How to call abroad from Italy
The STD area code (beginning with a '0') is an integral part of the phone number in Italy, and must always be used. The leading zero is not dropped when calling from outside Italy.
How to save on calls abroad
International calls are always expensive, and Italy is no different. Even if you use an alternative fixed provider, the charges can be expensive. To make a cheap call abroad, you might use schede telefoniche internazionali (international prepaid calling cards) with your normal fixed phone or mobile.
Mobile prefixes and virtual providers
Italian mobile phone numbers are ten numbers long and begin with '3'. Italian prefixes are determined by providers. It's difficult to trace the original provider by the prefix because the mobile number portability enables users to retain their telephone numbers when changing operators.
How to avoid overcharged calls in Italy
If you don't want to use expensive premium numbers, there is a system to block surcharge numbers that is determined by a PIN payment. It allows only you to activate or deactivate the blocking service. You can get this same service free of charge, but you block the numbers permanently.
How to “welcome” a phone thief
In Italy, there is a phrase called fare la festa, which means to welcome someone with a party. If your phone happens to be stolen or lost, you can be sure to “welcome” your thief by totally disabling your mobile phone services.
Italian telecommunications terms
If you're moving to Italy, you'll need to know some of the basic terms that providers are likely to use, as well as some Italian terminology and calling plans.