- Time Zone: UTC +1
- Currency: Euro
- Electricity and Internet: 230V, 50Hz (European or Italian plug). Internet is widely available in hotels, sightseeing buses and restaurants. You can also purchase a local SIM and activate internet on your phone, for cheap.
- Languages: Italian, English
- Emergency Contacts: Police- 112, General Emergency- 113, Fire- 115.
- Tipping: Tipping is not expected but appreciated.
Local Customs and General Tips:
- A sit-down coffee is more expensive than a take-away coffee.
- Tap water is perfectly safe to drink, public taps are available widely.
- The major attractions are crowded, no matter what time of the year you visit Rome. Skip-thee-line tickets are recommended.
- When visiting a church, especially in the Vatican, ladies can carry a scarf.
- Beware of pickpockets and scammers.
Off the Beaten Track experiences in Rome
- Take a ferry along the Tiber. It’s cheap, practical and distinctly untouristy, rub shoulders with the locals and see the Rome City from a new angle. An hour should do it.
- Check out the Porta Portese flea market in Trastavere on Sundays. Pop in or spend all day.
- Get a bus to the top of any one of Rome’s seven hills, and look down over the City. Stay until the evening and see the sun go down for real Roman magic.
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