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Italy - More Italy than ever. Italy has something for everyone. The historical cities of Rome, Florence and Venice combined with some of Europe's most beautiful coastline and 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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Airlines operating direct flights from London Gatwick LGW and London Heathrow LHR include British Airways (BA), Alitalia (AZ) and British Midland Airways (BD).
General Facts: Currency: Euro. Time: GMT +1. Electricity: 220 volts. Driving: Traffic drives on the right. Language: Italian. English & French widely spoken. International dialing code from the UK: 00 39.
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There are direct flight services from the UK to 26 destinations
in Italy. The majority of flights to Italy depart from London airports, however you can also find a good choice of direct services departing from Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow and Birmingham.
Charter flights to Naples, Venice and Catania in Sicily can be booked through Avro PLC.
Airlines and Services. Airline and flight information to Italy - with departures from the United Kingdom:
Alitalia AZ. Depart from London Heathrow LHR and London City LCY airports direct to Milan and Rome.
BMI BD. Operate from London Heathrow LHR and Manchester to Venice airport.
British Airways BA. Direct non-stop services depart from Heathrow and London Gatwick (LGW) to Bologna, Catania, Genoa, Milan, Naples, Pisa, Rome, Turin, Venice and Verona. Departures from Manchester and Birmingham airports direct to Milan LIN.
Easyjet EZ. Flies from Gatwick, Luton, East Midlands, Bristol, Newcastle, Belfast to Venice, Milan, Rome, Olbia, Naples, Turin, Pisa, Palermo and Cagliari.
Flybe. Fly from both Manchester and Birmingham to Milan airport.
Jet2. Fly from Edinburgh, Belfast, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle to Venice, Bergamo, Pisa, Rome and Olbia in Sardinia.
Monarch. Operate summer charter flights to Venice, Naples and Catania from Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Newcastle.
Climate: Varied with no appreciable rainfall. Spring and autumn are fine and sunny. Summer is hot and winter mild on the Italian Riviera. Cold with snow in the north and in the alps.
Major Events: Rome. Roma Europa Festival. This annual cultural event features performances and concerts of theatre, dance and music.
Rome Notte Bianca (White Night). A great way to experience Rome. During this event the city stays open all night and invites every one including visitors to experience Rome at different hours and from a different perspective. You can choose from art and theatre, to cinema, music and dance. For more information see the website at:
Other events include: Epiphany Fair Piazza Navona, Rome (January). Celebration of Holy Week (Perugia) (May). Luminara (Pisa) (June). Festa de Noantri (Rome) (June).
Top Attractions: Colosseum, St Peters Basilica (Rome). The Vatican (Rome). St Mark's Square & Cathedral (Venice). Duomo (Milan). Duomo and Uffizzi Gallery (Florence). Leaning Tower (Pisa). Mount Etna Lake Garda.
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A City Guide To Rome.
Tourist Information: www.enit.it
The Eternal City of Rome. Capital of Italy and 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.
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 - 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 input your flight details into the search box above, select which flight suites you best, then click to book direct with the airline.
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. For further information on St Peter's Basilica go to the website at:
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. For more information go to:
Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi). 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.
Public Transport in 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.
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Transport: From Airport to Rome centre.
The best way to travel to the city is by
Express Train, journey time 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.
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Alamo, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt. Driving in Rome is scary and not for the faint hearted.