Find a cosmetic dentist in Italy
An amalgam of cultural, historical and natural landscapes, Italy’s poetic beauty has inspired and attracted many for decades. The unique architectural beauty and sense of identity of the beautiful cities of Venice, Florence, Siena and Naples, the romantic medieval hill towns of San Gimignano in Tuscany, and the spectacular fishing villages of Positano on the Amalfi coast add essence and glory to the canvas of Italy. For the visitor there is artistic excitement in the Verona’s ancient amphitheatre which stages Opera and in the collections in Turin’s museum of cinema; there is exhilaration as he rejuvenates his spirits in the turquoise waters of the Costa Smeralda and sports it out in the snow-covered slopes of the Dolomite Mountains. For years now, Italy has another reason to catch one’s attention – the splendid cosmetic dental treatments it has on offer for dental tourists who are on the search for affordable and high quality aesthetic dental treatments abroad.
Dental Qualification and Accreditation profiles of dental practices in Italy
There are 30 dental schools in Italy and expect for the university Cattolica in Rome all others are owned by the state. The dental course is 5 years long and the quality assurance for the dental schools is monitored and regulated by the Ministry of Education.
Registration in Italy
In order to register as a dentist in Italy, the person must have a degree or diploma in dentistry that is recognised by the Ministry of Health and by one dental faculty. The registration is held at the Federazione Ordini dei Medici Chirurghi e degli Odontoiatri – the authority for dentistry in Italy.
Orthodontics and Oral surgery are the two specialities recognised in Italy and the universities in Italy offer a three year course to attain the respective post graduate degrees. It is particularly mandatory for dentists working for the Public Health Services in Italy to specialise in dental courses accredited by the Ministry of Health.
The two main dental associations in Italy are the Associazione Nazionale Dentisti Italiani (ANDI) and the Associazione Italiana Odontoiatri (AIO), both of which represent all the various bodies within the dental profession such as private practitioners, state employed dentists, teachers and dental specialists. The AIO together with the Italian Dental student federation (AISO) have also founded the Italian Dental Federation (FOI).
What are the popular cosmetic dentistry treatments offered in Italy?
Some of the most popular procedures offered by the cosmetic dental clinics in Italy include
- Tooth whitening
What are the popular locations in Italy to seek cosmetic dental treatment?
Bologna, Catania, Milano, Napoli, Parma, Pisa, Roma, Sieno, Torino and Verona are some of the popular locations in Italy to seek cosmetic dental treatment.
Travelling and accommodation in Italy
Getting There By Air
There are four main airports in Italy and are as follows
- Rome (FCO) (Fiumicino) – with a direct rail link to Termini Station in central Rome as well as bus services and taxi services.
- Rome (CIA) (Ciampino) – with bus services to the underground station Anagnina, and to the city centre. Taxis are also available.
- Pisa (PSA) (Galileo Galilei) – with trains and buses running to the centre of Florence
- Milan (MXP) (Malpensa) – with the Malapensa Express train connecting terminal one with the centre of Milan. Taxis are also available.
The national airline is the Alitalia (AZ) which has flight to all European countries and important cities around the world such as New York.
Getting There by Water
There are ferry services having international routes from Greece, the Greek islands and Croatia. The main ferry operators in Italy are the Superfast Ferries, SNAV, Ustica Lines and Navigazione Libera del Golfo. The main ports in Italy are Ancona, Brindisi, Naples and Venice.
Getting There by Rail
There are regular rail services connecting Italy with other European countries. These include
- Trenitalia – which runs services on national and international routes
- The Artesia Service - the fastest railway link between France and Italy
- Eurostar – for those travelling by train from the UK, this is the quickest way
There are also rail passes available which permit unlimited travel and discounts for a specified period. The passes available for travel to Italy are
- InterRail –offers unlimited travel in first- or second-class travel to a maximum of 30 European countries for European residents of over six months. It has two pass options
- The Global Pass - travel for 22 days, one month, five days in 10 days or 10 days in 22 days across all countries.
- The One-Country Pass - travel for three, four, six or eight days in one month in any of the countries except Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro.
- Eurailpass -offers unlimited travel in 18 European countries with their validity lasting from 15 days to three months depending upon the pass options. These are not valid for residents of Europe, Turkey, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, or the Russian Federation. Options include
- The Eurailpass Saver ticket - offering discount for two or more travelers
- The Eurailpass Youth ticket - offering unlimited travel to those aged under 26
- The Eurailpass Flexi - offering 10 or 15 travel days within a two-month period.
- The Eurail Selectpass - valid in up to five bordering countries and allows up to 15 days travel in a two-month period.
