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Why Fly to Rome?
Capacious piazzas, grand basilicas, iconic fountains and dramatic ruins make Rome, Italy's capital city, look a beautifully orchestrated film set. Add world-class dining, designer shopping and sophisticated nightlife to its aesthetic charms and it is not difficult to see why it is such a hugely popular city-break destination. For a taste of the real Rome, join locals at one of the many bustling cafes and take time to watch the world go by. You can use Travelzoo’s SuperSearch to find cheap flights to Rome.
Flying to Rome from the UK
Rome has two airports. Leonardo de Vinci Airport (also known as Fiumicino) is the main international airport, while Rome Ciampino Airport mainly handles charter and low-cost airlines. Direct flights to Rome operate from a number of UK airports and it is often possible to find cheap flight deals to Rome. Non-stop flights operate from airports including London Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, as well as Liverpool, Edinburgh, Leeds and Glasgow. Direct flights from London take around two-and-a-half hours.
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Which Airlines Fly to Rome?
A number of airlines, including low-cost carriers, fly direct to Rome meaning it is often possible to find cheap flight deals. British Airways and Alitalia fly direct to Fiumicino from London, while Ryanair flies to Rome's Ciampino Airport from Gatwick, Stansted, Liverpool, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Jet2.com flies to Fiumicino from Leeds and Manchester. From other UK airports, carriers such as KLM and Lufthansa offer indirect services.
Mini Travel Guide to Rome
Once the heart of the vast Roman Empire, Rome is full of ancient monuments, buildings and ruins. Its historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and just wandering the streets you feel like you have access to the most magnificent museum. In fact, exploring Rome on foot is one of the best ways to see its attractions, and there are many walking tours offering insightful guides to the city’s rich history.
To see archeological finds and colossal Roman sculptures, pay a visit to the Musei Capitolini. These ancient museums can be traced back to 1471 and a donation of bronze statues by Pope Sixtus IV. To see more archeological finds and antiquities, head to the Museo Nazionale Romano (National Museum of Rome).
Remarkable buildings and ruins throughout the city provide a glimpse into ancient Roman life. The Pantheon, Roman Forum and Colosseum are among essential stops on any sightseeing agenda. Just outside of the city, Ostia Antica is a vast site that was once the harbour city of ancient Rome. It is wonderfully well-preserved and visitors can see beautiful frescoes, mosaics and ancient buildings.
Rome’s magnificent piazzas are another massive draw. Among the particularly impressive are Piazza Navona, Piazza San Pietro and Piazza del Popolo. Of course a trip to the graceful Trevi Fountain, the city’s largest Baroque fountain is a highlight for many visitors to Rome.
If all this sightseeing tires you out, make sure you stop at a local café or gelateria for a reviving coffee or ice cream.