Cheap Flights Rome, Italy
- Area City : 1,285km² (496.3 sq mi)
- Area Codes : 06
- Currency : Euro
- Population Metro City : 4,353,775 (2016)
- Official Language : Italian
- Time Zone : CET (UTC+1)
- Airport : Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO)
Simply referred to as Rome Fiumicino Airport, FCO is located close to the ocean, 32km from the city. FCO is Rome’s major airport for international flights while Ciampino Airport serves budget airlines such as Ryanair and Easyjet. To get to the city from FCO passengers can take the Leonardo Express train, the Terravision Shuttle Bus, blue regular-sized buses, taxis and car rentals that include Europcar, Sixt, Budget, Hertz, Avis and others.
From the Cape Town, South Africa travellers can fly to FCO with one plus stops with the following airlines:
- Ethiopian (via Addis Ababa) 14h 0m+
- KLM, Alitalia (via Amsterdam) 14h 45m+
- Lufthansa (via Frankfurt) 15h 40m+
- Air France (via Paris) 15h 50m+
- British Airways (via London) 16h 30m+
- Turkish (via Istanbul) 16h 30m+
- South African, Swiss (via Johannesburg, Zürich) 17h 0m+
- Emirates (via Dubai) 17h 20m+
- Qatar Airways (via Doha) 17h 20m+
- Air Namibia (via Windhoek) 17h 30m+
- El Al (via Tel Aviv) 18h 40m+
- Kulula (via Johannesburg) 18h 45m+
Additional airlines touching down at FCO include:
- Air Berlin
- Air Europa
- Air Serbia
- Delta Airlines
- Etihad Airways
- TAP Portugal
- Virgein Australia
Reasons to Visit Rome, Italy:
- A sprawling cosmopolitan city founded in 753 BC, Rome is nicknamed The Eternal City, Capital of the World and Throne of St. Peter Rome and is capital of Italy and the Lazio region. With the status of a global city Rome was in 2016, ranked as the 13th most visited city globally and in the European Union, it ranked 3rd. Millions of tourists travel annually to take in the plethora of historical sites, monuments, fountains, architecture, celebrated masterpieces, scenic parks and gardens.
- Strolling around scattered ruins of an empire that once ruled the Western World affords visitors a memorable and illuminating experience and with so much to see, it’s a worthwhile taking one of many fabulous walking tours that blend sights together and expose hidden gems.
- Visitors on tight budgets have a good choice of both budget and pricey backpackers/hostels to stay in, located in the heart of the city and close to the train station. Scattered all around the city are 1 to 5-Star hotels, boutique hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and a number of camping facilities.
- Besides its world-renowned attractions, Rome is renowned for its food and some of the best Italian meals can be enjoyed at exceptionally affordable prices with a little inside information. Located at Via Urbana 67 is Osteria Della Suburra with out-dated deco and slow service but scrumptious and affordable food. It gets busy with loyal local patrons but nothing beats sitting at an outside table with a delicious meal and sounds from an accordion. Another is Tre Archi located at Via dei Coronari 233, close to piazza Navona. With the majority of patrons being Roman and just a few tourists, savour a delectable seasonal or traditional Roman speciality. Sit at a pavement table or inside at Romolo E Remo just 15 minutes from the Coliseum at Via Pannonia 22-26. Nothing beats this eatery for well-priced mouth-watering traditional Roman pasta. The menu offers a huge variety leaving no-one disappointed.
When to Visit Rome, Italy:
The city has a Mediterranean climate that provides warm, dry summers and cool, humid winters. The best months for visiting Rome are from April to June and late September to October. The summer rush starts in mid-June while from July to mid-September the city is filled with tourists with August being the busiest. Average highs during June reach around 31°C with lows of 17°C. December, January and February are the coldest months with daytime temperatures between 10 and 15°C and at night between 3 and 5°C.
Places to Visit Rome, Italy:
With an array of top attractions including over a thousand churches rather visit some small beautiful churches with astonishing interiors, fascinating histories, tranquillity and void of tourists:
- Located off via Merulana close to Santa Maria Maggiore is the Basilica of Santa Prassede with its interior showing off superb examples of byzantine mosaics including its San Zeno Chapel that’s a definite must see.
