Below are some FAQs. We’ll be adding to them as we near the course start date, but please feel free to add your question to the comments box, below.
Q. Where can I change money?
A. Bring some Euros with you to tide you over until you are settled in Bologna. Then you can withdraw Euros from your US account using one of he many ATMs (check with your bank before going – it’s also a good idea to tell them you will be in Italy so they know to expect withdrawals from there, and won’t think your card has been stolen. Of course, if your card is lost or stolen whilst you are in Italy, inform your bank immediately!)
Q. What will the weather be like?
A. It’s summer so likely to be hot – but weather in Europe is unpredictable so check these websites before you go so you can know what to pack: www.wunderground.com or www.weather.com.
Q. Will my mobile/cellphone work in Italy?
A. Yes, as long as it is tri/quadband and has roaming set up – check with your network provider before going. But roaming charges can be very expensive – it will be far cheaper to buy an Italian SIM card when you are there if you are planning to make/receive a lot of calls. But you’ll need to get your phone ‘unlocked’ before you travel to do this. The country code for Italy is +39.
Q. Is Italy safe?
A. Yes, very. But in areas with a lot of tourists you also find thieves, so take care of your valuables at all times. When out sightseeing, leave spare cash and items of value in your hotel safe along with your passport (but carry a photocopy of it for identification purposes). Beware of bag snatchers and pickpockets, and don’t leave luggage unattended, especially at railway stations. If you are robbed you should report it to the local police as otherwise you won’t be able to claim on your travel insurance.
Q. Do I need travel insurance?
A. Absolutely, yes!