Known as â€˜The Eternal Cityâ€™, Rome is the true heart of Italy. The city has a rich and vibrant history, beautiful architecture and some of the best food in the country. Get started on your journey by searching ebookers for budget flights to Rome and affordable hotel rooms and rental cars.
The Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, also known as the Fiumicino airport, is the area's primary airport, serving both international and domestic flights. It is located less than 20 miles southwest of downtown Rome in the coastal city of Fiumicino. The airport is serviced by more than 150 airlines that come in from all over the world. The G.B. Pastine International Airport, also known as the Ciampino airport, is located less than 8 miles southeast of the city centre. The Ciampino airport is much smaller and quieter than Fiumicino, but it mainly hosts charter flights and flights on low-cost budget airlines.
Once you land in Rome, you will find it fairly easy to get into the city. From the Fiumicino airport, you can take the Terravision, SIT or Alitalia bus into the downtown area, or the Leonardo Express or FR1 local train. Expect to pay between $5 and $18, depending on which bus or train you choose. There are always plenty of taxis at the airport that charge a flat rate of $50 from the airport to anywhere within Rome's walls. From Ciampino, you can take the Terravision, SIT or local bus or the Rome Metro for a rate of $5 or less. Cab fare is a flat rate of roughly $38 into the city. Private cars are available with advance reservations, and they will cost between $75 and $115, depending on which airport you are coming from. You can rent a car at either airport as long as you have a valid driver's license, but it is still a good idea to make arrangements beforehand for an International Driver's License that you can use during your stay.
Rome's weather can be very cold in the winter months, with temperatures as low as 2Â°C. Summertime temperatures can soar as high as 32Â°C. Spring and fall are the best months to visit Rome, but you should still pack clothing that you can layer so that you're ready for any type of weather. During the colder winter months, be sure to pack a heavy jacket to keep you warm in the cool morning air. No matter what season, Rome's weather can be fickle, so mark your planner and be sure to check the forecast the week before you plan to travel.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do, and that means indulging in hearty Italian cuisine. Instead of eating at your hotel's dining room, head out into Rome's delightful neighbourhoods to try some very authentic foods. Make sure that you tour the Pantheon, get a feel for the area's history in the Roman Forum, snap some photos of Vatican City and pretend you're a gladiator at the Coliseum. For some quiet time, stroll down the car-free cobblestone streets of the Trastevere neighbourhood, making sure to stop at one of the many little cafes, or spend an afternoon at the Campo dei Fiori markets. As the sun goes down, head over to the Trevi Fountain for some true Italian ambiance.
Once you visit Rome, you will want to go back again and again. There is so much to see in the city and the surrounding areas, that it may take a few visits before you get through even part of your must-see list. When you're ready to return to The Eternal City, be sure to use ebookers to find flights to Rome that fit in your timeframe and your budget.
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