Fiumicino, also known as Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, is Italy's most important airport. It lies 34 kilometres south of the old quarter of Rome. There are frequent bus and train connections between the terminal and the city.
THINGS TO DO IN ROME
We have suggestions for all tastes. Gastronomic route? Visiting museums? Spending the day in the different parks? You can do all this and more in the capital of Italy. Follow our advice.
The most famous museum in Rome is undoubtedly the Vatican, visited by people from all over the world. The general ticket includes the magnificent Sistine Chapel as well as the great Renaissance masterpieces. But if you prefer to visit modern museums and discover the latest trends on the art scene, Rome also offers the National Gallery of Modern Art, or MACRO as it's known locally, where you'll find fascinating installations and cutting-edge artworks.
You can't leave Rome without trying some of the quintessential Italian specialities. Pizza, pasta, ice cream... The most typical dishes in Rome are spaghetti carbonara (Italians and Americans argue about who invented it), bucatini all'amatriciana, trippa alla Romana... and to finish, an excellent tiramisu. It's not from Rome originally but it's one of the city's most famous desserts.
The outdoor life is also very famous in Rome. The city has numerous open spaces and parks to enjoy. Besides, Rome's sunny climate invites you to spend hours and hours relaxing, simply watching the world go by in one of the fantastic parks. The most popular one is Villa Borghese, located in the heart of the city and offering spectacular views of the Piazza del Popolo. A little further away is Villa Ada, the second-largest park and much more varied with lakes, nature trails and catacombs.
Like any great European capital, Rome is a city that never sleeps. The liveliest area is Trastevere, with bars, pubs and restaurants open all night. And if you want to go clubbing, head to Testaccio, an authentic district famous for the colossal Egyptian-style pyramid. If it's the Roman university atmosphere you want, San Lorenzo is the place to be. This is probably the most alternative atmosphere you'll find in the city.
History is present in every corner of the city. One of our favourite things to do in Rome is simply to stroll aimlessly, without any maps, discovering imposing buildings and charming little spots along the way. You'll come across memorable places like the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the awe-inspiring Pantheon, and spectacular squares like Piazza Navona. Wherever your footsteps lead you, your eyes will marvel at the sight before you.