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About Rome

Rome is the capital of the Italian Republic. It is the largest and most populated city in Italy and one of Europe’s major capitals.

It is the city with the highest concentration of historical and architectural assets in the world. Its historical centre, delineated by the Aurelian Walls, has a heritage of nearly three thousand years and is an invaluable testimony of Western Europe’s cultural, artistic and historical legacy.

In 1980 the centre of Rome was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, along with the Holy See’s property, beyond the confines of the Vatican State, as well as the Basilica of St. Paul outside the Walls.

Rome is the only city in the world to host an entire foreign state within its confines, the enclave of the Vatican City.

Over 16% of the world’s cultural treasures are located in Rome (70% in all of Italy).

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Please be informed that the transfer service to the Gala dinner will be planned exclusively for attendees who have booked their stay through the official registration procedure.



Rome has two airports: Fiumicino and Ciampino (mainly low cost flights).

Fiumicino-Leonardo Da Vinci is Rome’s main airport. It is located 26 km southwest of the city. By train it takes only 30 minutes to get to Termini Station (Rome’s major train station).

There are two railway line connections arriving and leaving the international "Leonardo da Vinci" Fiumicino airport:

1) The better option is the "Leonardo express", a non-stop service to Termini railway station. Tickets cost 14 euros.

2) Alternatively, it is possible to take the Sabina-Fiumicino line (FR1)which stops at some of Rome’s main railway stations (Tiburtina, Tuscolana, Ostiense, Trastevere). Trains usually leave every 15 minutes, and on holidays, every 30 minutes. Tickets cost 8 euros.

3) Bus Shuttle: from Rome Termini train station, or from downtown Piazza Cavour, you can hop on the bus to Fiumicino Airport or Fiumicino town. From the airport take the shuttle bus to Rome city centre or Termini train station. Tickets cost 6 euros (

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Entering Italy:

EU visitors can enter Italy with only an ID card. Non-EU visitors to Italy need a valid passport. The maximum length of stay is 90 days. For longer stays, visitors will need a special permit.

Visitors from some non-EU countries may require a visa to enter Italy.

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Italian Currency and Time Zone:

The Italian currency is the Euro, as used in almost all EU countries.

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Italy is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1)



- Train travel

An effective way of travelling in Italy is by train.

Train Classifications:

- Freccia Rossa, Freccia Argento, Freccia Bianca, Italo: High Speed Trains

- IC Intercity: The main category of express trains used at local level service

- EC Eurocity: Express trains used for international service

- CIS Cisalpino: trains operated by a joint venture between Italian and Swiss rail companies

- REG Regionale: Local trains to reach the suburbs and smaller towns.

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- Buses and metro

Rome's bus network is extensive and reasonable, but the metro (subway) is much simpler for the short-term visitor to master.

Public transportation tickets must be purchased in advance from Tobacconists, newsstands, bars, or machines at metro and major bus stops.


- Taxis

Taxi ranks are located at various points around the city centre. Some of the main ones are located at Termini Station, Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza Venezia, Largo Argentina, Piazza delle Cinque Lune (near Piazza Navona), Piazza Barberini and Via Boncompagni (near Via Veneto).

Visitors are advised to use only the official white taxis.

Surcharges are applied for each item of luggage, night service (22:00-07:00), on Sundays, public holidays, and for out-of-town journeys, such as airport transfers. While taxis may be called by telephone, the meter is turned on immediately after the call and not on pick-up.

The flat rate from Fiumicino Airport to Rome city centre, and from Rome city centre to Fiumicino Airport, is 48 euros. For more details, click here

The major taxi companies in Rome are:

Radio Taxi - phone: 06 3570

Radio Taxi Samarcanda - phone: 06 5551

Pronto Taxi - phone: 06 6645

Radio Taxi Tevere - phone: 06 41571

- Car rental with driver: as an alternative to get to/from the airports, you could rent a car with a driver. The main companies offering this service can be easily found both on internet and in airports or train stations.



The weather in Rome in November is normally somewhat mild and rainy.

The average temperature is around 17 degrees. For more information please see:



ATM machines are displayed as BANCOMAT in Italy.

Please note that most small restaurants and shops do not accept credit or debit cards, so check first.



Electricity is supplied at 220 volts A/C, 50 Hz cycle. Adapters may be required for electrical equipment from other countries.



For police – ambulance - fire Brigade dial 112 (also from mobile phones)

A tourist medical service is available for Italian and foreign tourists and all those who need urgent medical care in Rome.

Direct access, no prescription required.

The units are open 24/7 even on holidays and are located in the following hospitals:

- "Nuovo Regina Margherita"- Via Emilio Morosini, 30 (District: Trastevere)

- Poliambulatorio "Canova" - Via Antonio Canova, 19 (District: Piazza di Spagna).

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Business hours


Normal bank business hours from Monday to Friday are between 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, with a one-hour lunch break at 1.30 pm. Please note that hours may change slightly from bank to bank.


- SHOPS: From Monday to Saturday, shops in Italy generally open at 9-9.30 am and close for lunch at between 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Afternoon opening hours are generally from around 4:00 to 8:00pm. In the city centre most shops stay open all day, including on Sundays. Many large supermarkets and department stores are open every day of the week, with no lunch break.


- RESTAURANTS: Restaurants usually start serving lunch at around midday and continue until 3pm. Opening hours for evening dinner vary from restaurant to restaurant, but are normally between 7pm to 11pm or even a little later.


In the centre of Rome you can easily find restaurants serving food all-day long.


- PHARMACIES: Opening hours Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm until 7.30pm. Most pharmacies are open on Saturday mornings as well. On Saturday afternoons and Sundays there is always at least one pharmacy open in each area. Usually there is a sign on the door of any closed pharmacy stating where the nearest open pharmacy is located. You could also check this link (only in Italian, but easy to understand):

Please be aware that the Auditorium is located in “Municipio” number 2.


Smoking policy

Smoking is banned in all indoor public places and restaurants in Rome.



Italy charges a value added tax (VAT) on products and services purchased in the country. Ordinary VAT rate is 22% of the sale price. For information on tax refunds and other details, please check this link:



Tips are always included in prices charged in taxis, restaurants and bars. However, a 10% tip is very welcome.