Rome Travel Advice
Security travel advice for Rome
How safe is Rome?
Threat level: Medium-High
Rome, also known as the "Eternal City", is a beautiful city that attracts millions of tourists every year. Renowned for its culture and captivating architecture, it is a very popular destination to visit.
In light of recent terrorist incidents across Europe, the travel advice for Rome is to keep in mind that large gatherings and ceremonies pose as potential terrorist attacks. From 8 December 2015 to 20 November 2016, it is the Holy Year of Mercy for the Catholic Church. This could be a potential target, especially around the Vatican city. So, travellers should remain vigilant during this time.
June and July are the high peak months but also the hottest and most crowded time to visit Rome. It is recommended that April, May, and late September through to October, are the best seasons to visit and that the summer months should be avoided.
Rome raised its threat levels to a state of high alert, following the terror attacks in Brussels in March 2016. Security checks have intensified around all airports and popular destinations in Rome.
On Friday the 12th of May 2017, two bombs exploded in Rome, both were small devices that were thought to be set off by timer. There is no immediate suspicion of Islamist terrorism, but rather anarchist groups, which have carried out similar firebombings in the past.
Rome is a relatively safe city, but petty thefts and pickpocketing are still an issue; particularly around tourist attraction sights and public transport. Thieves often work in groups and use various methods to distract you. Use common sense and watch your valuables at all times. Fiumicino airport is a particular hotspot for petty crimes, so make sure not to leave your luggage unattended.
There is a no-smoking policy in Italy in all public places, such as trains, buses, restaurants and pubs (unless there is a separate smoking room).
Travelling around Rome
If visiting Rome for at least 3 days, it is worth purchasing the Roma Pass. It costs around 36 euros and entitles holders to free access to the first two museums and/or archaeological sites, and full access to public transportation, with further reductions to other popular destinations (excluding the Vatican).
Rome’s main railway station is Roma Termini. Trains and metros are the best form of public transport to travel around Rome, as they are cheap and easy.
Taxis are another form of transportation, but be aware that they are expensive. Taxis are usually white in Rome and mainly pick you up at a taxi stand. Be aware that if calling for one over the phone, the metre starts running the moment it is called and not when it arrives to pick you up. This can be very costly at times, so it is advisable to find a taxi stand or use the metros.
If you are travelling from Fiumicino airport to the city centre by taxi service, there is a flat price of 48 euros that will take an estimated time of 45 minutes. Make sure to make the taxi driver aware of your knowledge, so that they do not try to overprice you.
Emergency services in Rome:
Police emergency: 112 or 113
Fire emergency: 115
Fire emergency: 1515 (Woodland/Forest fire service)
Medical emergency: 118
Maritime emergency: 530 or 800 090090
International Operator: 170 (English speaking)
Brakedown service: 116 A.C.I. (Italian Automobile Association) gives roadside assistance.
Religion: Christianity (Greek Orthodoxy)
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Consular information for Rome
U.S. Embassy Rome
Via Vittorio Veneto,
Telephone: +39 06 46741
Emergency Telephone: +39 06 46741
British Embassy Rome
Via XX Settembre 80/a,
Telephone: +39 06 4220 000
Telephone: +39 06 4220 0001
French Embassy Rome
Piazza Farnese 67
Telephone: +39 06 686 011
For further embassy information and locations, please see our live travel map below.
Useful websites for visiting Rome
Healthcare and Immunisations
Italy has a public health system that provides emergency care to everyone. EU nationals that obtain an EHIC card are entitled to reduced-cost medical care. It is advised for non-EU citizens to take out necessary medical insurance, in order to reduce extra overseas costs. There are a number of international hospitals in Rome that have English-speaking staff and doctors.