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Rome

Rome

Set among its Seven Hills, is the city of Rome, Italy. When you fly with Austrian Airlines to Rome and step back in time, you also confront a very modern culture as well. You may stroll through the city and view the Spanish Steps, or the Pantheon, turn the corner and shop for a lovely pair of Italian pumps. As you turn another corner, the narrow street opens up to a wide piazza, filled with cafes and ancient fountains. To the west, across the River Tiber, sits St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican. A day spent at the Vatican Museum is worthwhile, be quiet as you enter the Sistine Chapel. Further south along the river is Trastevere, teeming with nightlife and wonderful restaurants. Known as The Eternal City, you cannot walk very far in Rome without confronting ancient history, as the modern world hums along all around you. It is a beautiful country with a rich history and incredible culture. The capital city of Italy, its history spans more than 2500 years and it was also the capital city of the Roman Empire and one of the birthplaces of Western Civilisation. The architecture is astounding, with examples of classical architecture everywhere you look, ranging from Romanesque to Renaissance to Baroque. One of the most famous landmarks is the Colosseum, an outdoor amphitheatre built during the Roman Empire. The city has been home to many famous artists such as Michelangelo and consequently has many museums and art galleries, ensuring culture lovers will find much to see and do. For those more interested in a vibrant nightlife, there is lots to explore when the sun goes down. The city is home to excellent cuisine ranging from high dining to delicious authentic street food. Campo di Fiori is where young and old alike come to have a good time and is the perfect place to spend an evening, enjoying food and drink and observing the sights around you. The public transport is excellent and the city is served by a reliable and affordable metro service running long into the night. It also has numerous buses and taxis to help you get where you want to go. It is the perfect place to start exploring Italy and has its own unique style you cannot find elsewhere in the world. With our cheap flights to Rome (ROM) come and see for yourself the beauty and fun it has to offer.

Flights to Rome (FCO)
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Type of aircraftShort- & medium-haul passenger aircraft
ManufacturerAirbus Industrie, France
Names - Austrian Airlines paintingOE-LBI/Marchfeld, OE-LBJ/Hohe Tauern, OE-LBK/Steirisches Thermenland, OE-LBN/Osttirol, OE-LBO/Pyhrn-Eisenwurzen, OE-LBP/Neusiedlersee (Retro-look painting), OE-LBQ/Wienerwald, OE-LBR/Bregenzer Wald, OE-LBS/Waldviertel, OE-LBT/Wörthersee, OE-LBU/Mühlviertel, OE-LBV/Weinviertel, OE-LBW/Innviertel, OE-LBX/Mostviertel (Star Alliance painting)
Number of aircraft16
Seating capacity168 C/Y (variable)
Min. Legroom30"=76.2cm
Wing span34,1 m
Length37,6 m
Height11,8 m
Max. cruising speed980 km/h
Max. cruising altitude11,920 m
Type of engineCFM International, CFM 56-5B4/2P
Max. thrust2 x 27,000 lbs
Fuel capacity19,100 kg
Max. range fully payload4,300 km
Max. payload16,790 kg
Max. take-off-weight75,900 kg / 77,000 kg
Max. landing weight64,500 kg

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STAY in Rome

Stay in Rome
Stendhal Hotel

The Stendhal Hotel, with all the rooms painted light blue, looks like it might set sail one day. The striped wallpaper and wood panelling reinforces the feeling, and sitting down in the blue reading room you might feel like going along to discover new horizons yourself. Northerners do not like too many knickknacks, thus the Stendhal excels in subdued luxury and clear lines. Here a statue, there a little marble, the total being timeless and discreet, offering real comfort in a low key atmosphere. Actually, you might not want to set sail too quickly, because when you disembark you step right onto the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and one of the most exclusive shopping street in the city, where you will definitely find the proper sailor's kit. Double starting at 255,- Euro per night.

