No one wants to get sick, especially away from home, but it does happen! Our 26 year old son (the one who lives in Rome) has gotten a bad cold and was having hard time breathing. Today he went to the local ER and had received a whole battery of tests, an x-ray, MD evaluation, an antibiotic shot in the rear, a breathing therapy, and bunch of prescriptions. The total cost for that service? Big fat ZERO. Wait, he did have to show his US passport and spend a few hours going from one procedure to another. The similar service in the States would cost $1000 or more. Someone in Italy has to pick up his tab!
Keep on traveling,