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Bank Timetable

Banks are open from 8.15 a.m. to 13.20 p.m. and from 14.45 p.m. to 16.00 p.m. every day except for saturdays and holydays.

Shops Timetable

Shops are open from 9 a.m. to 13 p.m. and from 16 p.m. to 19.30 pm with small variations. In general all the shops are closed on sunday, variations may occur in connection with different categories of shops. Some stores do not close during lunchtime.

Postal Offices Timetable

Postal offices are open from 8.30 a.m. to 13.15 p.m. Sturdays and the last day of the month from 8.30 a.m. 11.20 a.m. Postal offices are closed on sundays. The following postal offices are open during the afternoon:

Palermo:

corso Pisani 246;
piazza Verdi 7;
via Danimarca 54;
via Roma (Palazzo Poste);
piazza Unità d'Italia;
via Alcide de Gasperi.

Messina:

via Garibaldi 190;
via XXVII luglio 5;
piazza Antonello.

Catania:

viale Africa;
corso Italia 33/35;
viale Rapisardi 82.

Documents and Exchange

The identity card for the UE area people and the passport for others countries. The Euro is the current exchange.

What to Buy

Sicilian handicraft is very varied, and each area has its peculiarities. This is particularly evident when you look at the different types of ceramics to be found on the island. In Sicily there are big clay quarries from which the raw ma te rial is very easily extracted, and some places, like Santo Stefano di Camastra or Caltagirone, base their economy almost exclusively on the production of ceramics. Each of them has an ancient tradition as regards shapes and decoration, but beside these new decorationtrends are emerging. In addition to vases, plates, cups of all kinds, shapes and
sizes, one can buy lamps, candlesticks, tiles and figurines for cribs. A typical Sicilian product is the
coffa, a pleated and decorated basket available in various sizes. In Erice you can buy delightful multicoloured hand-woven carpets. More or less everywhere, there are embroidered objects, such as tablecloths, blankets, sheets, towels and napkins. Lastly, the classic souvenir is the little Sicilian cart and the traditional puppet, both available in all sizes.

Tips

A tip is always appreciated but not mandatory. The amount depends on the service performed.

International Phone Calls

You can phone overseas from any private or public phone by dialling the country code preceded
by 00 (e.g. to call Munich, in Germany, you must dial 00 followed by 49 - intemational code - by 89 - city code - and the subscribers number). You can make reverse charge calls or credit card calls by calling the operator in your own country by dialling a special number (for information call 176
Information service every day from 8am to 11pm). Italian public phones take coins of 10, 20 and 50 cent of ¤, telephone cards costing 1-2,50-5-7,50 ¤

Stamps

Letters and postcards to Italy and EEC: 0,41 ¤. Letters and postcards to non-EEC countries: 0,52 ¤. All charges indicated are for mail weighing less than 20g.

Emergency Numbers

Medical Emergencies 118, Carabinieri 112, Police 113, Fire Department 115, Road Assistance 116, Corps of Forest 1515.