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Phoning To, From and Within Italy

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Calling to Italy from the US and Canada, long distance calls from Italy, placing phone calls within Italy, how to dial, how to pay.


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Italian Telephone Numbers

Italian phone numbers have two parts: area code and phone number. The area code is from two to four digits and begins with a zero, unless it is a cell phone, then it begins with "3". Example area codes: Rome 06, Florence 055, Siena 0577. The phone number is six or seven digits.

Phoning to Italy - from the US or Canada

To call an Italian phone number from the US or Canada, dial as follows:

  • first dial the US long distance code 011

  • then the country code (39 for Italy)

  • then the city code (do not drop the leading zero)

  • then the number

For example, if the Italian phone number is 0577-555-555, you dial the following:

Do I Drop the Leading Zero in the City Code?

No. This was changed in 2000 for Italy, but not for all European countries.

Why is There a Plus Sign (+) at the Start of the European Phone Number?

European phone numbers are frequently written in the format +39-0577-555-555. The plus indicates that you have to dial your long distance code first (in the US the code is 011, in Europe it is 00).

Time Change

Italy is six hours later than the US east coast (EST). For example, at midnight in New York City, it is 6:00 AM in Florence. See The World Clock for complete information.

The Best Way to Pay for International Calls from the US/Canada

Read about the options for paying for international calls from the US/Canada.

Phoning from Italy - to the US and Other Countries

To call another country from Italy:

  • first dial the Europe long distance code 00
  • then the country code (1 for the US and Canada, 44 for the UK)
  • then the area code and number

Country codes of other countries: US-1, Canada-1, United Kingdom-44, France-33, Germany-49, Spain-34, Switzerland-41

The Best Way to Pay for International Calls from Italy

Read about the options for paying for international calls from Italy.

Phoning Within Italy - calling other Italian phone numbers

When calling an Italian phone number from Italy, always dial the complete area code and the phone number. If the Italian phone number is 0577-707-555, dial exactly that from your land line phone or cell phone. Dial the city code, even if you are dialing from the same city.

Area codes beginning with 8 are reserved for toll-free numbers and codes beginning with 7 are reserved for Internet services.

Note: Until early in 2001, cellular telephone numbers began with the city code "03". But there was a problem because some of the real city codes started with "03", so as of March 1, 2001 cellular telephone numbers were stripped of their initial "0" to get rid of the confusion and to allow more numbers for cell phones. Now all cellular telephone numbers have a city code beginning with "3".

Other Phone Information


www.wtng.info: World Telephone Number Guide with complete information on how to dial other countries.

www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/: The World Clock, see what time it is in the country you are calling.

www.kropla.com: Steve Kropla's Help for World Travelers, with worldwide electrical and telephone information.

www.voltagevalet.com: Voltage Valet, with a website full worldwide electrical and telephone information and a store selling adapters etc.

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