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Lonely Planet actually has three separate guides for Rome: Pocket Rome: small and compact, intended for short trips (long weekend or so), focuses only on top attractions and cuts out eg. all lodging information. Rome City Guide: the full-length city guide, dense and packed full of information, mostly black & white, standalone guide for long stays ...


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In the past I would have said the big one, as it contains a lot of practical information and mostly that on hostels was hard to get any other way. But as you do use booking.com hostel information is easy to get. I would likely go for the smaller version and look up information on internet, or do without a book and make notes from internet. The big LP ...


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I would like to put forth my experience. We forgot to take our camera when alighting at Florence; the train was bound to Naples. We had very little time left before boarding the next train to Pisa and from Pisa, the flight back to London. We ran to the Trenitalia counter at Florence, and clearly told them the details of the location and attributes of the ...


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I have been told by a travel agent: If an airline sold you a ticket with a short connection, the airline thinks it's long enough. If you miss the connection it is the airline's problem – they would have to get you on the next available flight. This is of course assuming both flights are part of the same booking.


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Yes, you would have to go through a security check since you come from a non-schengen country. 55 minutes might be too little time if the control takes more time than expected but it should be enough since you don't have to check in anything.


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You need to ask your bank; as they are the only ones that control where your card works. It may be true that all MasterCard-network cards work in Italy, and the widest acceptance is that of EMV "chip" enabled cards; but despite this your bank may block the use of the card. So, before you travel: Inform your bank that you will be traveling to Italy. Ask ...


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I've had a chip-and-pin MasterCard credit card issued by an Italian bank foot several years. I've used it all around the Italy and in neighbouring European countries. The only instances in which credit cards might not work, regardless of the payment circuit they use (Visa/MasterCard), is at automatic machines such as the ones found at 24h petrol stations, ...


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My recent experience as an American tourist in several European countries, including Italy (Rome and Trieste): MasterCard is widely accepted. If your card is a "swipe" card (ie, it is neither chip-and-signature nor chip-and PIN), it will work in slightly fewer places, but will still be adequate for your trip. If your card is a swipe card, read on for some ...


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You Will Need an EMV Supported Credit Card EMV stands for Europay Mastercard and Visa. This is the new standard for security related to PCI compliance in Europe. This standard has been adopted in the United States and is currently being rolled out and is behind schedule. Most large banks support this standard in the US, Europe and most of Asia. You can ...


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Yes MasterCard works in Italy. The question really should be does your bank's credit card work in Italy. Is it a chip & pin card or a chip & sign card (primarily US banks) or a swipe only card? Having a chip equipped card is essential in Europe as most POS (point of sale) terminals are set up for chip cards not swipe cards. Does your bank ...


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ATAC (the company responsible for public transport in Rome) publish PDF maps showing bus lines for the entire city and in the centre. The first of these will require either a rather large sheet of paper or very good eyesight if you're going to print the whole thing :-). There's also a separate map for night buses. While the routes are accurate as far as I ...


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Moovit in the 4.0 announcement: Offline Support: Temporarily lost internet connection? No problem. Moovit stores any planned trip, including all of its directions and line information, maps and schedules for easy offline access when you need it.


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Transportation and getting around wise, your best bet would be to stay somewhere near the Termini train station. That is where the long haul trains arrive, and you are pretty much 10-20 minutes away from pretty much every major attraction. Being close to the Termini station can be helpful if you plan to go/come from Florence, or Civitavecchia, where the ...



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