Emergency Telephone Numbers in Rome
The following numbers may be useful in case of emergency:
- Medical Emergencies: 118
- General Emergencies: 113
- Fire: 115
- Ambulance (Red Cross): 06-5510
- City Physician on Call: 06-58201030
International cities that attract many tourists also attract those people who steal from tourists. Consequently, participants are advised to carry their valuables safely, especially on public transport. There might be pickpockets on the street, the underground and on buses and trams. Once participants have checked into their hotels, it is advisable to leave important documents such as passports in the hotel safe and to carry a photocopy. Identity cards, keepsakes and anything else not needed in the city are best left at the hotel or place of residence while participants are sightseeing, shopping or dining out. Participants should keep photocopies of all these documents in a safe place in case they need to have them replaced.
Participants (and any accompanying spouses) should ensure that they have appropriate and sufficient medical and travel insurance.
Currency and credit cards
The official currency is the Euro (€). It is not possible to pay in other currencies but there are plenty of ATM / cash machines to withdraw money. In addition most of the restaurants and shops in Rome accept credit cards (but check to be sure).
The most up-to-date exchange rate can be obtained from XE.com Online Currency Converter.
The temperature in Rome in the last week of September is usually mild but changeable (average temperature: 20 degrees Celsius). Up-to-date weather information can be obtained from EuroWeather .
Rome is GMT + 1. For details on time zones see Worldclock.
Italy has a 220 volts electricity supply, the sockets are 3 round pins in a row.
There are four mobile phone GSM operators active in Italy: TIM, Vodafone, Wind and 3. They operate on the 900/1800 MHz bands. Participants can check with their home country provider whether roaming is available with one or more of the operators mentioned above.
Shops in Italy are usually open from 9:00 to 13:00 hours and from 15:30 to 19:30 hours. However, many of the shops in the downtown area also remain open during the lunch break.