Rome is an open air museum and unlike any city you've seen before. As the centre of the Roman Empire as well as a cultural and artistic hub for thousands of years, one trip certainly won't be enough to see all it has to offer and you'll probably book return flights to Rome as soon as you can to resume exploring the city's many treasures.
Spend a day at the Vatican City touring through the Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms before walking up several flights of stairs to spectacular views from the dome atop St. Peter's Basilica. Bump shoulders with impeccably dressed locals at the Piazza della Repubblica, and be sure to make a wish while tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain. While a map may help guide your travels to the Colosseum, the Pantheon, or the Piazza Navona, odds are you will soon find yourself lost amongst Rome's many winding streets. So enjoy wandering through the city's alleyways and you just may find a great little wine bar, family-run trattoria, or hidden curio shops with just the right gifts for your flight home. For a taste of modern-day Rome, artsy Trastevere serves up an intoxicating mix of nightclubs, cheap restaurants, and trendy bars, making it the epitome of the city's fashionable neighbourhoods.
Most international flights to Rome will take you to Leonardo da Vinci/ Fiumicino International Airport (FCO) which is served by over 150 airlines. Carriers like Air Canada, Air Transat, Lufthansa, Sunwing, and Alitalia offer direct flights to Rome from Canadian cities like Toronto and Montreal. You can also get cheap Rome flights on international airlines like US, Delta, KLM, Continental, British Airways, and Air France or connect via European destinations on low-cost carriers such as EasyJet, Aer Lingus, and Wizz. Ciampino International Airport (CIA) is located about 15 km away from the city and is a hub for low-cost airlines such as Ryanair, Thomsonfly, Air Berlin, and EasyJet.
Rome is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. So while the good news is that cheap flights to Rome are relatively easy to find, the bad news is that Rome is fairly crowded through most of the year. Finding a time to book your airline tickets to Rome when the weather is good, airfares low, and tourists scarce, leaves you with a very narrow window of opportunity — specifically May or October when temperatures are between 20-25°C. The annual culture week La Settimana della Cultura is usually held between April and May and loads of discounts and cheap tickets to the city's attractions are available, making this a great time to explore Rome.
You will land at Leonardo da Vinci/ Fiumicino International Airport (FCO) which is about 30 km away from the city. The airport has four terminals - T1, T2, T3, and T5; T4 does not exist at the moment. For connecting flights from Rome, you can use the free shuttle service which connects all the terminal buildings and car parks. For further details on the travel options listed, visit the airport's website.
Public Transit: If you're in a rush, take the Leonardo Express non-stop service from the airport to Rome's centrally located Termini Station. One-way fares cost about €15 and trips take less than 30 minutes. For a cheaper travel alternative, take a metro train on the Sabina-Fiumicino Line (FR1) which has several stops along the way including Trastevere and Tuscolana. The travel time is longer, but one-way tickets will cost less than €10.
Buses are cheaper and tickets cost between €5-€10 for a one-way trip. Services are provided by Cotral and Autonoleggio Tirreno and remember that you can get discounts on tickets if you buy them in advance from a newsstand or tobacco shop, rather than on the bus.
Airport Shuttle: Shuttle bus services are provided by SIT Bus Shuttle and tickets for one-way trips from the Airport to central Rome destinations like Termini Station can be as cheap as €8-€10. Discounts are available for booking in advance online and for round-trip tickets. The company also offers chauffeur-driven car and bus services.
Chauffeured Car Service: Companies offering this service can be found in front of the airport's terminals and include Airport, CTP, and Con.Co.R.A. These are the only authorized companies allowed to operate this on-demand service and passengers should avoid booking cars that do not belong to these companies. Fares vary on the basis of the destination you're travelling to and you can contact the individual companies to get a fare quote.
Taxi: Airport authorized taxis are white and located at stands on the street level outside each terminal. A flat fare of €40 is charged for trips to destinations within Rome's city limits. Baggage costs are included and up to four passengers can be accommodated in one vehicle. For destinations outside the city, trips are metered and there is an additional fee for baggage.
Car Rental: Companies offering rental car services are located at the Torre Uffici 2 in the Multilevel Parking structure. After you land and have collected your luggage, use the pedestrian tunnels from the terminal buildings to get to the rental companies which include Auto Europa, Easycar, and Maggiore.
Other: In a bid to encourage eco-friendly travel options, FCO has a social networking website for passengers wanting to carpool to or from the airport. Those whose Rome flights arrive or depart around the same time can exchange contact information on this site and make arrangements to travel together.