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American Express -- The local agency is at Giovanni Ruggieri e Figli, Emerico Amari 40 (tel. 091-587144), open Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm and 4 to 7:30pm, Saturday 9am to 1pm. In the event of a lost or stolen card, call tel. 06-72900347.

Bookstores -- Bestsellers and classics in English can be found at la Feltrinelli, Via Cavour 133 (tel. 091-781291; www.lafeltrinelli.it) or at Mondadori, Via Ruggero Settimo 18 (www.librimondadori.it). Both are open daily from 9am to 8pm.

Consulates -- The U.S. Consular Agency, on Via Vaccarini 1 in the new part of town (tel. 091-305857), is open Monday to Friday 9am to 1:30pm. The British Consulate, Via Cavour 117 in the city center (tel. 091-326412), is open Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm. Note: Consulates observe both their home county's and Italy's national holidays, and will therefore be closed on those days.

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.

Hospital -- The two main hospitals are Ospedale Civico at Via Carmelo Lazzaro (tel. 091-6661111) and the Policlinico at Via del Vespro 129 (tel. 091-6551111). The Children's Hospital is at Piazza Porta Montalto (tel. 091-6666224). In the new part of town the closest hospitals are Villa Sofia, Piazza Salerno 1 (tel. 091-6700350), and Ospedale Cervello, at Via Trabucco (tel. 091-6802111).

Internet Access -- Though most areas in the center have Wi-Fi coverage, the computer-less can check e-mail at the Aboriginal Internet Café at Via Spinuzza 51 (tel. 091-6622229; www.aboriginalcafe.com), which has 20 computers and charges 1.90€ per half-hour; open Monday to Saturday 9am to midnight. For free Internet service go to Palazzo Ziino on Via Dante (tel. 091-7407618); open Monday to Saturday from 9:30am to 6:30pm and Sunday from 9:30am to 1:30pm. Note: ID is required to use the Internet at public points.

Laundromat -- L'Oblò is located at Via Volturno 62 (tel. 333 8032824), just steps away from the Capo market. Open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 7pm and Saturday from 9am to 2pm.

Lost Property -- This service is handled by Ufficio Oggetti Smarriti at Via Macello 21 (tel. 091-7405082). It's open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 9am to noon. To reach it, take bus no. 211 from the Stazione Centrale.

Luggage Storage -- You can leave luggage at the storage at the Central Station, open daily 6am to midnight. It charges from 4€ per suitcase for the first 5 hours to 11€ for 24 hours. For information, call tel. 091-6033440. A photocopy of ID is required to leave luggage.

Pharmacies -- Pharmacies in the city center are found at Via Roma 113 (tel. 091-6164339); Via Mariano Stabile 175 (tel. 091-334482); and Via Emerico Amari 2 (tel. 091-585383). Non-prescription, over-the-counter medicine can be found at Parafarmacie; these have a blue cross to distinguish them from full pharmacies, denoted by green crosses. Note: Pharmacies are closed on weekends; check the listings posted next to the door of each pharmacy for the closest one on weekend duty. There is a surcharge applied to items bought at night-duty pharmacies.

Post Office -- The main post office is at Via Roma 320 (tel. 091-7535193), open Monday to Friday 8am to 6:30pm, Saturday 8am to noon. Branches can be found at the train station (no phone), observing the same opening hours as the main post office, and at the airport (tel. 091-212176), open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 3:30pm. The branch at Via Mariano Stabile 277 (tel. 091-7494811) has the friendliest staff; it's open from Monday to Friday 8:30am to 1:30pm and on Saturdays 8:30am to 12:30pm.

Shipping -- If you want to send back all those heavy souvenirs via parcel as fast as possible, go to Mail Boxes Etc. Point Service at Via XX Settembre 62/A (tel. 091-6251830).

Transit Information -- Local transportation is run by AMAT (tel. 848-800817, or from a cellphone tel. 199-240800; www.amat-pa.it).

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.