dialing codes: the international dialing code for Italy is
The outgoing dialing code from Rome is 00
followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United
Kingdom). All numbers need to be preceded by the digit 0,
whether originating in Italy or out, unless calling a mobile
There can be high surcharges on calls made from hotels. Check
with the hotel first before dialing especially if it is an
international call. It is generally cheaper to use a calling
card. These phone cards can be bought from newsagents and
tobacconists. Public telephone boxes take phone cards for
local and international calls.
The local mobile phone operators use GSM
networks and have roaming agreements with most international
operators. Make sure that you phone your mobile phone service
provider before you leave home and have an international roaming
faciity added to your phone.
Internet cafes are available in the main
towns and resorts, and some of these have a facility to make
international calls for a fixed rate.
VOIP or voice over internet protocol is becoming
more and more widely used. This allows a computer operator
with a broadband connection to speak to another computer person
free of charge or for very little cost.