Rome experiences a mild, Mediterranean climate. The temperatures tend to cool in September, but are pleasantly warm with an average of 23 degrees Celsius (73 degrees Fahrenheit). Rome has up to 12-13 hours/day of sun shine in September; however there is a small chance of showers.
Local time is CEST (UTC +2) in September.
Electricity 220 volts alternating at a 50 cycles per second (AC) and the sockets are different than in the U.S. If you plan on using your own 110-volt appliances, you will need a voltage converter, unless your appliance is designed to also work with 220 volts electricity (dual voltage). For example, most laptops and some electric shavers are designed to work both at 110 and 220 volts. Make sure to check your appliances before you leave and travel prepared. Plugging in an appliance that is not designed to run on 220 volts electricity without using a voltage converter will most likely damage it.
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency, divided into 100 cents. Banks and Currency Exchanges are widely available; Travelers’ Cheques and major credit cards are widely accepted. ATMs are widespread and are generally the most reasonable and convenient method of obtaining Euros.
Shop Hours of Operation
Shops in Rome are open Monday to Saturday from 0900-1300 and 1600-2000. Supermarkets and department stores stay open all day, and are open on Sundays.
Italian is the national language, but English is widely spoken.
A service charge is often included in the bill at restaurants in Italy; it is best to see if this is the case when tipping. If not, tipping is usually 5-10%.
The international access code for Italy is +39, and the city code for Rome is 6. Internet cafes are available in the main towns and resorts and are sometimes cheaper than accessing the Internet from hotels.