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The great question: Do I need to tip, and if so, how much? What a great debacle...it's not necessary to tip in Rome. The tip here is a courtesy for good service and/or good food. Staff is usually paid and service sometimes is charged separately on your bill. So it's what it is: courtesy and there's no limit or habit that can be expressed in percentage or Euro...it's on you and your satisfaction
THE ROMAN CITY TAX
Since July 29th 2010 every person, who is not resident in Rome must pay a city tax, a kind of contribution to the roman treasure...and since September 1st 20154 it has doubled!
So, EVERY person must pay as follows:
€ 2,00/person/day in camping lots for not more than 5 days
€ 3,50/person/day in B&B, rented rooms/appartments, religious and civil alocations
€ 4,00/person/day in Residences and farmer-alocations (agriturismo)
€ 3,00/person/day in 1*-2**- Hotels for not more than 10 days
€ 4,00 in 3*** - Hotels for not more than 10 days
€ 6,00/person/day in 4****- Hotels for not more than 10 days
€ 7,00/person/day in 5*****-Hotels for not more than 10 days
This amount is due by everyone and it is not part of the amount you eventually paid in an agency or on a website. This is a local tax and must be paid locally even if a voucher or a confirmation tells you that the amount paid includes all fees and taxes...it does not.
This tax is not due in hostels and by children younger than 10 years old.
See the complete rules on the communities' official website
Actually, voltage in Italy and all over Europe is 220/240V 50Hz.
Coming from abroad you should consider to buy or bring a universal converter, which means for US citizens and others, not only an adapter, but a currency converter which switches the power supply from 220V to 110V as you are used to have in your home country.
Without this converter, your device will instantly burn out.
Otherwise, the following adapter will be enough for modern universal battery chargers (usually devices are designed for dual voltage, see instructions printed or pressed on the charger) and for those who have 220V power supply in their home country:
Italy is a part of Europe, so the accepted currency is Euro, indicated by this sign: €
US Dollars may be accepted in some hotels, mostly 5 and 4 stars but it's an extra service which will be paid, so the exchange rate is not that good for you.
Anyway, almost every credit card is accepted in stores, restaurants and hotels, even taxis. This might be an easy way to pay instead of cash.
Several changing offices are at your disposal inside or nearby the main attractions as well as stations, ports and airports.
If you think that you may need cash, don't carry foreign currency (everything but €) around for your safety and for your comfort, as you may have to exchange it.