There is a "siesta" period in which most small shops are closed. Note: Sundays are holiday for everybody, except:
Bars, on duty; Tobacconists, on duty; Pharmacies, on duty (if closed, check list of open pharmacies outside).
The following is a timetable in order to give you a general idea.
8:00 am - 1:30 pm / 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
10:00 am - 1:00 pm / 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
8:30 am - 1:00 pm / 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Pharmacies operate on a "rota" system designed to ensure an open pharmacy (or one which can be opened in a medical emergency) in each general area at night, holidays and Sundays. Each Pharmacy displays a card with its own opening hours, emergency telephone number, and where to go outside of those opening hours for emergency services.
9:00 am - 7:30 pm
8:30 am - 1:30 pm / 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm.
Art Supplies, Fine Arts Stores
1. Poggi in Trastevere, Via Cardinale Merry del Val n.18/19 - Tel. 06.581253
2. Poggi, Via del Gesù, 74-75 - Tel. 06 679 3674
All branch post offices are open Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 2:00pm. Certain post offices are open until 7:00 pm.
On Saturday, post offices are open between 8:30am and 12:30 pm.
The three post offices closest to the UARC are located in:
1. Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 3302
2. Via Monterone, 13
3. Via Arenula, 4
Rome has an extensive public transportation system. Buses cover the entire city, and are a cheap alternative for your commuting. The website www.atac.roma.it is very useful, because you can plan your journey by putting in your departure and destination. You can buy a monthly travel pass for 38 euro, which is valid on all buses, trams, metros and local trains. A single ticket costs 1.50 euro, is valid for 100 minutes and can be used for 1 metro ride, and bus trips for a duration of 100 minutes.
Via Veneto 119
Fire Department: 112
There is a six hour difference between Rome and Eastern Standard time, and a seven hour difference between Rome and Central Standard Time - i.e. 8:00 pm in Rome is 2:00 pm in Philadelphia and 1:00 pm in Arkansas and Alabama.
Money Matters in Rome
The best and most practical option is to use an ATM and/or credit card to withdraw money from the numerous ATM machines in Rome. A small commission is usually charged for this service.
If you need to change foreign currency into euro, you can change your money at the exchange counter in a bank or Forex office, but the commission charged is higher than using an ATM.
Please note that as a visiting student, you cannot open a bank account in Rome. If money must be sent from the States, we suggest that it be sent through Western Union which has numerous offices in the center near the studio.
Telephone Calls from Rome
The UARC requires the purchasing of an Italian cell phone number (sim-card). The number has to be given to the UARC within 8 days from arrival. We recommend that you bring a cell phone with you from the U.S. but make sure it is a tri or quad -band cell phone. The phone operators that sell these SIM cards are TIM, WIND and VODAFONE; costs will vary among these operators. If your cell phone doesn’t work or you don’t have one, you can buy an Italian one for about 40 euro including the SIM card and some minutes. Otherwise, you can buy prepaid international calling cards that you can use from any landline.
- Direct dial overseas calls from Rome are cheapest when calling between 11:00pm. and 8:00am daily, and all day Sunday.
- Direct dial to the US: 001 + area code + number.
Receiving Packages from the U.S.
When receiving a package in Italy, you are subject to approximately 30% tax of the declared value of the item listed on the package, a processing fee and possible customs duty which must be paid to the postman or courier upon delivery of the package.
Where possible, pack all necessary items (especially medicines, cosmetics, photographic and computer equipment) to avoid unpleasant surprises when receiving a package from the US. If you send a package from the US containing medicine, food, or cosmetics, the customs will hold it and you must obtain a permit that guarantees its safety in order for the package to be released.
This is a long, complicated process which can be very costly depending on declared value. Moreover, subject to content, the process may take up to 10 days or longer to release a package from customs.
