Advice for those wishing to try a short-term apartment rental in Rome
Ever since the beginning of time Rome has been a favourite place for both long and short holidays. Since the 1800s there has been intense growth in tourism. Especially for English people, renting an apartment for a short period in Rome was a must as part of the grand tour, that had already for some time been considered an essential part of every gentleman’s education. Today’s tourism is different, only the pleasure of admiring Rome’s splendid sights has remained unchanged and unchangeable. So as to help you, let us give you some useful advice for your holiday in Rome.
THE CLIMATE IN ROME
Rome is in central Italy. Weather is by nature unpredictable, but maybe what follows can be of help to you if you are planning a trip to Rome on the basis of a short-term rental.
It can get very cold in the months of January and February, rainfall is concentrated in only a few days a year. We recommend a heavy wind jacket, better if with hood, and comfortable walking shoes that can cope with Rome’s cobblestone streets.
Spring generally appears suddenly, the temperature rises considerably during the day, but watch out for the evenings when it can be very humid. For long walks around the city we recommend comfortable shoes and a light raincoat, perhaps a scarf, all useful during your short-term holiday in Rome.
The Autumn is warm and virtually always sunny, with unforgettable red sunsets among the Roman ruins, a light breeze, and at times the odd short shower. We recommend shirts, a pullover, jeans jacket and an umbrella for good measure.
Index of the Turism in Rome
SOS - POLICE, EMERGENCIES and CHEMISTS
TOURIST EMERGENCIES - 06-422371
POLICE - GENERAL EMERGENCIES - 113
CARABINIERI GENERAL EMERGENCIES - 112
POLICE-CENTRAL POLICE STATION - 06-4686
POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR FOREIGNERS - 06-46862987
FIRE BRIGADE 115 or Headquarters Via Genova, 2a - 06-44441-4
TRAFFIC POLICE - emergencies - 06-6791
HIGHWAY ASSISTANCE - 116
HIGHWAY POLICE - 06-55441
EMERGENCIES - 06-5577905
ACI HELP LINE FOR TRAVELLERS BY CAR - 06-5110510
ACCIDENT AND MEDICAL EMERGENCIES
FULLTIME MEDICAL EMERGENCIES - 06-4826741
RED CROSS - 06-5510
OSPEDALE SAN CAMILLO Circonvallazione Gianicolense, 87- 06-58701
POLICLINICO - Viale del Policlinico - 06- 49971
OSPEDALE FATEBENEFRATELLI - Isola Tiberina 06-58731/27691
CENTRO DI TRAUMATOLOGIA E ORTOPEDIA Via S. Nemesio, 21 - 06-517931
As there are many chemists open in Rome also at night, we list only two that are in the centre of the city. If you are in Rome for a short holiday period, you can get information on chemists open at night by calling 1921, an operator will give you the list of all those open.
FARMACIA DELLA STAZIONE - Piazza dei Cinquecento, 49/51 - 06-4880019
FARMACIA INTERNAZIONALE - Piazza Barberini, 49 - 06-4871195
AMBULATORIO VETERINARIO COMUNALE (MUNICIPAL VETERINARIAN) 06-5800340 06-5810078
OTHER USEFUL ADDRESSES FOR TOURISTS
E.P.T. ENTE PROVINCIALE PER IL TURISMO
Via Parigi, 5 06-4883748
STAZIONE TERMINI (CENTRAL RAILWAY STATION)
06-4871270 / 4824078
AEROPORTO INTERCONTINENTALE LEONARDO DA VINCI (customs zone)
PROVINCIA DI ROMA
Palazzo Valentini - Via 4 Novembre, 119/A - 06-67661
COMUNE DI ROMA
Piazza del Campidoglio - 06-67101
TOURING CLUB ITALIANO
Via Ovidio, 7/A - 06-6874603/6874432
CENTRO TURISTICO STUDENTESCO E GIOVANILE (CTS)
Via Nazionale, 66- Centralino 06-46791
AIRTERMINAL OSTIENSE - 06-5747950
ASSOCIAZIONE TURISTICA GIOVANI (ATG)
Via di Torre Argentina, 47 - 06-6547863
ATAC (Rome city bus company)
Information office - Piazza dei Cinquecento - 06-46954444
Lost property office - Via Volturno, 65- 06-46951
ACOTRAL - UNDERGROUND
Information office - Piazza dei Cinquecento - 06-5915551 06-57532323
CENTRAL POST OFFICE
Piazza San Silvestro - 06-6771
open 8,30-20 (weekdays) - 8,30-12 (Saturdays)
AEROPORTO DI FUMICINO LEONARDO DA VINCI
Via dell'Aeroporto di Fiumicino - 06-65951
AEROPORTO CIAMPINO - Via dell'Aeroporto di Ciampino - 06-794941 06-79340585
P.S. For trips to and from Leonardo da Vinci airport there is a handy train that runs every thirty minutes from Piazzale Ostiense station to Fiumicino and vice versa.
