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Daylight Savings Time in Italy

Daylight Savings Time in Italy

Italy is one of the many countries around the world that observes daylight savings time (DST). Referred to in Italian as “Ora Solare“, DST is the practice of changing the clocks forward an hour in the spring and back an hour in the fall. This allows for more sunlight in the evenings during the warmer months. However, DST is not without its critics. Some argue that it is outdated and no longer necessary, while others say that it can have negative impacts on our health and well-being.


Next daylight savings time in Italy: Oct 30, 2022, 3:00 AM.

(Set your clock back 1 hour when you go to bed Saturday, Oct. 29th)


Key points

What is daylight savings time?

By moving clocks forward one hour in spring and back again in fall for Daylight Savings Time, the theory is that energy can be conserved because evenings have more daylight and mornings have less. This extra hour of daylight is especially beneficial during the summer months when it can be used for outdoor activities such as swimming, gardening, or playing sports.

Daylight savings time In Italy

DST was first introduced in Italy in 1916 as a way to conserve energy during World War I. It was abolished and revived several times between 1921 and 1966 when it was reintroduced. In 1996 Italy adopted the EU’s DTS schedule.

When does daylight savings time start and end in Italy?

In Italy, daylight savings time (DST) starts on the last Sunday of March and ends on the last Sunday of October. During DST, clocks are set one hour ahead of standard time. This means that when it is noon in Rome (GMT+1), it is 1pm in London (GMT).

Some people enjoy daylight savings time because it allows for more daytime activities. Others find it disruptive to their sleep patterns or routines.

How do Italians feel about daylight savings time?

According to Reuters, the head of an Italian medical group said that scientists had petitioned the government to make daylight saving time permanent in order to save money on energy costs, decrease pollution, and improve citizens’ health.


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Italians are generally in favor of daylight savings time. A 2017 poll found that about 60% of Italians support daylight savings, while only 20% oppose it. This is likely due to the fact that daylight savings time allows for more daylight hours during the summer months when most Italians are on vacation.

How does daylight savings time affect Italy?

DST usually lasts from the last Sunday in March until the last Sunday in October. This means that Italy is in DST for about six months out of the year. During this time, the country experiences longer days and shorter nights.

However, DST can also cause some problems. Some people find it difficult to adjust to the new schedule, especially if they have to get up early for work or school. It can also be tough on businesses that operate on international schedules. If you’re planning a trip to Italy during DST, be sure to check the local times carefully, so you don’t miss your train or plane!

Article by Veronica Oni for EasyMilano.com


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