The Lady in Red Featuring Florence, Val Di Chiana, & Chianti

Deluxe

April 01, 2018 – October 31, 2018

Land Only: 4 Days / 3 Nights

From $10,199

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A mythical legendary 4 day vacation including Florence, San Gimignano, Chianti, San Casciano Dei Bagni, Bagno Vignoni, and Pienza. Further fine tune your driving skills by combining this vacation with the Lady in Red featuring Milan and the Italian Lakes! Complimentary private limousine transfer from Florence to Milan included. 

Donna Franca Tours offers an extraordinary travel concept: an innovative approach to the self-drive vacation offering absolute luxury combined with ultimate Gran Turismo Getaway. Our journey is unique, individually created for you to fully experience the Italian Dolce Vita way of life by offering a sublime blend of art, fashion, architecture, gastronomy and spectacular scenery.

Become part of a real Ferrari Team enjoying the opportunity to personally drive the very latest models: travelling for kilometers, accelerating through the winding roads of Tuscany, putting their driving skills to the ultimate test.

Behind the scenes, our Italian Representative Staff takes complete care of the Ferrari. Every morning our clients will find their car at the entrance of their hotel, clean and polished, refueled and fully checked, ready to begin another day of exciting driving through dazzling landscapes.

Included Features

  • Private car transfer in Mercedes S-Class with English-speaking driver to/from Florence Airport
  • One night in Florence at five-star Four Seasons Hotel Firenze in a junior suite 
  • One night in San Casciano dei Bagni at five-star Hotel Fonteverde Resort and Spa in a junior suite 
  • One night in Florence countryside at five-star Hotel Villa La Massa in a junior suite 
  • Private dinner at local couple's home in Bagno a Ripoli featuring Tuscan specialties with wine including round-trip transfer to/from the hotel by your hosts 
  • Lunch at Ristorante Al Mangia in Siena, located in the famous Piazza del Campo
  • An intimate dinner in Florence at a private villa with transportation to/from venue included
  • Four day Italy By Ferrari Tour on the most exciting roads of Tuscany around Florence, San Gimignano, Siena, Val D'Orcia, and Chianti 
  • Choice of Red Travel Car Portfolio: Ferrari 488 Spider, Ferrari Portofino, Ferrari California T
  • Full Ferrari briefing
  • Full-kasko car insurance for all cars and up to 350 kilometers Ferrari driving
  • Red Travel Staff, including a private Tour Director in a separate car
  • Mobile radio system to connect to the staff while driving
  • Car services: parking, cleaning, refueling
  • Photograph service featuring a souvenir DVD with high resolution pictures
  • Buffet breakfast daily, hotel taxes and service
Red Travel Car Portfolio
  • Ferrari 488 Spider
  • Ferrari Portofino
  • Ferrari California T

* Cost of gas will be paid at the end of the three days Ferrari driving as per refuel bills. A deposit of Euro 10,000 by client credit card is required at the time of the booking

Itinerary

DAY 1- FLORENCE

Welcome to Florence, cradle of the Renaissance. You will be met at the Florence International Airport and transferred by Mercedes S-Class to the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze. This hotel is an enchanted city sanctuary in the midst of Florence, where you will find an art-filled Renaissance palazzo and convent with a centuries-old private park. Relax amidst original frescoes and sculptured relieves, graced by sunlight and airy garden vistas. Sip a cappuccino under majestic trees, lounge by the open-air pool, or bask in Italian spa secrets. Wonders of the Uffizi and Duomo are a stroll away and the Tuscan hill towns beckon to be explored. Check-in and accommodation in Junior Suite. You will have time at your disposal for shopping or for a guided tour of Florence (upon request). Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, is a jewel in Italy’s crown with architectural treasures emerging around every corner. The capital of Tuscany plays host to some of the world’s most beautiful museums and galleries housing works of art by da Vinci, Michelangelo, Giotto and Botticelli. The city of Lorenzo the Magnificent, Dante, and Brunelleschi is truly full of magic. Evening Dinner in Florence - Restaurant suggestions: Enoteca Pinchiorri (3 Michelin stars), Borgo San Jacopo, Il Palagio at Four Seasons Hotel Firenze. Overnight at Four Seasons Hotel Firenze 5* (Florence).

DAY 2 - FLORENCE / SAN GIMIGNANO / SIENA / SAN CASCIANO DEI BAGNI 

After breakfast, meet with your Red Travel Tour Director at the hotel. Our private Tour Director, an expert Ferrari driver, will introduce you to the world of Ferrari. He will clarify the finer details of the controls, explain the differences between the various models (Ferrari 488 Spider, Ferrari California T, Ferrari Portofino) and the engines (8-cylinder and new 8-cylinder turbo) and most importantly, give guidance on how to handle the F1 paddle-gear shifting behind the steering wheel. All luggage will be transported separately. Depart by Ferrari towards San Gimignano.

During the tour, several stops will allow drivers and passengers to swap seats, if they wish to. Our Tour Director leads the way at the wheel of his Alfa Romeo Giulia, guiding the Ferrari along the Chiantigiana Road passing Greve in Chianti, Castellina in Chianti, Barberino Val d’Elsa. During the enitre journey, the Ferrari's and the Tour Director’s car will be constantly in touch by mobile radio system. Stop in San Gimignano for coffee at the Relais La Collegiata. San Gimignano rises on a hill (334m high) dominating the Elsa Valley with more than 7 medieval towers. Once the seat of a small Etruscan village of the Hellenistic period (200-300 BC) now it is a Unesco World Heritage Site. The roads carefully selected by your Tour Director ensure maximum driving pleasure while enjoying the beautiful landscape of Tuscany. The tour continues in the direction of Siena where you will stop for a visit of the town. Siena, an unspoiled mediaeval city, is the location of the famous Palio, a horse race around the city’s shell-shaped Piazza del Campo. Siena’s other historic gems from the Middle Ages include the Town Hall (Palazzo Pubblico) and the Torre dei Mangia (1340), which are similar in height to the Cathedral. Indulge for lunch in the magnificent Piazza del Campo. Lunch in Siena at the Al Mangia Restaurant, located in Piazza del Campo, Siena’s main square.

