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Rome Fiumicino Airport

Wed May 26, 2004 11:26 am

Hello. I am a new member to this forum (I browsed for 1 1/2 years).

What is Rome Fiumicino airport like? I am flying there this summer. All help is greatly appreaciated.

J.K.
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RE: Rome Fiumicino Airport

Wed May 26, 2004 11:29 am

Actually its pretty nice. You do have to walk a weird route to get to the rental cars, but the airport is well connected to the trains. . There are some good views for picture taking...and it helps to speak Italian  Smile
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RE: Rome Fiumicino Airport

Wed May 26, 2004 11:31 am


I have taken the train from FCO right to termeini sp.. ( large train station in rome) with ease


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RE: Rome Fiumicino Airport

Wed May 26, 2004 11:35 am

I agree with DI021. The airport is pretty straightforward to use. It has been said that the Italians are the most organized at disorganization, yet I've never felt unsafe or that the services/security provided by the airport were substandard. I've been through there literally dozens of times in the past few years, and I find that the train connections to downtown are great. The only thing that I find a bit peculiar is their immigrations hall. The last time I arrived on a flight from the US, we got off the plane at a jetway, but then had to walk down stairs and get on a bus that took us to passport control. Rather strange, but there must be some reason for it. Baggage claim could be a little more spacious in the International arrivals area, but the domestic terminal is first rate all the way. It even has McDonalds!!!

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RE: Rome Fiumicino Airport

Wed May 26, 2004 5:39 pm

Hi CX..! If you wanna have an idea of FCO airport I can suggest you to see on www.myaviation.net, then go to "advanced search" and where you find the box "photographer" write "Adriano FCO".There are a lot of views of FCO!
on airliners.net there aren't so many FCO photos!
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RE: Rome Fiumicino Airport

Wed May 26, 2004 6:32 pm

Having travelled through FCO last Friday for the first time, I cannot agree with the "easy orientation" bit. It certainly helps to inform yourself about the land- and airside layout via webpage beforehand, because FCO is an airport, which has grown organically over the years and therefore the infrastructure is more cluttered than at an airport which was planned in one step.

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RE: Rome Fiumicino Airport

Wed May 26, 2004 6:45 pm

Went there in July 2001.

Nice airport with some great views of the aircraft and gates.
Took me 15 minutes to find the departue hall though, but after that, it was a breeze. Got on the train to go to my gate, (nice ride, like riding above the tarmac). Aircraft was SQ340 (A343) at gate W10 if memory serves me right.

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RE: Rome Fiumicino Airport

Wed May 26, 2004 7:03 pm

Used FCO many times, both for dep./arr. and transfers. IMO nice airport, where you shouldn't experience any significant difficulties related to the use of apt. itself.
 
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RE: Rome Fiumicino Airport

Wed May 26, 2004 7:23 pm

Ciao,
I live in Rome and I agee with what has been said above.
The airport is not huge so it won't be difficult to move around.
Connections with the city are limited to a train which is not too expensive (I think about 8 € one way) and will take you to the very centre of Rome in 30 minutes.

In my opinion the choice of shops and commercial services is not so good. And I had some bad experience with baggage reclaim (airport almost empty but still 40 minutes to get my suitcase).

I suggest you to take a look at www.adr.it for more infos, but you have to sign in (though it's free).

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If you need some more infos, pls feel free to email me.

Ciao

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RE: Rome Fiumicino Airport

Wed May 26, 2004 8:08 pm

Thanks for the help.
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RE: Rome Fiumicino Airport

Wed May 26, 2004 11:35 pm

Hope you're not flying Delta...and this is coming from a Comair employee, the Delta agents over there are absolute horrors of human beings. Flew in and out of FCO last August. Airport is quite easy however and you should have no problems.
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RE: Rome Fiumicino Airport

Thu May 27, 2004 12:13 am

I think Rome-Fiumicino is one of the easiest European airports to get around and you can't beat the train service to central Rome - Termini! It is relaxed and friendly, only flown Lufthansa and Alitalia so can't comment on the Delta agents. The Lufthansa and Alitalia agents were outstanding. The european way of checking in flights where everyone on the same flight goes to the same line seems to work really efficiently at FCO.
 
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RE: Rome Fiumicino Airport

Thu May 27, 2004 1:32 am

I would agree with most of what has been said about Fiumicino, as it is pretty easy to navigate.

However, I once was not paying attention and accidentally left the secure area instead of going to baggage claim, and had to explain to the Carabinieri why I needed to get back to baggage claim -- so be sure to follow the signs!

Also, I recommend the train to the center of Rome (if that's your destination). Taxis are very expensive, and the train is direct to Termini, and has room for luggage.
 
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RE: Rome Fiumicino Airport

Thu May 27, 2004 2:14 am

Definitely a great airport! But I rather use Milano Malpensa.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: Rome Fiumicino Airport

Thu May 27, 2004 2:18 am

I flew from ATL to FCO last summer, but unfortunately I only passed through it going into Italy, not going out (used MXP), so my experience is limited. I found it to be a nice airport though. It was very easy to get from our plane to customs and immigration, with the help of a train between the terminal and that area. Customs was very efficient and fast. Have fun!

