and medical insurance should cover all emergencies and their resulting
The recommended manner to deal with most emergencies where assistance
is needed is to make contact with your Consulate or Embassy. It
helps to have registered with the Consulate or Embassy at the same
time as registering with the local police. The registration information
provided assists in finding the citizen in the event of an emergency
- whether it is a natural disaster, civil disturbance or a family
For an emergency in Italy, call 112. This telephone number is designed
for use in emergencies only. Calls are answered in Italian and English.
112 is a European Economic Community initiative to provide a one
telephone number contact for ambulance services, the police, the
fire service, air and sea rescue and other emergency services available
within a specific country (such as mountain patrol). The country
code for calling Italy from outside the country is 39.
The telephone numbers for calling up the emergency
Carabinieri - 112
Police - 113
Fire - 115
Medical - 118
Road Assistance - 116
The Carabinieri and the Police in Italy have similar duties but
the Carabinieri are more military by history, dating back to 1814,
and by the nature of their work, which also includes national defense.
The Carabinieri have wide jurisdiction and in particular operate
in country areas with bases in villages throughout Italy and on
the roads and highways.
Visitors should carry adequate identification, with backup in the
event the original documentation is lost or stolen.