If you do have parcels or mail sent, please make sure to have them sent here (not to your apartment) and address it as follows:
University of Arkansas Rome Center
Via di Monte Giordano 36
Europe offers many travel opportunities to visit countries that are culturally and geographically very diverse. We suggest that you plan your travel itinerary well in advance, but please check the academic calendar for important dates related to courses. Students that plan to travel independently must notify the UARC through a form which provides relevant information on their itinerary (flight or train, hotel/residence coordinates, phone numbers and other relevant info).
NOTE: No travel is allowed during academic activities, including mandatory field trips.
If you plan to travel on your own before or after the program, you can store your luggage at the long-term luggage deposit at the airport. The left luggage facility at Fiumicino airport is in Terminal 3 on the Arrivals level. The baggage store is open from 06:30 until 23:30. Storage costs €6 per 24 hours. You can also store luggage at the central station in Rome (Termini). There is a fee for each piece of luggage, according to the total number of days in storage. Please note that it is not possible to store luggage here at the UA Rome Center.
We offer this information for your general knowledge and safety. Please do not worry, for even as dangerous as a big city can be, Rome is much safer than many other big cities.
Keep your eyes open!
Pickpockets are the major safety threat to tourists in Italy. Most pickpockets and purse-snatchers work in teams on crowded buses or motor scooters that drive close to the sidewalk. You should keep an eye on your bag and not carry any important valuables in it. When you travel and must carry an item of value, you can use a money belt which can be worn under your shirt.
Use common sense and observe the following suggestions made by the American Embassy in Rome and you will substantially reduce the risk of theft:
Identity and social security cards, driver’s license, and other items of little or no monetary value, which are not needed, are best left in one’s apartment while sightseeing, shopping or dining.
Whenever possible, leave valuable items such as rail tickets, airline tickets, jewelry, passport, credit cards and cash not immediately needed in the apartment.
If carried, passports should be carried separately from the wallet or handbag. This may not be feasible for women, but men could carry their passports in a pants or jacket pocket, preferably a front pocket. Thieves seemingly are not interested in passports themselves.
Women with handbags should, whenever possible, keep some distance from the curb, carrying the bag in the hand farthest from the street to prevent it being snatched by thieves on a motorcycle or scooter. Shoulder bags should be held tightly under the arm, away from the street. Never stand close to a curb while waiting to cross the street.
Clothes and Personal Belongings
Many of the site visits are to churches so please note that in general shorts, mini-skirts, short dresses and vest tops are not permitted in churches.Some churches have signs telling you what type of clothing is acceptable, some have people at the doors turning people away who are not appropriately dressed. Some churches do not have a dress code. It varies from church to church. It is best to dress appropriately just in case they are turning people away because of inappropriate dress.Usually both men and women must not wear sleeveless tops. If a woman carries a light shawl, she can use this to cover her shoulders and upper arms. We recommend to wear long pants in Italy, lighter weight ones in the summer. In archeological areas do not wear light shoes or flip flops.
We have a different voltage (220 volts) system from the U.S., so you will need a converter with your personal appliances.
There is a tourist medical clinic at the hospital Regina Margherita on Via Emilio Morosini 30 (Trastevere). It costs 20 euro for a visit, is free after 8pm and is open 24 hours. Please note that it is not an ER room. We also have medical consultant who is available upon request. Below are some hospitals and clinics we have used in the past:
1. Salvator Mundi International Hospital
Viale delle Mura Gianicolensi 67, Monteverde, Rome, 00152.
toll-free within Italy.
2. Aventino Medical Group
Via Sant’Alberto Magno 5
3. European Hospital
Via Portuense 700
4. Rome American Hospital
Via Emilio Longoni 69, Tor Sapienza, Rome, 00155.
5. Nuovo Regina Margherita
Via Morosini 30 (Trastevere)
(the Nuovo Regina Margherita Hospital offers a 24-hour tourist medical service and is staffed by one medical doctor and two nurses. The tourist medical service is free of charge every night 8-8 and on weekends. On weekdays (8-8), there is a charge of EUR 20.66. Patients under 6 years old or over 65 years old are always free. The tourist service is located at the Nuovo Regina Margherita Hospital on Via Morosini 30 - Trastevere. The phone number is 06/58441).