As one of the world’s most richly historic cities, Rome is a place filled with an almost endless list of heritage sites, monuments, architectural wonders and ancient ruins to complement its world-class shops, restaurants and cafes. Known as the Eternal City, the entire center of Rome has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in honor of its unrivalled importance. Some of Rome’s world-famous historical attractions include the Colosseum, the Roman Empire’s largest amphitheater, and the vast Pantheon temple. Rome is also known for its collection of world-class museums and art galleries such as the Vatican Museums or the Galleria Borghese art gallery. Rome is also a fantastic place to enjoy a day out shopping as it is celebrated as the world’s fashion capital, so most of the world’s leading designer brands can be found in the city.
When to Visit Rome
The Rome weather is typical of a European city, experiencing hot and pleasant summers and cold winters where it can sometimes snow. The busiest season for visitors to Rome is during the summer, especially in August when the city is packed. Many choose to visit the city just before the high season sometime in April or May when the weather is still excellent. However, as there are so many things to do in Rome you can visit at any period of the year and have an incredible time. Cheap flights to Rome may be easier to find outside of the high season, but if you book early enough you can always find great rates.
Flights to Rome
There are two main airports in Rome - Leonardo da Vinci International Airport and Rome Ciampino Airport. Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, also commonly known as Rome Fiumicino Airport, is the country’s busiest airport, while Rome Ciampino Airport is favored by budget airlines. Emirates and Alitalia operate flights from Dubai International Airport to Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, while those flying from Abu Dhabi International Airport can travel with Etihad Airways and Alitalia to the same airport. There are currently no flights from Rome Ciampino Airport to the UAE or Middle East.
Rome Travel Information
Italy is part of the Schengen Area, so all Schengen Area and EU nationals are able to enter into the country without a visa. In addition to this, nationals of over 60 countries including the UAE are also able to visit Italy without requiring a visa. The currency used in Italy is the Euro, currently used by 19 out of the 28 EU member states. Italy is two hours behind the UAE, so be sure to wind back your clocks two hours when you land.
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