Even if you never get sick of gelato, you may get sick from the flu, so here are some suggestions on staying fit and healthy.
Doctors > The university for foreigners has a visiting doctor who treats its students. The office is in Palazzo Gallenga Mo-Fr. Ask at the welcome point for the hours.
Hospital > Hopefully you won’t have to go. The main hospital is now Silvestrini (down in the valley), and the old hospital in nearby Monteluce. If you have an emergency call 118 for an ambulance, or take bus b, f2, i, r, c, h, k or the fcu, to Silvestrini. Head for the Pronto Soccorso emergency department.
Guardia Medica > When the hospital’s doctors are not on call from 20-8:00, the Guardia Medica takes over. Their office is in via della Pallotta, with the entrance across from the self store. You could probably walk it, but if you’re sick, you’re probably not going to want to. Just take a taxi (075.500.4888). They are usually for serious but not emergency situations at night. You can call them at 075.340.24 or 075.365.84. If you cannot leave your house, they even make house calls.
Pharmacies > The pharmacies coordinate so there’s always one open at night for emergencies. There’s a roster of the nighttime pharmacies and a copy of the roster is always in the display box outside each pharmacy. Note that the night-time service (i.e. between 22:00 and 9) costs €3.87 extra. We recommend Farmacia Lemmi at Corso Vannucci 57, near the Pavone and just across from the feltrinelli. Their staff is English-speaking — and they even know some Spanish, German, and Dutch, too. They have a list of the most common ailments (headache, diarrhea, flu) and the Italian equivalents of the medicines used in the U.S., Germany, the Netherlands, France, and Spain. They can look also up the active ingredients in your prescriptions from home and figure out which Italian pharmaceuticals you need. Though which drugs are available over-the-counter may differ from your country, here are some suggestions for the common ailments: Moment is for general aches and pains. Tachipirina is like a prescription-strength painkiller and is what Italians take for the flu as well. For tough flues, they might also use tachi-flu dec -watch out, though, it knocks you out. Oh, and word to unprepared Casanovas: condoms are available from the automat outside the pharmacy in Piazza Grimana.
Homeopathy > If you want to use alternative medicine (or just buy dried herbs and flowers, bath salts, and soap), try the little store called L’ape Regina at Via Floramonti 9. At the end of Via Oberdan, instead of going down the Sant’Ercolano steps, go straight and up a little rise. The store is on the right, open 9-13 and 15:30-19:30, Mo-Sa. They explained to me that omeopatia isn’t the right word in Italian but the other words they gave me seemed clumsy. Anyway, you get the point.
Morning-After Pill > Finally in Italy it is possible to get the morning-after pill in pharmacy without a doctor prescription. Just walk in a pharmacy and ask for the “pillola del giorno dopo”. Remember always to have safe sex.
Make sure you also read about emergency phone numbers in Perugia.