Italian Equivalent to American OTC Medicine



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    Stefania Pistone | Eyes of Rome | Tour Guide (Edited )

    Ciao everybody,

    I have experienced during my tours that in the most part of the pharmacies in the City center there's a doctor speaking English, who can give better information and help. If you have any problem or you may need any assistance, do not hesitate to ask your tour guide. We'll be happy to accompany you and translate in Italian.

    For people who are very curious about the Vatican City, one of the only places you can enter within the City walls (without mentioning the Museums and the Basilica) is the Vatican Pharmacy. You will need a prescription from a doctor, that you can show to the Swiss Guards at Porta Sant'Anna and they will direct you to the office where you will receive a pass, by leaving your identity card. That pass will allow you the entrance to the Pharmacy, where you will find whatever you are looking for ... and it will be much cheaper than in Italy! This is the reason why you could also find a queue on certain days.

    Here is the website, for better information: http://www.vaticanstate.va/content/vaticanstate/en/servizi/farmacia-vaticana.html

    ... But I still believe the best medicine is always a good gelato and a glass of wine! :)


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    Amanda Curtis Jones

    That's so fascinating Stefania! I never knew that the Vatican Pharmacy was open to the general public with a prescription. I knew it was cheaper because its tax free I think but that would be so interesting to visit!

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    Adam Dyer

    haha these pronunciations would've helped me loads when I first got here.. Stefania's right though, in the city centre nearly everyone speaks english but the farther away from the centre you go,the less likely they are to speak english.

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    Lie Yang

    I think the Erboristerie are better. I prefer using natural medicine and the Italians have adopted many eastern medicine traditions which i admire, it's worth checking out.

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