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Strict dress codes are enforced at St. Peter's and
other major religious sites. Be sure to bring along a
change of relatively modest, unrevealing clothing it
you're planning on visiting these.
Rome in general is quite nonchalant about maintaining strict visiting hours. Not only do hours vary seasonally, they can change from day to day as custodians see fit. It's best to consider the hours listed here as approximate.
The frenzied traffic of main streets, like the Corso or Via Emanuele or Via Trastevere, can be avoided by scenic detours through historic areas where traffic is restricted, so get a good map. Use official crosswalks if you expect Roman drivers to notice you. Beware of cars traveling in reverse. Know that Romans do not curb their dogs.
Binoculars can be essential for viewing ceiling mosaics and frescoes as well as reliefs carved high on triumphal arches and columns.
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Though not as dangerous as many American cities, Rome does have its share of thieves and most especially pickpockets. Be watchful around the Piazza della Republica and Stazione Termini, and on congested buses. Beware of the Roma (Gypsy) children and begging women - one distracts you with a newspaper or doll, the other picks your pocket. Really the best protection is prevention - use a money belt, or put your money in unexpected places, such as inside jackets or grocery bags, not in pants pockets. Watch out, too, for bag snatchers who operate on mopeds. Never leave valuables in a vehicle, even if locked.
Women need to be attentive, especially if not traveling with a male. In a city as large and anonymous as Rome, Latin lovers and Lotharios seem to be even more common than elsewhere in Italy, and are sometimes more persistent than in smaller centers.
As usual, there's a bank and exchange at the train station, but go elsewhere to find better exchange rates. Still, it has the longest hours of any in Rome.
Banks are scattered everywhere in Rome, and most have automated teller machines. Look for concentrations of banks near Piazza Venezia, Piazza Barberini, the Vatican, and along the Via Veneto. Bank hours are usually 8:30 AM-1:30 PM, and 2:45-3:45 PM.
ENIT (Regional Tourism Authority)
This office dispenses information on Lazio and
outlying areas, as well as information on Rome. You
can also pick up information on the rest of Italy here.
Rome-American Hospital -
Private medical services, with English-speaking doctors on hand or on call 24 hours a day.
Polioclinico Umberto I -
Large public hospital northeast of the train station.
Farmacia Internazionale Antonucci
This pharmacy is open 24 hours a day.
Piazza Barberini 49
Tourist First Aid
Leonardo da Vinci Airport
Rome's international airport is linked to central Rome
by once-hourly trains. In local parlance, the airport is
often called Fiumicino.
To get between Rome and this small commuter
airport, you'll need to take the metro to Anagnina
(line A) and transfer to a COTRAL bus to the
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