Whether you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or need proof of a negative test for other purposes, there are several places you can go to get a COVID-19 test in Rome, even if you are not a resident. The most common COVID tests available in Rome are molecular tests, rapid antigen tests, and serological antibody tests. It is important to first decide which type of test you need in order to find the proper location for you to get tested; molecular and antigen tests are used for identifying if you currently have the virus whereas the serological antibody test is used to determine if you have previously had it. Though antigen tests produce quicker results, molecular tests are generally more accurate.
If you are traveling in or out of the country and need to be tested in order to do so, the Fiumicino airport is currently offering both rapid antigen and molecular tests for those with arriving or departing flights from the airport. You can pay €20 for an antigen test that comes back within 20 minutes or €69.88 for a molecular test that will be ready for pick up within 36 hours. The test area is located in the Terminal 3 arrivals area. This is an easy, affordable option for travelers coming in and out of Rome, and all you have to do is fill out a form beforehand. You can do so using the following link: https://www.adr.it/form-preaccettazione.
Locals (or travelers already in Rome)
If you are already in Rome and looking for a place to be tested, pharmacies are usually a great option. Many pharmacies across Rome conduct both antigen and antibody tests and do not require that you have a prescription to be tested. All you need to do is book an appointment online ahead of time. Check out the interactive map in the link below to find a pharmacy with testing near you! https://www.salutelazio.it/elenco-farmacie-che-eseguono-tamponi-antigenici-rapidi-o-test-sierologici
A cost for a rapid covid-19 test is max 22€ in a pharmacy. In Italian it is called “tampone rapido”.
*If you need a molecular or PCR test, you may need a prescription. If you visit https://www.doctorsinitaly.com/covid-swab-test/ and enter your location, email, and what kind of test you are looking for, you will receive an email with thorough instructions about where you can get tested and how to book your appointment. Additionally, the email provides a link to a website you can use to meet with a doctor if you are required to have a medical prescription for a test (https://www.doctorsinitaly.com/).