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Aeroporto Fiumicino Reviews
Rome Airport Oct 04, 2012
Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO), also known a Fiumicino Airport or Rome Airport, is the main international airpot for Rome and one of Europe's major airports. The airport is located near the coast, about 22 miles (35 km) from downtown Rome. A number of ground transportation options, including dedicated bus and train service to Rome's central railway station (Termini), are provided.
The airport was built to accommodate crowds arriving for the 1960 Olympics. It now extends to four terminals (numbered T1, T2, T3, and T5). Intercontinental flights arrive at Terminal 3. Check-in and security for US and Israel flagged carriers is at Terminal 5.
We arrived from Washington at Terminal 3. Passport Control was easy. The officer waved everyone on through! No passport stamps, though. There are a number of large baggage claim conveyors. Flight numbers and corresponding claim areas are posted on several display screens. The arrival process was smooth considering the volume of arriving flights. Passengers then proceed beyond the security area to an arrival concourse with shops and food.
Leaving Rome, we checked in for United Airlines at Terminal 5. This is an isolated terminal serving US and Israel carriers and security here is tight. (Security personnel wearing fatigues and carrying automatic weapons patrol the terminal.) Carry-on screening also takes place at this terminal. Passengers are then bussed back to Terminal 3 for actual departure gates.
Terminal 3 has a vast Duty-Free shopping area with several designer brand stores in addition to the usual candy, cosmetics, and liquor sales. I liked the bookstore that also sold CDs of Italian popular and classical music and DVDs of classic Italian films.
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