In the afternoon, you will have free time to explore Siena. Depart by Ferrari for the 2nd part of the tour towards the magnificent Val d’Orcia. Arrival at Fonteverde Tuscan Resort & Spa and check-in. A Medicean residence restored to its former beauty. The hotel offers rooms, richly decorated premises with terraces overlooking fields and verdant hills and blends Renaissance aura and present-day comfort where luxury engenders relaxation. The mineral-rich, natural warm spring waters that emerges here have multiple therapeutic benefits for the body. Take advantage of the thermal pool, the bioaquam® circuit (with its various hydromassages) or any other spa treatment offered by this highly reputable spa resort set in the midst of the rolling hills of the Val d’Orcia.  Evening Dinner in San Casciano dei Bagni - Restaurant suggestion: Ferdinando I at Hotel Fonteverde. Taste the excellence of Tuscan cuisine: natural ingredients offering refined products of indisputable quality with particular attention to detail combine to give delicious gourmet and Spa Cuisine recipes. Overnight at Fonteverde Tuscan Resort & Spa 5* (San Casciano dei Bagni, Siena).

DAY 3 - BAGNO VIGNONI / PIENZA / FLORENCE 

After breakfast, continue the Ferrari experience in Val d’Orcia. Morning departure by Ferrari for a day to revel in the spectacular panorama offered by this delightful Tuscan valley, known worldwide for its extensive vineyards. In his Alfa Romeo Giulia, your Tour Director leads the tour through a succession of enchanting towns and villages, whose charming appeal encapsulates the very soul of the Val d’Orcia. First stop is in Bagno Vignoni, whose characteristic, besides the thermal waters, is its unchanged structure. In fact, the main square of this town is made by boiling water that flows at 52 °C (126 °F).

Our second stop is Pienza, Pope Pius’ II birthplace, located high on a hillside. Meant to be the ideal Renaissance town, Pienza comprises beautiful structures such as a white stone cathedral, Palazzo Piccolomini with its spacious courtyard, and the graceful Palazzo Borgia. Lunch in Pienza - Restaurant suggestion: La Terrazza del Chiostro. In the afternoon, depart by Ferrari and drive back to Florence via Montepulciano and Arezzo. Arrival in Florence and check-in at Villa La Massa. Accommodation in Junior Suite. The Villa La Massa features two villas dating back to the days of the Medici (16th century) - The Noble Villa (Villa Nobile) and the Old Mill (Vecchio Mulino), plus the more recent Little Villa (Villino). The Villa la Massa, formerly an ancient home of the aristocracy, was transformed into a hotel in 1950. The hotel offers 34 individually distinctive rooms, all recently refurbished in the traditional Florentine style. The spacious rooms are decorated with antique furniture, fabrics woven at the historic Florentine textile mills, and wrought iron and woodwork from renowned Florentine cabinetmakers. This evening enjoy a private dinner at a local couple’s home in nearby Bagno a Ripoli featuring Tuscan specialties and wine. Your hosts will transfer you by private car and return to your hotel. Overnight at Villa La Massa 5* (Florence)

DAY 4 - FLORENCE

In the morning, you will have time at your disposal for shopping or just to relax. Private transfer by Mercedes S-Class to Florence International Airport for your return flight. Arrivederci!

Accommodation, Departure Dates and Prices

DELUXE PACKAGE 

Four Seasons Hotel Firenze in Florence
Hotel Fonteverde Resort and Spa in San Casciano dei Bagni 
Hotel Villa La Massa in Florence 

PRICING PER PERSON, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

VALID FOR TRAVEL APRIL 01, 2018 - OCTOBER 31, 2018

PARTY SIZE                      DELUXE PACKAGE   
2 Participants                  $10,199.00 /person                      

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FAQ

ITALY - GENERAL INFO

Full Country Name: Italian Republic
Capital City: Rome
Head of State: Sergio Mattarella
Prime Minister: Paolo Gentiloni
Administration: 20 Regions, 110 Provinces, each subdivided into 7.978 districts or councils (Comuni)

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION

Located in the south of Europe, Italy is a vast boot shaped peninsula 1,100 kilometers long from south of the Alpine Arch down to the Mediterranean Sea, covering 301,230 square kilometers. Italy is bordered northwest by France, to the north by Switzerland and Austria, and to the northeast by Slovenia. The sea to the east is the Adriatic, to the southeast the Ionian Sea, to the west, running along the whole peninsula, the Tyrrhenian Sea, and to the northwest the Ligurian Sea. The country also has numerous islands; the largest are Sardinia and Sicily. The main mountain chains are the Alps in the north, and the Apennines which cross the peninsula from the north (Liguria) to the south (Sicily). Monte Rosa and Monte Bianco are the highest mountains in Europe and are both in Italy. There are two famous volcanoes in Italy; Vesuvius, near Naples in the Campania Region and Etna, close to Catania on the Island of Sicily. Mt. Etna is the highest volcano in Europe, 3323 meters.

POPULATION

Italy’s population is approximately 61 million inhabitants.

RELIGION

The most widespread religion in  Italy is Catholicism however all religions are acknowledged and respected by law in compliance with Art. 3 of the Italian Constitution.

LANGUAGE

The official language is standard Italian.  Descending from the Tuscan Dialect and a direct descendent of Latin (75% of Italian words are of Latin origin).   Each region of Italy has in own dialect with variations at town level.  The rich variety of Italy’s dialects are considered a great contribution to the country’s cultural heritage.
English and some European languages are spoken in hotels, shops, and restaurants in the major tourist destinations.

TIME

Italy is six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.  Daylight Savings Time goes into effect during the winter, however there generally is a one week lapse between the US time change and the Italian one. Italy is located in the Central European Time Zone.  UTC/GMT+01:00

CURRENCY

Italy is part of the Euro Zone within the European Community.
The official currency is the Euro.

BANKING HOURS

Banks are open Monday to Friday from 8:30AM until 1:30PM and a number of banks offer afternoon hours.
Please check with hotel staff for the closest bank and hours of operation.
ATM Cards are widely accepted however please check  with your issuing bank for service fees.
There are a number of money changing offices however they attract the consumer with extremely favorable exchange rates but add an exorbitant service fee.
Please read the fine print before using local money changers. 

ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES

The voltage in Italy is 220 volts and the electric sockets generally accept round prongs.
A power adaptor is recommended for US products that run on 110 volts.
Plug adaptors are available for cell phones and dual power accessories.

LONG DISTANCE CALLS

Prepaid Calling Cards are available at newsstands or bars.
SIM Cards may be purchased on arrival at major international airport in Italy.

To avoid steep calling charges, please consult with your cell phone provider to activate an international calling plan while vacationing in Italy and in Europe. 
Collect calls may be made however hotels may charge a service fee. 
Internet cafes offer VOIP or Skype calling services.

HEALTH SERVICES

Every city offers conveniently located drug stores (farmacia) where prescriptions may be filled and other health needs met.  Pharmacies take turns to offer overnight services in case of need.

Please contact 113  for an emergency, 114 for an infant emergency, 115 for the fire department, 118 for a medical emergency and 112 for the Caaibinieri (State Police).