- Not far from the Colosseum is Santa Maria in Dominica located at Via della Navicella 10 that is stunningly beautiful inside.
- Santi Quattro Coronati was originally built in the 4th or 5th century and dedicated to four martyrs, executed by Emperor Domitian. Be sure to visit its concealed cloister by knocking on a small door on the left inside the church where there’s absolute tranquillity and a fountain from the ancient Roman era. Also don’t miss its unseen cloister, the ‘Chapel of St. Sylvester’ with frescoes from the 1200s. To enter the chapel find the door with Monache Agostiniane on it and give a knock where after a nun will appear requesting a small donation before opening the door to the chapel. It’s located at via dei Santi Quattro 20.
- Built in 527, the Basilica of Santi Cosma e Damiano was commissioned by Pope Felix IV and the first church constructed within the Roman Forum. It’s found at Via dei Fori Imperiali 1.
- Santi Giovanni E Paolo at Piazza dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo 13 has much to take in including more underneath the church, the Roman Houses at Celio, amazingly unbroken structures from Roman times with a small archaeological museum.
- Situated at Via di Santo Stefano Rotondo 7 Santo Stefano Rotondo astounds visitors with its tall ceilings, amazing design and particularly the paintings on its walls, that may not be everyone’s cup of tea. It was built towards the end of the 5th century by Pope Simplicius and dedicated to Saint Stephen.
- Saint Ignatius has an amazing ceiling painted with numerous techniques creating an optical illusion so well done, it’s often missed. The church was constructed by Pope Gregory XV and financed by Cardinal Ludovico Ludovisi, his nephew. It’s found at Piazza Sant’Ignazio, facing the Pantheon, stroll down on the left side until you see on your left, via del Seminario and it’s around a 3-minute walk along this street until you reach piazza Sant’Ignazio.
- To view Carvaggio paintings, SantAgostino built from 1296 to 1420 is one of the first Roman churches built during the Renaissance. Works by Raphael, Guercino and Sansovino can also be seen here. It’s located at Piazza di Sant’Agostino 80, between the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.
- For panoramic views of the city do following: Take the lift up the ‘National Monument of Victor Emmanuel II’; take the footpath Via San Sabina to Piazza Cavalieri di Malta to the Knights of Malta Keyhole located on Aventine Hill, one of the city’s best kept secrets or go to the highest peak in Rome, Monte Mario, a worthwhile 15-minute drive during the day or evening.
Getting Around to Rome, Italy:
The Metro (Subway):
The fastest mode of public transport is the Metro that operates from 05h30 to 23h00 Sundays to Thursdays and until 01h30 on Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets (daily or weekly) can be purchased from vending machines at all stations, tobacco shops and many newsstands.
Trams and Buses:
Operated by ATAC (Agenzia del Trasporto Autoferrotranviario del commune di Roma) most areas of Rome can be reached by tram or bus that can be slow in heavy traffic with buses being fairly packed. Tickets are valid for 100 minutes in which time travellers can get on and off any amount of times within that period with one ride permitted on the Metro. Tickets are not often sold on board but can be purchased from tobacco shops, at bus stops and newsstands. Visitors planning on using trams and buses a lot should buy a special timed pass: BIG is a one-day ticket, a CIS card is for a week and the BTI (tourist ticket) is for three days. These can only be purchased at Stazione Termini.
The best way to get a taxi is to book one telephonically as chances are slim of waving one down or finding one at a taxi stand. The first suitcase is free with each additional piece costing extra. The majority accept credit cards but check before you get in and if paying in cash, don’t use large bills but rather round off to the nearest Euro.
Unless you’re familiar with Rome’s streets, call ahead to your hotel for the best route from where you are. Driving yourself is best suited for exploring the countryside or visiting other cities. Available rentals in the city include Hertz, Avis, Maggiore and others.
Riding a bike through the medieval lanes is a great experience and the centre of ancient Rome has plenty of bicycle lanes. Bikes can be rented from Bici & Baci on an hourly or per day basis. It’s located two blocks west of Stazione Termini.