- Visa and documents
Incoming EU, EEA and CH citizens are required to produce an identity card valid for expatriation or a passport. Based on their nationality, country of residence, travel reasons and length of stay, citizens from countries outside the EU, EEA and CH must apply for an entry visa for Italy. Submitting the necessary documentation is no guarantee of being issued a visa. To check whether a foreign citizen needs a visa to enter Italy, please visit the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs .
- Currency and payments
The Euro is the sole currency of Italy. For daily exchange rates, please visit the website of the Bank of Italy. You can exchange currency in banks, exchange offices, airports and hotels.
- Climate and temperature
The climate of Lombardy may be classified as continental, except in the mountainous regions above 1500 m in altitude, which are marked by the typical alpine climate. The climate in Lombardy can vary significantly, even between adjacent regions, because of high elevations, exposure to the prevailing winds, and the presence of large lakes that confer a Mediterranean-like climate to the surrounding areas.
- Time zone
Lombardy is located in the Central European time zone (GMT+1). Daylight saving time, when the clocks move forward one hour, lasts from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October.
- Health and safety
Lombardy has a single emergency number: 112.
No vaccination or prophylaxis is required to holiday in Italy. To transport medicines by plane, you need to be in possession of a medical certificate or prescription dated no more than 30 days before the date of travel, complete with the patient’s data, the pathology and the treatment prescribed.
Foreign citizens visiting Lombardy for diverse reasons are entitled to healthcare assistance, either in public facilities or affiliated private clinics.
In emergencies, healthcare is also guaranteed at the casualty departments of hospitals. For more information on emergencies, please consult the Useful Numbers section. For information on how to access services, please consult the website of Regione Lombardia (the Regional Authority of Lombardy.
- Bank holidays
1 January: New Year's Eve
6 January: Epiphany
Easter: may fall from 22 March to 25 April
Easter Monday: Monday following Easter
25 April: Liberation Day
1 May: Labour Day
2 June: Feast of the Republic
15 August: Assumption of Mary
1 November: All Saints
7 December: Milan celebrates Saint Ambrose, the city’s patron saint
8 December: Immaculate Conception
25 December: Christmas
26 December: Boxing Day