STAMPS & SHIPPING SERVICES

Stamps (francobolli) may be purchased at local pot offices (Poste), at a tobacco shop, or at the hotel’s front desk.
Ask for Air Mail (VIA AEREA) delivery, otherwise mail will travel by sea. There are also service providers such as FED EX, DHL, UPS, MAIL BOXES ETC. 
If shipping items, a manifest is required as well as the actual value of the contents by Italian Customs.

MUSEUMS

State museums are open every day except on Mondays. 
Church or religious museums such as the Vatican Museums are closed on Sundays and on religious holidays. 
Limited reservations are accepted by most major museums.
Some museums offer evening summer hours.  

SHOPPING

Shops are open from 9:00AM to 1:00PM and from 3:30PM to 7:30PM.

Major department stores operate on continuous hours. Shops in main tourist destinations are also open on Sundays.
Beach resorts offer evening hours during the summer. 

The Italian Government offers a tax refund for store purchases.
You are eligible for the Tax Refund Service if:

  • You are domiciled or resident outside the E.U.
  • You make your purchases in an Italian store and spend at least €154,94 on the same day

You show your purchases at the Customs’ Officer and obtain the Customs’ Stamp on your Tax Refund yellow form upon departure from the last E.U. country you have visited within the end of the third month following the month of purchase (i.e. if you shop on January 15th, you must obtain the Customs’ Stamp by April 30th). If you leave by plane, you must go to Customs before check-in bringing the merchandise you have purchased and your yellow Tax Refund Form with you.
You mail back your Form, duly stamped by Customs, to Tax Refund as soon as possible.

Refund Offices are available at the following locations:

  • Bergamo Airport – Departures Area – Open Daily 7AM – 9PM
  • Bologna Marconi Airport– Check in area – Open Daily 6AM – 10PM
  • Catania Downtown – Viale Africa, 14 – Monday –Friday 9AM –1PM+ 4PM-7PM Saturdays 9AM -12 Noon
  • Catania Bellini Airport – Arrivals Area – Open Daily 7AM – 9PM
  • Cortina D’Ampezzo – Piazza Roma 1 – Open 930AM – 1PM & 230PM-730PM Monday-Saturday / Sundays from 10AM-1PM
  • Florence Porcellino – Piazza del Mercato Nuovo 2/R  - Open Daily 830AM-900PM
  • Florence Avelli –Via Degli Avelli 10/R – Open Monday-Saturday 10AM-6P
  • Florence Borgo dei Greci 10/R – Open Dally 10AM – 8PM
  • Florence Calzaiuoli Best and Fast – Via Calzaiuoli 120r  Open Daily 830AM-900PM
  • Florence Piazza San Giovanni – Piazza San Giovanni 7/8 R – Open Daily 830AM-9PM
  • Florence Amerigo Vespucci Airport – Best and Fast – Open Monday-Sunday 500AM – 1000PM
  • Florence Ponte Vecchio – Lungarno Accaiuoli, 6 r – Open Monday-Saturday 9AM-550PM & Sundays 9AM-4:50PM
  • Forli’ Airport – Hotel Paradise – Open Monday – Sunday 24 Hours
  • Genoa – Via Sottoripa, 32 – Open Monday-Saturday 830AM – 730PM
  • Jesolo – Via San Trentin, 69 – Open Monday-Friday 9AM-1230PM & 3P)M-7PM
  • Messina – Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 40 – Open Monday-Friday 9AM-1PM & 430PM-730PM
  • Milan – Corso V. Emanuele – Via Larga, 4 – Open Monday – Friday 9AM-530PM
  • Milan Linate Airport – Departures Area – Open Daily 6AM – 8PM
  • Milan Malpensa Airport – Terminal 1 – Check In Floor – Open Daily 7AM-10PM
  • Milan Malpensa Airport – Terminal 1 – Schengen Departures Area -  Open Daily 7AM-10PM
  • Milan Malpensa Airport – Terminal 2 – Departures Area – Open Monday-Sunday 630AM-10PM
  • Milan – Via Montenapoleone – Via Bigli, 10a – Open Monday – Saturday y 10AM-7PM
  • Naples Capodichino Airport – Departures Area – Open Monday-Sunday 530AM-10PM
  • Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport – Arrivals Area – Open daily 920AM – 8PM
  • Palermo Borsellino Airport – Check in Area – Hours not posted
  • Pisa Rail Station – Open Daily 10AM-6PM
  • Pisa Galilei Airport – Departures Area – Open Daily 8AM-10PM
  • Porto Cervo Marina – Piazza Clipper, 14 – Open Monday – Friday 9AM-1PM & 230PM – 630PM
  • Rome Via Veneto – Via Lazio, 10 – Open Monday – Friday 930AM – 7PM and Saturdays 930AM-1PM
  • Rome Fiumicino Airport - Terminal 3 – Check In Area – Open Daily 7AM-10PM
  • Rome Fiumicino Airport – Terminal 3 – Departures Area – Open Daily 7AM-10PM
  • Rome Fiumicino Airport – Satellite Gate C20 – Departures Area – Open Daily 730AM-1200PM
  • Rome Piazza di Spagna – Piazza di Spagna, 38 – Open Monday-Friday 9AM-530PM and Saturdays 9AM-1230PM
  • Rome Piazza di Spagna – Piazza di Spagna, 80 – Daily 930AM – 800PM
  • Rome Via Condotti – Via Fontanella Borghese, 35 – Open Monday-Saturday 930AM-730PM
  • Rome Via della Conciliazione – Via della Conciliazione. 23/25 – Open Monday-Saturday 10AM-6PM, Sundays 10AM-5PM
  • Sanremo – Corso Mombello, 6 – Open Monday-Saturday 9AM-1230PM & 315PM-715PM
  • Siena – Via di Citta’ 80/82 – Open Daily 10AM-630PM
  • Sorrento – Via S. Cesareo, 26 – Open Daily 10AM-10PM
  • Turin Airport – Departures Area – Hours not posted
  • Treviso Airport – Departures Area – Open Daily 730AM-10PM
  • Trieste Rail Station – Open Monday-Saturday 730AM-7PM
  • Venice Canaregio – Sestriere Canaregio, 228 – Open Daily 8AM-9PM
  • Venice Mercerie – San Marco, 4852 – Open Daily 9AM-830PM
  • Venice Tessera Airport – Departures Area – Open Daily 6AM-8PM
  • Venice Ponte di Rialto – Riva del Ferro, 5126 – Open Monday – Friday 10AM-6PM,  Saturdays 930AM-3PM (WINTER HOURS 10AM-3PM)
  • Verona – Via Cappello, 4 – Open Daily 9AM-830PM

EXPORTS FROM ITALY

There are no restrictions on gifts purchased in Italy except for antiques and works of art that are over 100 years old. These items require authorization from the Minstero dei Beni Culturali e Ambientali .

