There is a ‘siesta’ period in which most stores and small shops are closed. The following is a timetable in order to give you a general idea:

Grocery Stores: 8:00am – 1:30pm / 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Clothes Stores: 10:00am – 1:00pm / 4:00pm –7:30pm
Department Stores: 9:00am – 7:30pm
Pharmacy: 8:30am – 1:00pm / 3:30pm–7:30pm (ClosedonSaturdayafternoon,except thoseonduty)

Note: Sundays are holiday for everybody, except: Bars, on duty; Tobacconists, on duty; Pharmacies, on duty (if closed, check list of open pharmacies outside)

Art Supplies:
Fine Arts- Poggi – a Trastevere:
Via Cardinale Merry del Val n.18/19, Trastevere
Tel. 06.5812531

English Language Bookshops:
Anglo American Book, Via della Vite 102
Tel. 06.6795222
The Lion Bookshop, Via dei Greci 33/36
Tel. 06.32650437
Feltrinelli International, Via V.E Orlando 84/86
Tel: 06.4827878
Mel Bookstore, Via Nazionale 254
Tel: 06.4885405

Post Office
All branch post offices are open Monday through Friday between 8:30amand 2:00pm. Certain post offices are open until 7:00 pm. On Saturday, post offices are open between 8:30am and 1:00 pm.

The three post offices closest to the center are:
1. Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 330
2. Via Monterone, 1
3. Via della Missione, 10

Many cinemas in Rome feature American and English films which are dubbed into Italian. Some cinemas schedule films in original version (not dubbed), and a few others show films in original language once a week.

Music and Concerts
Many different kinds ofmusic including jazz, Latin, pop, rock and contemporary, are offered in the many clubs, cafes and halls of Rome. Larger concerts are held in concert halls and stadiums, often by artists of international renown. The city, churches and various academies regularly organize classical music concerts, which are listed in the daily papers or advertised on street posters.

There are many theatrical productions on stage at all times in Rome. Once in a while, an English language production passes through the city.We will announce and post a list of those productions that you might find interesting.

Cultural Events Listings
Several newspapers provide current listings of all cultural events (music, opera, dance, theater, film, museum and gallery exhibitions), an extensive listing of pubs, bars, restaurants, and suggestions for weekend excursions.
Wanted in Rome, a bi-weekly English language publication available online or at centrally located newsstands, has a cultural calendar that lists exhibitions,music, opera, dance and lectures.

Generally speaking, it is difficult to get a bad meal in the many ristoranti, trattorie, osterie and pizzerie in Rome. Ristoranti are generallymore expensive than trattorie or osterie. Pizzerias are usually the most economical. Usually a menu with a price list is displayed outside the restaurant.

The late spring/summer temperatures can range from quite mild to very hot and often humid. We advise you to bring comfortable and cool clothes that will cover the changing seasons from the warm days of spring through the hotter ones of summer. We also recommend a raincoat, as there may be summer thunderstorms, and a sturdy pair of waterproof walking shoes (the streets in Rome are mainly cobblestone). Most of the public places do not require formal dress, with the exception of very exclusive restaurants and nightclubs.
We would advise not to bring jewelry or any important valuables from home. Many of the site visits are to churches (shorts, mini-skirts, short dresses and vest tops are not permitted in churches) and archeological areas (do not wear light shoes or flip flops). We have a different voltage (220 volts) system from the U.S., so bring a converter with your personal appliances.

There is a tourist medical clinic at the hospital Regina Margherita on Via Emilio Morosini 30 (Trastevere). It costs 20 euro for a visit, is free after 8pm and is open 24 hours. Please note that it is not an ER room. We also have a psychologist, Dr. Raccah, who is available and can be contacted by email. Below are some hospitals and clinics we have used in the past:

Hospitals and Clinics 
1. Salvator Mundi Internatioanl Hospital, Via delle Mura Gianicolensi 67, tel. 06-588961
2. Aventino Medical Group, Via Sant’Alberto Magno 5, tel. 06-5780738
3. European Hospital, Via Portuense 700, tel. 06-659759
4. Rome American Hospital, Via Emilio Longoni 69, tel. 06-22551

Europe offers many travel opportunities to visit countries that are culturally and geographically very diverse. We suggest that you take advantage of your free time for independent traveling in Italy and the continent; plan your travel itinerary well in advance and please check the academic calendar for important dates related to courses. Students that plan to travel independently must notify the UARC through a form which provides relevant information on their itinerary (flight or train, hotel/residence coordinates, phone numbers and other relevant info).

Time Difference
There is a six hour difference between Rome and Eastern Standard time, and a seven hour difference between Rome and Central Standard Time – i.e. 8:00pm in Rome is 2:00pm in New York and 1:00pm in Arkansas, Alabama and Louisiana.