Rome travel tips
Australians visiting Italy do not need to apply for a visa, as Italy forms part of the Schengen Convention. Australians are allowed to spend up to 90 days in the Schengen zone, which includes countries such as France, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands. If you're unsure, be sure to enquire with the Italian Embassy for the latest and most accurate information as this is only a guide.
As a part of the European Union (EU), Italy's currency is the euro (€). Each euro is divided into 100 cents, and prices often display cents after a comma. Some restaurants, shops and taxis only accept cash, which you can withdraw from bancomats (ATMs). Some vendors might offer a discount for cash payments too, so keep your credit cards for major payments.
Eateries in Italy have specific operating hours, so try to eat around the same time that the locals do. In Rome, food is served from around noon until 3pm for lunch and dinner service starts at 8pm. You don't need to eat a three-course meal every time and coffee is often drunk at the end of the meal, not with food (unless it's breakfast).
Tipping in Rome
In Italy, servers are paid a living wage and eateries may have a cover or service charge listed in the bill. Therefore, you're not expected to tip in Rome. Still, if you've been provided with excellent service and you feel that a token of your appreciation will be happily received, do tip.
Electricity plugs and voltage
Electrical sockets in Italy are made for plugs with two or three round pins. The voltage is typically between 220V and 240V. Despite this difference, you should still be able to use your Australian devices during your Roman holiday – just be sure to pack an adapter in your luggage along with your devices.
Language in Rome
From hotel staff to restaurant servers, many Italians are quite accommodating and will go out of their way to help you in English. So you don't need to worry about mastering the language in Rome. Still, it's always appreciated if you learn a few basic Italian phrases such as mi scusi (excuse me), per favore (please), and grazie (thank you).
Rome's international airport is named after the multi-talented Leonardo da Vinci. It has five terminals, each one servicing specific carriers. To get to and from the airport, there's an express train as well as fixed-fare white taxis, shuttle buses to the central terminal, and regular blue buses. If you want to ride the bus, be sure to purchase a ticket (commonly sold at tobacco stores).