U.S. Regulations on Purchases Abroad

Each U.S. tourist may bring back to the U.S. duty-free $400 worth of goods purchased abroad. The goods must accompany the traveler. A flat rate of 10% is assessed on the next $1,000 worth of goods purchased. Parcels containing gifts may be sent from abroad to the U.S. duty-free, providing the total value of such parcels received by one person, one day does not exceed $50. Each package should be marked "Unsolicited Gift". The amount paid and the contents of the package should be declared.

As part of our ongoing commitment to ensure the safety and security of travelers, the Italian Government Tourist Board strongly recommends that tourists do not, under any circumstances, attempt to purchase any counterfeit items, as this may end up costing them well more than an authentic product.

As of May 2005 a new legislation was implemented (which carries fines of up to 10,000 Euros for people caught purchasing counterfeit products, and criminal charges for anyone caught selling counterfeit goods.) It aims at a national wide crackdown on the sellers and buyers of counterfeit items, i.e. purses, sunglasses, watches, belts, etc bearing luxury labels such as Prada, Gucci, Fendi only to name a few.

Customs Regulations

Luggage is examined on entering and leaving Italy.
Free entry is allowed for personal effects: clothing (new and used), books, camping and household equipment, fishing tackle, 1 pair of skis, 2 tennis racquets, computer, CD player with 10 CD's, tape recorder or Dictaphone, baby carriage, 2 still cameras with 10 rolls of film for each camera, 1 movie camera, binoculars, personal jewelry, portable radio set (subject to a small license fee), 400 cigarettes and a quantity of cigars or pipe tobacco not exceeding 500 grams (1.1 lb).

All items mentioned above may be imported duty-free only on condition that they are for personal use and are not be sold, given away or traded. A maximum of two bottles of wine and one bottle of hard liquor per person may be brought in duty-free. The bottles must not be open. A maximum of 4.4 lbs. of coffee, 6.6 lbs. of sugar and 2.2 lbs. of cocoa are allowed duty-free.

Overseas tourists arriving in Italy after visiting other countries are allowed to carry with them souvenirs purchased in other countries up to a total value of $500 and only a verbal declaration is required. Purchases may include up to a half litre of perfume. 

Traveling With Your Pet

As of October 2, 2004 a new European Union regulation (EC 998\2003) applies for the non-commercial movement of pet animals (cats, dogs, and ferrets) in the European Union Member States.

Pets may enter Italy only if accompanied by their owner or a person responsible for them on behalf of the owner during their movement in Italy, and are not intended for sale. Up to a maximum of five pet animals are permitted. 

In accordance with the above EC Regulation, it is mandatory to obtain, for each pet, a European Community Veterinary Certificate, issued, in the country of origin, by a certified veterinarian, containing information about the pet's general state of health and proving there is an effective vaccination protection against rabies: animals under the age of three months may not travel to Europe since the anti-rabies vaccine is not administered before the pet is three months old.

Pet animals must be identifiable by a clearly readable tattoo or an electronic identification system(microchip/transponder), which provides the pet owner's name and address. The certificate (issue date not to exceed 30 days prior to the departure date) is valid for 4 months from the date of the official veterinarian's signature or endorsement by the competent Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service(USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture's) or Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and is equivalent to the EU Pet Passport. The certificate forms are available from Italian diplomatic of consular representatives, whose authentication or certification is not needed.

To introduce pet animals in Italy from third countries, it is not necessary to subject the animals to tick or echinococcus treatments. Parrots, parakeets, rabbits and hares also require health certificates, and, upon entering Italy, are subject, to examination.

In Italy, it is mandatory to use a muzzle for dogs that walk on the streets or any open space without a leash, and a muzzle and a leash for dogs in public places and public transportation.

Passport Regulations

A visa is not required for a U.S. or Canadian citizens holding a valid passport unless they expect to stay in Italy more than 90 days.

Registration for Tourists

The formality of registering with the police within 3 days of a tourist's arrival in Italy is attended to by the hotels one stays with. If staying with friends or in a private home, the visitor has to register in person at the nearest police station within a 3-day period. In Rome there is a special police information office to assist tourists.

Catholic churches where mass is celebrated in English

Florence

 

Santa Maria del Fiore

Church of the Hospital of San Giovanni di Dio, Borgo Ognissanti 16

Rome

SS. Martiri Canadesi, Via G. B. De Rossi 46 (the national church of Canada)

San Silvestro in Capite, Piazza San Silvestro (The national church of England)

Sant’Isidoro, Via degli Artisti 41 (The national church of Ireland)

Santa Susanna, Via XX Settembre 14 (The national church of the USA)

All churches’ opening hours are generally from 7AM-12 Noon and from 430PM – 6PM.

Major catholic churches are open from 7AM to 6PM.

Non-Catholic churches

Brescia

Methodist-Presbyterian Church, Via dei Mille 4

Florence

St. James American Episcopal, Via B. Rucellai 9

Church of England, Via Maggio 16,

Milan

Anglican Church of All Saints, Via Solferino 12

Christ Church, Via del Bollo 5,

Methodist Church, Via Porro Lambertenghi 28

Naples

Anglican, Via San Pasquale 18

Baptist, Via Foria 93

Lutheran, Via Carlo Poerio 5

Methodist, Via Vaccaro 20

Rome

Anglican Church of All Saints, Via del Babuino 153

Baptist, Viale Jonio 203

Baptist, Pizza San Lorenzo in Lucina 35 

International Protestant, Via Chiovenda 57

Methodist Church, Via Firenze 38

Venice

St Andrew's Presbyterian Church of Scotland, Via XX Settembre7

St. George Anglican, Campo San Vio 870

Lutheran Evangelical, Campo SS. Apostoli 4443,

Evangelical Waldensian and Methodist, Santa Maria Formosa 5170

Synagogues

Alessandria

Via Milano 7, Alessandria 15100

Ancona

Via Fanti 2, Ancona 40123

Bologna

Via Combruti 9, Bologna 40100

Casale

Vicolo Salomone Olper 44, Casale 15033

Ferrara

Via Mazzini 95, Ferrara 40100

Florence

Via Farini 4, Florence 50121

Genoa

Via G. Bertora 6, Genoa 16122

Livorno

Piazza Elia Benamozegh 1, Livorno 57123

Mantova

Via G. Govi 11, Mantova 46100

Merano

Via Schiller 14, Merano 39012

Milan

Via Eupili 6, Milan 20145

Modena

Piazza Mazzini 26, Modena 41100

Naples

Via Cappella Vecchia 31, Naples 80121

Padua

Via SS. Martino e Solferino 5, Padua 35122

Parma

Vicolo Cervi 4, Parma 53100

Pisa

Via Palestro 24, Pisa 56100

Rome

Via Lungotevere Cenci, Rome 00186

Turin

Via S. Pio V 12, Turin 10125

Trieste

Via S. Francesco 19, Trieste 34133

Venice

Canareggio 2899, Venice 30121

Vercelli

Via Foà 70, Vercelli 13100

Verona

Via Portici 3, Verona 37121

 

CLOTHING SIZES

Size Tables

COMPARISON CHART 
United States & Italian Sizes

This is merely a guide. Sizes are not standardized. Always try on if possible.

