MANY DAILY FLIGHTS TO ROME
Choose between multiple daily flights at six departure locations across the U.S. Whether you want go for a week, a month or a year – we aim to make your travel as comfortable and convenient as possible. Each flight will have a short layover in Oslo, Stockholm or Copenhagen.
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Book early and use our convenient low-price calendar to lock in the lowest fare on your next flight to Rome. Flight prices are displayed on a daily or monthly basis, making it easy to choose exactly which day to fly. On most flights, we offer a 24-hour withdrawal, and we update price and availability with each new search – price variations may occur when you proceed to booking.
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SIX DEPARTURE LOCATIONS ACROSS THE US
Get ready to immerse yourself in the romance, history and culture that are quintessential to Roman life. We fly daily from six departure locations throughout the US so you can choose the right time and location – flexible booking at low prices, that’s important to us at SAS. We fly to Rome from:
• Chicago (ORD)
• Miami (MIA)
• New York (EWR)
• San Francisco (SFO)
• Washington DC (IAD)
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WHAT’S INCLUDED WHEN YOU FLY WITH SAS
Rome is one of Europe’s most sought-after destinations – at SAS our goal is to make your trip as comfortable as possible. We’ve got everything covered before, during and after the flight:
• 50 lb. of baggage with SAS Go
• 24-hour return policy
• Online check-in
• Seat selection 22 hours prior departure
• Music, movies and games on personalized screens
• Power outlets
• Wi-Fi (on retrofitted planes)
• Meal, snacks and beverages
• Newspapers in our app
• Child discount up to 90%
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CHILD DISCOUNTS OF UP TO 90%
From the Colosseum, to the Roman Forum, the Pantheon and the Palatine Hill – the history of ancient Rome is mesmerizing for people of all ages. When you and your child travel with SAS, we offer special discounts depending on your child’s age. Children under the age of 2 (0 to 23 months) can have a discount of up to 90% off the ticket price when they sit on their parent’s lap. Children aged 2 to 11 years can enjoy a discount of up to 25% with their own seat aboard the flight.
JOIN EUROBONUS FOR SPECIAL OFFERS AND DISCOUNTS
EuroBonus members earn points each time they fly with SAS to be used on a number of discounts and special benefits. Sign up today – it’s free, there are no age limits or travel quotas. Here at SAS, we decided to go one step further. In addition to earning points from flights, members can also accumulate points on hotel stays, car rentals and even daily purchases. The more you fly, the more benefits you receive – redeem your points at either SAS or one of our many partners.
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UPGRADE YOUR TICKET FOR ADDITIONAL BENEFITS
Want to relax and unwind before your flight? Upgrade your flight ticket for access to our premium lounges – equipped with a fresh, delicious, free buffet and refreshments such as coffee, tea, wine and beer. As well, there are quiet places to work or take a rejuvenating nap before you travel. EuroBonus members can also redeem points to upgrade.
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FIUMICINO LEONARDO DA VINCI AIRPORT (FCO) – ROME
Fiumicino Airport, also known as Leonardo da Vinci Airport, is the largest in Italy, located just under 20 miles west of the city of Rome. Once inside, there are more than 210 shops with exclusive Italian and international brands, selling a wide range of products – fashion, cosmetics, wines, spirits, tobacco, chocolates and the finest Italian food specialties. In addition, there are a number of restaurants and cafes, whether you’re looking for a gourmet breakfast or a quick snack. Free, unlimited WiFi is also available for browsing the web or streaming your favorite show.
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TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM FIUMICINO AIRPORT
Choose between a number of transport options to and from Fiumicino Airport. The Leonardo Express train runs to the central station, Termini, located in the center of Rome. From here, you can take public transportation, a taxi or walk to your final destination. The train runs directly to Termini with just one stop along the way, with a total duration of about thirty minutes. Another option is to take the shuttle bus. This runs directly from Terminal 3 to Termini Station is approximately 45-60 minutes. Tickets can be purchased online or on the bus. If you need to travel to another station in Rome other than Termini, the regional train, the FL1, departs every fifteen minutes on weekdays and every thirty minutes on weekends. As well, travelers can also take a private taxi.
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CAR RENTAL BY FIUMICINO AIRPORT
Rome is located in the heart of the Lazio Region, an important and scenic area of Italy with many exciting opportunities to explore. One of the best ways to discover Lazio is by private vehicle, so you have the flexibility to travel as you wish. There are a number of car rental providers located right at Fiumicino Airport, at the Torre Uffici 2, easily reachable via the pedestrian tunnels connecting the terminal buildings to the Multilevel-Comfort Parking structure.
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TRANSPORTATION WITHIN ROME
Traveling within Rome is easy, flexible and convenient with the public transport system – consisting of the metro, bus, train and tram – running frequently to many destinations throughout Rome and beyond. Within the city, the best mode of transportation is on foot, as many of the popular sights offer only pedestrian access. As well, walking around the city gives you the best opportunity to explore all of the magical sights that Rome has to offer.
