Italy is the fifth
largest market in the world for both communications services and
television. The telecommunications system, specifically mobile and
personal communications, in Italy was liberalized by law that Italian
government implemented in 1997 in order to comply with the EC
directives. Telecom Italia maintains monopoly over local telephone
calls. Mobile phone coverage is good and most international mobile phone
companies will have roaming agreements with Italy. Public telephones
are available but to reduce calling costs it is advisable to purchase a
prepaid phonecard (at tobacconists, post offices and newsagents).
Internet access is common throughout the country. There are internet
kiosks at airports and internet access is available in some cafes and
some public libraries may have free access. Most hotels will also have
access but you should check whether there is a fee for use.
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Italia is the national telephone company in Italy which provides the
land line telephone services. Other telephone service providers include
Infrostada, BTItaly, Tele2 and Tiscali.
offices situated in large cities generally open from 8am to 2pm on
Mondays and Fridays and 8am-11:45am on Saturdays. On special occasions
and during the last days of the months there may be shorter hours. It
also provides telegram services and registered mail. Make sure to always
confirm the correct postage for all postcards or letters to save time.
An airmail containing incorrect postage will be sent to the sender via
surface mail and can usually take longer than weeks or even months.
the rest of the world, Internet has become popular in Italy as in any
other countries particularly in Europe. Big cities or urban areas use
broadband to connect to the Internet whereas Teleconomy Internet is used
in rural areas without access to broadband. The leading internet
service provider in Italy is operated by the Telecom Italia, Alice,
TinIt. Several internet cafes and bars are also available anywhere in
Italy to connect to the Internet.
Newspapers in Italy
Italian press is mainly located in Rome and Milan. There are
approximately 80 daily newspapers, the largest of which are La
Repubblica and Il Corriere della Sera which publish regional and
northern editions. The main regional newspapers for the south are Il
Gazetto del Sud and Mezzogiorno for the whole south (based in Reggio
Calabria), Il Giornale di Sicilia (based in Palermo) and La Sicilia
(based in Catania) for all of Siciliy, Barisera for Bari and Il
Quotidiano for Reggio Calabria.
L'Arena is one of Italy's oldest
newspapers in the north east. The first issue was published just before
Italian troops entered Verona chasing out the Austrians in October 1866.
Corriere dello Sport/Stadio is published in Rome and is distributed
throughout Italy. It is one of two newspapers that is primarily
dedicated to sport. Florence's more important newspaper is La Nazione
which started life in July 1859. It's also distributed in Umbria and the
province of La Spezia. Il Sole 24 Ore is Italy's leading daily
financial newspaper. The daily newspaper, La Repubblica, provides
articles on news, sport, stock market information, weather reports,
travel, fashion, etc. Corriere della Sera is controlled by the Agnelli
family and is considered to be the most prestigious newspaper in Italy.
Italians like to compare it to the New York Times.
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