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Welcome to Rome!

A heady mix of haunting ruins, awe-inspiring art and vibrant street life, Italy’s hot-blooded capital is one of the world’s most romantic and inspiring cities.

The result of 3000 years of urban development, Rome’s cityscape is an exhilarating spectacle. Ancient icons such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon recall the city’s golden age as caput mundi, while its many monumental basilicas testify to its historical role as seat of the Catholic Church. Few cities can rival Rome’s astonishing artistic heritage. A trip to Rome is as much about lapping up the dolce vita lifestyle as gorging on art and culture. Idling around picturesque streets, whiling away hours at streetside cafes, people-watching on pretty piazzas. Eating out is one of Rome’s great pleasures and the combination of romantic alfresco settings and superlative food is a guarantee of good times.

For further information visit the official tourist website

Entry and exit formalities

Passport and Visas

  • Italy is one of the 26 European countries to make up the Schengen area. There are no customs controls when travelling between Schengen countries, so the visa rules that apply to Italy apply to all Schengen countries.
  • EU citizens do not need a visa to enter Italy – a valid ID card or passport is sufficient.
  • Nationals of some other countries, including Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland and the USA, do not need a visa for stays of up to 90 days.
  • Nationals of other countries will need a Schengen tourist visa – to check requirements see
  • All non-EU and non-Schengen nationals entering Italy for more than 90 days or for any reason other than tourism (such as study or work) may need a specific visa. Check for details.

Invitation letter for Visa

  • Those who need an invitation letter for visa, should check the data and the format required by the Italian Embassy or Consulate in their country and send to Accredia the useful information in order to obtain the invitation letter (usually these data are: Company/Accreditation Body name and address; Name and Surname; Position; Place and date of birth; Nationality; Passport No., hotel reservation).
  • Should you need any assistance in obtaining the visa, please contact as soon as possible Ms. Marica Bianchi by phone +39 06 84409920 or by e-mail

Customs Regulations

  • Entering Italy from another EU country you can bring, duty-free: 10L spirits, 90L wine and 800 cigarettes.
  • If arriving from a non-EU country, the limits are 1L spirits (or 2L fortified wine), 4L still wine, 60ml perfume, 16L beer, 200 cigarettes and other goods up to a value of €300/430 (travelling by land/sea); anything over this must be declared on arrival and the duty paid.
  • On leaving the EU, non-EU residents can reclaim value-added tax (VAT) on expensive purchases.


The rules for entering Italy are periodically updated by the Italian Ministry of Health.

Please check the dedicated pages and websites regularly:

Useful numbers from the Ministry of Health

  • From Italy: National information line  1500
  • From abroad:  +39 0232008345 and +39 0283905385
  • Covid-19 Regional telephone: Lazio  800 118 800


Although in December can be cold (7°C to 10°C on average) and damp, there’s something special about Rome in winter. The city is very un-crowded and begins to light up for Christmas holidays.

The weather can shift from cloudy, grey days to crisp, sunny ones. Frost and snow are a sporadic phenomenon for Rome in December, although snowfalls did happen in the past.

When packing for Rome in December, the key thing is to bring plenty of layers. If the sun is out, it can feel pretty mild during the day, but once the sun goes down it will feel much colder. It’s recommended you bring along warm clothes that you can layer on: long sleeved t-shirts, heavy pants/jeans, warm pullovers or cardigans, and a good, waterproof jacket/coat. And don’t forget the scarf!

You can check the forecast here.

Time zone

Italy has only 1 time zone. Central European Time (CET) is used as standard time, while Central European Summer Time (CEST) is observed when Daylight Saving Time (DST) is in force.
Currently Central Eurpean Time (CET), UTC+1.
Central European Summer Time (CEST), UTC+2 starts March 27th, 2022.


The local currency is euro (€).

ATMs are widespread. Major credit cards are widely accepted but some smaller shops, trattorias and hotels might not take them.

You can change your money in banks, at post offices or at a cambio (exchange office). There are exchange booths at Termini Station and at Fiumicino and Ciampino Airports.
Take your passport or photo ID when exchanging money.

Check the exchange rates on


Electricity in Italy conforms to the European standard of 220V to 230V, with a frequency of 50Hz. Wall outlets typically accommodate plugs with two or three round pins (the latter grounded, the former not). For Italy there are three associated plug types, types C, F and L. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins, plug type F is the plug which has two round pins with two earth clips on the side and plug type L is the plug type which has three round pins. Italy operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.

Useful and emergency numbers

  • Emergency Telephone Numbers    112 and 113
  • Ambulance service    118
  • Red Cross    5510
  • Traffic wardens    +39 06 67691
  • Finance Police    117
  • Central Police Station    +39 06 46861
  • Lost property on bus or tram    +39 06 67693214 and +39 06 46951 (