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Do you want to visit Italy on your next vacation and you don’t know how electricity works there? You are in the right place. Here you will learn a lot of relevant information about plugs and sockets in Italy.

In the “country of the boot”, mainly 3 types of plugs and sockets are used. Type C, Type F and Type L. Normally, electricity in Italy is operated with a voltage of 230 volts and a frequency of 50 Hz.

This type of plugs and sockets is used in most of Europe, with the exception of England, Ireland and Malta. This has earned it the nickname “EuroPlug”, as it is only commonly used on this continent.

The F-type plug, with its original name CEE 7/4, is another plug that is seen in a large number of European houses. Countries such as Austria, Germany, Norway, Finland, Portugal, Italy and the Netherlands work with these plugs.

Each of the plugs installed in the Italian territory works with a standard voltage of 230 volts. In addition, they handle between 10 and 25 amperes, in terms of current. And, they have a frequency, also standard, of 50 Hz.

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The main reason why not all countries use the same type of plugs is due to a non-globalized technological development and to the fact that it has not been possible to reach a consensus to homogenize them among manufacturers and countries.

Looking back, the race to popularize the use of electricity began at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. However, at that time it was impossible to predict that the world would change so much and that we would travel around the world loaded with electrical appliances.

The result is that today there are 16 different types of plugs in the world. Each of them is given a letter to name it. We can find from the type A plug to the type N plug. We are going to repair all the plug models in the world.

The type C is composed of two round and parallel pins while in the wall socket we find the two holes where it is connected. What we colloquially know as the male and the female, expression that we use for most of the cable connections.

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In Italy there are different plug connections for electrical devices than in Germany.  However, the mains voltage is also 220/230 volts AC. Type F and type L are used as plugs in Italy.

“Narrow” plugs (flat European plugs), e.g. for charging cables for cell phones or simple electrical devices, usually fit, but are rather loose in the socket. For this reason, Italian plugs have a third pin in the middle, which is used exclusively for “stability” in the plug.

Large, round, protective contact plugs (“Schuko plugs”) do not fit in Italy. They are mostly for electrical devices with a little more power, but the German plug pins are too thick.

Suitable adapters are available in some hotels and vacation apartments. You can get the adapter here in all electronics stores and in Italy in all large supermarkets.

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There are at least 14 different types of plugs in the world. This disorder, which began at the dawn of the electrical revolution, today forces tourists to travel equipped with adapters, and online shoppers to check the compatibility of appliances before purchasing them in other markets.

Discover in this search engine the type of plug used in every part of the world, based on the list of the International Electrotechnical Commission. Select the country and check the shape of the sockets to find out if an adapter is necessary, and the voltage and frequency to find out if a power transformer is also required.

The origin of this worldwide mess lies in the beginnings of the electrical revolution at the end of the 19th century. The first electrical appliances were rudimentarily hooked up to household light wiring. Sockets emerged at the beginning of the last century as a safe form of connection. Each country devised its own solutions. Back then, travel was infrequent and appliances were anything but portable, so the need for a universal plug was not apparent. When the situation changed, the mess was hard to fix.

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