GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in September).
Electrical current in Italy is 230 volts, 50Hz. A variety of plugs are in use, including the European-style two-pin plug.
Italy's currency is the Euro (EUR), which is divided into 100 cents. Those arriving in Italy with foreign currency can obtain Euros through any bank, ATM or bureaux de change. ATMs are widespread. Credit cards are accepted in upmarket establishments and shops around the cities. Banks are closed on weekends, but tend to have better rates than casas de cambios.
The international access code for Italy is +39. There can be high surcharges on calls made from hotels and it is generally cheaper to use a calling card. Public telephone boxes take phone cards for local and international calls, which can be bought from newsagents. The local mobile phone operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with most international operators. Internet cafes are available in the main towns and resorts.
Emergencies: 113 (Police); 118 (Ambulance)
|New Years Day||1 Jan||1 Jan|
|Epiphany||6 Jan||6 Jan|
|Easter Sunday||20 Apr||5 Apr|
|Easter Monday||21 Apr||6 Apr|
|Liberation Day||25 Apr||25 Apr|
|Labour Day||1 May||1 May|
|Anniversary of the Republic||2 Jun||2 Jun|
|Assumption of the Virgin||15 Aug||15 Aug|
|All Saints’ Day||1 Nov||1 Nov|
|Day of Immaculate Conception||8 Dec||8 Dec|
|Christmas Day||25 Dec||25 Dec|
|Santo Stefano||26 Dec||26 Dec|
The climate of Milan is Mediterranean, but like any large urban metropolis, buildings and human activity affect the local micro-climate. In the case of Milan this makes the weather rather more extreme. Summers can be hot and humid, with temperatures rising above 86°F (30°C) during August. The mountains behind the city protect Milan somewhat from the severity of winter, but the weather is very chilly with temperatures occasionally dropping below freezing. Winter also brings rain showers and heavy fog. Spring (March to May) and early summer (June) are the best time to visit Milan weather-wise, although autumn (September to November) is also pleasant. In late summer, particularly August, it gets uncomfortably hot and many locals depart for their summer break, leaving some restaurants and hotels closed. Winter is a bit cold for most tourists but Milan's attractions are world-class during any season. Essentially Milan is a year-round tourist destination.
ATM operates Milan's metro, bus, tram and trolley services, which have the advantage of being integrated. Tickets, available from shops displaying the ATM logo, are validated on-board and then have a time limit of 75 minutes travel on any of the transport options, or one ride on the metro. The city's metro is particularly inexpensive and user-friendly, and consists of three lines: Linea 1 covers the most important tourist areas near the Duomo. Taxis are freely available but have to be hired at marked stands. Expect extra charges for luggage, night fares, or Sunday travel. Renting a car and driving yourself is not a fun experience in Milan and is best avoided. The historic area around the cathedral is good for pedestrians and a number of attractions can be reached on foot.
Bus number 73 runs from Linate Airport to Milan Piazza S. Babila every 10 minutes, between 6:05am and 12:55am, and at a cost of €1 per ticket. Alternatively, there is a bus that travels to Milan Central Station every 30 minutes between 6:05am and 11:45pm. All buses departing from Linate Airport depart from the area just outside arrivals.
Car rental companies at Linate Airport include Avis, EasyCar, Europcar, Hertz, Maggiore/National, Sixt and Thrifty, all of which have desks in the arrivals section.
Taxi services are available outside the arrivals hall. The journey to the city centre costs between €15 and €25 and will take 20 to 40 minutes depending on traffic conditions. Shared taxis are available.
Linate Airport has one large terminal building, with arrivals on the ground floor and departures on the first floor; both of which are accessible by foot.
Facilities at the airport include ATMs, currency exchange, a post office, left luggage and baggage wrapping, a business centre and executive lounge, a pharmacy and first aid station, a hair salon, laundry facilities, a chapel, and an information desk. Duty-free shopping is available, and dining options range from fast food joints to good restaurants.
Parking comprises 4,500 spaces. Short-term parking at Milan Linate International Airport costs €0.90 per 15 minutes up to a daily limit of €26; lots P1 and P2 are €3.80 for one hour, €6 for two hours, €11 for six hours, €21 for up to 12 hours, and €28 per day. The cheapest long-term parking is in lot PR1, with a daily rate of €22.
Wifi is available for a fee in the arrivals lounge, check-in and boarding lounge, and several restaurants in the airport.