Adapter needed

Do I need a travel adapter for a trip to Italy?

Yes, you need a travel adapter (plug adapter) for a trip from Canada to Italy. In Italy, people are using different plugs and electrical outlets that are not compatible with plugs from Canada!

Italy und Canada compared
Flag: Canada
AOutlets of type ABOutlets of type BOutlets
120 VoltVoltage
60 HertzFrequency
Flag: Italy
COutlets of type CFOutlets of type FLOutlets of type LOutlets
230 VoltVoltage
50 HertzFrequency
Power sockets

Which types of power outlets are used in Italy?

Italy uses power outlets of type C, F and L. Electrical outlets of type A and B, which are common in Canada, are not in use in Italy.

Country information

About Italy

Flag: About Italy

Italy is a country in Europe (Southern Europe) with about 61.9 Millionen inhabitants on an area of almost 301 000 km². The capital of Italy is Rome (2.9 Millionen inhabitants).

People in the country are mainly speaking Italian, German, French, Sardinian, Catalan, Corsican and Slovenian.

The neighbors of Italy are Austria, France, San Marino, Slovenia, Switzerland and Vatican City.

TLD: .itCurrency: EURCountry calling code: +39Country Code : IT
Mains voltage

What is the Electricity Voltage in Italy?

The voltage in Italy is 230 volts.

The voltage, therefore, is higher than the 120 volts in Canada. This difference means that you have to be cautious when using electrical devices purchased in Canada:

You should read the instruction manual of your device and check at which voltage it is safe to use.

If the voltage stated in the user's manual or on the device's power supply differs from the mains voltage in Italy, you should either not use your device there, or buy a voltage converter before departing.

Utility frequency

What is the utility frequency in Italy?

The utility frequency in Italy is 50 Hertz.

The frequency, therefore, is lower than the 60 Hertz in use in Canada. This difference may not be a problem for most of your devices, but you still have to be cautious:

Devices that either measure time, or are equipped with moving and rotating parts, are particularly dangerous! So, if you plan to use shavers, heaters, kitchen appliances or alarm clocks in Italy, read the instruction manuals to see if these devices are safe to use on the local utility frequency.

If the mains frequency specified in the manual or on the power supply is different from the rate used in Italy, you should not use the device!