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Before You Go to Rome

Before You Get on the Plane

Before you relocate to Rome, please be aware that Italy is still a country where documentation, papers, and permits are required for almost everything. Make sure you have all the required documentation such as visas, wedding certificates, and work permits. It would be a good idea to make a checklist at this point.

If you are an EU citizen or if your country is a part of the Schengen group (Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein) you will only need a valid passport or ID card to move to Italy.

However, if you are from another country, the maximum stay in Italy without a permanent visa is 90 days. For a visit of three months, you’ll need a tourist visa form as well as your passport.

Have a check-up with your doctor and dentist before you go. Also stock up on prescriptions to take with you - you'll most likely be able to get them when moving to Rome but it's just another thing to worry about while you're there.

Receive all necessary immunizations before moving to Rome, and check with your local insurance in case they have coverage that would apply in the Italy. Make sure you have your doctor’s international phone number in case you have a medical emergency and a doctor in Italy would need to obtain your medical records from your doctor at home.

Before leaving, try to improve your Italian. Not many people in Milan have high-level English yet.

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There are two airports in Rome:

Roma-Ciampino Airport is located in the south side of the city. It takes about 40 minutes to get from Ciampino Ariport to the main station (Stazione Termini) by bus. You will land at Ciampino only if you're flying with Ryanair or WizzAir. Any other airline company will take you to Fiumicino Airport.

Roma-Fiumicino "Leonardo Da Vinci" Airport is the biggest Italian airport. It's located 35km from the city center, and it takes about one hour to get to Stazione Termini by bus.

Click on the following links to plan how to get to the city centre, to Stazione Termini or directly to your destination.

Services from Fiumicino (listed in the left column)

Services from Ciampino (listed in the left column)

Make sure you have euros with you, because you can't use your credit card to pay small amounts of money, such as a bus ticket. You can withdraw money inside the airport.



In case of an emergency, we recommend you to save at least the following numbers on your mobile phone.

Emergency numbers:

  • 112 Polizia (Police)
  • 113 Carabinieri
  • 115 Fire Department
  • 118 Health Emergencies
  • Other safety tips:

  • Be aware at cash machines – shield your PIN and make sure no one is standing directly behind you.
  • Try to avoid empty "metro" carriages (especially late at night). If you have to, choose the front carriage so you can alert the driver quicker in case of an emergency. Otherwise, call a taxi.
  • Take only licensed taxis, but stay alert anyway.
  • Always keep your belongings next to you, especially on crowded buses. Don't let your hi-tech gadgets peep out from your pocket or backpack.