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General Info about Pisa, Italy

Visas
All that US, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand nationals require to stay as a tourist in Pisa for a period of up to ninety days is a valid passport. EU residents are free to travel in the country with a valid passport. Citizens of all other countries should check with their Italian embassy to see what the visa requirements are for their particular nationality.

Currency
The currency used in Italy is the Euro which is made up of 100 Cent. Notes come in denominations of €100, €50, €20, €10 and €5 and the coins in use are €2, €1, 0.50C, 0.20C, 0.10C, 0.05C, 0.02C and 0.01C.

Language
The main language spoken in Pisa is Italian; however, you will also come across quite a few English speakers too, especially in the major tourist areas.

Climate
Thanks to its Mediterranean climate, Pisa sees hot summers with plenty of sunshine. July and August usually see the highest temperatures, with a high of around 23ºC. Spring and autumn are generally very mild with pleasant temperatures, making the city quite popular with visitors during these times. In winter, Pisa sees its coldest, wettest weather. Temperatures drop to around 6.5ºC in January, while November sees the most rainfall with an average of 122mm falling throughout the month.

Medical Care
Visitors from EU countries are entitled to medical treatment under the EU Reciprocal Medical Treatment agreement. Before you travel you should collect an E111 form from your local social security office. This form may also be obtained in post offices also. Australia’s Medicare system also has a reciprocal health-care agreement with Italy.

Time Zone
Pisa is located in the Central European Time (CET) zone which is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and six ahead of Eastern Standard Time.

Opening Hours
Shops in Pisa are generally opened from 9.00am until 1.00pm and from 3.30pm until 7.30pm from Monday to Saturday. Many still remained closed on Sundays.

Tourist Office
The main tourist office in the city is located at Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II 16.

Tax
Value added tax (VAT) is included in the price of all goods in Italy. Non-EU residents can claim this back after leaving the country if the item in question cost more than €155. If this is the case, you need to fill in a form in the shop where you buy the item, have it stamped at customs and return it to the shop within sixty days. Following this your refund will be issued by cheque or to your credit card. At major airports and border crossings there are facilities which will provide you with an immediate cash refund.

Currency Exchange
Banks throughout the city offer currency exchange services. There are also a large number of ATMs throughout Pisa, from which you can withdraw local currency.

Electricity
Electricity in Italy is 220V, 50 Hz. In Pisa you’ll need to use a 2-pin plug.

Telephones
To call Pisa from abroad you first dial 00, followed by 39 which is the country code for Italy, the local area code 050 and the local number, but don't forget to drop the 0 on the area code.

If you wish to call abroad from Pisa, dial 00, followed by the international calling code for the country you are calling, the area code (without the 0) and then the local number.

Post Office
The main post office in Pisa is at Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II 7-9.

Tipping
While a service charge tends to be included in restaurant bills, it is still customary to leave a small tip if the service was good. This tip usually amounts to between 5 and 10%. Café employees, taxi drivers and tour guides should also receive a small tip.

Public Holidays
It is worth noting what the public holidays are as the majority of businesses, banks and shops usually shut for the day. In Italy they are New Years Day (January 1st), Epiphany (January 6th), Easter (March/April), Liberation Day (April 25th), Labour Day (May 1st), Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 15th), All Souls Day (November 1st), Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (December 8th) and Christmas.

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