MISSES’/WOMEN’S SIZE CHART
United States 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16
Italy 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50
WOMEN’S LARGE SIZES*
United States 18 20 24
Italy 52 54 56
WOMEN’S SHOES
United States 7 8 9 10
Italy 35 36 37 38 38½ 39 40 41
WOMEN’S HOSIERY
United States Petite Small Medium Large
Italy I II III IV
MEN’S SIZES** Suits, Overcoats, Sweaters and Pajamas
United States 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48
Italy 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58
MEN’S SHIRTS
United States 14 14½ 15 15½ 16 16½ 17 17½
Italy 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43
MEN’S SHOES
United States 6 7 8 9 10 10½ 11-11½
Italy 39 40 40½ 41 41½ 42 42½ 43 43½ 44-44½ 45
MEN’S HATS**
United States 67/8 7 71/8 73/8 75/8 73/4
Italy 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62
CHILDREN’S SIZES**
United States 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Italy 35 40 45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90 95 100
CHILDREN’S SHOES
United States 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 10½ 11 12 13 1 2 3 5 6
Italy 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35

* In most cases Italian women’s wear items are cut smaller than domestically produced items.
** Sizes are not standardized.
*** Several U.S. importers note that in most cases Italian children’s wear items are cut larger and wider than domestically produced items, resulting in Italian items being numbered improperly, i.e., too low for this market. As a consequence, the importer/retailer is often forced to add 1-2 numbers to the Italian sizes indicated, to obtain what they consider to be the correct size for the American market. Thus an Italian “2” will often be considered a “3” or even “4” by an American retailer.

WHAT TO WEAR

The Mediterranean climate is hot, but not humid, during the summer and comfortably warm in the spring and fall.  Casual cottons and  easy care clothing is recommended.  For Papal Audiences, inside church visits, women should dress modestly, with arms and head covered, no mini skirts or shorts, and men should wear short sleeves  (no tank tops)  and pants (no shorts).  It is also customary for men and women to dress in a casual elegant fashion for dinner.  Formal attire is not required.

When visiting casinos, there is a dress code in place (jacket and tie for men, skirts or dress pants for ladies).

Italy is a country of extremely varied landscapes and consequently experiences a similarly varied climate. Between the north and south there can be a considerable difference in temperature, particularly during the winter. In Milan it could be −2°C and snowing, while at the same time 8°C in Rome and 20°C in Palermo. The differences are less extreme in the summer.

The coastal regions, where most of the large towns are located, have a typical Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot and generally dry summers. The length and intensity of the summer dry season increases towards the south. The coastal areas throughout Italy experience largely similar conditions from north to south with mild winters and hot, dry summers. The western side of the country experiences more rain than the eastern side which is windier, especially north of Pescara where Italy is subject to the strong, Bora wind that gusts across the Adriatic from Central Europe.

In contrast to the settled days of summer, the weather throughout Italy can be very changeable in the autumn, winter and spring. This unpredictable weather can continue until the end of May and can start anytime after the beginning of September. The winter months tend to alternate between clouds and rain and warmer, sunnier weather.

Inland, throughout the peninsula, the weather is often colder and wetter with frequent snow on the mountains during the winter. 

In the extreme north, the climate can drop to below freezing in the winter and rise to 30° in the summer. This is a similar climate to that of Alpine Switzerland and Austria, although the Italian side tends to experience more precipitation and also slightly warmer weather in both summer and winter. In this area, summer tends to be the rainiest season and thunderstorms are frequent in spring, summer, and autumn. Lower down, the lake area in Lombardy tends to experience the mildest winter weather and the warmest, sunniest summers. Sunshine levels here are around 3 to 4 hours a day in the winter and around 9 hours a day in the summer.

The area of the Po valley and the Padan Plain has its own distinctive climate and can experience rain at any time through the year. Although the winter months can be surprisingly cold, and can experience fog, frost and snow, the summer months can be almost as hot and sunny as southern Italy. Thunderstorms are frequent in the summer and autumn but the rain falls infrequently.

The south of the country, particularly Sardinia and Sicily, can get very hot indeed, with long periods of settled weather and continuous sunshine. During the daytime, sea breezes can lower the temperatures on the coast, but in the evening and overnight it can be extremely hot and humid, especially inland. As can be imagined, the south of Italy has the least rain and the most hours of sunshine of any other area in Italy. In Sardinia and Sicily, there is an average of 4 hours of sunshine a day during the winter and 9 hours a day in the summer.

Average temperatures, sunlight hours, and rainfall statistics

Here are average temperatures, sunlight hours, and rainfall statistics.

Climate in Abruzzo

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Av high temp (°C)

9

11

13

17

21

25

28

28

25

20

15

12

Av low temp (°C)

2

3

4

7

11

15

17

17

14

11

8

3

Sunlight hours

3

4

5

6

8

9

10

9

7

6

4

3

Rainfall mm

55

53

63

55

35

44

34

54

61

74

71

77

Climate in Aosta

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Av day temp (°C)

7

12

14

17

23

26

29

28

24

18

10

7

Av night temp (°C)

-1

0

3

7

13

15

17

18

13

10

3

0

Sunlight hours

5

4

4

4

7

8

8

8

6

5

3

3

Rainfall mm

42

39

19

31

50

40

16

31

52

35

41

26

Climate in Basilicata

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Av high temp (°C)

6

7

9

13

18

22

25

25

21

16

11

8

Av low temp (°C)

1

1

2

5

9

13

15

15

13

9

5

2

Sunlight hours

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Rainfall mm

63

54

53

60

46

42

29

36

45

70

80

74

Climate in Calabria

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Av day temp (°C)

15

15

17

19

24

28

31

31

28

24

20

17

Av night temp (°C)

