The "Leonardo da Vinci" intercontinental airport of Rome Fiumicino
Rome Fiumicino intercontinental airport is Italy’s largest airport and the tenth largest airport in Europe. The airport bears the name of the scholar Leonardo da Vinci.
In Terminal 3, on the arrivals level, after the exit from the luggage belts, there is the Tourist Information Point (PIT). Here you can pick up the Roma Pass.
The information point is open daily 8am-9pm.
Domestic and Schengen Arrivals
The train station, the car rental companies in the airport, the multi-storey car parks and the Hilton Hotel Airport can be reached via a series of pedestrian bridges:
- In Terminal 1, there are three elevators on the right that take you to the +2 level and there you find pedestrian bridges
- In Terminal 3 there are two lifts on the left, which you can use to go to the level +2 and then via the pedestrian bridge to the mentioned destinations. Alternatively, you can take the escalator on the left and go up the two floors to the footbridge.
- In T3 In the T3 you can also proceed to the right and then at the end of the terminal to an escalator that leads to a passage under the street and on the other side by a system of escalators directly into the station.
Rome Fiumicino Airport is quite extensive and has 4 terminals, number 1-3 and remote Terminal 5. If you have pre-checked in, you will find the departure terminal in your boarding pass.
Flights with hand luggage in the Schengen area
If you travel with hand baggage only and you have already checked in via app or web, the security checks can be done both in T1 and in T3. This is possible because the entire Schengen area is connected behind the security controls. If you find long lines of security in the T3, you can try it on T1, where you can usually count on a shorter wait time.
In T1 there are two security controls. One is on the right just behind the first entrance door. At this security check is usually less queue. The second security check is on the left side of the terminal.
Fiumicino Departure Terminal 3
If you need to use the check-in at the airport, you must go to the counter where your flight is handled, because there is no common check-in for all flights. Corresponding information can be found on the monitors in the terminals.
Flights to the non-Schengen area
The airport has three runways, during normal flight operations, landing is on two runways from the north and starting on the third runway towards the sea.
In normal flight operations you can therefore not see the city of Rome from the plane. Only when the flight comes from the south, you usually fly from Castel Gandolfo over the city and then thread in the north of Rome in the path of landing aircrafts.
Only in rare cases, with north wind, the whole thing is the other way around. You fly over the city, you can see St. Peter’s Dome, and then come from the south. The flight time is extended by about 10 minutes, but you will be compensated by the view of the city. Unfortunately, these weather conditions are not very common.
In very unfavorable weather conditions, the runway must also be used for landing, but this significantly reduces the capacity of the airport. In very rare cases – but this must be a heavy storm front – flights are diverted to Ciampino airport or you land in Pisa or in Naples.