Handy Info Rome

Just some general information about Rome that is handy to know!

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General information about Rome

Payment:                                                                   By euros (€)
Country code (phone):                                            +0039
City code (phone):                                                    +06
In case of emergency (phone number):               911

ATM services in Rome

In Rome you’ll find hundreds of ATMs scattered throughout the city. These machines accept Maestro, Cirrus and plus with a limit of € 250,-per day. Credit cards have become commonplace in Rome. Any hotel with 2 or more stars accepts the credit card as well as all restaurants except for the very small addresses. This is clearly indicated on the door.

Safety in Rome

Robberies are rare in Rome. On the other hand, unfortunately, pickpockets are commonplace. Pay particular well attention on your possessions in the busy tourist areas such as Piazza Navona, Piazza di Spagna and the Trevi Fountain and don’t put your wallet in an open pocket. If you travel by car to Rome, prepare for a more than spirited driving style. A well-known work of attackers is the area around Termini Station. Here are both stories known of children that occur as bags thieves and of rogue taxi drivers. To make use of the taxi, please contact to the official taxi stands.

Rome is a very safe city, especially if you follow the motto “When in Rome, do as the Romans do ‘.

Tabacchi’s in Rome

Tabacchi ‘ or ‘ a ‘ tabaccherie ‘ is the only official place in Italy where you can buy tobacco products. Here are next to smoke-wear also stamps, phone cards and more importantly, public transport tickets sold. A Tabacchi is always clearly indicated by a blue sign with a white letter ‘T ‘. An alternative form is the so-called edicole. These are newspapers kiosks that are, with the exception of the winter, spread all over Rome.


Public holidays of Rome

Most shops and banks closed on public holidays. The public holidays of Rome are:

Date Holiday
01.01.xxxx           New Year’s Day
06.01.xxxx Epiphany
25.03.xxxx Good Friday
28.03.xxxx Easter Monday  
25.04.xxxx Liberation day
01.05.xxxx International Workers Day
02.06.xxxx Republic Day
28.06.xxxx The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul
15.08.xxxx Assumption Day
01.11.xxxx   All Saints’ Day
08.12.xxxx   Immaculate  Conception
25.12.xxxx Christmas Day
26.12.xxxx Boxing Day

How late do the stores open and close

Stores in Rome open their doors between 9.30 am and 10 am and close at 20:00. Many shops in the Centre of Rome have the famous siesta banned, but, above all, traditional shops and shops outside the tourist area still close between 1 pm and 4 pm.

Please note that many shops and restaurants close their doors two weeks in August related to holiday. When you travel to Rome in August, realize well that this is not the best time for shopping. Also more and more shops open dribs and drabs on Sunday but this is not usual in Rome.