Travel insurance for Italy
With its lively, deeply artistic culture, delicious cuisine and glorious climate, Italy is a favourite holiday destination. Discover artistic and architectural wonders in the spectacular cities of Rome, Venice and Florence or jet off to fashion capital, Milan for a spot of retail therapy.
With all this to think about, you may not have travel insurance at the forefront of your mind. A good insurance policy will bring you unbeatable peace of mind and a valuable safety net should the unexpected happen.
To find out more about the benefits Staysure offers its customers travelling to Italy, feel free to contact our travel insurance specialists on 0800 033 4902, who will be happy to help. Alternatively, you can get an online quote in minutes by clicking below.
Cover for medical conditions
Whether you’re planning a quick Italian jaunt or a lengthier stay, travel insurance is always a necessity. Italy’s national health service (Servizio Sanitario Nazionale) is managed by regional governments and the standard of healthcare varies greatly as a result. For example, public hospitals in northern and central regions can generally offer higher standards of care than those in the south.
Your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) gains you access to public healthcare services but the as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirms, it’s important to get covered with a travel insurance policy as well.
Italy travel information
The FCO Travel Advice pages recommend that you visit your doctor at least four to six weeks before you depart, to check whether you need any vaccinations or special arrangements to cater for your medical condition, destination or planned activities in Italy. Your doctor will assess any particular health risks before recommending vaccines. This is also a good opportunity to run through other travel health issues relating to safe foods and water, insect bites and sun exposure.
If you need emergency medical assistance in Italy, dial 118 for an ambulance. Once you arrive at the medical facility for treatment, make sure you contact your insurance company immediately.
British nationals do not currently need a visa to enter Italy. Passport validity is required by immigration for the duration of your stay and you won’t need an additional period of validity.
Driving in Italy
You can drive in Italy with your UK driving licence, insurance and documents. Another thing to bear in mind is that Italy suffers approximately twice as many road deaths as in the UK (55.6 per 1,000,000 inhabitants in Italy).
As with many busy urban centres, cities in Italy come with their fair share of driving restrictions. For example, if you are driving in certain areas of central Milan, you will need to pay a congestion charge In Rome, to reduce pollution, the city sometimes introduces traffic restrictions on specific days whereby vehicles with odd or even number plates are not allowed on the roads in the fascia verde, an area which covers much of the city. Find out more about Rome driving restrictions here.
- Italy uses Euros which are easily available from ATMs (bancomats). Try to avoid foreign exchange bureaus to change your cash as they charge high fees – typically 15 per cent, as opposed to around 8 per cent over the counter at a bank. Bear in mind that most Italian bancomats have a maximum withdrawal limit of €250 or €300
- Credit and debit cards are widely accepted, particularly Visa and MasterCard
- Bank opening times are typically from 8.30am until 1pm and they reopen for an hour between 3pm and 4pm. However, in major tourist destinations some banks may stay open straight through from 8.30am to 4pm.
Italy Travel Insurance
If you’re looking travel insurance for Italy, call our team on 0800 033 4902 or get a quote online in minutes.