Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, also known as the Rome Fiumicino Airport or simply Fiumicino Airport, is the largest and busiest airport in Italy. The airport is located in Fiumicino, a town and commune southwest of Rome. Fiumicino Airport serves as the hub for Italy’s largest airline, Alitalia, and Spain’s low cost carrier, Vueling. It has four terminals named T1 to T3 and T5. T1 serves flights operated by Air France, KLM, Etihad Regional and short haul flights by Alitalia. T2 serves mainly flights operated by low cost airlines. T3 serves Alitalia’s long haul flights and all other airlines. Lastly, T5 serves flights operated by USA and Israeli airline carriers.
Traveling from the airport to the city center is relatively easy. The airport is connected to the city center by public transport but for travelers arriving at night, there are only two options available – the cheaper although irregular bus into town or the convenient but more expensive taxi. There are several public transport options from the Fiumicino Airport.
There are two train lines that can bring you to Rome – the Leonardo Express and the suburban train. The Leonardo Express can bring you to Roma Termini, Rome’s central train station, within 35 minutes. The express train leaves the airport every 30 minutes. Do take note that if you’re traveling a group, it may be cheaper to share a taxi to the city so do check the current train prices. Meanwhile, the suburban train – specifically the FL1 line – does not stop at Roma Termini. Instead, you would need to get off at the Tiburtina or the Ostiense train station where you would then need to connect to line B of the Metro. Another option would be to hop off at the Roma Trastevere station where you can catch the #8 tram that will head to Piazza Venezia, Camp de’ Fiori and largo di Torre Argentina. While suburban trains can be cheaper, paying the extra cost of the express train can be worthwhile for the convenience.
The cheapest and probably the easiest option to get to the city would be by Terravision bus. The bus from the Fiumicino Airport to Rome’s city center takes an average of 55 minutes. Buses depart near Terminal 3 and ends at the Roma Termini station. There are also other buses available so make sure to check which bus can bring you to the city center earlier.
Once you arrive in the city, getting around can be confusing at first so make sure to have a map handy. If you’re staying in Rome for 3 days or more, it would be recommended to get yourself a Roma Pass. It allows you free admission to selected museums and archaeological sites, discounts and reduced prices for entry to various museums, events, exhibitions and performances. It also gives you full access to public transportation.
Rome’s public transport consists of buses, trams, trolley buses, the Metro network and light railways. With so many options, it may get confusing so it is recommended that you download route planner apps that can help you stay informed of bus routes and real-time information. Tickets can be easily bought from a tobacconist – just look for the big “T” sign – or from a news stand. These shops are usually found in the areas before you board a bus, tram or train.
Rome is home to many world-famous sights and popular tourist destinations so there’s a lot to see and fit into your holiday plans. Here are a few that you should not miss:
- Colosseum – An elliptical amphitheatre located in the city center is also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre. It is the largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire and in the world. Built of concrete and stone, it is considered to be one of the greatest example of Roman architecture and engineering. Opening hours for the Colosseum varies on the season so make sure to visit the official website for hours and ticket prices.
- St. Peter’s Basilica – A late Renaissance church located inside the Vatican City, it is considered to be the most famous work of Renaissance architecture. The basilica remains as one of the largest churches in the world. It is a famous pilgrimage site due to its liturgical events and services presided over by the Pope.
- Pantheon – A circular building with a portico of large, distinctive Corinthian columns, the Pantheon is one of the best-preserved Ancient Roman buildings. It has eight Corinthian columns in the front row and two groups of four columns behind them under a pediment. It is almost two thousand years old and the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome.
- Trevi Fountain – An iconic fountain located in the Trevi district, it is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome and one of the most famous in the world. It has appeared is several popular films from different countries. Tourists love to visit the fountain to drop coins into the water. Coins are meant to be thrown over the left shoulder using the right hand, a tradition that was introduced in 1954’s Three Coins in the Fountain. It is said that over 3,000 Euros are thrown into the Trevi Fountain every day.
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