Yes, there are direct flights operated by British Airways, Alitalia, Vueling and Iberia to Rome. The competition between these airlines keeps the cost low. The direct flight lasts for only 2 hours and 45 minutes. These direct flights are only offered at London Heathrow and London Gatwick Airports.
Rome is beautiful throughout the year. Its magnificent buildings and age-old traditions attract tourists from all over the world. Weather-wise, however, Rome can show different moods and temperaments. In our opinion, the best time for visiting Rome is from April to June and then from September to November. The weather during this time is most pleasant; the sunlight is warm and not piercing. The temperature oscillates between 15°C to 25°C and the chance of a rainy day barely goes beyond 10%. It is the best time to visit Rome and soak in the classic glory of the city while exploring the ruins of the Roman Forum.
Many more people visit Rome over the Christmas break than at in the summer. This makes the accommodation and air travel a bit costly, even in the winter. The cheapest time, therefore, is late autumn or early winter; in the first few weeks of November. The hotels are running out of customers, and the airlines usually drop last minute cheap seats for this period often. Having a vacation to Rome in early November can save you some cash.
Rome is served by two airports namely Ciampino – G. B. Pastine International Airport and the Rome – Fiumicino International Airport. To gather, they manoeuvre the passenger traffic flying in and out of Italy’s famous capital.
- Rome’s Leonardo Da Vinci Airport (FCO), as it is also sometimes called, is the primary international airfield in Rome. The airport is located outside the city of Rome itself, in Fiumicino, right on the Italian coastline. The distance between the airport and the city centre is about 30 kilometres, and it takes about 40 minutes to get to Central Rome from the airport. Leonardo Da Vinci International served 41 million passengers last year. Collectively, the airport received 1.7 million passengers from just London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports in 2017.
- Ciampino International Airport (CIA) is a significant airport for tourism in Rome. Relative to Leonardo Da Vinci Airport, the Ciampino Airport is not far from the city centre. The airport is only 16 minutes’ train ride from Rome’s city centre. Six million passengers used the Ciampino Airport in 2017.
As per the tentative Withdrawal Agreement settled between the EU and the UK, citizens of the UK will not have additional entry requirements to visit Italy. Currently, a British passport holder can visit Italy without the need of a visa. The entry requirements remain unchanged at least from 30 March 2019 to 31 December 2020, provided the Withdrawal Agreement remains valid.
Rome was the capital of the Roman Empire and the birthplace of the western civilisation. It is also the centre of Roman Catholicism and the capital of the Republic of Italy. Standing in any one of Rome’s squares, one can feel the ‘tranquil antiquity’ flowing through the city, which gives life to the culture that is celebrated by its people and gives depth to the cuisine prepared by its chefs.
- The Coliseum is the most recognisable landmark in Rome. Standing in the amphitheatre one can still hear the roaring beasts and the war cries of the gladiators fighting; the clang of their armour and swords still ring the walls. It was a symbol of power, a place where the emperor and the people of Rome would interact and watch the games unfold. The Coliseum welcomes thousands of tourists each year, who are amazed by the two-thousand-year-old structure.
- Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City remains the single greatest architectural feat of Renaissance Italy. Architects and artists like Michelangelo, Lorenzo Bernini and Donato Bramante contributed their skills to decorate the cathedral's grace. The Basilica was constructed over a Necropolis, where the remains of the venerated Saint Peter reside. The Cathedral is also a place of congregation, and the Pope often gives sermons to thousands of worshipers, either at the Basilica or in the Saint Peter’s Square.
- The Roman Forum is also among the famous landmarks of Rome. The ruins were once the centre of the bustling marketplace in the times of the ancient Roman Empire. The eight columns that now stand at the centre of the Forum where once part of the Temple of Saturn. The temple was not used exclusively for religious purposes. It also was as a bank and a place for public gathering. The Roman Forum now offers guided tours for tourists wishing to know more about the ruins.
The New Year begins with the celebrations starting on the night of Saint Sylvester’s Day. There are fireworks, light shows and concerts held at the Colosseum and the Piazza del Popolo. On the 6th of January, children wait to see if Old Woman Befana had left them any sweets in their stockings. The festival is known as Epiphany and is a very family-friendly event. Easter is celebrated in an authentic Catholic tradition, in early spring. After the period of abstinence called Lent, Easter is a time for plenty of food and laughter. On Easter Sundays, lamb and artichokes are traditionally made for family and friends. Roma commemorates the martyrdom of St. Peter and St. Paul on the 29th of June. Both are patron saints of Rome, and St. Peter and St. Paul’s Day is a time to give gratitude. On the 1st of November is All Saints Day in Rome when all the forgotten and renowned saints of Christianity are cheered by the crowds singing on the cobbled streets of Rome. The birth of Jesus is celebrated with religious fever and joy on the 25th of December.
Rome has a very advanced transportation infrastructure. There are networks of buses, trams and trolleys that run through the city along with the Roma Metro and the Roma light rail. Travellers touring Rome usually use public transport to get around the city. The Metro has three lines, and around 500,000 passengers use it every day. There are schemes for the travellers that provide a quicker and discounted access to the major tourist destinations in the city. By purchasing a Rome City Pass, for example, you can get free entry to the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum and you do not have to wait in line for that either. With passes like these, the tourists can hop on any number of buses, trams or trains to reach the museums, architectural sites or nightclubs of their choice. Beyond that one can use Segway bikes that are available for a price. Taxis and cars for hire are also available, but they indeed are not the cheapest mode of transportation in Rome.
Inspired by the Baroque and Corinthian architecture, the opulent and uber luxurious hotels in Rome can make your every wish come true. Please choose the hotels from the list below.
- The Inn At The Roman Forum
- Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
- Palazzo Naiadi, The Dedica Anthology, Autograph Collection
- Palazzo Montemartini Rome, A Radisson Collection Hotel
- NH Collection Roma Palazzo Cinquecento