by Giovanni Camici, 2004
- PRACTICAL INFORMATION ON HOW TO ORGANIZE TRAVEL IN UZBEKISTAN AND HOW TO LIVE
- THE TALE OF MY JOURNEY AND THE PLACES I VISITED
Practical travel informationHow to get
Visas and documents
Where to sleep
Where to eat
Useful numbers How to get
Today that Aeroflot has split up creating a series of smaller companies, there is Uzbekistanairways, which has weekly flights departing from Rome, however other European companies that have ended the monopoly of the Russian company serve Uzbekistan with their own capital scales, see Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, while other airlines will call in neighboring Central Asian countries such as KLM.
Considering that this country is largely deserted, the maximum temperature can reach 40 ° C in June and last until August, while autumn is a cool period with mild beginnings of frost in some areas, the short winter has temperatures that drop below zero. , while in spring mild climate with abundant rains.
Uzbekistan is formally a secular presidential democratic republic.
After the Soviet era, where the whole economy was concentrated on the production of cotton, building irrigation, changing rivers, and thus creating ecological tragedies as on the Aral Sea, it is moving away from dependence on this crop, turning to agriculture. The most fertile part of the country is the Fergana valley, rich in fruit and rice, while in the very arid western areas there are karakul sheep farms. Luzkekistan has a prominent place in the world for the production of gold, then it has natural resources such as natural gas, uranium, coal, forestry.
In the period of Stalin, the territory of Central Asia was dismembered, then a mixture of races, until the republics became autonomous and marked the borders, they found a population not of their own but of ethnicity from neighboring countries, see Samarkand, Bukhara, Termiz and Quarshi Tajik-speaking towns. Estimates say that there are about 25 million people in Uzbekistan, of which about 200,000 Arabs and tens of thousands of Slavs who enter this territory every year, the most densely populated area is the Fergana valley. 90% of the population is Muslim, 8% Christian.
Visas and documents
Italian citizens who go to Uzbekistan must have a consular visa by applying for it to the Uzbek embassy in Rome, presenting a passport valid for at least 6 months, 2 passport photos, and an application form to fill out. The letter of invitation to obtain a visa can be obtained at the time of submitting the form by paying for everything included in the issuance of the visa itself. It is necessary to register on arrival in Uzbekistan, this happens by staying in hotels, which will do so.
Automatically, then it is advisable to keep at least a good number of payment receipts for hotel stays even if it is not requested at the time of departure. While the transit visa is valid for 72 hours.
The official currency is the Uzbek Sum (non-convertible) although it is possible to use the US dollar in parallel.
Where to sleep
I will not make a list of hotels, because there are all prices and all pockets from $ 2 onwards, hotels, guest houses, private homes, or maybe in a madrasa. Currently, those who own a private house take advantage of it as a source of income, a good idea as an alternative to the large and squalid Soviet-style hotels, once reserved for party members.
Where to eat
Also for eating, the usual talk of hotels applies, everywhere you can eat, from international restaurants in large hotels, to small restaurants scattered around the cities, in the markets, or in the typical restaurants called chaykhana, with tea house functions. Meeting places, which, sitting on a platform with a carpet, in the center a small and low table, make this place a meeting and socializing point. Everywhere you can find food based on Shashlyk, mutton kebabdi, or Plov, rice with fried or boiled meat or with the addition of raisins, carrots, chickpeas, and more according to the imagination, Another common dish is Laghman, tagliolini in broth with vegetables and meat , then another series of foods, from mantu (stuffed tortelli), samsa, nan, Iranian bread, all served with sour cream toppings yogurtetc.
You can start shopping with carpets, or with traditional costumes, silk, tapestries, finely crafted silver jewelry, the famous hats that men wear, a nice gift, as well as Soviet-style souvenirs left behind by the former USSR. All this can be bought in the improvised markets in the center of Tashkent, or at the Oloy market (behind the Uzbekistan hotel) at the Chorsu market (in the old city). If instead we are in Samarkand, then we can buy in the well-stocked bazaars inside the madrasas of the Registan square, while in Bukhara there are beyond the central markets, the covered bazaars in the area around the Labi-hauz basin, such as the Taqi -Sarrafon, the Taqi-telpak Furushon and the Taqi-zargaron, each specializing in the sale of certain items, all have existed since the time when the area was very prosperous for the trade that took place on the silk road from the time of the Shaybanids.
Uzbek Consulate in Italy: Via Tolmino, 12 00198 Rome 06/8542456, 8542569
Consulate - Italian Embassy in Tashkent: Yusuf Xos Xodjib, 40
Call from abroad, dial 998 then the city code according to the length of the 6 or 7-digit telephone number:
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