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Plan Your First Trip to Rome: When to Go?
Summer is popular and all attractions are open during regular or extended hours, but it can be more crowded (a lot more) and very warm, as temps can rise to 90 F in August.
Winter gives you a break from the crowds and heat with temperatures in the 50s, but some attractions shorten their hours in the off-season and some restaurants and sights close for the season or for renovations. Check in advance.
April: Cultural Week offers free museum admission, and Rome's Birthday celebration with fireworks and festivities.
July - August: Roman Opera Festival
October: Rome Film Festival
December: Midnight Mass at St. Peter's Basilica
How to Get There
Airports: Leonardo da Vinci Airport is also called Fiumicino, and it's Italy's biggest airport, served by American carriers including American Airlines, Delta, United and US Airways.
Ciampino Airport is smaller and serves low-cost carriers. Connect to Ciampino from other European destinations with RyanAir or WizzAir.
Flights from the US to Rome can range from $600 to $2,500. Tips for finding cheap flights:
Consider layovers and low cost European carriers.
Keep an eye on fare wars between airlines for sales.
Book far in advance to take advantage of a good price.
Where to Stay
Rome was originally built on seven hills. Today it is home to several unique neighborhoods. The map on the infographic shows the layout of the city's neighborhoods and some of the famous sites they are near:
The Roman Forum - dates as far back as 8th century BC
Colosseum - 80 AD
The Pantheon - 126 AD
Vatican City - An independent city-state since 1929. Home to St. Peter's Square, St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums. Michaelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling here between 1508 and 1512.