Rome is the capital city of Italy. Famous around the world, this modern cosmopolitan lays claim to nearly 3,000 years of history. Ancient ruins such as the Colosseum are legacies of the Roman Empire. Vatican City, the heartland of the Roman Catholic Church, is home to Pope Francis and houses countless artifacts and masterpieces.
Rome enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and hot, dry summers. Summer (June to August) can be very warm, with temperatures often exceeding 35°C. Winter (December to February) is cool, with an average temperature of around 8°C. While Rome is beautiful all year round, spring and autumn are the most popular times to visit.
Things to do
Rome is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. With a rich history, buzzing nightlife, and amazing food culture, there’s no shortage of things to do. For some inspiration, check out the Lonely Planet guide to Rome.
Rome is a safe place to visit. However, like all destinations, you need to exercise caution and commonsense – just as you do in Australia. Look out for your personal belongings, and be careful crossing the busy congested streets.
You can visit a pharmacist for basic medicines like aspirin and cold medicine. If you are feeling unwell or need medical care, there are special emergency health clinics for tourists. The Guardia Medica Turistica at the Nuovo Regina Margherita hospital in Trastevere is located at via Emilio Morosini, 30 (approximately a 10 minute walk from the Rome Campus).
In the case of a medical emergency, you can call 118. If you can’t get to a phone, ask someone to call for you. In Italian, 118 is "centodiciotto" (pronounced CHEN-toh dee-CHOH-toh).
Reporting an emergency
If you need immediate help and you are unable to contact the Rome Campus staff, contact International SOS (available 24 hours) for immediate assistance.