As the ultimate symbol of Catholicism and with a dome dominating the Roman skyline, St Peter's Basilica stands proud on the burial site of Saint Peter following his crucifixion in 64CE. The current structure was initiated by Pope Julius II when held a design competition in 1505. Over the following 120 years successive Popes asserted their influence over the construction and design. The result is the largest interior of any church in the world and boasts incredible artistry and workmanship.

Before entering the Basilica, be sure to stop and pause for reflection in St Peter's Square, situated immediately in front of the impressive church. The forecourt was originally demarcated in the mid seventeenth century under the direction of Pope Alexander VII.

Rome features more than 900 churches, so it's definitely worth exploring some of the smaller places of worship for comparison with the monumental structures.

Rome Airport (FCO)

Flights from Australia to Rome will disembark at Rome Airport Fiumicino.

Rome Airport Fiumicino (FCO) is Rome's international airport and the largest airport in Italy. The airport is also known as Leonardo da Vinci airport of Rome, after the iconic Italian artist and inventor.

Airport Accommodation: There are a number of hotels located in close proximity to Rome Airport Fiumicino. Book your Rome Airport accommodation.

Getting to Rome

There are many airlines that offer flights to Rome from Australia that involve a stopover in a third destination. Flights from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne via Dubai take between 23 and 25 hours depending on the stopover. Flights from Perth via Dubai take around 20 hours.

Airlines that fly to Rome

Airlines that offer cheap flights to Rome from Australia include:

For more on Rome holidays check out our Rome travel guide or view our range of Rome holiday packages that include flights, accommodation and often other extras like tours or car hire.

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