METRO IN ROME
Rome’s metro system is built around three lines that intersect at the main Termini Station. From here, you can also travel to other means of transport such as bus, tram or taxis. You can purchase tickets for the metro via the ticket machines at the station or the small kiosks throughout the city. Tickets are available as individual or full-day tickets.
BUS AND TRAM SYSTEM IN ROME
Rome’s bus network consists of roughly 235 routes, offering extensive access to even the most remote parts of the urban area. The bus is a popular means of transport, with the most frequented routes being the 64, 117 and 910. Bus 64 is a great option if you want to see some of Rome’s many sights. It leaves from Termini Station to the Vatican, and travels through the historic center of Rome. Line 117 passes, among other sights, the Colosseum and the Spanish Steps, while the 910 runs from Termini to the Piazza Mancini, also a popular line for tourists.
In addition to the bus, there are also six different tram routes in Rome. The benefit of this mode is that you can see the city while you travel. It’s recommended that travelers pay extra attention on these public transport routes, however, as pickpocketing can be a serious issue.
ROME: ONE OF EUROPE'S MOST POPULAR TOURIST DESTINATIONS
Italy’s capital city is the largest and most populace in the country, with around 2.6 million people living in Rome today. History is deeply entrenched in the modern culture, and it’s hard to ignore the mark that the past residents have left on the city – from the emperors, popes, creatives and even common citizens. It’s one of the most visited destinations in Europe, with an unlimited amount of fascinating historical and cultural monuments. The draw of ancient relics, art, culture, stunning architecture, delicious food and a lively nightlife is strong, and will culminate to make a mesmerizing experience visitors will never forget.
ROME’S FASCINATING STORY
Rome’s roots date back to 753 BC as a small village on Italy’s Tiber River. At its height, roughly 700 years later, the empire encompassed most of continental Europe, Britain, much of western Asia, northern Africa and the Mediterranean islands. The influence of the Romans in still felt today throughout Europe and the world – in the form of architecture, culture, religion, even language – i.e. the Romance languages of Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian. Rome was the core of the empire and held a prominent place in the world up until its implosion in the fifth century A.D.
SIGHTS AND ATTRACTIONS IN ROME
There are few cities on earth that can boast the caliber and quantity of world-class sights and attractions to compete with Rome. The long and complicated history has had a profound cultural impact, with a generous wealth of historical monuments, buildings, statues and sights as evidence. Planning your sightseeing adventure in Italy’s Eternal City will require some planning, especially when visiting during the height of the tourist season – generally May to September – when lines will be very long and you can expect to wait for an hour or more to see some of the most popular sights.
Many of the main historical sights, such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, etc., are located within the heart of the city. Vatican City with the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Square and St. Peter’s Basilica all are located very close together, but on the other side of the Tiber River, so this should be a day trip of its own. With just a little bit of organization and good timing – going on off hours – you can be sure to have a magical Roman experience.
The Colosseum is one of the world’s most famous architectural gems, and a fascinating, must-see sight on any trip to Rome. Today, it’s on the list of the world’s seven wonders, commissioned in 72 AD by the Emperor Vespasian, and completed by his successor and heir Titus in 80 AD. During its useful lifetime, the Colosseum was an amphitheater that could hold between 50 000 and 80 000 spectators. The shows, or munera, were massively popular in the Roman community, hosted by private individuals as well as powerful leaders as a sign of their wealth and power. Some would last weeks or months, involving thousands of gladiators and animals.
Today, the Colosseum should be visited both inside and out. In the interior, there are still the original seating rows in many places and the layout of the basement area – where the animals and slaves were kept – is still viewable. Make sure to visit the exterior in the evening as well, when the entire building is illuminated – a fantastic sight you’ll never forget.
VATICAN CITY, THE VATICAN MUSEUMS AND THE SISTINE CHAPEL
On the western side of the Tiber River is Vatican City, a city-state that is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church and the home of the Pope. Within its area, you’ll find many famous sights such as the Vatican Museums with the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Square and the many other iconic works of art and inspiring architecture.
In addition to being the home to the Pope and his papal court, the Musei Vaticani (Vatican Museums) boasts some of the most famous and valuable artworks in its repertoire. The entire palace consists of roughly 1 400 rooms that have been the residence of the popes since 1377 – though the pope’s household area takes up just a small section. The rest is comprised of mostly the Vatican Library and Museums, including one of the most impressive murals, the Cappella Sistina (Sistine Chapel), in addition to the Stanze di Raffaello (Raphael Rooms) and the Vatican Pinacoteca (Vatican Picture Gallery).
BASILICA DI SAN PIETRO (ST. PETER’S BASILICA)
St. Peter’s Basilica is the world’s largest church, one of the most sacred sites of the Catholic religion and the center of the Roman Catholic Church. The structure is built over the tomb of St. Peter and, completed in the year 1626, it still remains today one of the most impressive architectural accomplishments of the Renaissance era. The church is one of Rome’s most visited sights, home to several of Italy’s most remarkable works of art including: Michelangelo’s Pietà, the massive dome, and Bernini’s bronze canopy, known as a baldachin, which floats over the high altar, and sits on the site of St. Peter’s grave.
