European Citizens whose country is under the authority of the Schengen Treaty may enter Italy with nothing more than a valid identity card or passport. Citizens from all other countries need a valid passport and, if required, a visa, whose application must be made to the Italian Consulate or Embassy in the applicant’s country of residence.  Check the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ministero degli esteri italiano) if you need a visa to come to Italy.

Once in Italy, visitors who will not be staying in a hotel or similar accommodation facility (B&B, residence…)must register at the local police headquarters within 8 days of their arrival in the country. Visitors staying in hotels or other tourist accommodation facilities will automatically be registered upon reception there.

By train

Train is a fast and convenient way to travel for long distances: there are many international trains linking Italy to Austria, Germany, France and Eastern Europe. The train station of utmost importance in Tuscany is Santa Maria Novella in Florence, connected to biggest Italian cities: Milan, Turin, Verona, Bologna, Venice, Rome and Naples.

Trains timetables and costs:

By plane

Italy’s main airports for intercontinental and international arrivals are Rome-Fiumicino and Milan-Malpensa. However, many national and international flights arrive in almost all the country’s numerous airports – included the Tuscan airports of Florence and Pisa.

For further information on Tuscan airports click

By car

Italy is easy to reach from Austria, France, Switzerland and Slovenia, travelling through the European motorway network. In Italy, there are more than 3000 kilometres of toll motorways  crossing the country from north to south and reaching every little corner.

Further information

Some tips

  • Tickets for the public transports (busses, trains…) can be purchased at the authorized sales point. Often is it possible to buy them online.
  • Train tickets must be stamped before boarding the train, using one of the many yellow machines present on or near the platforms.
  • Authorized taxis in Italy are white, and must have ‘Taxi’ written on the roof and wait in designated areas, indicated by yellow lines or an orange sign.
  • Every city has an information point where to find tips, maps and tourist leaflets.
  • To rent a car, the UE/EFTA countries driving license, the ID or passport and a credit card are generally necessary. Non-EU nationals should also possess and International Driving Permit(IDP).

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