8

8

9

11

15

18

22

22

19

16

12

10

Sunlight hours

4

4

5

6

7

9

10

9

7

6

4

4

Rainfall mm

63

52

43

31

17

9

6

9

29

53

63

59

Climate in Campania

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Av high temp (°C)

13

13

14

18

22

26

29

29

26

22

17

14

Av low temp (°C)

7

7

8

11

14

18

20

20

18

15

12

9

Sunlight hours

4

4

5

7

8

9

10

10

8

6

4

3

Rainfall mm

69

57

57

39

34

16

24

38

48

70

102

87

Climate in Emilia-Romagna

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Av high temp (°C)

5

8

13

18

23

27

30

29

25

19

11

6

Av low temp (°C)

-2

1

4

8

12

16

18

18

15

10

4

0

Sunlight hours

3

3

5

6

7

9

9

8

7

5

3

2

Rainfall mm

43

45

60

67

65

53

43

58

61

72

81

61

Climate in Friuli-Venezia Giulia

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Av high temp (°C)

11

12

14

18

22

26

29

29

25

21

16

12

Av low temp (°C)

2

3

4

7

11

15

17

17

14

11

8

3

Sunlight hours

3

4

5

6

8

9

10

9

7

6

4

3

Rainfall mm

55

53

63

55

35

44

34

54

61

74

71

77

Climate in Lazio

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Av high temp (°C)

11

13

15

19

23

27

30

30

27

21

16

12

Av low temp (°C)

4

5

7

9

13

17

19

19

17

13

8

5

Sunlight hours

4

5

5

6

8

9

11

10

8

6

4

3

Rainfall mm

25

21

22

21

16

11

5

8

21

36

35

29

Climate in Liguria

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Av high temp (°C)

11

12

14

18

22

26

29

29

25

21

16

12

Av low temp (°C)

2

3

4

7

11

15

17

17

14

11

8

3

Sunlight hours

3

4

5

6

8

9

10

9

7

6

4

3

Rainfall mm

55

53

63

55

35

44

34

54

61

74

71

77

Climate in Lombady

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Av high temp (°C)

11

12

14

18

22

26

29

29

25

21

16

12

Av low temp (°C)

2

3

4

7

11

15

17

17

14

11

8

3

Sunlight hours

3

4

5

6

8

9

10

9

7

6

4

3

Rainfall mm

55

53

63

55

35

44

34

54

61

74

71

77

Climate in Marche

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Av day temp (°C)

11

13

16

19

23

27

30

30

27

22

16

12

Av night temp (°C)

3

3

6

8

12

15

18

17

15

11

7

4

Sunlight hours

4

4

5

6

7

9

10

9

7

6

4

4

Days of rain

9

7

8

8

9

6

3

4

6

9

11

9

Climate in Molise

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Av high temp (°C)

11

12

14

18

22

26

29

29

25

21

16

12

Av low temp (°C)

2

3

4

7

11

15

17

17

14

11

8

3

Sunlight hours

3

4

5

6

8

9

10

9

7

6

4

3

Rainfall mm

55

53

63

55

35

44

34

54

61

74

71

77

Climate in Piedmont

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Av high temp (°C)

11

12

14

18

22

26

29

29

25

21

16

12

Av low temp (°C)

2

3

4

7

11

15

17

17

14

11

8

3

Sunlight hours

3

4

5

6

8

9

10

9

7

6

4

3

Rainfall mm

55

53

63

55

35

44

34

54

61

74

71

77

Climate in Puglia

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Av high temp (°C)

11

12

14

18

22

26

29

29

25

21

16

12

Av low temp (°C)

2

3

4

7

11

15

17

17

14

11

8

3

Sunlight hours

3

4

5

6

8

9

10

9

7

6

4

3

Rainfall mm

55

53

63

55

35

44

34

54

61

74

71

77

Climate in Sardinia

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Av high temp (°C)

11

12

14

18

22

26

29

29

25

21

16

12

Av low temp (°C)

2

3

4

7

11

15

17

17

14

11

8

3

Sunlight hours

3

4

5

6

8

9

10

9

7

6

4

3

Rainfall mm

55

53

63

55

35

44

34

54

61

74

71

77

Climate in Sicily

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Av high temp (°C)

11

12

14

18

22

26

29

29

25

21

16

12

Av low temp (°C)

2

3

4

7

11

15

17

17

14

11

8

3

Sunlight hours

3

4

5

6

8

9

10

9

7

6

4

3

Rainfall mm

55

53

63

55

35

44

34

54

61

74

71

77

Climate in Trentino-Alto Adige

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Av high temp (°C)

11

12

14

18

22

26

29

29

25

21

16

12

Av low temp (°C)

2

3

4

7

11

15

17

17

14

11

8

3

Sunlight hours

3

4

5

6

8

9

10

9

7

6

4

3

Rainfall mm

55

53

63

55

35

44

34

54

61

74

71

77

Climate in Tuscany

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Av high temp (°C)

11

13

16

19

23

27

30

30

27

22

16

12

Av low temp (°C)

3

3

6

8

12

15

18

17

15

11

7

4

Sunlight hours

4

4

5

6

7

9

10

9

7

6

4

4

Rainfall mm

9

7

8

8

9

6

3

4

6

9

11

9

Climate in Umbria

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Av high temp (°C)

11

12

14

18

22

26

29

29

25

21

16

12

Av low temp (°C)

2

3

4

7

11

15

17

17

14

11

8

3

Sunlight hours

3

4

5

6

8

9

10

9

7

6

4

3

Rainfall mm

55

53

63

55

35

44

34

54

61

74

71

77

Climate in Veneto

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Av high temp (°C)

11

12

14

18

22

26

29

29

25

21

16

12

Av low temp (°C)

2

3

4

7

11

15

17

17

14

11

8

3

Sunlight hours

3

4

5

6

8

9

10

9

7

6

4

3

Rainfall mm

55

53

63

55

35

44

34

54

61

74

71

77

 

LAUNDRY AND DRY CLEANING

Most deluxe and first class hotels offer laundry and dry cleaning services for guests.
If hotel does not provide these services, the front desk staff can direct you to a nearby laundry mat, tentoria, lavanderia, or lava secco.

ITALIAN CASINOS

Italy has a long history of gambling, dating back to the days of the Roman Empire, when the predecessor of today’s Backgammon was a very popular form of gambling among the Roman soldiers. The first public gambling establishment was opened in Venice in 1638. It is also said that the games of Baccarat and Bingo were invented in Italy towards the end of the 15th century. Italian gambling has also strongly influence the development of betting throughout Western Europe. In fact, the word “casino” is Italian in origin.

