Cheap Flights to Rome

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When to fly

Peak season:

Rome’s peak tourist season begins just before Easter (when the greatest number of visitors book flights to Rome) and runs through October. June to the beginning of September is usually the most expensive and crowded time to travel to Rome. Many visitors come in the summer despite the warmer weather. In August most of the population is on holiday, especially in the last two weeks of the month. Even hotels, restaurants, and shops are closed as all the Romans go on holiday.

Every May, Rome plays host to some of the best tennis players in the world, at none other than the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, the Italian Open. Although this is one of the most important European clay-court competitions, it is much more than just tennis. Visitors who take cheap flights to Rome during that time can enjoy fine food, luxurious shopping, high fashion and performances from famous musicians in one of the most glamorous events on the ATP World Tour. Another highlight in Rome during May is La Notte Bianca ("the white night") when all of Rome stays open until dawn. Most of the museums and galleries have free entry all night long and there are special performances, concerts and museum tours.

New Year’s Eve is a busy time in Rome but a great way to welcome the start of the New Year with the breathtaking backdrop of iconic historic monuments, such as the Roman Colosseum, Piazza Del Popolo and the Monument of Vittorio Emanuele II. Watch a spectacular fireworks display, whilst listening to live music and enjoying traditional Italian food with the crowds of visitors and locals. 

Off season:

Most attractions either operate during shorter winter hours or close for renovations from late October to Easter. Some hotels and restaurants are closed for a month or two between November and February. However, during the winter months, especially January through March may be good times to book cheap flights to Rome, as you can often get into the open attractions and sights without having to wait in line.

Why visit

Rome is ancient. Spread across seven hills, on the River Tiber, every cobbled stone suggests its long history - the gladiators fought here in the Colosseum, the faithful prayed here in the Pantheon, Michaelangelo enjoyed the patronage of popes here. The Italian capital is a must-visit city, one of those "see before you die" destinations.

The devout still make a pilgrimage to Rome to visit the Vatican City, the Pope's residence and a city-state of great importance. St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums attract millions of visitors each year. Michelangelo designed the dome (there are 323 steps to the top to enjoy heart-stoppingly beautiful views of Rome) and, perhaps most famously, painted the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel.

After the culture, soak up the atmosphere where it's at its best - on the streets. Rome comes to life in the mid-morning and buzzes until late at night. The Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, the most theatrical of the piazzas, or Trastevere, bohemian and with a young vibe, are where you'll get a real taste of this amazing city.

For culture vultures there's the Museo e Galleria Borghese and the Doria Pamphilj gallery, between them enough to keep the keenest visitor busy for hours, if not days, on end. The Vatican offers more though with an obvious religious angle - St. Peter’s Basilica is not to be missed.

When it's time to break for lunch or dinner, choices abound but anyone taking a cheap flight to Rome would be crazy to stray too far away from the home cooking. Italians gave the world pizza and pasta and in Rome you have the chance to experience these classic dishes in their original.

Getting around Rome

The best way to experience Rome is on foot. There is a metro - with two lines - but trains don't go through the city. The A line and B line cross at Termini Central Station. 

Share the bus with the Romans. It's extensive, cheap and runs between early morning and midnight. Remember to purchase a ticket in advance - at a newsstand or vending machine. 

If you are tempted to get a taxi, flag down a white or yellow taxi. These are the official metered cabs. 

Bicycles are available to hire or you could hire a Vespa to see the sights in time-honoured Rome style.

Getting downtown from the airport

From Leonardo da Vinci Airport (FCO), travellers can take an express train to Stazione Termini. The journey takes about 30 minutes. There's also a bus service and taxis are plentiful. Make sure you select a metered taxi. Cars are white, have the licence number on the doors, back and inside the car and have a "TAXI" on the top. 

From Ciampino (CIA), where most low-cost airlines are flying to, CO.TRA.L. bus company links CIA with the Anagnina Underground station (line A). From there it's a 30- minute metro journey to Termini station. The nearest rail station is Ciampino Città. COTRAL/SCHIAFFINI buses travel there every 30 minutes, and it takes about five minutes to get there. A light metro connects Ciampino railway station to Termini railway station. The journey time is 15 minutes.

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Things to do in Rome

  • When the city gets too much, Villa Pamphili is a perfect spot to relax. Its landscaped gardens are a favourite of many Romans. 
  • From the Aventine Hill, one of Rome's seven hills, there are beautiful views of the Vatican and the Tiber. 
  • Il Gelato Di San Crispino is renowned as having Rome's best ice-cream. Join the queue on the Via del Panetteria. 
  • In a city of masterpiece-stuffed museums, the Scuderie Del Quirinale makes for a nice change. The museum focuses on modern art. 
  • The Vatican Museums offer free admission on the last Sunday of every month. If you are planning on taking cheap flights to Rome, try to pencil this in.. 

Are there any local customs in Rome?

  • Italians never order a cappuccino after their lunch or dinner. It's only drunk at breakfast and never at any other time of the day. 

How much do you Tip in Rome?

  • Service is always included in the bill.

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Clothing & Shoes
Pair of jeans
$ 124.99
Pair of Nike shoes
$ 123.13
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
$ 1.87
Bottle of wine
$ 7.52
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
$ 2.23
Pack of Marlboro cigarettes
$ 7.67
Small bottle of water (0.33 litre)
$ 1.35
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
$ 6.76
$ 1.75
Cheap meal
$ 22.54
How much does transport cost in Rome?
Taxi - fixed fee
$ 6
One-way ticket (local transport)
$ 2
1 hour taxi waiting fee
$ 45
Petrol (1 litre)
$ 2

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More information about Rome

  • Chill out with a gelato or cappuccino in a sun-splashed piazza or take a romantic stroll to the Trevi Fountain.
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  • Pack your best clobber – Rome has vast choice of hot clubs and bars where you can drink and dance til dawn.
  • Direct Rome flights operate frequently with major airlines including Alitalia, Lufthansa and Air France
  • For Italian feasts make your way to the restaurants in the districts of Trastevere, Testaccio and the Centro Storico.
  • If you fancy taking a wider tour around Italy start in the capital then book one way flight.
  • Shop for designer fashions in the chic boutiques dotted around Via Dei Condotti – it’s home to Gucci and Armani.
  • Go on an unforgettable sightseeing tour of the Pantheon, Colosseum, The Sistene Chapel and the Vatican.
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