Banks — In general, banks are open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 1:30pm and 3 to 4pm. Some banks keep afternoon hours from 2:45 to 3:45.

Dentists — For dental work, go to American Dental Arts Rome, Via del Governo Vecchio 73, (tel) 06-6832613; Bus: 41, 44, or 46B, which uses all the latest technology, including laser dental techniques.

Doctors — Call the U.S. Embassy at (tel) 06-46741 for a list of doctors who speak English. All big hospitals have a 24-hour first-aid service (go to the emergency room, pronto soccorso). You’ll find English-speaking doctors at the privately run Salvator Mundi International Hospital, Viale delle Mura Gianicolensi 67, (tel) 06-588961; Bus: 75. For medical assistance, the International Medical Center is on 24-hour duty at Via Firenze 47, (tel) 06-4882371; Metro: Repubblica. You could also contact the Rome American Hospital, Via Emilio Longoni 69, (tel) 06-22551, with English-speaking doctors on duty 24 hours. A more personalized service is provided 24 hours by Medi-Call Italia, Via Cremera 8, (tel) 06-8840113; Bus: 86. It can arrange for a qualified doctor to make a house call at your hotel or anywhere in Rome. In most cases, the doctor will be a general practitioner who can refer you to a specialist if needed. Fees begin at around 100€ per visit and can go higher if a specialist or specialized treatments are necessary.

Emergencies — To call the police, dial (tel) 113; for an ambulance (tel) 118; for a fire (tel) 115.

Internet Access — Wi-Fi is standard in all Rome hotels these days and is available for free in many cafes and information points. If you need a terminal, try Internet Train, Piazza Sant'Andrea della Valle, 3, (tel) 06-97273136; Bus: 3, 71, or 492. It is open Monday to Friday 9am to 1am, Saturday 2pm to 1am, and Sunday 2pm to midnight. Thirty minutes online costs 2€.

Mail — You can buy special stamps at the Vatican City Post Office, adjacent to the information office in St. Peter’s Square; it’s open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 7pm and Saturday 8:30am to 6pm. Convenient post offices in the old city are located at Via Monterone 1 (near the Pantheon); Via Cavour 277; at Via Marsala 29 (on the north side of Termini); and at Via Molise 2, near Piazza Barberini. Most are open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 3:30pm, with the Termini branch open Monday to Friday 8:20am to 7:05pm and Saturday 8:20am to 12:35pm.

Newspapers & Magazines — You can buy major publications including the “International New York Times” and the “London Times” at most newsstands. The expat magazine (in English), “Wanted in Rome,” comes out every 2 weeks and lists current events and shows. If you want to try your hand at reading Italian, “Time Out” now has a Rome edition.

Pharmacies — A reliable pharmacy is Farmacia Internazionale, Piazza Barberini 49, (tel) 06-4825456; Metro: Barberini, open 24 hours. Most pharmacies are open from 8:30am to 1pm and 4 to 7:30pm. In general, pharmacies follow a rotation system, so several are always open on Sunday.

Safety — Pickpocketing is the most common problem. Men should keep their wallets in their front pocket or inside jacket pocket. Purse snatching happens occasionally, with young men on Vespas who ride past you and grab your purse. To avoid trouble, stay away from the curb and keep your purse on the wall side of your body and place the strap across your chest. Don’t lay anything valuable on outdoor tables or chairs, where it can be grabbed up. Groups of child pickpockets have long been a particular menace, although the problem isn’t as severe as in years past. They might approach you with pieces of cardboard hiding their stealing hands. Just keep repeating a firm no!


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.