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American Express -- The travel agency La Duca Viaggi, Via Don Bosco 39 (tel. 0942-625250), handles AmEx clients Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm and 4 to 7:30pm. However, the most comprehensive travel agency in Taormina is Dr. Silvestri Travel Bureau, Corso Umberto I, 143-145 (tel. 0942-23052). Established in 1905, it offers services ranging from car rentals and airline tickets to currency exchange and bus excursions. It's open Friday to Wednesday 9am to 1pm and 4 to 8pm.

Currency Exchange -- There are dozens of possibilities, especially at the banks along Corso Umberto I and Via Pirandello. Cambio Valute, Corso Umberto I, 224, near Piazza Sant'Antonio (tel. 0942-24806), has ATMs and is the most convenient; it's open Monday to Saturday 9am to 1pm and 4 to 8pm. You can also get money exchanged at the post office at Piazza Sant'Antonio (tel. 0942-213011), open Monday to Saturday 8am to 6:30pm.

Emergency -- Dial the Carabinieri at tel. 113 or the police at tel. 112.

Hospital/Medical Needs -- Serving the entire Taormina area is Ospedale San Vincenzo, Piazza S. Francesco Di Paola (tel. 0942-628040). In an emergency, call Guardia Medica (tel. 0942-625419), open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 24 hours.

Internet Access -- The best place to go is the Internet Café, Calle Umberto I, 214 (tel. 0942-628839), which charges 4€ per hour.

Left Luggage -- A kiosk inside the Taormina/Giardini-Naxos train station is open daily from 8am to 9pm; it charges 4€ for an hour per piece and up to 11€ over a 24-hour period.

Pharmacy -- The most central drugstore is Farmacia Ragusa, Piazza Duomo 9 (tel. 0942-23231), open Thursday to Tuesday 8:30am to 1pm and 5 to 8:30pm. It posts a schedule of other pharmacies open at night and on weekends; this list changes weekly on a rotating basis.

Post Office -- The post office is at Piazza Sant'Antonio (tel. 0942-213011). Hours are Monday to Friday 8am to 6:30pm and Saturday from 8am to 12:30pm.

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.