International flights to Rome land at Leonardo da Vinci International (FCO), as do Rome flights from major European carriers. The airport is known as a hub for Alitalia, and is only 16 miles from Rome with transportation to the city by the Fiumicino Aeroporto railway, bus services, and numerous car rentals. Visitors can get their first taste of authentic Italian food in restaurants and shops within the airport. If you have a layover, you will find plenty to see with 130 shops throughout the airport. Also taking Rome flights is Rome Airport ADR, which services incoming flights from smaller European carriers. Between the two airports, they bring in about 38 million passengers a year from 150 locations with 160 airlines between them.
The summers in Rome are hot and dry while winters are chilly and wet. The best seasons to look for flights to Rome are in the spring and autumn with spring being thebest choice for mild weather and cool evenings. For those looking for a deal, cheap flights will be found easiest in the off-season, when hotels don't fill-up as quickly. Winter can be an optimal time for deals on a low fare when looking for flights to this Mediterranean climate where even the winters are above-freezing.
Getting Around Rome
Once flights to Rome arrive, several options can get any adventurer directly to this city's historic interior. You can take a train, bus, taxi, or rental car to take you to your destination. Once you are in Rome, you will appreciate the integrated services of public transit such as the metro, buses, or trams, which all share the same ticketing service. The two lines (A and B) of the underground Metro system go around the historic city centre, forming an "X". If you are sightseeing, the easiest transportation might be the hop on/hop off tour buses which swarm every historic plaza of fabled Rome. Taxis are another option; however, it might be hard to get one off the street so utilize the cars lined-up at your hotel.
For a city steeped in history, you will find plenty to entertain you with stories from the past. You will also discover plenty about the present in Rome to enjoy, including shops, restaurants, and gardens. Rome is a combination of the ancient and the modern to please every kind of visitor.
- The Colosseum, the iconic amphitheater dated from the first century
- Gardens of the Villa Borghese, Rome's central park with pony rides and shade trees for a quiet break in a busy city
- The Pantheon, a temple built in the second century that is used as a church today
- La GattaMangiona, a rustic Italian restaurant where you can enjoy a taste of authentic pizza
- The Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, the site of Michelangelo's famous painting on the ceiling
Rome When to Go
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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