Rome is not only a people-watcher's paradise, but also the perfect travel location to go if you want to fall in love, delight your senses with exquisite Mediterranean food and travel back in time.
Situated near Italy's west coast, in the central region of the country, Rome exudes art, history, culture and food. It is the perfect place to savor the la dolce vita lifestyle. Just as you might have heard the famous saying, "Rome wasn't built in a day", you can imagine that one day is not enough to visit all Rome's beauties – imposing ruins, authentic pizzerias, blooming gardens, and more. A longer holiday will help you delight all of your senses after your flight to Rome.
Italy's capital is one of the most visited capitals in the world and for good reasons. In fact, travelers come here for a wide array of reasons. But be it they want to see one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages (the Colosseum) or they just want to walk around the picturesque streets, all visitors find in Rome a city that never ceases to impress.
While enjoying Rome's details like the crowded narrow streets, hidden corners, and the smell of fresh pizza just taken out of the oven, you will pass by imposing ancient sites and unravel the history of the Roman Empire step-by-step, unfolding in front of your eyes. The ruins of ancient Rome can be easily seen by any visitor. The Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill cannot be missed, especially if you're roaming around the center of the city.
Furthermore, Fontana di Trevi's legend accompanies its beauty. It is said that if you throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain, you will come back to Rome. Another legend is tied to the Mouth of Truth (Bocca della Verità), located in the Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. It was believed to eat the hands of liars during the 4th century.
The heart of Rome is embodied in the Vatican, a state within a state, wherein the Pope looks after the Christian world. Saint Peter's Basilica, a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture, accepts all visitors – including those who don't want to enter Vatican City itself.
Even though the whole city offers attractions for both young and old people, Trastevere is the place where the nightlife blossoms. And before you go to a party, you can relax in Orto Botanico di Roma, where you can see more than 60 bamboo species and hide away from the city's hustle and bustle.
When it comes to food, the Italian cuisine is a cuisine renowned all over the world. Pizza was invented in Italy and Rome is a city true to its legacy. The neighborhood trattorias make you feel like a true Roman but the five-star restaurants can reinstate the unique feeling of class that Rome gives you.
The best time to travel to Rome is during spring and autumn. From April to June and between September and October, you will be able to avoid the hot summers and still catch many events and festivals.
Rome has two airports, Fiumicino and Ciampino, which are fully functional. Fiumicino, also known as Leonardo da Vinci airport of Rome, is Rome's first airport and Europe's sixth when it comes to traffic volume. From Rome, there are 150 destinations reachable all across the world, with the help of 160 airlines that operate in both airports.
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Fiumicino airport is connected to the city by train, buses and cars. Ciampino airport is closer to Rome, but it is not linked to the city by train, only by buses and cars. For the shuttle buses that take you to the city, you can either buy the ticket online or in the airport/Termini station.
Both train and bus from Fiumicino and Ciampino airports get to Termini, Rome Central Station. Termini offers you the ability to reach your hotel by bus, metro or taxi.
Being the primary airport in Italy, Fiumicino airport has a great variety of facilities. These include internet hotspots, parking, currency exchange offices, tourist information offices, shopping and airline lounges. There are also a couple of hotels located in the proximity, and even a full-service hotel located inside the airport.
Ciampino is a smaller airport, and has fewer facilities as Fiumicino, but it is as welcoming as the country it is in. It offers quicker entrance to Rome and primarily serves short-haul flights from other European destinations.