If you’re in a rush, for ALL emergencies anywhere in Italy and the rest of the European Union, call:
You can call this number for free from any phone, foreign or local cellphones, and even a cellphone without a SIM card in it. Operators should speak English. It’s the equivalent of 911 in the US (or 999 in the UK).
Hopefully, like millions before you, your trip to Rome will pass off without incident. In the unfortunate event of an emergency, however, here are some contacts that may prove vital.
In a typically labyrinthine approach to things, there’s actually no unified number for emergencies in Italy. When you call the universal European emergency number 112 you are in fact calling the Carabinieri, Italy’s military police force, and their operators will redirect your call to the appropriate number. Below are the specific numbers.
List of emergency numbers in Rome
|Ambulance – emergency health issues||118|
|Coast Guard (Guardia costiera)||1530|
|Fire service (Vigili del Fuoco)||115|
|General emergency and/or police (Carabinieri)||112|
|Urgent but non-emergency medical advice (Guardia Medica)||General line:
+39-06 570 600
English speaking: +39-06 7730 6650
+39-06 7730 6112
Which police service should you call in Rome?
If you have medical problems in Rome
Please see our specific guide to what to do to get medical assistance in Rome >
What to do if your passport gets stolen in Rome
If you are in Rome only for a short time and should happen to have your passport stolen, it is in our opinion best to call and then go immediately to the consular section of your embassy and order a replacement immediately, before spending time consulting or reporting to with the police, which may take hours. Unless of course a denuncia is required by your particular consulate.
It’s a legal requirement in Italy to carry an identity document with you at all times, and by this they mean your passport if you’re a non-resident – but to avoid having your passport in a vulnerable position in the first place, we recommend you carry a clear photocopy of the relevant part of your passport with you instead, and leave the actual document locked in your hotel safe. This isn’t 100% what the law requires but if you get stopped for a document check (usually by the Carabinieri) and they really, really need to see the original document, they will come with you while you retrieve it.
When should I call the fire brigade?
Obviously call 115 (or 112 to guarantee an English-speaker) if there is a dangerous fire, but they are also the people to go to if you smell gas, if you find yourself locked out of your apartment, in cases of search and rescue, natural disasters (water, wind or snow), infrastructure collapse or natural danger, if you hear someone or something stuck somewhere – and of course if you find a cat stuck up a tree!