Cheap Flights to Rome

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Rome overview

Cheap flights to Rome are on every traveller's wish list for the Italian capital is a must-visit city, one of those "see before you die" destinations.

Rome is ancient. Spread across seven hills, on the River Tiber, every cobbled stone suggests its long history - the gladiators fought here in the Colosseum, the faithful prayed here in the Pantheon, Michaelangelo enjoyed the patronage of popes here.

The devout still make a pilgrimage to Rome to visit the Vatican City, the Pope's residence and a city-state of great importance. St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums attract millions of visitors each year. Michelangelo designed the dome (there are 323 steps to the top to enjoy heart-stoppingly beautiful views of Rome) and, perhaps most famously, painted the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel.

After the culture, soak up the atmosphere where it's at its best - on the streets. Rome comes to life in the mid-morning and buzzes until late at night. The Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, the most theatrical of the piazzas, or Trastevere, bohemian and with a young vibe, are where you'll get a real taste of this amazing city.

Rome climate

Rome's climate is a pleasant Mediterranean one. Summers are hot and dry, spanning May to September. Winters are mild and rainy (September through mid-May).

When to fly to Rome

Peak Season: 
May/June and September/October are the peak season months. 

Off Season: 
November through February, with the exception of Christmas, New Year and the Venice Carnival is low season. July-August is extremely hot in Rome and many locals will quit the city for the coast. In recent years however, more and more Roman businesses stay open during the height of summer to cater for the tourists.

Shoulder Season: 
March-April are shoulder months.

Getting around Rome

The best way to experience Rome is on foot. There is a metro - with two lines - but trains don't go through the city. The A line and B line cross at Termini Central Station. 

Share the bus with the Romans. It's extensive, cheap and runs between 5.30am and midnight. Remember to purchase a ticket in advance - at a newsstand or vending machine. 

If you are tempted to get a taxi, flag down a white or yellow taxi. These are the official metered cabs. 

Bicycles are available to hire or you could hire a Vespa to see the sights in time-honoured Rome style. It'll cost about $80 per day.

Rome insider information

  • When the city gets too much, Villa Pamphili is a perfect spot to relax. Its landscaped gardens are a favourite of many Romans. 
  • From the Aventine Hill, one of Rome's seven hills, there are beautiful views of the Vatican and the Tiber. 
  • Il Gelato Di San Crispino is renowned as having Rome's best ice-cream. Join the queue on the Via del Panetteria. 
  • In a city of masterpiece-stuffed museums, the Scuderie Del Quirinale makes for a nice change. The museum focuses on modern art. 
  • The Vatican Museums offer free admission on the last Sunday of every month. If you are planning on taking cheap flights to Rome, try to pencil this in - and save yourself €14 (about $23). 
  • Italians never order a cappuccino after their lunch or dinner. It's only drunk at breakfast and never at any other time of the day. 
  • Tippers: Service is always included in the bill.

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How much do things cost in Rome?

Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
R 78.70
R 20.32
Cheap meal
R 262.35
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre)
R 29.77
A dozen eggs
R 50.02
Large bottle of water
R 8.38
Bottle of wine
R 87.45
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
R 21.80
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of Nike shoes
R 1432.82
Pair of jeans
R 1454.45
How much does transport cost in Rome?
Petrol (1 litre)
R 27
Taxi - fixed fee
R 69
1 hour taxi waiting fee
R 525
One-way ticket (local transport)
R 26

More information about Rome

  • Chill out with a gelato or cappuccino in a sun-splashed piazza or take a romantic stroll to the Trevi Fountain.
  • All you need to do is select your departure point from the links above to find the latest flight deals to Rome.
  • Pack your best clobber – Rome has vast choice of hot clubs and bars where you can drink and dance til dawn.
  • Direct Rome flights operate frequently with major airlines including Alitalia, Lufthansa and Air France
  • For Italian feasts make your way to the restaurants in the districts of Trastevere, Testaccio and the Centro Storico.
  • If you fancy taking a wider tour around Italy start in the capital then book one way flight.
  • Shop for designer fashions in the chic boutiques dotted around Via Dei Condotti – it’s home to Gucci and Armani.
  • Go on an unforgettable sightseeing tour of the Pantheon, Colosseum, The Sistene Chapel and the Vatican.
  • Watch out for bargain last-minute flights to Rome – you can find some excellent deals up for grabs.

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