Perhaps the most inspiring and at the same time macabre symbol of ancient Rome is the Colosseum, located to the east of the Roman forum and primarily used for gladiatorial contests. Construction of the 50,000 seat auditorium began in 72CE under the emperor Vespasian and completed eight years later under the emperor Titus. The original name, Amphitheatrum Flavium, is an amalgamation of the two emperor's names. Today, apart from being a significant tourist attraction, the site holds a ceremonial role on Good Friday when the Pope leads a procession from the Colosseum.
Another famous Roman structure that has been very well preserved is the Pantheon, which literally means, 'to every god'. The current structure was built by Emperor Hadrian in 126 CE. Even today, the domed roof remains the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome.
A tour around the Roman Forum is a good idea, as it can be difficult to imagine the layout of the ancient city without the assistance of an experienced guide.
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: