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Arriving in Rome – Fiumicino (FCO)!

FCO Leonardo Statue Leonardo da Vinci AirportOne of the biggest challenges of getting to Rome is arriving at Leonardo da Vinci Airport, also known as Fiumicino or (FCO). Approximately 31 kilometers from downtown Rome, the Fuimicino airport can be intimidating to first time travelers to Europe or Italy. Some suggestions to ease your entry include… Read more…


Terminal 3 Arrivals at Fiumicino Airport

FCO T3 Signage Leonardo da Vinci AirportAfter an overnight flight, Leonardo Da Vinci Airport can be quite intimidating – especially if it’s your first time through FCO. For those coming from a Non-Schengen country, here is a step-by-step guide to negotiating the passport/immigration control area, baggage retrieval zone, customs, and finally… stepping into the public, non-secured Arrivals area of Terminal 3. Read more…


Terminal 5 – Departures Only – at FCO

fco Terminal 5 Smaller Leonardo da Vinci AirportThere seems to be a lot of confusion about Terminal 5 at the Leonardo Da Vinci airport. Terminal 5 (T5) was opened in May 2008 as an enhanced-security departures terminal. Perhaps terminal is the incorrect word as T5 is not really a terminal – it’s more like an offsite processing area for USA-bound passengers traveling on US-flagged airlines or El Al, the Israeli airline. Read more…




The Train Station at the Rome Airport (FCO)

fco train station Leonardo da Vinci AirportThe Train Station at the Leonardo Da Vinci Airport is easy to find and very convenient for arriving and departing passengers. Here you can purchase ALL your tickets for train journeys throughout Italy, helping you to avoid the long lines at the Roma Termini Station if you are connecting to another train. To get to the train station… Read more…


Lost Luggage at the Leonardo da Vinci Airport

fco Lost Luggage Leonardo da Vinci AirportThere are few travel disruptions more frustrating and disruptive to your vacation than lost luggage. Unfortunately, the Leonardo da Vinci Airport has had suffered from inconsistent baggage handling over the years. What can you do to prevent your luggage from becoming lost? What do you do IF your luggage does not show up on the baggage carousel? Read more…


At the Fiumicino Airport… Again

fco terminal Leonardo da Vinci AirportWe’ve traveled through Leonardo da Vinci Airport too many times to count. On this trip we arrived from Copenhagen (CPH) to visit freinds for a few days. The contrast between the two airports is striking. Copenhagen is modern, clean, with soaring cielings, lot’s of glass, well-signed, kiosks to check-in everywhere… and then there’s FCO… Read more…


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Another Chaotic Morning at the Leonardo Da Vinci Airport (FCO)

fco chaotic Leonardo da Vinci AirportToo soon, our son’s trip to Europe ended. On our last night in Rome we headed for one of our favorite restaurants, meeting friends and celebrating. It had been a busy but rewarding few days and we’d shown our son a glimpse of why we loved living in Italy. The people, the food, the relaxed life-style… it was a wonderful trip. Then we headed to FCO the next morning… Read more…


Where Can I Meet Arriving Passengers at FCO?

fco Meeting Point Leonardo da Vinci AirportWe are arriving ahead of other people in our party and would like to know where would be the best place to meet at FCO?” Leonardo Da Vinci Airport is a large, sprawling airport with multiple terminals, numbered 1, 2, 3, and 5 – with gate areas named B, C, D, G, and H. For a first-time traveler to this airport it can also be very confusing and chaotic. We suggest you meet at… Read more…


Purchasing a SIM Card at the FCO Airport…

fco TIM store Leonardo da Vinci AirportArriving International passengers have limited options when trying to purchase a SIM card at the FCO airport. Most of the SIM card and cell phone vendors are located in the B and D gates – far from the International, non-Schengen arrival gates. But there are a few options available in the air-side shopping areas. To see a few options…Read more…




FCO Terminals Change Names and #’s

fco terminal maps Leonardo da Vinci AirportIn October 2009, the Leonardo Da Vinci Airport renamed the Terminals and Gate locations. Terminals would now be known by numbers: 1, 2, 3, and 5. Gates would be designated by letters: B, C, D, G, and H. In older articles you may see references to Terminal C… that’s now Terminal 3. To avoid confusion, you might check out the maps here… Read more…


Luggage Storage Options for the Traveler

Trains in Italy Left Luggage Leonardo da Vinci AirportFor many travelers, storing your luggage on a brief stay in a city – traveling by train or plane – can be a problem. Most of the larger cities and airports do have a “LEFT LUGGAGE” service (deposito bagagli). The fees are very reasonable and I’ve used this service at multiple train stations and airports throughout Europe. It is quite pratical and your goods will be secure. Read more…


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