Practical Information

The country's official currency is the Euro.

Automated currency exchange machines can be found at the airport and within major banks.

Credit cards are generally accepted in shops and restaurants.

Banks are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 1:20 PM, with variable hours in the afternoon; some branches are also open on Saturday mornings.

Daylight Saving Time
In the spring (on the last Sunday in March), daylight savings time enters into effect: clocks must be moved forward an hour with respect to solar time, which is later returned to at the beginning of autumn (last Sunday in October).

Electrical current
The electrical current in Italy is supplied at 220 volts. Sockets are designed for plugs with two or three prongs arranged in a row.

Telephones
The international code for calling Italy from abroad is 0039, which must be followed by the local area code of the desired phone number.  Cellular phone networks provide coverage throughout the country.

Closing days
On Mondays, most Museums are closed, along with several attractions in the Old Port, many of the city's restaurants, and the hair salons. Shops and stores are closed only during the morning on Mondays. On Wednesday afternoons, most food shops are closed, with the exception of the supermarkets. The dry cleaners are closed on Saturdays.

Shop hours
Many shops still close midday from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM, though in the city centre, staying open all day has become very widespread and is a practice that has always observed by the big department stores.

Post Offices
The "Genova Centro" post office, located at Via Dante 4B/r, is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM and on Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM; it is closed on Sundays.
To view the hours and addresses of other branches, please visit the Poste Italiane website.

Consulates and embassies
At www.esteri.it/MAE/EN you can find information regarding services that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers to foreigners and, in particular, to foreign delegations in Italy, for those wishing to travel or move to Italy for tourism, school, or work.