Travel advice & practical information for travelogue:
'City Trip Rome'
Consulate General of Italy
690 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021
Tel.: +1 (212) 439-8600
Fax: +1 (212) 249-4945
Embassy of Italy
51 r Varenne
Tel.: +33 (0)1 49 54 03 00
Main office: Centro Visitatori Azienda di Promozione Turistica di Roma
Via Parigi 5 (near Piazza della Reppublica)
Open 9 AM to 7 PM, closed on Sundays.
Branch on Termini Station open 8 AM to 9 PM.
Get a CIS ticket (Carta Integrata Settimanale) for public transportation. It is valid for a week, costs 12,40 euro, is for sale in every tobacco store (Tabacchi) and can be used on the subway and in buses. See for more information about bus and subway: www.romaturismo.it.
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Italy belong to the European Union and has the euro as its currency. Bank (which close early) change money and there are ATMs (bancomat) everywhere.
Food and drink
Italy is the country of pizza, pasta and excellent meat dishes. Italians consider pasta a starter. But there are cafés everywhere, where you can have a slice of pizza or some pasta for lunch. Italians have dinner relatively late. Usually restaurants start receiving guests around 8 PM. Some are even closed before eight.
All over Rome you'll find drinking fountains. The water is clean and drinkable. An alternative is buying bottles of water: "naturel" or "frizzante", this last one being carbonated.
Telephone and internet
There are phone booths all over the place. Most use phone cards, for sale at tobacco stores and kiosks. European cell phones work in Italy.
Here and there you'll find internet cafés, where you pay 5 euro per hour.
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