Fiumicino International Airport “Leonardo da Vinci”
Rome–Fiumicino International Airport “Leonardo da Vinci” (IATA: FCO) is the major airport of Italy. Located in Rome, it is among the busiest airports in Europe having served over 43.5 million passengers in 2019. It serves Rome, capital of Italy, and it is the main hub for the largest Italian airline, Alitalia. It is named after the brilliant Italian mind, Leonardo da Vinci, who was besides the first to design a flying machine carrying wings.
The airport, officially operating since 1961, came to replace the smaller Ciampino Airport, due to heavy traffic above the city of Rome in general but also during the Summer Olympics in 1960. Interestingly, while being constructed, the remails of Caligula’s Giant Ship were found, adding up to Italy’s rich history.
Today, three runways and three passenger terminals operate at Leonardo da Vinci airport, as well as a new single baggage handling system to offer more quick and efficient luggage delivery. An automated people mover (APM) under the name SkyBridge was launched in 1999 along with the Satellite C. Consisting of two stations, one on the third floor of Terminal 3, and the other on the second floor of gate area E31-44, this shuttle train is the only means of transport for passengers between the two parts of the terminal. The westbound service is for departing passengers only, whilst the eastbound service is for arriving passengers.
Rome–Fiumicino International Airport Transfer
Access to Rome–Fiumicino International Airport is offered by the Leonardo Express train operated by Trenitalia, available at the airport terminal, as well as local trains (FL1 line). Both trains leave every 15 minutes, with the first connecting the airport with the Termini Station during a non-stop 30-minutes-trip. Rome–Fiumicino International Airport can also be reached by car, taxi and buses via the six-lane Autostrada A91, located about 35 km from Rome’s historic city centre.
What to do in Rome
Rome, one of the oldest cities in the world, is also one of the top tourist destinations in Europe, preferred every year by over 10 million tourists. Located in the central-western part of the Italian Peninsula, Rome lays along the shores of Tiber. The history of Rome spans over 2500 years and, since its founding, has been a centre of power, politics and culture. Whilst Roman mythology dates its inception at around 753 BC, the region had been inhabited even earlier, making it one of the oldest continuously occupied cities in Europe. The city had had a mix of populations from Latins, Etruscans, and Sabines, before becoming the capital of the Roman Empire. The Roman poet Tibullus was the first to call Rome the Eternal City, a name following the city to our days. Rome’s glorious past enlightens the city today and captures travelers from all over the world.
So, grab your private transfer and organize your day tours around the Eternal City as soon as you reach the capital, as it is a vivid and large city with so many things to see and do! Colosseum of course, one of the most iconic landmarks in the world, is surely a place you cannot miss. Constructed between 70-80 AD, it was used to hold gladiator tournaments and other forms of entertainment, offering still to this day an unprecedented sense of glory. Also, near Piazza della Rotonda, you will find the mighty Pantheon, one of the best preserved ancient Roman buildings in the world. Constructed in 118 AD by emperor Hadrian, the building that stands today was actually built on the site where an earlier temple stood, commissioned by Agrippa. Continue your private taxi tour around Rome by visiting the most famous fountain in Italy. Trevi fountain, constructed in 1762 by Nicola Salvi, is dedicated to the Roman God Oceanus. Admire the sculptures and throw coins into the water over your shoulder for good luck.
Remember that Rome encloses a small independent country within a city. Vatican City is a must-see place to include in your private tours. St. Peter’s Square is an monumental place; located at the front of the Vatican state, it features an imposing obelisk, taken actually from Nero’s Circus. At the far end of the square, the iconic St Peter’s Basilica with the beautifully designed front facade will leave you in awe. Of course, the architecture and decoration inside the Basilica is simply divine. Spend some time in Vatican Museums, including the Museo Pio-Clementino, the Museum Chiaramonti, the Museo Gregoriano Etrusco and the Museo Gregoriano Egiziano. In the Apostolic Palace as well, you must see the Sistine Chapel, place where the papal enclave takes place. Particularly famous for its extensive and detailed decorations including the Last Judgement fresco by Michelangelo and the ceiling artwork, it is one of the most renowned religious chapels in the world.
By booking a private transfer, you can leave the centre for a while to visit the Villa Borghese Gardens. Located within the Borghese Villa complex, these gardens cover a large area containing the Borghese Gallery and the Gallery of National Modern Art. Paths and trails among refreshing plants, flowers and trees are a naturalistic break from busy Rome. Galleria Borghese features paintings, sculptures and antiques, with the most famous belonging to Raphael, Caravaggio, Rubens and Titan.
Last but not least, let your private car and driver rest and climb to the Palatine Hill, one of the most ancient areas in modern Rome. Standing 40 metres above the historical Roman Forum, it offers a breathtaking view to the Eternal City. According to Roman mythology, this is the place where the legendary founders of the city, Romulus and Remus, were found.
Enjoy your adventure to Rome and worry for nothing but time, as there are much to see! Of course, the Eternal City demands that you save time and effort when it comes to transfer, so do not hesitate and book a Taxi Mover service. Organizing your taxi transfers in advance, you make sure that your city tours will be a blast, provided by a professional driver and a suitable car. All we need to know is when, where and how; Taxi Mover will take care of all the rest. Sit back and enjoy this trip that is promising to be unforgettable! Book your transfer now!