It is surprising, then, that today there are only five land-based casinos in Italy, none in the capital city of Rome. Casino de la Vallee, located in Saint Vincent, a summer holiday resort in the north of Italy, close to the Swiss border, is the largest casino in Italy, with nearly 100 game tables and some 500 slots machines. Other casinos can be found in Venice, Sanremo and Campione d’Italia. 

Italian casinos offer all the classic casino games, such as Roulette, Blackjack Punto Banco / Baccarat and Poker. You may also enjoy the game of Trente et Quarante (Thirty and Forty, also known as “Red and Black), a French card game dating back to the 17th century, popular with the locals.

The minimum gambling age in Italian casinos is 18, and a valid photo ID is required. The dress code and opening hours vary significantly.

AMERICAN EMBASIES & CONSULATES IN ITALY

U.S. Citizen Services in Italy

Rome: The U.S. Embassy in Rome offers a full range of services for U.S. citizens in the regions of Lazio, Marche, Umbria, Abruzzo, and Sardegna.

Non-emergency services (e.g. renewal of U.S. passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad and notarials) provided by the American Citizen Services Unit at U.S. Embassy Rome are available through an online appointment system. Please click here to schedule an appointment.
Contact Information and Office Hours

Milan: The U.S. Consulate General in Milan offers a full range of services for U.S. citizens in the regions of Valle D'Aosta, Piemonte, Lombardia, Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Liguria, and Emilia-Romagna (Provinces of Piacenza and Parma only).

Non-emergency services (e.g. renewal of U.S. passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad and notarials) provided by the American Citizen Services Unit at U.S. Consulate General Milan are available through an online appointment system. Please click here to schedule an appointment.
Contact Information and Office Hours

Florence : The U.S. Consulate General in Florence offers a full range of services for U.S. citizens in the regions of Tuscany, and Emilia-Romagna (all except the Provinces of Piacenza and Parma).

Non-emergency services (e.g. renewal of U.S. passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad and notarials) provided by the American Citizen Services Unit at U.S. Consulate General Florence are available through an online appointment system. Please click here to schedule an appointment.
Contact Information and Office Hours

Naples: The U.S. Consulate General in Naples offers a full range of services for U.S. citizens in the regions of Campania, Molise, Basilicata, Puglia, Calabria, and Sicilia.

Non-emergency services (e.g. renewal of U.S. passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad and notarials) provided by the American Citizen Services Unit at U.S. Consulate General Naples are available through an online appointment system. Please click here to schedule an appointment.
Contact Information and Office Hours

Genoa (Consular Agency): Limited consular services provided.
Contact Information and Office Hours

Palermo (Consular Agency): Limited consular services provided.
Contact Information and Office Hours

Venice (Consular Agency): Limited consular services provided.
Contact Information and Office Hours

Please Note:

Citizens with lost or stolen passports must go in person to apply for a same-day emergency passport at one of the following Consulates General in Italy: Rome, Milan, Florence or Naples. Consular Agencies in Genoa, Palermo and Venice are unable to accept or process emergency passport requests.

Americans staying in Italy over three months are encouraged to sign up with the Consulates. See the "Smart Traveler Enrollment Program" webpage for information.

Marriage of U.S. Citizens in Italy

Disclaimer: The list of documents provided here is for general guidance only.  The applicable law on marriages is one and the same all over Italy.  However, local town halls may interpret the law in slightly different ways and waive certain requirements.  Please contact the Registrar’s Office of the town hall where you intend to get married to obtain a definitive list of documents as well as to learn how many days prior to the date of the ceremony you need to submit them. A complete list of town halls in Italy is available here.

Please note: Marriages involving U.S. citizens cannot be performed by American consular officers or take place on the premises of the U.S. Embassy or Consulates General.

Documents:

1. Valid U.S. passport (active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces can present their military ID card instead).  

2. Birth certificate (original or certified copy).

3. Evidence of the termination of any previous marriage/s if applicable (e.g., final divorce decree, annulment decree, or death certificate of former spouse).  If you are a female whose previous marriage was terminated within the last 300 days, you must obtain a waiver from the Italian District Attorney's Office (Procura della Repubblica presso il tribunale) at the court in the city where the new marriage will be performed.  The waiver is issued upon presentation of medical evidence that you are not pregnant.

4.   Affidavit or “Dichiarazione Giurata” sworn to before an American consular officer commissioned in Italy, stating that there is no legal impediment to your marriage according to the laws of the U.S. state in which you are a resident.  Your legal status must be such that you can legally marry under both Italian and U.S. law.  (Note that a pending divorce, for example, would be an obstacle.)  You will need to schedule an appointment for a notary service with one of the U.S. Consulates General in Italy or with the U.S. Embassy in Rome to obtain the “Dichiarazione Giurata.”  Please click here to schedule your appointment in Milan, Florence, Rome or Naples. Please contact the Agent in Genoa, Venice or Palermo directly to schedule an appointment at one of the Consular Agencies.  

The “Dichiarazione Giurata” is valid for six months and costs $50 or the equivalent in euro.

Where will you be going to obtain your Dichiarazione Giurata?

·       Marriage Dichiarazione Giurata Consulate MILAN
·       Marriage Dichiarazione Giurata Cons Agent GENOA
·       Marriage Dichiarazione Giurata Cons Agent VENICE
·       Marriage Dichiarazione Giurata Consulate FLORENCE
·       Marriage Dichiarazione Giurata EMBASSY ROME
·       Marriage Dichiarazione Giurata Consulate NAPLES
·       Marriage Dichiarazione Giurata Cons Agent PALERMO

Please select the appropriate Post and complete the form before your appointment in order to save time, but do not sign it as it must be signed in front of the consular officer.

If one of the parties is an Italian national resident abroad and registered with an Italian Embassy or Consulate (Anagrafe Italiana Residenti all’Estero - AIRE), please contact the nearest Italian Embassy or Consulate for specific instructions.

Once the “Dichiarazione Giurata” has been issued, you must bring it to the Legalization Office (Ufficio Legalizzazioni) of the local prefettura to legalize it.  You will need to purchase a €16 revenue stamp (marca da bollo) from any tobacco shop (tabacchi) and present it to the clerk of the Legalization Office (Ufficio Legalizzazioni) at the Prefettura (an Italian government office) for each document to be authenticatedA complete list of Prefettura offices is available here.

