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From the Spanish Steps to the Vatican, Rome is a city like no other. Visitors to Rome are often overawed by the richness of the culture, the stunning museums, and the incredible food.

From quirky sites such as the Protestant Cemetery (overrun by cats and home to the mortal remains of English poets Keats and Shelley) to the buzz of life on the streets, the Eternal City has it all- buy a city guide book to help you navigate and plan day trips. As for airports, Ciampino is further away and the hub for low-cost airlines. Urbo is closer to the city.

Why visit Rome?

  • The fascinating modern city is literally built on ancient history, with points of interest such as the Colosseum providing a breathtaking backdrop!
  • Famous attractions include the Trevi Fountain, the Forum, and the Sistine Chapel!
  • The city has provided an stunning setting to films such as Roman Holiday, La Dolce Vita, and To Rome with Love!
Euro, EUR
Exchange Rate:
~1 ZAR: ~0.07 EUR
Time Zone:
UTC + 1 - There is a 1 hour time difference between Rome and South Africa
Dialing Code
00 + 39 + 6 + Local Number
Drive on the right side of the road.
Rome Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci International Airport
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Average temperatures in August can be punishing, and many Romans leave the city entirely, leaving it to the tourists. Spring and autumn are quieter.

Residents speak Italian. In the major tourist areas English (and some German and French) is widely spoken, but if you want to stay for any length of time, learning Italian will enable you to assimilate. Che figata! means "How great!"

  • Every day approximately 3,000 EUR is dropped into the Trevi Fountain.
  • Rome is sometimes referred to as Caput Mundi, or the capital of the world.
  • A law in Rome allows cats to live freely where they're born, so you'll find half-wild cats living amongst the historic monuments.

Check out "The Keyhole", a ‘secret’ vista of the dome of St Peter's through the keyhole of the gate to the headquarters of the Knights of Malta on Aventine Hill. Romans love their flea markets too, so don't miss the Porta Portese on a Sunday morning for the chance to bring home some unique souvenirs.

Real Roman pizzerias don't fire up their wood-burning stoves until 7pm at the earliest, so wait for dinner to indulge in the most iconic of Italian foods. Courgette/zucchini flowers, deep fried with cheese and sardines, are a must-try.

Rome is the spiritual home of the world's Catholics, and this should be respected. St Peter's and the Vatican have strict dress codes, and everyone needs to cover their shoulders and legs.

Summer weather in Rome can be very hot and there are no beaches to cool down, so make sure you cover up, bring a strong sunscreen, and drink plenty of water. Although the crime rate is low, pickpockets operate in crowded tourist areas, so pack valuables carefully.

South African passport holders do require a Schengen Visa for Rome and Italy. Always apply for a Schengen Visa for the European country you will be spending the most time in on your trip. For example, if you’re visiting Paris and Rome in the same trip and you’re spending the most days in Rome then you would apply for an Italian Schengen Visa.

The South African Embassy to the Italy.

Address: Via Tanaro 14,
00198 Roma,

Phone: +39 06 85 2541
Fax: N/A

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Rome
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R90 R100 R228
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R22 R20 R61
Cappuccino (regular) R19 R20 R17
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R10 R12 R22
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R35 R35 R76

Rome Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci International Airport

Airport Location: Fiumicino, Rome, Italy.

Food and beverage: Several snack bars, restaurants, bars, pizzerias, cafes and bakeries are available at Rome Fiumicino Airport.

Currency Exchange: American Express has several counters at the T3 Terminal inside Rome Airport.

Lost Baggage Help: Contact the Aeroporti DI Roma office at +39 06 65955253 or airport security on +39 0665953313 for lost property inside the airport. Contact your airline directly for lost luggage.

Airport Hotels: There is a Hilton Rome Airport Hotel at Fiumicino.

Car Hire: Auto Europa, Easycar, Avis, Budget, Italy by Car, Locauto Rent, Sixt, Maggiore and Hertz are the key car rental operators at Rome Airport.

Airport Hub: Rome’s Fiumicino Airport (code FCO) is a hub for Alitalia, Blue Panorama Airlines, Meridiana, Blu-Express and Livingston.

Rome’s other major airport is Ciampino (code CIA) and it is possible you will arrive at this airport if you have taken an internal European flight such as easyJet. The airport is located further away from the centre of Rome than Fiumicino, however, it easy to transfer by train to Termini Station and beyond.

The information on this page is correct as of November 2015. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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