Essential Tourist Facts about Rome Italy
Facts about Rome Italy: 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 or automatic exchange machines.
Banks still tend to offer the best rates but wear comfortable shoes for the wait and do some hand stretching exercises for the forms to fill in - one of those facts about Rome Italy!
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.
Facts about Rome Italy: What to bring
Comfortable shoes, cap, sun glasses, small back pack, sun screen, do I need to mention the camera?
Note:Trastevere, Campo dè Fiori, Pantheon and other areas of central Rome are covered with hungry cobblestones waiting to devour the stilettos of those fancy high heeled shoes.
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Facts about Rome Italy: 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.
Roma Pass is the best tourist card to buy! For just 25 Euros, valid for 3 days it has fantastic benefits:
You can purchase the Roma Pass at all major Archeological sites (Roman Colosseum, Roman forum etc) travel agencies, tourist information points (APT tel. 06 488 991), newsstands, tobacconists (La Tabaccheria) and some museums and hotels.
Facts about Rome Italy: 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 Newsstands. (Jump to the italian phone directory.)
Italian phone directory
The Italian phone directory, like in most countries, is divided into either:
The Italy white pages list private phone numbers and addresses and the Italy yellow pages list business contact details.
Italian phone directory contact numbers:
The Italian phone directory also has a multi-lingual information call center for requests on any information relating to Italy. This service is connected to the Italy yellow pages at the same number 892424.
The Red Cross 06 5510
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 (Ferramenta).
Facts about Rome Italy: Tipping
Foreigners are "expected" to tip because they started the trend. Italians themselves have shorter arms.
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Facts about Rome Italy: Rome Tourist info
Rome call center: For general enquiries and bookings of cultural events - Tel 060608 (English speaking.)
Rome tourist info points (open every day 9:00 Am to 6:00 Pm):
Facts about Rome Italy: Embassies and consulates.
US Embassy Rome Italy: Via Vittorio Veneto 121, Tel 06 46741 www.usembassy.it
Australia Embassy Rome: Via Antonio Bosio 5, Tel 06 852721 www.italy.embassy.gov.au
Canadian Embassy Rome: Via Zara 30, Tel 06 85 444 1 www.canada.it
New Zealand Embassy Rome: Via Clitunno 44, Tel 06 853 75 01 www.nzembassy.com
UK Embassy Rome: Via XX Settembre 80A, Tel 06 4220 0001 ukinitaly.fco.gov.uk
National holidays in Italy
The national holidays in Italy are the: