Although Rome is relatively easy to get around, when planning a trip, doubts and questions always arise. Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions answered.
Frequently asked questions
- What documents are necessary to travel to Italy? Do foreigners need a visa or is a passport enough?
- What is the weather like in Rome? Are winters very cold? When is the best time to visit the city?
- Can you get by in English in Rome? What are the basic Italian words and phrases?
- What public holidays do they have in Italy and in Rome? What days are the museums and monuments closed in Rome? What are the country's main celebrations?
- What are the daily costs in Rome like? Is it expensive to eat out? How much does a good hotel cost in the heart of the city?
- When do the shops and department stores open and close? Do they close at noon?
Rome facts & figures
The city of Rome has a population of almost 3 million, with 4,3 million living in the metropolitan area.
The official currency in Italy is the Euro, since 1999.
Electricity and plugs
The majority of the plugs in Italy are "Type L" (Italian socket type) with three prongs. However, it is also possible to find the "Type C" (Europlug), both with a voltage of 220V.
If you're travelling from the UK, the US, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, you’ll need a travel plug adaptor. You can either purchase one before you leave or you can ask to borrow one at your hotel.
Important telephone numbers
- Police: 112.
- Emergencies: 113.
- Sanitary emergencies: 118.
- Area code for Rome: 06.
- Country code for Italy: +39.