- 1 Climate
- 2 Getting There
- 3 Cultural Info
- 4 Health and Safety
- 5 Resources
There are plenty of excellent ski resorts in the Italian Alps - particularly in the Dolomites, which have the most dramatic scenery. The major resorts are Cortina d'Ampezzo in the Veneto; Madonna di Campiglio, San Martino di Castrozza and Canazei in Trentino; Bormio in Alta Valtellina in Lombardia and Courmayeur in the Valle d'Aosta, however there are a multitude of others. The ski season generally extends from December to Mid April, though there is year-round skiing on Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and Valle d'Aosta and summer ski at Stelvio Pass.
Visas and Documentation
Australians can enter Italy as a tourist and stay up to 90 days without a visa.
Customs and Quarantine
Languages: Italian, German, French, Slovene
Major Religions: 85% Roman Catholic, 5% Jewish and Protestant
Air travel within Italy is expensive, making it a less-attractive option than travel by train or bus. Buses are fast and reliable, whether they are traversing local routes linking small villages or zooming along autostrade between cities. They come into their own to reach destinations not serviced by the trains. State and private railways service the country, and are generally simple, cheap and efficient. Roads are generally good throughout the country, and there is an excellent network of freeways, although you do have to pay tolls.
Food and Drink
Prices in Italian bars and cafés double (sometimes even triple) if you sit down.
Technology and Networks
Credit cards are widely accepted in Italy. Visa is the easiest card with which to obtain cash advances from banks.
You are not expected to tip at restaurants, it is common practice, however, to leave a small amount. In bars, locals will often leave any small change as a tip, but this is by no means obligatory. Tipping taxi drivers is not common practice, but your hotel porter will expect a little something.
Health and Safety
- Information source: Wikipedia
- Information source: Template:Source skicomau
- Travel Warnings : Smart Traveller
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