Tips for your holiday in Italy

Tips and general information about holidays in Italy

During the many years we have provided holiday homes we have been in contact with many different people, found ourselves in strange situations, given advice on almost everything and have thus become aware of the fact that something which is obviousness for some may be totaly unknown for others.

If you read the following list of tips and general information, you will be better prepared for your stay in one of Danitalias holiday homes. More specific information will be sent before your arrival to the area.

Shopping in Italy

Most of the shops are open from 9.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. and from 04.00 – 08.00 p.m. (normally they are closed Monday morning and Sunday).
The supermarkets are open non-stop but normally they are closed on Sundays.
We recommend you to buy food on Saturdays because groceries are closed on Sunday or bring something with you if you arrive late.

Restaurants in Italy

The opening hours of the shops are normally:
Lunch 12.00 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Dinner 7.30 p.m. – 10.00 p.m.
(Try to avoid restaurants with “Tourist menus” – they often makes you disappointed!)
It is not necessary with tips in Italy but of course always appreciated. Most of the shops and restaurants accept credit cards, smaller food shops, bars etc. might not.

Post offices in Italy

The General Post Offices are normally open from 8.30 a.m. till 4.00 p.m.
Stamps are generally sold in the so called TABACCHERIA stores that you easily may recognize because of the special sign of a large blue T.

Banks in Italy

In every villages or cities you go, you will find banks with a cash point dispenser which accepts international credit cards.
Banks are usually opened  from 8.20 a.m. till 1.20 p.m. and from 2.30 till 3.30 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Currencies and travellers cheques may be changed at banks and exchange offices. Banks charge a transaction fee for exchanging traveller’s cheques and cash and the amount varies from bank to bank. Passports are required for the identification.

Doctors in Italy

In case of emergency, please dial 118 for the ambulance.

Pharmacies in Italy

Pharmacies are opened from 9.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.  4.00-8.00 p.m.  Monday to Friday. Saturdays it is opened from 9.00 a.m to 1.00 p.m. Displayed outside all pharmacy the address of the nearest chemist on late evening and week end duty.

Trains in Italy

There are several kinds of trains – check before you buy your ticket, in some cases it might be convenient to wait for the next one:

LOCALE – very slow.
DIRETTO – not as direct as it sounds, quite slow!
ESPRESSO – stops at all bigger stations.
RAPIDO – stops only at some of the bigger cities.
SUPER RAPIDO – very fast, connects bigger cities and stops just a few times

When you check the timetable please note that “Feriale” means weekdays and “Festivi” means Sundays and public holidays.
You can use to check the timetable for the whole country on-line. In several languages.

Contact us for advice regarding holidays in Italy. We are a Danish company with offices in Aarhus, Denmark and in Lucca, Tuscany.

Our holiday homes in Italy
Lari Forno 1
Lari Forno 2

Montaione, Toscana
2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
Wheelchair friendly bathroom
House on winefarm, WiFi, bikes
Shared pool, paddle, football

Podere Oasi

Lucca hills, Tuscany
Number of guests 18 – 8 bedrooms
Large garden and view
Private pool, WiFi, table tennis
Central location. Child friendly


Lucca hills, Tuscany
5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
Big fenced garden and terrace
Private fenced pool, WiFi, A/C
Centrally located

Our customers

“Our mission is to give our customers an authentic experience of the Italian culture and heritage.”

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"We were totally satisfied with the advance information, the contact and the quick response to questions that arose."
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"Everything was perfect managed with Danitalia. We are very content with Danitalia. We share our holiday experiences with others on Facebook."
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"Straightforward! Overall we were very happy and would reccomend to others and would be happy to return should we wish to go back to tuscany. The cook at home experience was enjoyed by all would recomend as a holiday treat and a sample of the local food."
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"It worked PERFECT! To say it in one word: great 🙂 The home was extraordinary, just as described. Greets to the Team in Lucca. They are very kind and helpfull. Thanks a lot!"
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"Perfekt, alles einfach und unkompliziert"
United Kingdom
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"Elisabeth was just great. She really understood all our issues with the much postponed and reorganised wedding. We could ask for no better cooperation."
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"Very easy and trustworthy! What a wonderful trip! The Apartment was lovely, and really enjoyed the terrace. "
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"High responsive. Very friendly contact, many helpful information, highly recommended. We always like to come back."