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Cheap flights to Rome can be harder to come by than those to other less sought-after destinations, yet we’ll show you exactly how to find those elusive bargain fares so that you can lap up la dolce vita without spending too much.
There are a number of ways to find a cheap airfare to Rome.
The first of these is to do with seasonality. The main tourist season in Rome runs from June to August, but Easter is also a popular time when flight prices will rise.
You'll find the cheapest flights available between November and March, where you’ll avoid the bustle but may also hit the heavens as they open.
The second is to do with timing. The average price for a flight to Rome from the UK is usually between £80 and £100, so if you find flights for less then you are doing well. Try checking for flights in advance to find the cheapest bargains – we usually recommend about six months in advance.
But the real secret lies in your search. Take advantage of our ‘Nearby Airports’ option as you search: you’ll find this under your chosen departure location. There are many airports in the UK that fly to Rome and this can turn up a cheaper price for you by choosing to fly from a different UK airport.
Rome has two airports and often flights are significantly cheaper to one rather than the other. Check if there is an alternative flight that goes to Fiumicino Airport rather than Ciampino Airport, or vice versa.
If you can be flexible on the dates you can fly then it’s easy to check when the cheapest flights to Rome are. By using our ‘Show Flexible Dates’ feature – which can be found just above where your flight options are returned from a search – you can browse the cheapest flight available on each day for both your onward and return flight.
The most popular departure airports for Rome in the UK are:
In terms of carriers offering cheap flights you have a choice of:
Rome’s two international airports are Fiumicino Airport – which is often known as Leonardo da Vinci – and Ciampino Airport. Both of these can be reached by direct services from the UK. Fiumicino airport is located 19 miles southwest of Rome. Ciampino is roughly half the distance from the centre of Rome, but it is far less conveniently served by public transport. Having said that, a taxi fare from Ciampino will be significantly less than a cab hire from Fiumicino.
Car hire in Rome is available at both airports – and it’s an easy drive from either starting point.
Rome is well-served by public transport, but it’s probably the buses that you’ll find most useful. Buses run 24 hours a day and cover every conceivable attraction.
Your bus and Metro tickets are interchangeable – and last for a specified duration. To save money, if you are intending to use a lot of public transport, it is worth purchasing a BIG full-day ticket for unlimited travel.
Rome is a city filled with iconic sights. There’s the Vatican, Michelangelo’s David, the Spanish Steps, the Colosseum, the Forum, St Peter’s, the Pantheon and many, many more.
Yet, sometimes it’s the unexpected pleasures of Rome that can resonate louder with visitors. So, here are a few of Rome’s hidden pleasures that you may wish to consider.
Jump off the Metro at Piramide and a host of unexplored sights await. First, there’s Centrale Montemartini – a sculpture museum in a power plant – that makes for atmospheric viewing. Second, you’ll take in Rome’s Pyramid, built on request by Gaius Cestius, to prevent his wife dancing on his grave, as she threatened to do. Finally, the resting place of Keats and Shelley can be found in the adjacent Protestant Cemetery.
For those with a taste for the morbidly bizarre, you can find the crypts of Santa Maria della Concezione. These are intricately decorated with the bones of over 4,000 friars, and include an entire crypt of pelvises. The church is situated on Via Venetto, and the nearest transport link is the Barberini-Fontana di Trevi station, which is on Line A of the Rome Metro. As you may guess from the station’s name, the popular Trevi Fountain is only a short walk away.
Of course, the weight of history can bear down on you in Rome – if you are looking for something a little more modern then why not head out to see the art of the 21st century at MAXXI (the National Museum of the 21st century Arts)? Featuring pieces from both local and internationally recognized artists, the museum is as cool as its architecture. To get here hop on bus 53, 168, 280 or 910.