When planning your European vacation, a number of conversions may become necessary. For this reason we have gathered together a number of quick converters that even seasoned travelers may find helpful to have all in one place.
As a general note, Italy, like all of Europe, is on the decimal system.
Also keep in mind that in Italy the conventions for dividing numbers are different from those in America: a period is used to separate thousands and a comma to separate decimals. Therefore, 1.23 (U.S. style) is written 1,23 in Italy, while American 12,345 is written 12.345.
The monetary unit all over Europe is now the Euro (€ or EU). Each country in the
European Monetary Community mints its own coins and bills, but all are valid in all of the countries in the Union.
You can find the equivalent of any sum at today's exchange rates -- either the median bank rate or one closer to what the transaction may actually yield -- in this CONVERTER.
Italy is one hour ahead (+1) of Greenwich Mean Time, along with the rest of
continental Europe. This means, for example, that when it is 12 noon in New York, it is
already 6 pm in Siena and Montalto. When it is 12 noon in Siena it is already 9 pm in
You can check the current time in Italy from here.
The Meter (m = metro) equals about 40 inches, and one Foot
equals about 30 centimeters (cm = centimetri).
Kitchen measurements are in grams (g = grammi) and kilos
(kg = chili or chilogrammi). An ounce is about 30 grams; a kilo is 2.2 pounds.
A litre (l = litro) is the volume equivalent of one kilo of water and is divided into fractions of decilitri (about half a cup) or centilitri (a fraction of a teaspoon, which contains 5 cl).
A cup of water or sugar will be about equal to a pound or 450 g, while a cup of flour, which is lighter, will be only about 350 g.
Electric current in Italy is furnished at 220 Volts. Be very sure that any electrical appliance you bring with you will function on 220 V, or bring an appropriate transformer.
Flat plugs will not fit in an Italian electric socket, nor will all round plugs. We have plug converters available if you need them but these do NOT convert voltage.
Gasoline/petrol in Italy is called benzina, but the pump will usually say senza piombo (lead-free).
Be very sure what kind of fuel your automobile requires, and very sure that you put the right kind in when you fill up the tank. Mistakes can cause sudden failure while driving!
The octagonal red STOP sign is now almost universal, but there are many differences
in other traffic indications.
Telepass indicates a gate only for cars equipped with electronic payment devices