Useful Information for Travellers

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Exhibits by the Main Mediterranean Cruise Ports:

  • THE PINK FLOYD EXHIBITION - Their Mortal Remains tickets: 18€/person - Until July 1 2018 at the MACRO Rome Museum of Contemporary Art in Via Nizza, 138 Rome
  • GRAVITY - the Universe after Einstein tickets: 12€/person - Until April 29 2018 at the MAXXII (Museum of Art of the XXI century) in Via Guido Reni, 7 Rome
  • Liu Bolin - THE INVISIBLE MAN tickets: 12€/person - From March 2 and until July 1 2018 at the Victorian (the Wedding Cake), entrance on the Via San Pietro in Carcere side. Rome
  • MONET tickets: 15€/person - Until June 3 2018 at the Victorian (the Wedding Cake) - Ala Brasini.
  • GIUDIZIO UNIVERSALE/THE LAST JUDGEMENT - Michelangelo and  the secrets of the Sistine Chapel tickets: 20,52€/person - Until May 31 2018 at the Auditorium Conciliazione Rome in Via della Conciliazione Rome
  • 1927  The return to Italy - SALVATORE FERRAGAMO and the Image Culture in the 1900s tickets 6€/person - Until May 2 at the Museo Ferragamo, Piazza S. Trinita, 5r. Florence
  • EGYPT - Gods, Pharaohs, Men tickets: 16€/person - Until May 27 on fri/sat/sun at Spazio Aquileia 123 Via Aquileia, 123 Jesolo/Venice
  • VAN GOGH - Multimedia Experience tickets: 9€/person - From July 20 to September 15 at Palazzo Corvaja, Piazza Santa Caterina, 5 - Taormina
  • LITA CABELLUT - Retrospective  - Until May 27 in Ausiàs March Eixample, Barcelona - Spain
  • PABLO PICASSO - Picasso and the Ballets Russes - tickets: 9.50€/person - Until June 24 at MuCEM, Promenade Pierre Laffont, Marseille - France
  • HADRIAN AND ATHENS - Conversing with an Ideal World  tickets: 10€/person - Until October 28 at the National Archaelogical Museum, Patission 44 - Athens, Greece 

 

 

Information:

How to Dress:

Rome is in the temperate area, more or less the same latitude as Chicago, although the Mediterranean makes our climate milder, winters can be cold and summers are definitely hot! Therefore consider chilly lows in the winter even when it feels comfortable in the early pm. 

In the summer you might want to wear shorts, short skirts and sleeveless shirts....fair enough! But, in case you are planning to enter some churches and specially the Vatican (over 400 ancient churches in the City center hold so many pieces of art) you should bring something to cover your shoulders and your legs which must be covered below the knee.

If you are planning to visit archaelogical areas make sure you wear comfortable shoes and preferably sneakers. Flip-flops are not very suitable for uneven dusty ground in sites such as the Roman Forum, the Palatine Hill, Hadrian's Villa, Villa d'Este, Ostia Antica, Cerveteri, Pompeii, Herculaneum and most of excavation areas. In the summer make also sure you have a hat, sunscreen and water.

At the Restaurant:

In Italy we really love eating out several nights a week. In the major touristic cities, as well as the Tuscan countrysides or the beach towns of the Amalfi Coast, restaurants and bars are often crowded with people from all over the world. Here are some tips not to stick out as a sore thumb while enjoyng the famous Italian cousine:

What time should you go for lunch and dinner?

Remember we eat much later compared with most countries, typically we have lunch between 1:00 and 2:00pm and dinner between 8:00 and 9:00pm, although the further south the later we eat. Especially in a small town you will hardly find some place to eat before 7:30pm. It's okay to go for dinner even at 10:00pm and later!

Courses

A full Italian meal, which we only have on special occasions like holidays or celebrations, consists of an antipasto (starter), a primo (pasta or rice course), a secondo (main course), a contorno (side dish), fruit, dessert, coffe and liquor. Very commonly we skip the antipasto or the pasta course, or the main course. Fruit and dessert are commonly skipped while at the end of the meal coffee is a must.

Bread

Bread is always on our tables along with olive oil, salt and pepper; it's part of the service no matter whether you ordered it or not, you'll have it. Bread should never be eaten before the main course although it might accompany some antipasto like cold cuts or cheese but it isn't meant to be eaten alone. Very commonly tourists eat many slices of bread with oil and salt before the order is served...that should never happen and is considered inappropriate. As I said bread should be eaten only starting from the main course, hence NEVER WITH PASTA OR RICE! Normally one or two slices per person is enough...not the whole basket. It is considered somewhat inconvenient and mannerless to wipe your dish with bread.

Coffee and Cappuccino

Italians are proud with their coffee and have it multiple times through the day. Cappuccino is only for breakfast and we never have it after mid-morning. Neither coffee nor cappuccino are supposed to be drunk before or during the meals, that is considered very odd and people would be amazed at seeing people enjoying their cappuccino (or coffee) with pizza, seafood and everything other than pastries, donuts and desserts!

 

 

Useful addresses:

EMBASSIES:

  • U.S.A. Embassy: Via Vittorio Veneto, 121  Rome
  • Canada Embassy: Via Zara, 30 Rome
  • U.K. Emabassy: Via XX Settembre, 80a Rome
  • Autralia Embassy: Via Antonio Bosio, 5 Rome 
  • Ireland Embassy: Villa Spada, Via Giacomo Medici, 1 Rome
  • South Africa Embassy: Via Tanaro, 14 Rome 
  • Mexico Embassy: Via Lazzaro Spallanzani, 16 Rome

ENGLISH BOOK STORES:

  • Anglo American Book - Via della Vite, 102 Rome
  • The Little Reader - Via Conte Verde, 66 Rome
  • Almost Corner Bookshop - Via de Moro, 45 Rome

 

Driving in Italy

In Italy Road Laws and Regulations. are ruled by specific Street Laws pertaining to those driving within National borders.

We advice you to pay attention to possibly-varying signs and indications at the local level. Traffic and local police officers are also available for drivers with problems and questions. 

  • Minimum speed limits are adviced as well as maximum speed limits by the access to the main roads, exit of port and airport areas.
  • Speed limits on freeways (toll roads) is 130 km/h unless otherwise specified,
  • Speed limits on main national roads is 110 km/h unless otherwise specified,
  • Speed limit on main local roads is 90 km/h unless otherwise specified,
  • Speed limits in urban areas range between 30 and 70 km/h

There are no signs advicing the speed limit unless there is a local reduction of the road's speed limit.

On the major Italian highways there is an average speed enforcement system, there's no need to pull the drivers over. Fines are mailed.

  • The legal limit for drinking and driving is 0,05g/l.
  • The use of seat belts is compulsory for the driver and all the passengers, this is a major fine with points.
  • The use of baby seats is compulsory.

The driver is liable in case the passengers miss to use the seat belts and the baby seats.