Rose Garden

Classical modernism? Modern classic? Hard to know. The Rose Garden Palace Hotel is definitely old, which is demonstrated by the high ceilings, the stucco in the rooms and the marble columns, which were built for eternity as the old Romans did. The furnishing, however: W-Lan, SkyTV and a fitness centre, thus anything but staid. The flower garden is particularly beautiful, offering the scent of fresh espresso and Italian specialities next to that of roses. A welcome retreat, since the heart of Rome with its busy cafés, the Spanish Steps and baroque churches is right past the front door. By the way: While smokers are run into the streets in the north, non-smoking rooms are thin on the ground here. They are available, but almost a secret. Doubles starting at 300,- Euro per night.

Hotel Fortyseven

The Fortyseven ist almost 50, the furnishings are not: Real classics from the 50s contrast with a facade from the 30s; and all close to the truly ancient Temple of Vesta. To complete the colourful mix of the decades and centuries there is 20th century art by Amadeo Modigliani, Umberto Mastroianni and Emilio Greco as well as modern rooms with wood panelled floors and Art Deco flair. The padded walls of the suite do bring up uneasy associations with certain white rooms, yet comfortable they are. At least you won't get hurt and can enjoy the room service around the clock. The Fortyseven offers even more: Fitness centre and wellness as well as a rooftop restaurant for every one who wants to fill up with tasty calories looking out onto the Circus Maximus. Doubles starting at 240,- Euro per night.

SHOPPING in Rome

Shopping in Rome
Fahrenheit 451

For all who don't know: 451° Fahrenheit is the temperature at which paper ignites and books burn. In contrast to Ray Bradbury's congenial novel there are no flames engulfing this charming bookshop. Bookworms are welcome. The Campo de Fiori is a bustling place so it's no wonder that the shop is full of customers. However, you won't find much Science Fiction here, the main topic being the arts and photography. Independent thinking is still allowed: The shop promotes smaller publishers and invites young authors to readings. If the firefighters have to come, then because you have caught fire: The staff are always in good spirits, and the atmosphere so relaxed that you'll definitely want to come back.

L?Olfattorio Bar

Attention: There is nothing to drink at the bar - in the L'Olfattorio Bar you are served neither whiskey nor beer, but scents. This is how it works: Go into the bar and order Eau de Toilette. Then pick the scent that you like most.The perfumes on offer are from small manufacturers, and you can test them for free. When you like a scent, you receive the address in Rome where you can buy that perfume. The innovative business concept works, because it allows small producers to introduce themselves and to compete against the big ones.Aside from perfumes you can also purchase scented candles and all sorts of other olfactory delights. Just don't stay for too long, you might get dizzy from all those scents.

Ferragamo

What made Ferragamo famous? Maybe the heels: Used in the right fashion they could serve as murder weapons. Or the double plateau: Not quite as deadly as the other high heels, but in combination with cobblestone pavement they are still dangerous. Or was it the price: For a whiff of nothing Ferragamo asks 300 Euro, the bags start at 900 Euro, providing enough room for Handy, Make Up and credit line. Whatever Ferragamo got right, today shoe fetishists from all over the world storm into the flagship store in Rome to buy once in their lifetime what the stars are wearing on the red carpet:  Eva Longoria was seen there, Kate Beckinsale wore sun glasses from Ferragamo, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Angelina Jolie joined their ranks and also wore Ferragamo, Ferragamo, Ferragamo. Thus prices don't come as a surprise. By the way, male feet are also served: The shop for men is only one door over and sells classics in leather.

EAT in Rome

Eat in Rome
Gusto

Feel like something completely different? Then you shouldn't miss the Gusto: With its brick walls, the bright ship planks and the solid wooden tables the restaurant is definitely one of the most modern in Rome.The interior design, the guests, the ambience: Everything seems cool and relaxed like in New York, the old Rome seems miles away. The cuisine is simple but trendy, undoubtedly Mediterranean, but with a modern twist.The downstairs Pizzeria serves specialities from the wood oven, such as Salami Pizza with Ricotta Cheese, mainly to a young crowd. The restaurant upstairs is a bit more classy, but still rather unpretentious for Rome. The wine bar starts at 18.00 with an aperitif for 9 Euro, and every Tuesday and Thursday it's Swing and Jazz night. If you want to try the recipes at home, take a look in the shop next door, where you can buy cookbooks and the right utensils.