Bus services outside the city
AUTOSERVIZI A.CO.TRA.L information office 06-59155514.
La Capitale - 06-4994
Roma Sud - 06-6645
Tevere - 06-4157
Autoradio taxi Roma - 06-3570 06-63898
IL TAXI DEGLI ANIMALI (animal taxis) - 06-5295360 06-0336 784294 (round the clock)
SHORT-TERM CAR RENTALS
AVIS - Piazza Esquilino, 1 - 06-47011 - Via Sardegna, 28a - 06-4701228
EUROPCAR - Via Lombardia, 7 - 06-4823381
HERTZ - Via Veneto, 156 - 06-3216831-5-4 - Stazione Termini - 06-4740389
EURODRIVE - Via Ludovisi, 60 - 06-4880921 06-4744532
CRISS - Via dei Prati Fiscali, 273 - 06-8863281 06-8861920
MAGGIORE - Via Po, 8 - 06-8840137 06-8548698
SHORT-TERM MOTORBIKE RENTALS
SCOOTA-LONG - Via Cavour, 302 - 06-6780206
SCOOTERS FOR RENT - Via della Purificazione, 66 (also rents bicycles) - 06-465485
SAINT PETER MOTO - Via di Porta Castello, 43 - 06-6874909 06-6875714
SHORT-TERM BICYCLE RENTALS
BICINOLEGGIO TELEFONICO- Lungotevere Marzio, 3 - 06-6543394
COLLALTI - Via del Pellegrino, 82 - 06-68801084 open: 8,30-13 & 14,30-20.
I BIKE ROMA - Villa Borghese car park (lower floor) - 06-3225240 - open: 9-13 & 15,30-19.30 (weekdays) - 9-19,30 (holidays).
METRO SPAGNA - at the underground exit.
PARCHEGGIO ACI - Piazza del Popolo.
VIA DEL CORSO - Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina.
HOW TO BOOK TICKETS
Advance bookings are something that Italians don’t contemplate as part of their style of life. There are however two agencies that will for a modest fee book tickets for you: Gesman and Box Office. As a rule theatres don’t take telephone bookings. You’ll have to leave the apartment you’ve rented for a short-term and that is your Rome base, and go to the box-office yourself where you’ll pay a surcharge of 10% for early booking. Tickets for classical music concerts are often only sold for the evening of the same day thus making it possible to decide whether to go or not at the last minute. The Opera House is an exception, tickets for which are, barring a few kept till two days before, sold months in advance. The box-office at the Opera House sells season tickets for summer and winter and has a computerised system.
Tickets for rock and jazz concerts can be bought from: Orbis, Prontospettacolo and in major record stores such as Rinascita. In Rome ticket touters are rare save for major football matches.
Via Angelo Emo 65
Viale Giulio Cesare 88
Tickets for classical music, rock, pop and jazz concerts as well as sports events.
06-372 0215, 06-3720216
Piazza dell’Esquilino 37
Bookings by phone only.
Via delle Botteghe Oscure 1
Opera, cinema, classical music and jazz concerts fill the calendar from end June till end September.
The open-air shows can be splendid, set in amazing scenery and followed by enthusiastic viewers. Some are major events, but there are also minor ones that can be just as good: for example a guitar concert at the cloisters of Santa Maria della Pace or the jazz festival in the gardens at Villa Doria Pamphili.
In summer there are also many open-air film shows, when for a brief period cinema takes over the outdoor arenas, as well as annual film festivals under the stars.
Theatre too goes outdoors in summer. In Ostia Antica ancient Greek and Roman theatre and other theatrical events take place in the Quercia del Tasso amphitheatre.
There are also other minor festivals, but dates and places change from year to year and so one needs to find out what these are locally.
If instead you prefer something less organised, do as the Romans do and join them for their evening walk, the best places are Piazza Navona and Via del Corso.
If you have an international student card you can get discounts on public transport, in museums and hotels. For information contact the Centro Turistico Studentesco.
Centro Turistico Studentesco
Via Genova 16.
