general info

AIDP 2019 - General Info


Rome is the capital of Italy, a large cosmopolitan city with an artistic, architectural and cultural history that has been influencing the whole world for almost 3000 years. The ancient ruins, such as the Forum and the Colosseum, testify the glorious past of the ancient Roman Empire.
In the Vatican City, ecclesiastical state seat of the Roman Catholic Church, it is possible to admire St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums’ masterpieces, such as the Sistine Chapel frescoed by Michelangelo.

How to get there

Rome is served by two international airports, well connected to downtown: LEONARDO DA VINCI (Fiumicino) and G.B. PASTINE (Ciampino).Both hubs are served by the major flight companies, including the low-cost ones.Moreover, Rome has an important railway link connected with the rest of Italy and with Europe by high speed trains which can offer the greatest efficiency at a low cost. The central railway station, TERMINI, is in the heart of the historical center and very close to many hotels and has direct connection to/from Da Vinci Airport.


Participants coming from EU nations do not need Visas to enter Italy.Most NON-EU citizens (and participants from other countries) will need a Visa. We strongly recommend you to consult the official website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for updated and detailed information for foreigners regarding entrance Visas for Italy and permits of stay. All attendees who need a letter of invitation for Visa purposes should contact the organising secretariat.

Time & Climate

The time in Italy is Central European Time (Central European Standard Time = GMT+1).
Rome has a Mediterranean climate. Autumn in Rome is mild and humid, with sunny days alternating with cloudy skies and rain. In early November temperatures range between 13°C and 18/20°C. Visitors are most comfortable with a light jacket or coat.
An all-weather coat will take the chill off cool evenings and rainy days.

Currency & Banks

The Italian currency is the euro (€). There are numerous automatic 24 – hour service cash dispensers in the city. Exchange counter can be found at the airport.

Major credit cards are widely accepted in hotels, restaurants, and stores.

Banks are opened from Monday to Friday:

  • – h 8.20 am – 1.20 pm

  • – h 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm

Credit cards

The major credit cards (VISA, Mastercard, Eurocard) are widely accepted in Italy, while AMEX is rarely accepted.

Hotels, shops and restaurants have signs or stickers at the entrance showing which credit cards are accepted.


Shops: there are individual variations, depending on climate and season, but most are open 9:00 a.m. to 13:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Churches: Most are open from early morning until noon or 12:30, when they close for two hours or more; they open again in the afternoon, closing about 7:00 p.m. or later.

Museums: Hours vary. Please check on the Tourism Office website .


In Italy service, which usually ranges from 1€ to 3€ per person, depending on the restaurant, is automatically added to the check and must be visible on the menu. If you liked the place or the service, just round up the bill a few Euros. Tipping cab drivers is appreciated, especially if they help you with your luggage and provide you with useful info about getting around in that particular place. Tipping hotel porters and hotel concierge if he/she is helpful in making your stay easier or more pleasant is appreciated also.

International dialing code & Emergency numbers

Italy country code: +39, Rome city code: 06 (always dial the 0 – even from abroad).
To call the U.S.: dial 00 + 1 + ph. number
To call Europe: dial your country code (0044 – 0033 etc…) + ph. number.
(Calls can be made, for free, from any telephone)
112: Carabinieri – Military Police – Emergency assistance.
113: Polizia – State Police – Emergency assistance.
115: Fire Department
118: Ambulance – Medical Emergencies