Books -- La Feltrinelli, Via Etna 283, carries English-language bestsellers and classics.

Emergencies -- For the police, dial tel. 112; the Carabinieri (army police corps) can be reached at tel. 113. For an ambulance, dial tel. 118; to report a fire, tel. 115. For road assistance, call ACI (Italian Automobile Club) at tel. 803116 or toll-free tel. 800-116800.

Hospitals -- The major hospital is Garibaldi, Piazza Santa Maria del Gesù (tel. 095-7591111), while the Ospedale Cannizzaro is at Via Messina 829 (tel. 095-7261111). The Children's Hospital is within the Policlinico, Via Santa Sofia 78 (tel. 095-743 1111).

Pharmacies -- Farmacia Consoli is on Via Etnea 400, the Farmacia Centrale at Via Etnea 400, and the Farmacia Crocerossa on Via Etnea 274. One night pharmacy is Croceverde, on Via Ruggero Settimo 43 (tel. 095-441868), open 24 hours.


Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.