Area : 10794.0 km2
Population : 1332536 inhabitants
Whilst various low-cost airlines fly to this part of Italy, Ryanair are worth a special mention for their flights between London Stansted and Pescara.
The region's main airport is located in Pescara, just under 2 miles from the city centre. If you're driving you'll need to take the main Tiburtina road towards San Giovanni Teatino, or if you're taking the bus you'll need to take the number 38, which leaves every quarter of an hour from Pescara's central station and costs around £0.87 per person. Of course, you could also take the train to the airport (or even into the city).
For further information, visit the airport website at address (available in Italian and English).
Italian is the official language. French and English are generally spoken by people working in the tourism industry.
For British nationals a valid passport of less than 10 years is necessary. It is strictly forbidden to smoke in bars and restaurants with no separate areas for smokers and non-smokers. Anyone buying imitation goods is liable for a 10,000-euro fine - cut down to 3,333 euros if paid within two months following the offence.
87% of the Italian population is catholic
The currency is the euro, which consists of 100 cents. Mastercard and Visa are the most widely accepted credit cards and can also be used to withdraw cash from cash machines. Cash can be changed and travellers cheques cashed in banks, which are open from 8:30am to 1:30pm and from 3:00pm to 4:00pm during the week.
From January 2007, Milan has had a toll gate for vehicles in the town centre. It was inspired by the congestion charge in London, but with a different system of application. It only applies to those not living in the town centre, applicable every weekday.
As of June 2012, the cost of a single ticket (75 minutes of travel time) on the vaporetto is 7 Euros. The Venitian Vaporetti network also serves the lagoon islands (Lido, Murano, Burano), with a pass available that can cover you for your whole visit. For any shorter journeys, a gondola, traghetto or simply walking is recommended.
The Main Islands (Sardinia and Sicily)
These two islands are accessible by regular flights, as are most other large Italian cities.
The railway network is quite dense and provides a relatively cheap means of transport. Buses can also be used to travel to areas not accessible by train and are usually the most cost efficient mode of transport if you are staying within one region. To rent a car, your national license is sufficient. The speed is limited to 30mph in town, 56 mph outside the town centre and 80 mph on the motorway.
No particular vaccine is required, but check your vaccination updates. Get a European Health card (ask for it at your local social security centre) to be covered for medical expenses. If you need medical care in the country, the expenses will be reimbursed once you return to your country, on presentation of the justifying documents.
Voltage is 220V. An adaptor will be necessary for UK plugs
Italy welcomes more than 46.1 million visitors every year, making it the fifth most popular tourist destination worldwide
Most goods and services are taxed at 19%. In restaurants, if the service is not included, leave 15% of the bill's total. In other cases, leaving a tip is not common practice.
As usual, there are four different prefixes to put in front of the phone number, depending on the province you are trying to reach:
0871, prefix for the Chieti province
0861, prefix for the Teramo province
085, prefix for the Pescara province
0864, prefix for the L'Aquila province.
14 Three Kings Yard
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7312 2200
Consulate of Italy
38 Eaton Place
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7235 9371
Italian Tourism Offices
Chiasso dei Baroncelli 17r
Telephone: 055 230 21 24
Via Marconi, 1
Telephone: 02 72 52 43 00
Piazza dei Martiri, 58
Telephone: 081 40 53 11
Via Parigi, 5
Telephone: 06 48 89 92 55
Piazza San Marco, 71f
Telephone: 041 520 89 64
Via XX Settembre 80
Telephone: (+39) 06 4220 0001/06 68 60 11