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Italian is spoken everywhere in Rome and the the Romans are not at all interested in listening to English. However, english is usually understood especially in the tourist areas.It is a good idea to know some Italian however, they probably still won't accept your version.
Carry a small phrase book with you, it will help to decipher menus and allow you to understand some of the words that come very quickly out of Italian mouths. Pointing to what you want on the menu works and sign language can be effective as well, for instance writing on your hand always means bill please.
Most Italians would rather the english speaking tourists make some effort with the language and seem to really appreciate it when you do. So try to use Buongiorno and Ciao when saying hello, Arrivederci for goodbye, and Grazie for thankyou.
Summer is hot with temperatures often greater than 35C at midday. Winter is mild and the average December temperature being 13C. Spring time is the best time with warm weather and clear skies.
Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz using the European two pin plug.
Embassies and consulates
Via Antonio Bosio 5 00161 Rome
Via Pergolesi 3 00198 Rome
Via XX Settembre 80 I-00187 Rome (06 42200001)
Via Zara 30, 00198 Rome
Ambasciata di Finlandia, Via Lisbona 3, 00198 Rome
New Zealand Embassy
Via Zara 28 Rome 00198
South African Embassy
Via Tanaro, 14 Rome
Palazzo Borghese, Largo Fontanella di Borghese, 19 Rome
Via Vittorio Veneto 119/A 00187 Rome (0646741)
Piazza S Onofrio (06 68591)
Ospedale Nuovo Regina Margherita
Via morosini (06 58441)
Via Pacinotti, 18 (06 553001932)
Via delle Fotografia, 95 (06 5159291)
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency. ATM's are widespread and credit cards widely accepted. Banks are closed on weekends. There are many money exchange places around Rome, American Express Pizza di Spagna (06 67641).
A pass that provides free entry to the first two museums and public transport. Available from all partner museums and Rome Tourist Information booths.
Rome is generally safe but pick pocketing and bag snatching does takes place in crowded areas. Take most care at Roma Termini, Esquilino and bus line 64 to St Peter's Square . Be aware of groups of children some of whom try and distract you while the others steal what they can. Carabinieri (black uniform) are military police, and Polizia (blue and grey uniform) are civilians. If you are robbed, report the crime to police station to ensure you can claim on your insurance.
Smoking is not allowed anywhere with public access and includes stations, restaurants and bars.
The international code for Italy is +39. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code.
Rome is one hour ahead of GMT in the winter and two hours ahead in the summer.
Tipping is expected with 10% being the norm for restaurants where a service charge has not been included. Hotels normally add a service charge of 15-18% and tips are expected. Taxi drivers increasingly expect tips from foreigners in the 5-10% range.
Visas are needed for many countries as part of the Schengen area that includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden where one visa covers all the countries.