italy is, for the most part, a peninsula situated on the Mediterranean Sea, bordering France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia.

The Italian region is boot-shaped. It is surrounded by the Ligurian and the Tyrrhenian Seas to the west, the Mediterranean and Ionian Seas to the South, and the Adriatic Sea to the East.

Over 50 million tourists a year visit Italy. Tourism is vital to Italy’s economy and provides nearly 63% of Italy’s national income. Though Italy’s economy lagged behind the rest of Europe during the first half of the twentieth century, currently it is the world’s seventh-largest economy.

Italy is considered, along with Greece, to be the birthplace of Western culture. It is also home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world.

Two independent mini-states are surrounded entirely by Italy: San Marino and Vatican City. While technically not part of the European Union, both of these states are members of the Schengen Area and the European Monetary Union (EMU). Apart from different police uniforms, there is no evident transition between these states and Italy’s territory, and the currency is the same. Italian is also the official language in both countries.

Interesting facts

  • Italy is said to have more masterpieces per square mile than any other country in the world.
  • The Italian wolf is Italy’s unofficial national animal and plays a large role in the legend of the founding of Rome.
  • Parmesan cheese originated in the area around Parma. Italians also created many other cheeses, including gorgonzola, mozzarella, provolone, and ricotta.
  • There are two independent states within Italy: the Republic of San Marino (25 square miles) and the Vatican City (just 108.7 acres).
  • The capital of Italy is Rome (also known as the Eternal City) and is almost 3,000 years old. It has been the capital since 1871 and is home to the Dome of St. Peter's, the Sistine Chapel, the Coliseum, and the famous Trevi Fountain.

Medical Information for U.S. citizens

Recommended vaccines:

  • Routine Vaccines
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Rabies


  • 112 is the pan-European emergency number and is always free to call.
  • Note: in both Lombardy and the (former) province of Rome 112 - much like 911 or 999 - has replaced the previous emergency numbers which are, however, still in use throughout the rest of the Peninsula. They are:
  • 112 - Carabinieri / ambulance
  • 113 - Police
  • 115 - Firemen
  • 117 - Guardia di Finanza
  • 118 - Medical emergency
  • 1515 - Corpo Forestale dello Stato. The Italian equivalent of park rangers
  • 1530 - Guardia Costiera. An emergency number specific to the Italian Coast Guard
  • 116 - Car breakdown assistance
  • All calls to numbers listed above are free and can be made from payphones without the need to insert coins; these emergency numbers can also be dialled from any mobile phone (even if you have no credit or if you're in an area covered only by a different network). Always carry with you a note about the address and phone number of your embassy.

Related Countries


ETIAS for Malta. American nationals visiting Malta should soon apply for an ETIAS visa waiver. Learn more about the traveling requisites for US citizens.


ETIAS for Switzerland. US citizens that wish to visit countries in the Schengen zone will have to apply online for an Etias visa waiver.


When traveling to France, US citizens should apply for an ETIAS visa waiver. Find out more about the traveling requisites for US travelers visiting France.