- The Eurail Regional Pass - permitting four to 10 travel days in a two-month period in two or three neighbouring countries.
- Greece 'n Italy Pass - offers 4 to 10 days of rail travel over a two-month period on all Trenitalia trains within Italy and on Greek Railway trains
Getting There by Road
There are several road routes for travelling to Italy and include
- Routes running through Austria, France, Slovenia and Switzerland and with most of them running through the tunnels under the Alps and Apennines
- From the UK via the Eurotunnel to France
There are also other unique options such as the auto al seguito, a daily service run by Trenitalia, where trains carry cars on national and international routes from special railway stations. Owners will have to travel on the same train and will require to have the following documents
- The log-book
- Valid driving licence with Italian translation
- Green Card insurance and national identity plate fixed to the rear of the vehicle
There are also coach services offered by Eurolines from the UK to Italy with travellers having the facility to book a 15- or 30-day pass.
Getting Around by Air
There are over 30 domestic airports distributed over the major cities in Italy. Flights are offered by Alitalia and other airlines to all the major cities.
The Italian ports of Cagliari, Civitavecchia, Genoa, Livorno and Naples are linked by a number of car and passenger ferries operate throughout the year. There are also regular boat and hydrofoil services connecting the mainland with the islands of Capri, Elba, Giglio, Sardinia, Sicily and the Aeolian Islands, and areas along the coast.
Trenitalia (FS) has a nationwide network, the main routes being Turin-Milan-Venice; Milan-Bologna-Bari; Rome-Genoa-Turin; and Rome-Naples-Palermo. The Italia rail allows travellers from the UK to book tickets with them. There are also rail passes available which permit unlimited travel and discounts for a specified period. The passes available for travel to Italy are
- Trenitalia Pass - available to people residing outside Italy permitting three to 10 days of unlimited travel within a two-month period in any train in Italy but requiring a small supplement on Eurostar Italia services. Discounts are available on some Italy-Greece ferry routes, hotels and other special offers. The types of passes include Basic, Youth and Saver passes.
- InterRail One-Country Pass – does not permit travel in the passenger’s country of residence and offers travel for three, four, six or eight days in one month within Italy. Discounts are also offered on Eurostar and some ferry routes
Getting Around by Road
You can travel within Italy using the motorways by means of
- Coach that run between towns and cities
- Hired cars – You can hire a car from various international and Italian firms operating the service, who also have booths at the airport. You are required to carry a UK driving licence or a EU pink format licences, and in case of old-style green licences they must be accompanied by an International Driving Permit, log-book, bearing their name as owner, or having the owner’s written permission to drive the vehicle.
- Taxis – These are available in all towns and cities and can be hailed only at official ranks or be booked by telephone. Avoid unmetered taxis as they charge exorbitantly. Government taxis are either yellow or white in colour. Venice also has water taxis but they are quite expensive and it is often economical to take a ferry ride instead.
- Bus services – Italy has an extensive network of bus service that operates in all major towns and cities. Tickets can be pre-purchased from machines and tobacconists.
- Underground Systems – These are available in Rome and Milano, with both offering passes for travel.
Cities offering underground systems
Number of underground lines and routes
Two underground lines
Three-line underground system
- Tram services: Italy has an extensive network of tram services in Rome, Milan, Messina and Turin.
Accommodation in Italy
There are a wide range of more than 30000 hotels throughout Italy that are recognized by the Italian State Board. The charges depend upon the type, class, location and season. You get everything from 5 star super luxury hotels to low budget motels located on motorways and main roads.
Pensions – These are simple accommodation offered in basic rooms in houses and are run by families
For more privacy and freedom, you can also choose from self catering villas, flats and chalets that are available for rent at most Italian resorts
Bed and Breakfast
These are quite popular as they offer home stays with local people in their own homes and permit you to have a taste of their culture and customs. The range of accommodation comprises of simple to luxury home stays.
Rural/Farmstay Accommodation or Agriturisimi
This is accommodation offered in converted farm buildings, and ranges from self-catering accommodation in simple barns to luxurious hotels in former farm villas, and is quite popular in Tuscany
Bungalows and apartments built in or near popular resorts.
Camping is very popular in Italy, having over 2300 camping sites. Larger campsites offer tents/caravans for rent. Details can be obtained from the Touring Club Italiano (TCI), which also offers campsites already equipped with fixed tents, restaurants, etc.
The Italian Youth Hostels Association offers over 100 youth hostels throughout the country. Reservations are essential and should be made at least a week in advance, particularly in the summer season in case of most major cities. In addition to youth hostels, Italy also has student hostels in several towns.