Flights to Rome, Italy
Rome is one of the most popular cities to visit in Italy and the world. As Europe's oldest city, it is home to some of the most majestic and incredible historical sites. It has historical monuments, glittering fountains, magnificent architecture, exquisite art and delicious food – truly something for every traveller.
Two main airports serve Rome:
- Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO) – Officially known as the Leonardo da Vinci International Airport or just Fiumicino Airport, it is a major airport in Italy and one of the busiest in Europe. The airport is located in Fiumicino and is 27 kilometres from the city centre of Rome. A taxi ride from the airport can take around 25 minutes and cost between EUR50-60 (MYR245-295). A cheaper option would be to take the train for EUR9 (MYR44) with a travel time of around 45 minutes. Several airlines operate flights from this airport including Emirates, KLM, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and Alitalia.
- Rome Ciampino Airport (CIA) – Officially known as the Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport, it is Rome’s secondary international airport. It is located approximately 12 kilometres from Rome’s city centre. A taxi ride from the Ciampino Airport will cost between EUR30-45 (MYR147-221) and take around 20 minutes of travel time. Taking a combination of a train and bus would be a cheaper alternative. The train plus bus ride will take around 31 minutes and only cost between EUR3-10 (MYR15-49). Currently, only charter flights and two low-cost airlines operate from this airport, which is Ryanair and Wizz Air.
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Best Time to Visit Rome
The best time to visit Rome would be between the months of October and April. During this period, you can avoid the tourist crowds and steep accommodation rates except for Christmas in December and Easter season between March and April. October would be the warmest month of this period with an average temperature of 21 degrees Celsius. November through March will unlikely see temperatures over 20 degrees Celsius. Some key events to note are the Piazza Navona Christmas Market from November to January and the Christmas Blessing of the Pope in December.
The summer months of June to August will be Rome's peak tourist season. Expect crowds at popular tourist spots, and the weather will be hot with high humidity. Flights and room rates will also be more expensive during this season. However, if you do find yourself in Rome in summer, don't miss the Festa di Noantri in July.
May and September are shoulder months before and after the peak travel season. These months are also a good time to visit Rome because of fewer crowds and slightly more affordable room rates and flight prices. The weather during these months is also tolerable with an average of 25 degrees Celsius.
Things to do in Rome
There is always something to see or do while visiting Rome. Here are just a few of the popular tourist spots in Rome:
- Colosseum – Also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, it is located in the city centre and considered to be the largest amphitheatre ever built. It was once used for public events such as mock sea battles and gladiatorial contests. It has also been used for Roman Catholic ceremonies in the 20th and 21st century.
- Trevi Fountain – Locally known as Fontana di Trevi, it is an 86-feet high and 161.3-feet wide fountain. It is one of the world’s most famous fountains and Rome’s largest Baroque fountain.
- Pantheon – Located at the Piazza della Rotonda, this former Roman temple is now a church. It is considered to be one of the best preserved Roman building with a uniquely large circular domed ‘cella’ or inner chamber with a plain temple portico front.
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