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 www.turismoroma.it.
May makes an excellent time of the year to visit Rome, Italy. Spring is now in full swing and the weather gradually shifts towards the summer months. Temperatures normally hover between 15 and 20 degrees celsius, compared to June’s weather, which has an average temperature of 20°C. It’s unlikely that you’ll experience any extremes of hot and cold during this period.
Rome is generally a dry place during May, with an average of 48mm of rainfall across a typical 10-day period.
During this time of the year daylight hours start to increase, and Rome typically receives 12 hours of sunshine per day. Make the most of the good weather and longer days by sitting outdoors at the numerous restaurant terraces and piazzas of the city.
You can check the forecast here.
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 31 March 2019.
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 Stazione Termini and at Fiumicino and Ciampino airports.
Take your passport or photo ID when exchanging money.
Check the exchange rates on www.travelex.com/rates.
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.