(Branches: Via Appia Nuova 434 & Corso Vittorio Emanuele 297)
EMBASSIES AND CONSULATES
Should you have serious problems or need help with your passport you should contact your embassy or consulate in Rome. Here are some addresses:
Embassy: Piazza dell'Esquilino 2, Roma
Embassy: Via Alessandria 215, Roma
Embassy: Via Pergolesi 3, Roma
Embassy: Via Monti Parioli 49, Roma
Embassy: Piazza Navona 14, Roma
Embassy: Via G.B. de Rossi 27, Roma
Embassy: Via Bruxelles 56, Roma
Via L. Bodio 74/76, Roma
T. 06-36307650 06636307300
Embassy: Via Dei Gracchi 322, Roma
Via Monti Parioli 50, Roma
Viale Liegi 28 int. 5, Roma
Embassy: Via Lisbona 3, Roma
Embassy: Piazza Farnese 67, Roma
Embassy: Via San Martino della Battaglia 4, Roma
Embassy: Via XX Settembre 80/a, Roma
Embassy: Viale G. Rossini 4, Roma
Embassy: Via dei Villini 12-16, Roma
Embassy: Via XX Settembre 5, Roma
Embassy: Piazza di Campitelli 3, Roma
Embassy: Via Mercati Michele 12/14, Roma
Embassy: Via Quintino Sella 60, Roma
Embassy: Via B. Oriani 30, Roma
Embassy: Via Archimede 124-126, Roma
Embassy: Viale Liegi 42, Roma
Embassy: Viale di Villa Grazioli 9, Roma
Embassy: Via Santa Croce in Gerusalemme 90, Roma
Embassy: Lungotevere Marzio12, Roma
Embassy: Via Lazzaro Spallanzani 16, Roma
Via Bertoloni Antonio 36, Roma
Embassy: Via Mercati Michele 8, Roma
Embassy: Via Zara 28, Roma
Embassy: Via delle Terme Deciane 7, Roma
Embassy: Via Rubens Pietro Paolo 20, Roma
Embassy: Viale Liegi 23, Roma
Embassy: Via Gaeta 5, Roma
Embassy: Via Eleonora Duse 35, Roma
Embassy: Via Giovanni Battista Pergolesi 9, Roma
Embassy: Via Colli della Farnesina 144, Roma
Embassy: Via Pisano Leonardo 10, Roma
Ambasciata: Via Tanaro 14, Roma
Embassy: Largo Fontanella Borghese 19, Roma
Embassy: Piazza Rio de Janeiro 3, Roma
Embassy: Via Barnaba Oriani 61, Roma
Embassy: Via Palestro 28, Roma
Embassy: Via Guido D'Arezzo 9, Roma
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Embassy: Via Della Camilluccia 492, Roma
Embassy: Palazzo Margherita Via V. Veneto 119/a, Roma
Embassy: Via Nicolò Tartaglia 11, Roma
REGISTRATION WITH THE POLICE
By law all visitors ought to register with the police by presenting their passport within three days from entry into the country. In practice this is done by hotels when customers register.
If you’re not in a hotel but in an apartment for a short-term rental period, ask your local police station or the central police station for advice on: 06-4686 extension 2102 or 2876.
RELIGION:AUDIENCE WITH THE POPE
For many Catholics a visit to Rome means an audience with the Pope. Public audience is usually held on Wednesdays at 11 am. In order to be admitted one must apply in advance to the Prefecture of the Pontifical State. In the main Catholic churches mass is held every day (sung mass on Sundays only).
RELIGION: OTHER FAITHS
All Saints, Via del Babuino 153.
Synagogue, Lungotevere Cenci.
American Episcopals of Saint Paul,
Via Napoli 58.
Via Firenze 38.
Viale della Moschea (Parioli neighborhood).
Sant’Andrea, Via XX Settembre 7.
OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION
ELECTRICAL APPLIANCE ADAPTERS
In Italy voltage is 220, with three point plugs with round studs. Adaptors may be found in electrical appliances shops. In most three star and over hotels there are plugs for electric razors and hairdryers.
Rome is one hour ahead of Greenwich mean time. The difference between Rome and other major cities are:
These may change in summer. In Italy am and pm are not used.
TABLE OF CONVERSION FOR ENGLISH MEASUREMENTS
From English to Metric
inch = 2,54 centimetres 1 foot =
30 centimetres 1 mile =
1,6 kilometres 1 ounce
= 28 grams 1 pound
= 454 grams 1 gallon
= 4,6 litres
1 foot =
1 mile =
= 28 grams
= 454 grams
= 4,6 litres
From Metric to English
centimetre = 0,4 inch 1 metre
= 3 feet 3 inches 1 kilometre
= 0,6 mile 1 gram =
= 3 feet 3 inches
= 0,6 mile
1 gram =
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