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RE: Rome Fiumicino Airport

Thu May 27, 2004 3:04 am

Darn nice airport. Nicer than JFK. You will see lots of armed Carabinieri types walking about with dogs. Security is good there. Food is great. Shops are superb.

One thing to look out for: If you take the express train into the Termini, be very aware there many men standing about and observing you as you buy a ticket for the train. They will notice where you keep your money. These guys have cell phones and they call their women who will be waiting for you to exit the Termini. Expect to be "mobbed by women carrying babies and with several children in tow. They are Gypsy pickpockets and are thick and hazardous. Anybody who touches you is a potential thief. Be sure your money and credit cards and passports are well secured. I suggest getting a neck pouch to keep all valuables under your shirt or blouse. Take this item out only in the privacy of a restroom stall. Travelers checks are smart. Keep only small money you need in a pocket or fanny pack. Fanny packs are not safe either.

Been there done that; lost 400 bucks to Romany Gypsies at Termini the first day in Rome.

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RE: Rome Fiumicino Airport

Thu May 27, 2004 3:20 am

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RE: Rome Fiumicino Airport

Thu May 27, 2004 3:28 am

A band of Gypsy women surrounded me in the subway within my first 10 minutes of arriving in Rome (by train). Luckily I kept my wits about me and had my wallet/money well protected and got away unscathed.
 
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RE: Rome Fiumicino Airport

Thu May 27, 2004 3:31 am

Flying out of FCO in August. Are the views from the McDonald's in the domestic terminal still there? If not, are there any LANDSIDE views possible for those WITHOUT A CAR? I don't take photos.
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RE: Rome Fiumicino Airport

Thu May 27, 2004 5:05 am

Hope you're not flying Delta...and this is coming from a Comair employee, the Delta agents over there are absolute horrors of human beings. (AVPOH77)

Nope...flying BA. I never fly Delta, no reason to.

Darn nice airport. Nicer than JFK. You will see lots of armed Carabinieri types walking about with dogs. Security is good there. Food is great. Shops are superb.(StearmanNut)

Thank G-d! Anything is better than JFK! Too bad I have to fly out from there.

One thing to look out for: If you take the express train into the Termini, be very aware there many men standing about and observing you as you buy a ticket for the train. They will notice where you keep your money. These guys have cell phones and they call their women who will be waiting for you to exit the Termini. Expect to be mobbed by women carrying babies and with several children in tow. They are Gypsy pickpockets and are thick and hazardous. Anybody who touches you is a potential thief. Be sure your money and credit cards and passports are well secured. I suggest getting a neck pouch to keep all valuables under your shirt or blouse. Take this item out only in the privacy of a restroom stall. Travelers checks are smart. Keep only small money you need in a pocket or fanny pack. Fanny packs are not safe either. (StearmanNut)

Will remember that. I'm not the one carrying the money, anyway.
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RE: Rome Fiumicino Airport

Thu May 27, 2004 5:40 am

I flew out of FCO last September on USAirways en route to PHL The check-in area was controlled chaos. Several flights to North America all checking in at the same time. Lines were out the door and there was no way to tell what line to get in. They moved quickly though.

Armed guards were everywhere. There were no lines at security. People were actually rushed through so I don't know how 'secure' it really was. The departure gate was comfortable with good views.


I will be flying INTO FCO again this fall (via Continental, I hope) and I will see what the arrivals process has in store.

 
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RE: Rome Fiumicino Airport

Thu May 27, 2004 5:49 am

Its not exactly that easy to naviagte. When i went there i had a bit of trouble finding out where to find the correct terminal, then had trouble finding the correct area to check-in.Not that bad, nothing really to complain about, until you pop over to security. its a room of several disorginized lines of TSA(thousands standing around Big grin ). it took a long while. thats FCO's major weak point. overall its kinda easy to navigate if you know where your going.

There is one thing im confused about. When i came to the airport,i disembarket, walked through the jetway , and past several bright orange signs, but NO customs! can someone explain? it was an international flight ( CDG-FCO )
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RE: Rome Fiumicino Airport

Thu May 27, 2004 8:05 am

Sorry can't help you on how Rome airport is.

People who live in DFW like me wouldn't know what its like to fly into Rome, since AA would rather fly to Rome, Georgia than Rome, Italy.

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RE: Rome Fiumicino Airport

Thu May 27, 2004 9:14 am

Fiumicino is actually a very nice, clean, efficient, and pleasant airport. The spotting from nearly everywhere is quite good (main terminal, as well as the midfield concourse C and the Euro Pier). The airport staff are generally rude, but the security is quite good. The only bad part (and this is something you will find throughout much of Italy) is the chaos should you be unlucky to arrive and have to go through passport control when plane loads of tacky Italian tourists returning home from Cuba, Dominican Republic, and other exotic places cram the waiting hall.

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