Time difference: GMT + 1 Language: Italian is the official language, with English widely spoken in the cities and main tourist areas. Dialects are spoken in different regions. Electrical current/ plugs: Plug sockets have either two or three round pins with a current of 230V AC, 50Hv. Culture: Italians are warm and welcoming, while quite traditional. Water: Tap water is safe to drink in Italy, although bottled water is readily available. Politics: Italy is a republic with a Head of State.