When planning a trip to the Apennines, in addition to exploring the route and attractions, do not forget to specify the time zone of Italy and the time difference with the area where you live permanently. This information will not only save you from being late for breakfast at the hotel, but also save you from other possible misunderstandings.
Italy officially uses Central European Time (CET). Twice a year, moving the clock in one direction or another marks the transition to summer / winter time. From World Time (UTC) time in Italy it differs by one hour in winter (UTC + 1) and by two hours in summer (UTC + 2).
Time change in Italy
Daylight Saving Time in Italy, which began in 1916 (finally the switch of hands to summer and winter time was approved in 1966), occurs annually by moving the clock hand one hour forward at 01:00 a.m. on the last March Sunday.
And although many Italians speak out against the switch to summer time, a spring evening, extended by an hour, more than compensates for their morning lack of sleep.
Daylight Saving Time in Italy It is carried out on the last Sunday of October by changing the hour hands at 01:00 a.m., however, this time, the hands are moving back, giving Italians a pleasant opportunity to sleep an hour longer than usual.
After March 2011, when the seasonal watch change was canceled in Russia, time difference between Russia and Italy changed for another hour. If before 2011 the time in Rome was two hours different from Moscow, now in the autumn-winter period the time difference between Rome and Moscow is as much as three hours.
But time difference between Italy and Ukraine It does not depend on the season: at any time of the year it is 1 (one) hour, i.e. time in Italy is always an hour behind Kiev time.
In the country itself, time zone separation does not exist. Therefore, the time in Milan, Venice, Florence, Verona or Sicily is the same as the time in Rome.
Time difference with Italy
BlogoItaliano has prepared a small useful summary of the time differences with Italy for some cities in Russia and European capitals located in different time zones. The table below shows how many hours the time in these cities differs from the time in Italy.
- Time difference between Rome and Moscow: +3 hours in winter, +2 hours in summer
- Time difference between Rome and Yekaterinburg: +5 hours in winter, +4 hours in summer
- Time difference between Rome and Novosibirsk: +6 hours in winter, +5 hours in summer
- Time difference between Rome and Krasnoyarsk: +7 hours in winter, +6 hours in summer
- Time difference between Rome and Irkutsk: +8 hours in winter, +7 hours in summer
- Time difference between Rome and Vladivostok: +10 hours in winter, +9 hours in summer
- Time difference between Rome and Kiev: +1 hour year-round
- Time difference between Rome, Berlin, Paris and Madrid: none
- Time difference between Rome and London: -1 hour all year round.
Other useful information
- Remember that the time indicated in the flight schedule is local time. The ticket also always indicates the local time: both departure and arrival.
- From 6.30 p.m. to 8.00 a.m. in Italy, calls from a hotel or private apartment are subject to a reduced rate.
- Siesta in Italy is a "holy" time, so from 12.30 to 14.30, and sometimes until 15.00, almost all Italian institutions are closed.
- Official holidays are non-working hours in Italy for both government agencies and most Italian museums.
Photo by: Zeetz Jones.