As I’ve been planning our Sept trip I have researched how to get ourselves tested before we depart.
I first settled on just getting the test at FCO the day before our flight, staying at an airport hotel and using that day to sightsee Ostia Antica, since our flight is fairly early in the am.
Wasn’t all that thrilled about doing that 1 night stay but figured at least a visit to Ostia Antica wasn’t a waste.
I spent a bit more time the other day checking things out and came across this:
(Doctors in Italy is a service with English speaking docs caters to travelers)
The site is super simple to use, very clear instructions.
Check the test you need and the location then fill in your email and you will receive a list of locations that offer the test, along with the discount code. From that list you can book online (if available at that location) and you get a discount code for the cost of test.(PCR 55 €, Rapid Antigen 22€)
They use the LifeBrain labs.
So I checked Lazio and received a list of 4 locations immediately- google mapped and found one was right near the Borghese Gallery- a place we have been but did not include on this trip- kept it as a “maybe if we have time”
We decided we’d rather stay in Rome that last night and visit the Borghese again.
(Another perhaps useful location for others was in the Prati district. I checked for Florence as well out of curiosity and received a list of 5 locations- not all IN Florence- Arrezzo, Poggibinosi etc)
Booking the appt is super easy, all the info /instructions are very clear. Each person needs their own appointment.
We’ll test at 11, Borghese at 1. 2 days before our departure which gives us some breathing room.
As a back up plan I also emailed our hotel in Trastevere and asked them for help on booking a test appt close to our hotel- they were completely accommodating. They gave me the name and number of the pharmacy they recommend- 10 min walk- and said they would book the appt for us when we checked in. Led me to believe they are already used to doing this for their clients. That still made me a bit nervous as we want to be sure we actually have an appt- so I emailed the pharmacy- who were also very helpful. They said no need to make appt this far in advance, stop in when we are there and book it then. We are there for 4 nights so that is fine for us.
Anyway- just wanted to share this info- especially the Doctors In Italy resource.
From the email:
Turnaround: The turnaround time for PCR/molecular swabs is 48h on average, delays can occur. Let the lab know if you need the results in 48h exactly. Rapid antigen test results are ready in a few hours. Results will be in English upon request and the report from the lab is compliant with travel needs.