The electrical current in Italy is 220 volts. Wall outlets take plugs with two rounded prongs. If you plan to use U.S. electrical appliances you will need to bring a converter/adapter. It is suggested that you purchase these items before you leave on your trip or at the airport.

All hotels in Italy supply a hair dryer in each room.

Irons are not supplied in hotel rooms in Italy due to safety precautions. Hotels offer ironing, dry cleaning and laundering services for a fee

The Euro is the official currency in Italy. Notes are in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500. Coins are in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50.

The best place to exchange money is through an ATM machine in Italy. Be sure to bring your pin number with you. You should also advise your bank or credit card company so that they don't freeze your account due to abnormal charges.

Comfortable casual clothing is recommended; the same as you would wear on a sightseeing trip in the U.S.

Please note that there are dress codes in most churches in Italy: no bare shoulders or knees.

VAT is a value added tax that is included in the sale price of most goods. As a tourist, you are entitled to reimbursement of this tax.

To call the United States from Italy, you must dial 001 + area code + phone number.

It is recommended that you take advantage of the Perillo Tours Global Phonecard for tremendous savings in international calls. Application will be sent with your final documents 30 days prior to departure.

To call Italy from the United States, you must dial 011+ 39 (which is Italy's country code) + area code + phone number.