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Rome is the capital city of Italy and it is considered as the fourth most populated city in the European Union. It is a major tourist destination and has been declared a major UNESCO World Heritage Site. This means that millions of tourist arrive annually on flights to Rome, landing in any of its three airports from countries such as the UK and the USA.
Among the three airports, the Leonardo da Vinci Airport is the country's chief airport where international flights to Rome are directed. The smallest airport in the city is the Roma-Urbe airport which handles low-traffic including small commercial planes, private jets, and helicopters. As for the Rome Ciampino Airport, it is a joint military and civilian airport and it is the oldest airport in Rome.
As one of the globe's prime tourist destinations, it is served with flights by airlines such as Alitalia which is the countries national carrier, British Airways, United and Delta Airways (American), and Finnair. All these airlines make direct flights to the Italian capital. Most of the budget airlines such as Ryanair and Easyjet leave Stansted and Gatwick airports in London, respectively, to the smaller Rome Ciampino Airport.
Flying by airplane from any European Union country is much faster considering there are minimal delays and the flights are mostly direct. When traveling south from any of the northern EU countries such as Belgium or Germany by road, it becomes difficult to navigate the mountainous region around Turin in Northern Italy. Sometimes, there are numerous security checks at roadblocks along the way, which consume time as well.
Getting to the city center from the airport involves taking a train from the Stazioni termini, which is a 30-minute trip while a bus shuttle on the same route takes roughly an hour. There is a lot of ancient history in Rome, and a lot of it can be seen from the city's layout which is scattered with priceless monuments and sculptures. Such sculptures are by renowned artists such as Michelangelo while canvases lining the cathedral walls of St Peter's Basilica are by Caravaggio. There is a vibrant display of architecture which is evident from the colosseum design, the ornate churches, and the street layout which has a medieval theme to it. A trip to Rome is never complete without experiencing the sumptuous cuisine that offers a range from fine dining to relaxed, but delicious, traditional pizza.
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