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Rome Airport: Leonardo da Vinci Airport (FCO). The airport is 19 miles (30km) southwest of central Rome, domestic flights depart from passenger station Terminal A, domestic and international flights from Terminal B and transatlantic flights from Terminal C. Transport: Airport transfers to Rome centre include the Express Train with a journey time of 30 minutes, the train departs every hour for Termini Station in the centre of Rome. Taxis can be hired from outside the arrivals hall, use only official taxis (white cars with meters) and make sure the meter is running before you leave.
The second airport in Rome is called Ciampino airport (pronounced “champeeno”) it is the smaller of the two airports and serves smaller airlines plus budget and charter services.
Public Transport, travelling around Rome: Rome is best discovered on foot in order soak in the history and atmosphere. Rome has a good network of buses, trams, metro and trains. The metro consists of 2 lines and is the quickest way to get around the city, there are stops at several of the cities major attractions. The one tickets covers all forms of transport and must be pre-purchased and validated at the start of every journey. Taxis can be hailed on the streets, use only the official yellow and white taxis, they can also be very expensive. Taxis are best ordered by the hotel concierge or at restaurants.
Major Events in Rome: The Roma Europa Festival is a annual cultural event that features performances and concerts of theatre, dance and music for the whole family. Rome Notte Bianca (White Night) festival is a great way to experience Rome, during this event the city stays open all night and invites everyone including visitors to experience Rome at different hours and from a different perspective. Settimana della Cultura is Cultural Heritage Week when the state-owned museums and monuments throw their doors open to the public without charge for one week in spring. Maratona della Città di Roma Rome Marathon is becoming more popular by the year and has started to attract some big names.
Jazz & Image Festival takes plce mid-summer in the attractive leafy Villa Celimontana park and features acclaimed artists in a beautiful setting. Estate Romana is Romes premier cultural annual event full of great local live music, film, stage, readings and gastronomic events which take place right across Rome. Cineporto,one of the most successful and popular summer in the park film festivals by the Stadio Olimpico.
Italia, a land of art and history:
Rome the Eternal City and capital of Italy is littered with the relics of over 2000 years of history dating back to the height of the Roman Empire. Rome is the natural home of religious and architectural art and the birthplace of La Dolce Vita. Start at the Vatican City with St. Peter's Basilica standing boldly on its majestically colonnaded piazza, Michelangelo's frescoed Sistine Chapel is close by. Visit the well preserved remains of the Colosseum and the Forum, the most visited sites from this classical period.
Interesting places to visit in Rome: The beautiful open spaces of Rome include the 'Spanish Steps' once a meeting place for artists' models, you can throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain and tradition says its a favored method of ensuring your return to this majestic city. The magnificent squares and flamboyant facades mask a wealth of painting and sculpture by some of the greatest Renaissance and Baroque artists - Bernini, Caravaggio, Michelangelo and Raphael to name but a few can be found displayed throughout the city. Close enough to Rome for a visit is Tivoli and it's Villa d'Este once the haven of the rich, first in Roman times and later during the Renaissance. Low cost airfares to Rome and other Italian cities are easy to find using the Flight4 search engine. Simply complete the panels in the search box above, select which flight suites you best, then click to book direct with the airline or travel agent.
Italy has many fascinating destinations waiting to be discovered, its a great destination for a short relaxing break, romantic weekend away or a voyage to discover the ancient wonders of this great country.
Rome's top attractions: St Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro), the Basilica contains some of the worlds most famous and most visited art, including Michelangelo's Pieta which is protected by bullet-proof glass. In the central aisle stands Arnolfo da Cambio's bronze statue of St Peter, its foot worn down by the constant flow of pilgrims' kisses. Please note that a strict dress code is in place for the Basilica with no shorts, short skirts or bare shoulders allowed for both men and women.
The Sistine Chapel. The Chapel is most known for its ceiling painted by Michelangelo. The work includes frescoes on the side walls that were painted by famous artists that included Botticelli, Roselli, Ghirlandaio, Pinturicchio and Signorelli. Here you will find Michelangelo's moving 'Last Supper'. In the summer approximately 1600 people visit the chapel every hour! Leave your cameras behind. No pictures are permitted. Close by is the Vatican Museums housing one of the world's greatest collections of art.
Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi). The Trevi is short for "tre vie" or three streets, which converge on the small square containing one of Rome's most popular tourist attractions. The fountain was built for Pope Clement XII. Tossing a coin into the fountain is supposed to guarantee a return trip to Rome. The fountain can be found tucked away in the tiny Piazza di Trevi, as you turn the corner it surprises you with its beauty and familiarity.
Nightlife in Rome: The nightlife starts with the 'Passeggiata' walking around in the early evening to 'see and be seen'. Then onto the cafes and bars in Piazza Navona for a variety of international restaurants. Try the Via Veneto for a host of fashionable cafes and bars. The Trastevere area on Rome's Left Bank is filled with Trattorias and Italian cuisine. To experience 'la dolce vita' have a drink in one of the pavement cafes that line Via Veneto.
Concerts in Rome: Open Air concerts and opera are held in historical locations throughout the city, check with the local tourist authority for further information.
Shopping in Rome: The most fashionable shops can be found between the Via del Corso and Piazza di Spagna and Nazionale. On a Sunday morning check out the large flea market at Porta Portese.Flights to Italy
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More Italy than ever. Italy has something for everyone from the historical cities of Rome, Florence and Venice to some of Europe's most beautiful coastline and scenic countryside. Italy's numerous opera festivals and world-renowned galleries provide the music and art lovers with something fascinating to do 365 days a year.
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