Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, known also as the Fiumicino Airport, is the most important airport of Rome, and the most transited airport in Italy, by passenger traffic. The airport is located about 35 kilometers west of Rome, in Fiumicino.
The Fiumicino Airport has 3 terminals and the same number of runways, but a fourth runway should be operational by 2020. The airport serves as the main hub for Alitalia, the largest Italian airline.
The Fiumicino Airport was officially opened in 1961, with two runways, replacing the smaller Ciampino Airport, which remained in service for low-cost airlines and for domestic and charter operations.
During the 1960s, Alitalia invested heavily in the new airport, building hangars and maintenance centres. A third runway was built during the same decade.
HOW TO GET THERE
From Rome, you can reach the Fiumicino Airport by bus, with one of the buses run by the Terravision company. A trip takes about 50 minutes, a ticket costs 5.80€ and a round trip is 9.00€.
You can also get to the airport by train, with Leonardo Express, a non-stop service of Trenitalia making the connection to Rome Termini railway station, leaving every 15 minutes. A ticket costs 14€ and the trip takes 32 minutes.