US State Dept Travel Advisory

The US Department of State currently recommends US citizens exercise increased caution while in the Holy See due to terrorism. Consult its website via the link below for updates to travel advisories and statements on safety, security, local laws, and special circumstances in Italy.

Passport/Visa Requirements

US citizens should make sure their passport will not expire for at least 6 months after they enter the country even if they do not intend to stay that long. They should also make sure they have at least 2 blank pages in their passport for any entry stamp that will be required. A visa is not required as long as you do not stay in the country more than 89 days.

US Embassy/Consulate

[39] (06) 4674-1; US Embassy to the Holy See, Via Sallustiana, 49, 00187 Rome, Italy;

Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone

Ambulance: 113; Fire: 115; Police: 112


See WHO recommendations


Temperate; mild, rainy winters (September to May) with hot, dry summers (May to September)

Currency (Code)

Euros (EUR)

Electricity/Voltage/Plug Type(s)

230 V / 50 Hz / plug types(s): C, F, L

Plug Type CPlug Type FPlug Type L

Major Languages

Italian, Latin, French, various other languages

Major Religions

Roman Catholic

Time Difference

UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time); daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March, ends last Sunday in October

Potable Water

Yes, but some opt for bottled water

International Driving Permit


Road Driving Side


Tourist Destinations

Saint Peter's Basilica; Sistine Chapel; Vatican Palace; Pinacotheca (Art Gallery); Piazza San Pietro (Saint Peter's Square); Museo Pio Clementino

Major Sports


Cultural Practices

Access to museums, the Vatican Gardens, Sistine Chapel, and Saint Peter's Basilica is prohibited to visitors wearing sleeveless blouses, miniskirts, shorts, and hats.

Tipping Guidelines

While visiting churches or museums a tip will help with their upkeep and preservation. Tipping is not expected for taxi drivers or at restaurants.


Religious items including blessed rosaries, prayer cards, replicas of holy icons, and relics from saints; collectible Vatican stamps, authentic gemstone and gold as well as costume jewelry

Traditional Cuisine

Fettuccine alla papalina — a creamy pasta dish with ham or Prosciutto and peas

Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.

World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.

US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.

To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)

How to get help in an emergency? 
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444

Page last updated: Wednesday, November 09, 2022