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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 flights to Rome come and see for yourself the beauty and fun it has to offer.

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Italy
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)
  • Language: Italian
  • Capital: Rome
  • Austrian flight destination: Bologna, Florence, Milan, Rome, Venice
Airport
  • Rome Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino (FCO): The airport is located 32 km (20 miles) southwest of Rome, in the Lazio region of central Italy.
  • Address: Via dell’ Aeroporto di Fiumicino, 320, 00054 Fiumicino Rome, Italy
  • Telephone: +39-06 65 951
  • Airport Rome


Where to eat in Rome

Where to eat in Rome
Gelateria
Can you still remember the good old days? Chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, period. Good kids could have them all, bad kids none at all. If you go the Gelateria della Palma today, you will be bowled over. With an estimated 150 ice cream flavours, you won't just be spoilt for choice but shocked and awed. And this is how it works: Go in, buy a coupon at the cash register, and then queue. It is almost impossible to decide on the flavours beforehand, considering that there are exotic options such as liquorice, passion fruit, chilli pepper or cherry chocolate.For tourists without advanced Italian the garnishing gives enough hints on what a flavour might be all about. There is soy ice cream for the lactose intolerant and sugar free for the calorie conscious, spoiling the choice even more. Since the cone for 150 flavours hasn't been invented just yet, you'll simply have to come back.
Aroma
Pommidoro

Where to stay in Rome

Where to stay in Rome
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.
Portrait Suites
Abitart Hotel

What to see in Rome

What to see in Rome
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!
Maxxi Museum
Lazio vs. Inter

Where to shop in Rome

Where to shop 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.
Nuyorica
Cerasari

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