It must be a very old adaptor: the UK has used rectangular prongs for at least the past 20 years.
Without seeing the adaptor, all one can say is "maybe".
My local AAA has a wall poster illustrating all the types of adapters/converters and where they are used. If you have a AAA office near you, give it a try.
If your items are 110 volts only, they'll not be very happy - no matter how you attach them to the power supply here in Italy!
But should they actually be dual-voltage, then your adaptor needs to fit one or another of these type of arrangements...
If did indeed fit a British round pin socket, then it really should work in an Italian one of the same size - plugs of ours that did do!
Almost certainly, it will match the two with a pair of red pins in that photo...
PeterEdited: 1:19 pm, June 03, 2011
For those whose mind won't stretch to accepting what they've not seen - here's the sort of round to square adaptor sold in Britain today for using 2 pin appliances elsewhere in the house...
Although Ive had to change a few, I've yet to buy a shaver, electric toothbrush etc that came fitted with a 3 pin plug?
There are two issues to deal with using US electronics in Rome
- First, you need an adapter to fit the prongs on your plug into the holes in the Italian outlet.
- Second, you need something that will allow your appliance to run on the 220 volts pumped out by Italian sockets.
90%+ of small electronics have their own built in voltage adaptor, so all you need to worry about is a plug/prong adaptor. Somewhere on your electronics - usually on the plug - will be information on what voltage it can take.
If you have something (usually a hair drier / straightener / curler) that isn't duel voltage, I personally feel it is much better to leave it at home rather than deal with a voltage adaptor. If necessary, just buy a cheap Italian straightener in Rome.
Plug/prong adaptors are cheap and light. If you have any doubt, just buy a new one. Never hurts to have an extra.
If your existing adaptor is both a prong adaptor and a voltage adaptor, personally, I'd leave it at home. Better to go with a new, simplier device.
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