Health and Safety Information for Tourists in Italy

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Italy isn't known as a high risk holiday spot by any stretch of the imagination. You won't need any form of vaccination to enter the country, and for most the only ailment you'll encounter is a slightly sore head after too many glasses of chianti!

But even so, illness can strike at any time, and for the sake of your own peace of mind it does pay to take a few sensible precautions before you head abroad.

If you're an EU citizen, protecting your health is simple while travelling within Europe. All you need is a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The card recently replaced the old E111 medical form but works in a similar way by enabling you to claim back some or all of the cost of medical care received within Europe.

Italy's blazing summer weather could pose some mild health risks if you're not adequately prepared to combat the heat. To avoid heatstroke, make sure you drink enough water to keep your body sufficiently hydrated in hot weather (tap water is fine to drink in Italy), and constantly wear a sunscreen of at least SPF15. Cover yourself with sunscreen regularly, at least every couple of hours if you are swimming.

It is wise to pack any prescription medication that you may require whilst on your holiday, even if you aren't currently taking it. If, however, you have forgotten to take it with you, all pharmacists should be able to provide you with medication for run of the mill aches, pains and allergies.

Holiday travel insurance policies can be purchased quickly and easily before you go abroad, and for a few pounds you can protect yourself and your luggage against the unforseen. Car theft and pick pocketing is rife in Italy's larger cities and a basic insurance policy could save you a whole lot of hassle and money in the long run.

The best type of insurance depends on what you need would you rather pay up front and get reimbursed, or have the company pay your expenses directly? Some company do exclude dangerous sporting activities (as defined in their policy) and can exclude items over a certain monetary value, like cameras and computers so always read the small print. For more information, visit our travel insurance guide.