The modern capital of Italy and one-time center of the mightiest empire that ever existed, Rome is a truly remarkable city. Vast and ancient monuments dominate the center, motorbikes buzz around and the smells of incredible Italian cooking drift in the air.
With almost 10 million people a year visiting Rome, it is one of the world’s most visited cities. So, it pays to think strategically before booking flights to Rome. June and July are peak visitor months and a time when a simple museum visit can turn into a grueling day waiting in sweaty lines in the blazing sun.
If you can travel outside of this peak season, there will still be plenty of tourists but your trip may be more enjoyable. You’ll escape the sweltering heat and big lines for attractions, and also get better deals on flights and accommodation.
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There are numerous direct flights to Rome, Italy from various US destinations.
There are two main airports serving the city of Rome. Leonardo da Vinci airport is in the town of Fiumicino and is the bigger and busier of the two. Most of the large international carriers land here, so if you are flying direct from the US this will probably be your arrival destination.
Ciampino is the smaller of the two and more widely used by short haul and budget carriers. But if you are taking connecting flights in Europe you might land here. Ciampinio is closer to the city, at around seven and a half miles. Fiumicino is located about 25 miles distance.
Direct and indirect Rome flights are available from a number of different carriers.
There’s no denying that Rome is not the easiest city to navigate, but with a bit of planning you can find your way around without too many problems.
If you’re staying for at least three days, a Roma Pass is a good idea. It costs around
$40 and gives you free access to the first two museums or historical sites, as well as use of all public transportation.
There are plenty of rental car options available, and if you’re travelling outside the city then this is a convenient way to travel. But driving around the city itself can be confusing and chaotic, and best avoided if possible. You can get around relatively quickly in taxis. They can be expensive, and luggage costs extra, but there are fixed tariffs.
Almost the whole center of the city is a museum, bursting at the seams with sites of huge historical importance and architectural splendor. The Colosseum, Forum, Pantheon and Quirinal Palace jockey for position as most outstanding landmark, but everywhere you look there is something else to see.
Rome is also the center of the Catholic church, with more than 900 churches and the Vatican itself. And there are world class museums in the form of the Galleria Borghese and Museum Nazionale di Villa Giulia.
It’s almost impossible to see and do everything, so it’s worth coming up with a plan of attack before setting out for the day.
It’s best to have a vague idea of how much things cost before agreeing to anything, and always ask to see a menu or price list before ordering. There have been cases of tourists being stung with colossal bills for food, and you will be left with little option but to pay.
Rome is thronged with vacationers strolling through the city’s requisite tourism attractions for the entire summer. A full slate of summer festivals and outdoor concerts keeps it alive despite the blazing temperatures. The oppressive heat and overcrowded streets finally get to the locals in August, when the city’s residents empty out and head to Italy’s beaches. Visitors during this time are often left wondering if any Italians actually live there. Though the city is trying to put more on offer during this stretch, be prepared for closed restaurants and shuttered storefronts.
Spring and fall are the best times to be in Rome if you can make it work. The weather is more agreeable, the crowds are not as intense, and there’s still plenty to see and do. The Festa della Primavera (Spring Festival) helps throw off the chains of winter, and a string of activities follows, including Settimana Santa and Pasqua (Holy Week and Easter); Cultural Heritage Week, during which admission to many of the city’s public museums and monuments is free; and Natale di Roma, the city’s birthday party. October’s International Film Festival is an exciting time for the city, but keep in mind that October and November are also the rainy months.
Though typically mild, winter can also get pretty cold. You can walk up and sightsee even at the major attractions without waiting in line and dine at virtually any restaurant without a reservation. Though most places remain open during this period, some will have off-season hours and business owners will take a winter break at some point. The Christmas season is important to Italians, and it can be a fun time to check out the city’s activities. This is, after all, the city where Christmas originated. The first Christmas mass is thought to have been celebrated at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, which now showcases one of the oldest nativity scenes in the world.
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