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Travel and medical insurance should cover all emergencies and their resulting associated costs.

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 emergency.

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 services are:

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.

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