Rome Fiumicino Airport is located approximately 30 kilometres to the southwest of Rome, and is the largest airport servicing the city and its surrounding area. Also known as Leonardo da Vinci airport, it is the sixth largest in Europe, has four terminals, and receives commercial airlines from all over the world. Its close proximity to Rome also makes it the perfect starting point for an Italian adventure.
It takes little over half an hour to reach central Rome and Vatican City by train from Fiumicino Airport, however, there are areas close to the airport which are also worth exploring. Oasis di Porto is located nearby, a wonderful place in which to immerse one’s self in nature and home to abundant birdlife, flora, and fauna. Take time to explore the ancient Port of Trajan, its purpose was to store goods and transport supplies into Rome due to its close proximity to the River Tiber, making it a fascinating archaeological and historical site. The early Christian church of Hippolytus and Lucia dating back to the early 5th century is also close by, built on an old Roman spa, some of the ancient water cisterns and the old bell tower still remain. Take a stroll by the water at Porto di Traiano, where local residents fish off the pier, with a pretty beach and fresh seafood served by the waterfront in the many restaurants. For visitors wishing to see Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, Spanish Steps, Vatican City and other main sights of Rome, these are easily accessible from Fiumicino Airport via regular transport links.
Reaching central Rome is simple via the Leonardo Express, a direct train which runs between the airport and the city centre every 30 minutes. The journey takes half an hour, therefore, visitors can immerse themselves in all of the sights and sounds of Rome easily. Taxi services operate via Fiumicino Airport and the city centre on a fixed tariff. There are also several bus and shuttle bus services which operate in and out of the airport to various destinations throughout the region.
Fiumicino Airport officially opened in 1961 with two runways.Italian airline Alitalia invested heavily into the new airport and a third runway was added. There are 150 destinations which can be reached worldwide, which are serviced by 160 airlines. In excess of 40 million passengers arrive at the airport each year, eager to explore everything Rome and this region of Italy have to offer.