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Surreal and Besieged in Rome, Italy

Surreal and Besieged in Rome, Italy

Why I went here? I have never been to Italy. It was the part of Europe that was due to be explored. Best time to visit? Spring or fall; summers are hot, jam packed, and just plain miserable. Best way to get there? Rome has two airports: Leonardo da Vinci, more commonly known as Fuimicino (FCO), and Ciampino (CIA). The former is the larger of the two and is often the port of entry for most American travelers. There are no direct flights from Dallas to Rome, however, there are several from major airports on the east coast (BOS, JFK, IAD). To get to Rome from Fuimicino, take a bus or an express shuttle to Termini station, followed by a metro connection if applicable, or a cab. Kiosks at the airport where you can buy the tickets of your choice are clearly marked and there is a cab station just outside of the main entrance to Termini. Ensure that the cab is one of the officially marked ones before getting in on them. The bus cost is 4 euros and the express shuttle is around 14 euros. A cab ride will cost you 40-50 euros from the airport to any part of Rome within the Aurelian walls. …