Rome: Things to know

All your pre-visit and on-location info, from public transport and tipping to weather. In fact, tipping and weather worries are minimal, and the transport is every bit as plentiful as the art



Time zone

Central European Time (GMT+1)


Euro (EUR€)

Dialling code



You can usually count on sun, although it can be wet in winter. Temperatures seldom go below 10C/50F, while summer has afternoon temperatures well above 30C/80F

When to visit

June through August can be hot and busy. Try April through June and September through October for good weather and full events schedules


EU Passport holders do not need a visa. US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand visitors do not need a visa for a stay of up to three months. Visitors from most other countries will, find out more


None needed


Type F (two-prong plug)


Generous tips are not customary. If your bill says Servizio a service charge has already been added. Don’t give more than 10%; rounding up the bill is fine


For police dial 113, ambulance 118, carabinieri 112, fire 115

Tourist office

Visit Rome’s tourism website or one of the green roofed kiosks around town

Getting there

Airlines & airports: Rome’s airports are Leonardo da Vinci in Fiumicino, 18km south-west of the centre, and the smaller Ciampino, 15km south-east

Transfers: Taxis from Fiumicino to inside the Aurelian walls is a fixed price of 48€. From Ciampino, 30€. There are bus services from Ciampino to the centre for about 5€, the Leonardo Express runs between Fiumicino airport and Termini rail station every 30 minutes for 14€ (running from 6.23am to 23.23pm to the airport), or you can research car rental options here

Getting around

Public transport: Rome’s system covers a lot of ground. Most of the centre is walkable, but to explore farther, buy a BIT ticket for 1.50€, valid for 90 minutes of travel on bus, metro or tram, from metro stations or Tabacchi stores. Look for a sign with a big T

Cabs: Metered white taxis are available at stands or by calling +39 06 06 09; look for a TAXI sign on the roof and a SPQR symbol on the door. Otherwise, Uber operates here too

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