Club L?Isola

Naturists beware: You should wear something to get in - the L'Isola doesn't expose itself. It won't serve any skin nor anything else meat related. The eatery is entirely vegetarian, including vegan and macrobiotic options. The furnishing, with a lot of wood and warm colours, goes along with the organic food, such as Polpettine Vegetali (vegetarian dumplings), vegetarian pasta and healthy salads. The restaurant is a typical example of relaxed Italian vegetarianism: Fish is a staple on the menu, and while most vegetarians object to calling fish eaters by their name, it demonstrates that Italians are, as a general rule, oblivious to dogmas.

Fabrica

The early 20s of the past century; the site is a confectionary in Rome. Alessandro creates cakes, pies and pastry and provides treats for the whole neighbourhood. 90 years later the store still exists. The great grandfather does not, that's why his offspring is now baking in his stead: Annalisa and her two borthers. The antique tables for their venue are taken from family belongings, the former Industria Dolciaria with benches covered with linen has made it into the present. Alongside of the treats you sip coffee or one of Annalisa's 120 tea flavours. These haven been brought from China, in addition to a lot of insider knowledge. Art is also near and dear to the siblings. Artworks by various Italian artists are exhibited on their premises on a regular basis. In their connected bar they serve wine and are pleased with their successful family business.

SIGHTS in Rome

Sights in Rome
Maxxi Museum

It took ten years, various culture secretaries and 150 million euro to complete the eccentric building designed by star architect Zaha Hadid. She especially put emphasis on the interaction between glass, fair-faced concrete and metal. Once again it becomes obvious: it's not only art, but also architecture which is maximal here in the Flaminio quarter.   The 27.000 square metres of the area with its 20 metres high entrance hall forms an open, urban space and guides the visitors along curved walls and interwoven levels on unexpected paths through five galleries. In the well-lit museum (thanks to the glass roof) we find the two museums MAXXI art and MAXXI architecture. The house is devoted to preserve and conserve the cultural heritage by means of exhibitions, workshops, performances and (educational) projects. But more: it offers space for experimenting and exploring modern aesthetic contents.   Tickets for 11 euro (reductions possible).

Dell `Orologio

Once the Globe theatre was the centre of the action, today the Teatro Dell'Orologio is rocking the boat: This small theatre has left the mainstream and is as off-Broadway as you can be. Far beyond classical tragedy, the theatre is experimenting to such an extent that critics are left speechless. You might recognize the plays, but you will never have seen them like this: Ionesco, Genet, Becket and Maeterlinck are all rediscovered in strange ways. Shakespeare would be delighted and Brecht overjoyed: The Teatro dell'Orologia lacks the technical sophistication of the great stages, but its dedication to the art that makes this theatre so special. Valentino Orfeo is the artistic director, but other directors also play their parts. To be there or not to be? Poor Yorick would have had no doubt!

Lazio vs. Inter

In Milan, Inter and the AC are at war in the San Siro, in Rome Lazio fights against Roma in the Stadio Olimpico. The four teams have one thing in common: They are all brilliant, at least from an Austrian point of view. Inter brought home the Champions' League with its proven defensive technique, AC Milan got that sought-after title seven times in total, Roma is playing with Francesco Totti, who won the World Cup in 2006, and Lazio counters with the Argentinean master Mauro Matías Zárate.Real fans should not miss the popular derby in the Stadio Olimpico. In contrast to some of the players, the audience is anything but defensive, and quickly boils over when the blood is stirring. Small advice: If you buy a ticket for one of the popular games, make sure you to sit with the Roma fans, not with Lazio - unless you tend towards the extreme political right.