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So you’ve got the green light from work, you’ve booked your car hire, now you just need to get yourself to Rome for the fun to begin! If you’re travelling from overseas, you’re more than likely arriving by plane. If your trip is going to include any other parts of Italy you might consider the other major international airports like Milan, Naples, or Turin, but if your sights are set on Rome, then your best bet is to head straight to Rome Fiumicino or Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, 30kms southwest of the city.
If you choose to land here you’ll be heading to Italy’s largest airport, the 6th busiest in Europe in terms of passenger traffic. The airport offers flights to more than 150 destinations worldwide, served by more than 160 airlines. Among these are the Spanish and Italian airlines Vueling and Alitalia, who both use Rome Fiumicino as their hub.
The airport is made up of 4 terminals, which are fairly easy to navigate if you require a transfer. Terminals 1 and 4 cater to international flights, with the majority of the most popular airlines leaving from Terminal 1. Terminals 3 and 4 deal with domestic flights within Europe. All of these besides Terminal 5 are within 5 minutes’ walk of each other, but if you need to switch terminals or head to terminal 5 (for flights to the US or Israel), there’s a free shuttle service that can take you there.
And if you’re wondering what happened to Terminal 2. It closed in early December 2017 to allow work to commence on the expansion of Terminal 1.
Via dell' Aeroporto di Fiumicino, 00054 Fiumicino RM, Italy
Telephone: +39 6 65951
The airport is located 30km southwest of Rome city centre
No. of Terminals: 4
Timezone: GMT/UTC +01:00
Once you’ve landed and gathered your luggage, it’s time to hit the road. Car rental in Rome Fiumicino can be found in both the domestic and international arrival areas, with desks from the most popular operators in Europe including Europcar, Hertz, and Avis. These desks are connected to the airport terminals by tunnels, which shouldn’t take you too long to transport your luggage.
If you’ve booked your Rome hire car in advance online, it should be as simple as turning up to the desks, grabbing the keys, and going where the wind takes you! From here, follow the signs to the city centre or onward to your destination.
Whether you’re in the city for a quick business trip or a milestone anniversary, you’re going to need a roof over your head. There is a great deal of choice in Italy’s capital, from the elaborate 5 star hotels to the cheap and cheerful. If, like many people, you’ve come to Rome to fully make the most of your experience, cast your eyes on some of these beauties. As they say (and they do say a lot): ‘when in Rome!’
If your idea of a successful Rome experience features a suitcase full of new purchases, the Portrait Roma Hotel will be quite literally up your street. This stunning luxury hotel is located right at the heart of one of Rome’s most iconic designer shopping streets, next to boutiques from the likes of Ferragamo, Prada, Gucci, and Dior. And it’s not just the location that will blow your socks off. Each room in the Portrait Roma is styled as if it has come straight out of Vogue itself, and the 24 hour service staff will make sure your cocktail glass is never empty. If it’s luxury and style you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place.
With all the hustle and bustle that comes with such a busy, visitor filled city, having somewhere peaceful to rest your head at night is a huge bonus. Hotel Aventino is located right in the heart of Rome, yet once you’re inside you’d think you were tucked away in a private country home. Surrounded by greenery and with an elegant but cosy interior, if you need a spot to relax and unwind, you shouldn’t find it too hard here. This hotel is part of a group of four other completely unique villas and hotels around the city, so if you fancy a different location, they will have something for you.
While splashing out in Rome is certainly not a rarity, not everyone wants to break the bank on accommodation. If you’d rather save your euros for a few extra gelatos, the Hotel Santa Maria is a good option that won’t leave you feeling like you’re missing out. This hotel offers reasonably priced, comfortable rooms within easy walking distance of some of the most popular visitor attractions and tourist spots in the city.
For many people, the highlight of a trip to any part of Italy will be the opportunity to eat inappropriate amounts of pizza and pasta, straight from the hands of those who make it best. While this is a very valid reason to come to Italy, once you arrive you’ll find that there is actually far more to Italian cuisine than just the basics. In fact, each region and even town in Italy has its own specialities, which are just as much a part of the area as the dialect or landscape. When it comes to Rome, you’ll certainly never be too far away from a delicious crispy based pizza, but you’ll also encounter dishes like fried artichokes, pecorino cheese and black pepper pasta, and the classic pasta carbonara. Here are just a few of the thousands of delicious restaurants dotted around Rome for you to sample some of their Italian delights. Buon Appetito!
Looking for something a little extra special? Check out this 3-Michelin star stunner, which comes complete with jaw dropping views of the city for you to enjoy as you sample their gourmet masterpieces. Although the chefs use traditional Italian and Mediterranean flavours at La Pergola, you won’t find anything on this menu that you’ve ever had before, so come with your taste buds prepared to be amazed.
Rome’s location just 30 minutes from the coast means that restaurants benefit from a consistent supply of fresh seafood. If sampling the fruits of the sea sounds like your idea of a good meal, head to Il Sanlorenzo, where you can find the freshest daily catch delivered straight from the boat. Specialities include spaghetti with sea urchins and different varieties of oysters.
It’s been a long tough day of sightseeing and eating gelato (hard life) and you really need to refuel the tank. When in Rome, what better way to do this than with some of the aforementioned delicious pasta? Cacio & Pepe is named after the famous pecorino and black pepper pasta that Rome is famous for, so you can assume that their version of this is going to hit the spot.
Things to Do in Rome
There are so many outstanding things to see in Rome that you really need to get yourself a list. Most people find that if trying to pack in just the major must-see places, you should allow yourself at least two full days, if not three. However, once you start uncovering the treasures of the city, you might find yourself accidentally missing your flight home so you can keep exploring! Here are just a few of the most popular sites in Rome that you definitely don’t want to miss out on.
Similar to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, this is one monument that is normally top of the hit list. The building is impressive in itself, but not quite as impressive as its history. Originally built as an amphitheatre, the Colosseum was completed back in 80AD and was host to some of history’s most grisly gladiatorial battles, executions, and public spectacles. This is now (thankfully) no longer the case, but you can pay a visit to the Colosseum and see the interior arena, underground network of tunnels, and museums.
Like many Italian cities, Rome is full of ornate monuments, sculptures, and water features that can turn a simple stroll around the city into something wonderful. However one of these in particular deserves paying a dedicated visit, and that’s the Trevi Fountain. This piece was designed by architect Nicola Salvi, and is one of the world’s most impressive fountains. With incredibly detailed figure sculptures and sparkling blue water, the monument draws huge crowds each year who come to throw coins into the water, guaranteeing—according to history—a return trip to Rome.
The Pantheon is one of the most stunning works of architecture in the world, made even more impressive by the fact that it was built more than 2000 years ago. The structure, which was originally designed as a ‘temple to all gods’ is the best preserved Ancient Roman monument on the planet, highlighting just how incredible those Romans were when it came to architecture and construction. One of the highlights of the Pantheon is the huge dome structure on top, which is currently the biggest unsupported dome in the world.
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