The following is useful information for the visitor to Rome, including bank opening hours, electricity, postal mail, emergency phone numbers, tourist information offices and newspaper stands.
In general, banks are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm and in the afternoon from 2:45 to 3:45 pm or 3 to 4 pm. There are many money exchange offices throughout the city, which are open all day, 7 days a week. Banks and exchanges charge a commission and/or a fee.
The electrical system in Italy is 220 volts. To use 120 volt appliances you need both a transformer and an adapter plug. Both of these can be purchased in electrical stores or travelers' shops before arriving in Italy (which is best) or in Italy after you arrive.
The quickest method to send Postcards and letters from Italy is to use Priority Mail. A postcard or letter of no more than 20 grams costs 0.62 euro to Europe (Zone 1); 0.80 euro to the United States, Canada, Africa and Asia (zone 2); and 1.0 euro to New Zealand and Australia (Zone 3). Regular mail service is also available to Zones 2 and 3 but it is not recommended because delivery can be quite slow.
Stamps can be purchased at all Post Offices and tobacco shops (tabacchi). Post Offices are open Mon - Fri from 9 am to 1:45 pm and Saturdays from 9 to 12.
A few main Offices such as in Pza San Silvestro, Pza Mazzini and on Via Marsala stay open in the afternoons on weekdays. For more detailed information you can check at www.posteitaliane.it, however, the site is only in Italian.
Police 113 (www.poliziadistato.it)
Carabinieri 112 (www.carabinieri.it)
Fire Dept. 115 (www.vigilfuoco.it)
Vigili Urbani (Traffic Policemen) 06 67691 (www.comune.roma.it)
Automobil Club Italia (ACI) For traffic info 803116 (www.aci.it)
Ambulance Services 118
Guardia medica (nights and week-ends) 06 58201030
Public phones accept coins, prepaid phone cards (scheda or carta telefonica) or both. Phone cards or international phone cards can be purchased at most tobacco shops or bars.
Tourist Information Centers operated by the Rome Tourist Agency are located at Leonardo da Vinci airport and at the main Railroad Station (Stazione Termini) in Rome.
The City of Rome has set up tourist office kiosks at many locations in the city to provide local information of interest to the tourist as he/she travels about the city. Among the many locations there are kiosks at the Railroad Station, in Via del Corso, Via Nazionale, Pza Sonnino in Trastevere, Pza San Giovanni, Santa Maria Maggiore and the Vatican.
A Tourist Hotline, 06-06-06, operates 24 hours a day and can provide helpful information. The website for Tourist Information for Rome and it's surroundings is www.turismoroma.it
There are many kiosks and newsstands in the center city selling all kinds of newspapers and magazine. Newspapers from all over the world can be found at the newsstands in Pza San Silvestro and on the Via Veneto. The newsstands also sell bus tickets and prepaid phone cards for public and mobile phones.