FONTANA DI TREVI (TREVI FOUNTAIN)
Taking up an entire façade of the 17th-cenutry Palazzo Poli (Poli Plaza) is the mesmerizing Trevi Fountain. Originally constructed in 1762, the fountain underwent a massive €2.18 million renovation in 2015, funded by the Italian fashion house Fendi. Today, it shines brighter than ever, depicting the sea-god Oceanus’s chariot led by Tritons with seahorses, one wild and one calm – representing the moods of the ocean. Legend has it if you throw a coin in the water – the right way being tossing it with your right hand over your left shoulder with your back to the fountain – you’ll ensure a return to Rome. Each day, around €3 000 is thrown into the fountain, all of which collected goes to charity.
The Piazza Navona is an iconic plaza and quintessential example of traditional Roman life. Constructed in the Baroque style, the plaza boasts Bernini sculptures, three ornate fountains and the spectacular Baroque church Sant'Agnese in Agone. Among its many historical relics, visitors will also enjoy sitting back and enjoying the buzz of life that pulses through the square both day and night. There are many bars and restaurants along the square, but typically they are catered to tourists and may be more expensive than places just around the corner – albeit without the view!
SHOPPING IN ROME
Italy is a shopper’s paradise, and the capital city doesn’t disappoint. Many of the main shopping areas are tucked in between the most famous attractions, making the transition from snapping shots of the sights to snapping up the buttons of a new jacket a breeze. The Piazza di Spagna is bursting with shops and luxury brands, with many of them clustered together on the three main streets: Via dei Condotti, Via Borgognona, and Via Frattina. In addition, you’ll find many little shops here that sell handmade souvenirs and gifts.
SPECIALTY ITALIAN FOODS
Rome also offers many specialty food shops selling world-class ingredients at the core of the traditional cuisine. Take something home to use in your own kitchen or to give as gifts to friends and family back home. Some of the most traditional items include olive oil, delicious homemade pasta, or spices. In addition, no matter the season, you can also find a number of markets both indoors and outdoors. These are central to the traditional Roman life, and here you can find many homemade ingredients, as well as fresh fruits, vegetables, meat cheeses and baked goods.
DAY TRIPS IN THE LAZIO REGION
If you’re planning to stay in Rome for an extended period of time, there are many exciting opportunities to explore the surrounding region, known as the Lazio Region. This is an important section of Italy, known for its many small, charming lakes, mountains and wonderful beaches in the southern section along the Tyrrhenian Sea. Visit some of the smaller cities for a deeper sense of the authentic Italian life. In addition, there are also three UNESCO World Heritage Sites located within the region (not including Rome): the Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia, the Villa Adriana in Tivoli, and the Villa d’Este in Tivoli.
DAY TRIP TO NAPOLI
Napoli (Naples) is Italy’s third largest city behind Rome and Milan, and undoubtedly one of its most beautiful. Within the urban area, there are a number of many exciting traditional and historic sights such as ancient castles, beautiful churches and inspiring museums. The city is the capital of the Campania region, with a stunning location on the Bay of Naples. From the hectic atmosphere of the old inner city – complete with winding narrow streets, scooters zooming by and the smell of pizza wafting through the air – to the tranquility of the modern seafront area – with an indescribable view of Mt. Vesuvius – Naples oozes southern Italian charm and beckons visitors to return. From Rome, there are various transport options to Naples. The train is the quickest and easiest option, taking about 2 hours in total. It’s also possible to drive yourself, either along the coastline or the inland motorway.
DELICIOUS ITALIAN FOOD IN ROME
Italian cuisine is one of the most popular throughout the world, but if you want to taste the best, you’ve got to go to the source. Throughout the country, regional dishes vary greatly – especially due to factors such as the climate, geographic location and culture. Roman cuisine is fiercely traditional with simple, fuss-free flavors reigning supreme. The bulk of eateries will serve Roman dishes in rustic pizzerias and neighborhood trattorias – pizza or pasta alongside a crisp glass of
Italian wine. However, as the capital city, Rome does attract residents from other parts of Italy as well as international immigrants and there are restaurants serving cuisine from these other regions. And no matter what type of food you want to indulge in, make sure to sit back, relax and soak in the lively atmosphere of good food, good wine and good friends that is quintessential Italy.
WHEN IN ROME – NIGHTLIFE OF THE ITALIAN CAPITAL
Roman nightlife is varied and exciting – offering a mix of something for everyone. For the authentic experience, find yourself at a local wine bar, known as enoteca, a favorite spot for the locals with a usually impressive selection of vino. If you’re not sure where to head after, ask a local – the best way to find a worthy spot is through word of mouth. Many visitors will find the Piazza Navona, Patheon, Campo de’ Fiori and Trastevere a good place to start, with many little bars and cafes located in the nearby area. For the all-night club experience head to Testaccio, the mecca of clubs, bars and discotheques in Rome – specifically the Via Galvani.
FACT BOX: ROME
Phone Code: +39
Italian Embassy in the US: 3000 Whitehaven St NW, Washington, DC 20008, United States
US Embassy in Rome: Via Vittorio Veneto, 121, 00187 Roma, Italy