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Travel in italy

  • Capital of Italy: Rome
  • Population of Italy: 60 million
  • Languages in Italy: Italian
  • Time in Italy: GMT +1 (GMT +2 from April – October)
  • International dialling code in Italy: +39
  • Voltage in Italy: 220 AC 50 Hz
  • Money in Italy: Euro (€). Credit cards and traveller’s cheques are widely accepted.

Climate

In general, Italy has a typical Mediterranean climate with mild rainy winters and hot humid summers. The climate is subject to local variations. The northern area, especially into the Alps, has more severe winters whereas the central areas are more temperate. Southern Italy has a hot and dry climate. Rome averages 20-30C (68-86F) in July and 5-11C (41-52F) in January.

Italian currency

The Italian currency is the EURO. Even after most of Western Europe changed to one currency in 2002 there are still plenty of currency exchange bureaus. Banks in Italy are closed from Friday at 3 pm to Monday from 9 am.

Credit cards

All major credit cards are known and accepted throughout most establishments although smaller restaurants may not have facilities or may have a policy of a minimum charge. Anyway it’s a good idea to carry a little cash at all times. Tipping taxi drivers is not common practice but tipping is expected in hotels and restaurants.

What you bring

Comfortable shoes, cap, sun glasses, small back pack, sun screen, do we need to mention the camera? Take a small bottle along, there are plenty of drinking fountains (called ) scattered around Rome (about 2000!) In case you were wondering, the water in Rome is indeed drinkable (we say: “potabile”) and in fact because of its calcium and other mineral content it’s better than most bottled mineral waters.

Note: Trastevere, Campo de’ Fiori, Pantheon and other areas of central Rome are covered with hungry cobblestones waiting to devour the stilettos of those fancy high heeled shoes.

Telephone or fax

The international code for Italy is 0039 (+39). The city code for Rome is 06 and must be dialed with local calls. Local and long distance calls can be made from public phones. Public phones only accept phone cards, these can be bought at Tobacconists and News stands

Electricity

220V AC. Plugs are either 2 or 3 prong. Most hotels have hairdryers or shaving points. Adaptors can be bought at the airport or hardware stores (we call: “ferramenta”).

Emergency numbers

  • Ambulance / First Aid 118
  • Carabinieri 112
  • General emergency (police) 113
  • The Red Cross 06 5510
  • Fire brigade 115
  • Traffic police 06 67691
  • Automobile club of Italy (free service for breakdowns) 803116

Post office

The Post Office is usually open 08.30-14.30 from Monday to Friday and between 08.30–13.00 on Saturdays.

If you are wonderful nostalgic and you want send postcards and then look for a place to buy stamps you can find them in all tobacconists either carry the blue and white “Tabacchi” sign or are simply marked “T”.

Pharmacy

You recognise a pharmacy in Rome by a green sign with a cross.

They are open from Monday to Friday 08.30-13.00 and 15.30-19.00.

In Via Nazionale 228, Via Arenula 73 and Piazza Barberini there are pharmacies open night time.

Rome tourist attractions

For Rome tourist information about museums, concerts, theatre, cultural events etc. the phone number 060608 and web address www.060608.it, are very handy.

The first Sunday of each month: free entrance in many sites, monuments and museums.

Most museums are closed on Mondays.

Roma Pass is the best tourist card to buy!

For just 28 Euros, valid for 48 hours (or 36 Euros, valid 3 days) it has fantastic benefits:

roma passVisit one or two archeological site/museum for free.

No waiting in long queues outside the ancient roman Colosseum

Discounts on successive museums, sites and monuments and tours. Free public transport.

Wheely Bike Rental & Tour is one of Roma Pass partners with 20% discount.

*Roma Pass discount can not be combined with other offers in progress.

Rome tourist info points (open every day 9:00 am to 6:00 pm):

  • Via del Corso (Spanish steps area)
  • Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano
  • Via Nazionale (Trevi fountain area)
  • Piazza Cinque Lune (by Piazza Navona)
  • Piazza Pia (next to Castel Sant’ Angelo)
  • Piazza Tempio della Pace (Across from the Roman Forums)
  • Piazza Sonnino (Trastevere area)
  • Via dell’Olmata (Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore)
  • Termini Station

National holidays in Italy are:

  • 1st January (New Eve’s Day),
  • 6th January (Epiphany),
  • Easter,
  • Easter Monday,
  • 25th April (Liberation Day),
  • 1st May (Labor Day),
  • 2 June (Republic Day),
  • 15th August (Ferragosto – Assumption Day),
  • 1st November (All Saint’s Day),
  • 8th December (Feast Immaculate Conception),
  • 25th December (Christmas)
  • 26th December (Feast of St Stephen.)

Airports

Leonardo da Vinci Airport

Rome’s main airport, is located in Fiumicino, 30 kilometres (18.5 miles) from the city.

There are several different ways for you to get into the city centre from the airport:

Leonardo Express The Leonardo Express leaves every half hour in each direction and connects Roma Termini station with Fiumicino airport. Tickets can be bought at machines, travel agencies, ticket desks and on the website.

Train: You can reach Rome by train directly to the Termini railway station.

Metro: The metropolitan train FM1 links the airport with regions like Fara Sabina, Orte and Poggio Mirteto. Please note that the Metro does not stop at central station Termini.

Shuttle Bus: These bus lines take you to the central station Termini.

Website: www.adr.it/pax-fco-numeri-e-indirizzi-utili

Ciampino Airport

The city’s second airport is situated 12.0 km south southeast of central Rome and is mainly served by low-cost airlines and package tours.

Bus: Some of the low-cost airlines have their own buses. The regular buses depart from the nearby underground station Anagnina.

Taxi: A taxi ride from the airport and central Rome takes 20 minutes. Official Rome city Taxies are only the white ones.

Website: www.adr.it/pax-cia-numeri-e-indirizzi-utili

Rome’s Subway

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