5. Atto Notorio: This is a declaration, in addition to the “Dichiarazione Giurata” described under point 4, stating that according to the laws to which you are subject in the United States, there is no obstacle to your marriage. This declaration is to be sworn to by two witnesses (who may be of any nationality, must be over 18, possess valid photo identification, and know the applicant; they cannot be family members, future family members or affines) before an Italian consul outside Italy or, in Italy, before a court official in the city where the marriage will take place.  If you are coming to Italy to be married, you should obtain this declaration at the nearest Italian Embassy or Consulate before leaving the United States, as some courts may have long waiting lists for this service.  If you decide to request the Atto Notorio in Italy, you should contact the Notary Services Office (Ufficio Atti Notori) of the court (tribunale ordinario) having jurisdiction over the city where you intend to marry, or any other court in Italy, and make an appointment in advance. If the applicant or even only one of the witnesses does not speak Italian, the presence of an interpreter is required. You, as well as the witnesses and the interpreter, must show proof of your legal presence into Italy by presenting, for example, your plane ticket, visa or permit to stay (permesso di soggiorno).  You will need two revenue stamps of €16 each and one of €10,62 to apply for the Atto Notorio, which generally will be ready for pick up after four to 10 days.  For an urgent Atto Notorio, issued on the spot, you will need two revenue stamps of €16 each and one of €31,86.

Contact information for the Notary Services Office in Milan, Venice, Genoa, Florence, Rome, Naples and Palermo is available at the Getting Married in Milan, Venice and Genoa, Getting Married in Florence, Getting Married in Rome, and Getting Married in Naples and Palermo links below.

Declaration of Intention to Marry: You should present all the above-listed documents to the Marriage Office (Ufficio Matrimoni) of the town hall (municipio) in the city where the marriage will be performed, and make a "Declaration of Intention to Marry" (Dichiarazione di Matrimonio) before a civil registrar (ufficiale di stato civile).  If you do not speak Italian, an interpreter should accompany you.  When all this is completed, you can finally set the date of the wedding.

Civil banns must be posted at the town hall for two consecutive weeks, including two Sundays, before the marriage can take place.  Please note that banns are posted only after the Declaration of Intention to Marry has been filed.  However, if neither party to the marriage is an Italian citizen or a resident of Italy, banns are automatically waived or posted for a shorter period of time which may vary from one day to a week depending on the town hall regulations.

Civil Ceremony: A civil ceremony is performed by the mayor or one of his deputies.  Two witnesses and, if necessary, an interpreter must be present at the ceremony.  Witnesses may be of any nationality, but must be over 18 and possess valid photo identification.  A witness cannot serve as interpreter.  You will have to pay a rental fee for the marriage hall, which varies according to the location, the season and the day of the week.  The fee ranges from a minimum of €500 to a maximum of €9,200.

Religious Ceremony: A religious ceremony is considered valid if performed by a Roman Catholic priest.  A separate civil ceremony will not be necessary, as the priest will register the marriage with the civil authorities.

The Roman Catholic Church requires baptismal and confirmation certificates in addition to the documents listed above.  For complete information, you should check with your priest.

For English-language marriages at the Vatican, also known as the Holy See, contact the parish priest of Santa Susanna Church by visiting their website at www.santasusanna.org.  Marriages at the Vatican will be registered with the Vatican civil authorities, and marriage certificates are issued by the Civil Registry of Vatican City (Ufficio di Stato Civile, Anagrafe e Notariato, Governatorato, Citta del Vaticano).  Because the Vatican is a separate State and not part of Italy, the notarized “Dichiarazione Giurata” is required but does not need to be legalized by an Italian prefettura office.

A religious ceremony performed by non-Roman Catholic clergy requires that a civil ceremony be performed prior to the religious one to ensure the legality of the marriage.  If you are planning such a religious ceremony, you should consult with the priest, minister, or rabbi far in advance of the actual ceremony.

Important Note on the Validity of Foreign Documents in Italy: All documents originating outside of Italy (birth certificate, divorce decree, etc.) must be legalized for use in Italy and must be translated into Italian.

To legalize a U.S. document for use in Italy, you need to have it stamped with a so-called Apostille stamp by the secretary of state in the state where the document was issued, in accordance with The Hague Convention on the legalization of foreign public documents.

·       What is an Apostille
·       Where to get an Apostille stamp in the U.S.

Under Italian law, all public documents originating from outside the EU are considered valid for only six months from the date of issue.  Therefore, you should make sure that all documents to be submitted to Italian authorities have not been issued more than six months ahead of the marriage. 

Important Note on the Validity of the Italian Marriage Certificate in the U.S.: A foreign marriage that is valid in the country where it is performed is automatically valid in the U.S.  An Italian marriage certificate is sufficient to prove your marriage and it is considered valid once legalized through the Apostille procedure.  The Apostille stamp can be obtained from the Legalization Office of the Italian Prefettura having jurisdiction over the area where you were married.  A complete list of Prefettura offices is available here.

Additional Information: U.S. consular officers are not trained in Italian law and consequently are not qualified to interpret Italian marriage requirements.  If you wish more detailed information, you should consult the appropriate Italian authorities, such as an Italian consular officer in the U.S., civil registrars at town halls, or a lawyer licensed to practice in Italy. 

Please note that you may need several days to complete all of the procedures so you should plan ahead. The timing will vary depending upon the number of marriages to be performed by civil authorities. Waiting lists are not uncommon, particularly in more popular towns and at certain times of the year, such as May, June or September.

Specific information for marriages performed in Milan, Venice, Genoa, Florence, Rome, Naples and Palermo is available at:

·       Getting Married in Milan, Venice and Genoa
·       Getting Married in Florence
·       Getting Married in Rome
·       Getting Married in Naples and Palermo

SUGGESTIONS ON TIPPING

Tipping at hotels in Italy is not required but appreciated. You can tip the porter, usually no more than 5 Euros. You can tip the concierge, 1 – 2 Euros if he provides good service. You can tip the housekeeper, in which case 0.75 – 1.50 Euros per day is appreciated. It is recommended you tip around 0.50 Euros for a valet and the same for room service.

You are not expected to tip in Italy. A service charge is sometimes added to the bill, ranging from 1 to 3 Euros, or 10% - 15%. This charge must be indicated on the menu. Some may also add an extra charge for the diner ware and extras (tablecloth, silverware, plates, bread, etc.), this is normal. But check your bill!

Tipping isn’t expected in Italian Spas, but if the service exceeds your expectations, you can tip up to 10%.

Tipping tour guides is very much appreciated but not expected. Common practice is in the range of 5 Euros for half a day, or 10 Euros for a full day, per person.

In Italy you can tip your cab driver, but it isn’t expected nor is it common. Feel free to tip if they are extra helpful, they will appreciate it. It is good practice to agree a final fare before the journey begins.

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