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Going to Italy


Going to Italy

This page is meant as a collection of information and useful links for all the Canadians interested in moving or travelling to Italy.

General information

Italy, as most of the member states of the European Union, is contained in the Central European Time (UTC+1), between 4.5 and 9 hours ahead of the Canadian time zone, depending on the area taken as a reference. Compared to Toronto, the time in Italy is 6 hours ahead.

The currency in Italy, as in all of the Economic and Monetary Union of the European Union, is the Euro (EUR): click here to watch the recent trend of the exchange rate between the Canadian dollar and the Euro.

Mains electricity in Italy uses a 230 V tension and a 50 Hz frequency; the most common household sockets are the so-called bipasso (P17/11), which are compatible with European plugs type CEE 7/16, CEE 7/17, CEE 7/4 (Schuko) and CEI 23/16 (standard specific to Italy); however, sometimes you could find type CEI 23/16 sockets, compatible only with the respective plug and with CEE 7/16 plugs.

The Italian telephone prefix for incoming international calls is +39; Italian telephone numbers starting with a leading 0 are for land lines, while numbers starting with a leading 3 are for mobile phone lines. The emergency telephone number is 112.

The climate in Italy is greatly varying, depending on the reference area: it comprises a humid subtropical climate in the northern Italy's inland and a temperate mediterranean climate in the coastal areas and in most of central and southern Italy, but it also encompasses other harsher climates in the Apennine and Alpine regions. Click here to look up the weather forecast for Italy.

Italian courses

The Italian Cultural Institute in Toronto offers the opportunity to learn Italian language and culture through the organization of courses taught by Italian native speakers, with a particular focus on communication. For further information, please visit the appropriate page on the Institute's website.
The Institute also provides several bursaries that allow to broaden your knowledge of the Italian language in private Italian language schools.
Finally, the Institute provides a list of Canadian schools and universities which have incorporated Italian into their study program and that are located within the Institute's jurisdiction, as well as a list of Italian universities which offer courses of Italian language and culture for foreigners.
For what concerns independent study, the Institute offers a large library and list of online resources.

Other opportunities to learn Italian are offered by Centro Scuola, which organizes classes at the Columbus Centre, and by Tutorino, a language school based in Niagara Street, but active in most of the city.


For any information related to visas, we invite you to refer to the appropriate section of this website..

Flying from Canada

Direct flights between Toronto and Rome are available with Alitalia and Air Canada. During certain times of the year the low cost carrier Air Transat also flies to Italian airports from Toronto. Flights from Toronto to Rome usually take about 9 hours.
The Rome Fiumicino international airport is linked to the city through several railway and coach lines: details can be consulted on the airport's website.

Settling in Italy

Embassy of Canada to Italy: Living/Travelling in Italy
Just Landed: Italy
ADUC: Immigrazione (Italian language only) (Italian language only)
Stranieri in Italia
 (Italian language only)

Finding accommodation



DB Bahn
ÖBB Italia
Marino autolinee

Health care

The health situation is generally excellent for what regards medical services. Canadian travellers should take out additional medical insurance as their expenses in Italy will not necessarily all be covered by their Canadian Provincial Health Insurance Plans. If you are visiting Italy and need urgent medical assistance, you can go to the Pronto Soccorso (Emergency) at any hospital to receive treatment.

A foreign citizen living in Italy with a valid Permit of Stay has the same rights as Italian citizens to medical assistance assured by the Servizio Sanitario Nazionale (National Health Service). In order to obtain health and medical assistance, the foreign citizen must enrol directly at the Azienda Sanitaria Locale (local health office) of the area of residence.

For further information and updates, please visit the pages prepared by the Embassy of Canada to Italy, the Public Health Agency of Canada and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada before leaving for Italy.

Working in Italy

Ministero degli Affari Esteri: Studying and working in Italy

Tourism (Italian tourism official website)
Discover Italia (tourism portal by Istituto Geografico De Agostini)
Maps of Italy
Touring Club Italiano


Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali

La Biennale di Venezia
La Quadriennale di Roma
La Triennale di Milano
Palazzo Grassi di Venezia
Scuderie Papali del Quirinale

Cinecittà Luce

Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Umbria Jazz

Fondazione Arena di Verona
Teatro alla Scala di Milano
Teatro dell'Opera di Roma
Teatro La Fenice di Venezia
Teatro Regio di Parma


Daily newspapers
Corriere della Sera
La Repubblica
La Stampa
Il Sole 24 Ore
Il Messaggero

Radios and TVs on the Internet
Webcast Italy

Useful links

Studying in Italy
FAQs and information for foreign drivers in Italy
Italian custom regulations (Italian language only)

AngloINFO Italy
Expats in Italy

The Canadian Club of Rome