In Italy we use the Euro. On 1 January 1999, the European Monetary Union introduced the euro as a common currency to be used by financial institutions of member countries; on 1 January 2002, the euro became the sole currency for everyday transactions within the member countries.


The Italian summer is hot, especially here in the South where we are. Spring and autumn are mild, with sunny weather. Winter in Sicily tends to be drier and warmer than in central and northern areas of Italy, it does get cold and wet though!


Electricity in Italy is 220 volts, 50 cycles alternating current (AC). The picture shows the most common type of plugs and sockets found in this country.

Telephone Services

Public telephones are available throughout Italy. A local call from a public telephone requires the use of a 20 euro cent coin.

The Italian equivalent of 911 (Emergency call) is 113. There should be an English-speaking person available whenever you dial this number. But remember, it’s for emergencies, not for information.

Long distance calls (Interurbana) between major cities can be dialed directly on the public telephone by using the proper area code number. you may use coins, or better yet, get a pre-paid card.

Area Code (Prefisso Telefonico): Following are the area code numbers for some of the principal cities in Italy. When dialing direct, the 0 should be left out. Example: A call from New York to Rome would be dialed as follows: 011 + 39 + 6 + phone number.

Mobile phones are widely used in Italy. The whole country, including remote areas are covered by the mobile network. It is recommended to verify the access options to the Italian network with your own mobile phone, from your local service supplier before you leave your country. The major mobile phone operators are Vodafone, TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile), 3, and Wind.

Postal Services

Stamps may be purchased only at tobacconists and at the post office. Airmail with insufficient postage is not returned to sender, but is sent via surface mail, which can take weeks or even months. Private couriers such as UPS and FedEx are widely avaiable in Palermo.

Transport in Sicily

Sicilians tend to travel by car or bus, train services are available and are generally quite punctual, save for the odd strike. Ferries connect Sicily to Italy and the many small islands around it. For more information please visit the Regione Siciliana Tourist information website.

Food in Sicily

As far as food is concerned, such is the pride that Sicilians take in their cooking that you will rarely be disappointed. Sicilian cuisine is world famous.

Coming soon information about:

  • panelle
  • caponata
  • sfincione
  • cannoli
  • cassata siciliana

Airport Pick-up/Drop-off

IH Palermo provides an airport pick up/drop off service at €50 per trip.

Safety in Palermo

During the day The Palermo City Centre is always very busy and car traffic is therefore quite slow. Palermo has also lots of bars and restaurants, which are open until late. In summer there are always lots of people around eating ice cream and going to concerts in the evenings. The atmosphere is friendly both during the day and at night.

Palermo is a large city and it is as safe as any city its size in Europe.

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