Rome, known as the Eternal City, has historical significance as the capital and largest city of Italy and of the Lazio region. It is famous for being the home of the ancient Roman Empire and the Vatican City, both making it a very popular tourist destination.
Rome is one of the most popular cities in the world to travel to. With so much demand for visitors to Rome airlines offer plenty of routes to get you there.
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Airports near Rome
Rome is primary served by two airports, one being the main one for international travel while the other is small and serves budget airlines.
|Airport||Taxi To Center||Est Taxi Price|
|Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino International Airport (FCO)||35 min||€48|
|G.B. Pastine/Ciampino International Airport (CIA)||25 min||€30|
Airlines Flying To Rome
Alitalia is Italy’s flagship carrier that serves routes to 5 major US cities. However, all of the major airlines in the US offer a nonstop flight including Delta, United, and American Airlines.
|Alitalia||John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)||Airbus A330, Boeing 777|
|Alitalia||Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)||Airbus A330|
|Alitalia||Dulles International Airport (IAD)||Airbus A330|
|Alitalia||Miami International Airport (MIA)||Airbus A330|
|Alitalia||Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)||Boeing 777|
|Delta Airlines||John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)||Airbus A330|
|Delta Airlines||Atlanta International Airport (ATL)||Airbus A330|
|Delta Airlines||Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)||Airbus A330|
|United Airlines||Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)||Boeing 767|
|American Airlines||O’Hare International Airport (ORD)||Boeing 787|
|American Airlines||Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)||Boeing 787|
|American Airlines||Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)||Boeing 787|
If you do not live near one of these airports it’s likely you will connect in one of these cities before making your trip across the pond.
Best First Class
Unfortunately no carriers offer a traditional First class from the US to Rome currently. If you were set on first class experience it is possible via a layover with British, Swiss, or Lufthansa but we wouldn’t think its worth it just for the added comfort.
Best Business Class
Not all business class are made equal so if you are willing to pay a premium for comfort (or shell out some points) we’ll tell you what option would be best.
1. United Airlines 767
United Polaris Business Class is one of the most comfortable and private seats to fly across the Atlantic. We’ve flown it multiple times from Newark to Frankfurt and indulged in the amazing Polaris lounge prior to takeoff. United will start flying the 767 nonstop to Rome from November 2021 onwards in a 1-1-1 configuration making each seat have its own aisle access. We would easily say its the most prized business class from the US to Rome.
2. American Airlines 787
With a comfortable 1-2-1 designed cabin American Airlines comes in at #2 on our list. The airline has invested in upgrading their business class over the past few years and swapping out older seats with updated interiors. If you can snag a seat on American at a good price it’ll be a great way to get you into Rome.
3. Alitalia A330
While Alitalia business does not offer the most privacy we tend to like the layout that offers more room than most business class seats. This plane is also ideal if traveling as a couple since some seats are set in pairs allowing you to be together that is more difficult on American or Deltas offering.
Delta would be the next best given their A330 is flying a 1-2-1 reverse herringbone configuration but we felt the cabin was the least new of the rest.
All 4 major airlines have reputable business classes and we don’t suggest taking a longer route just to pick one over the other. But if you are coming from a major city that offers more than one, we think its good to compare before you go.
Best Economy Class
There usually isn’t a major difference in economy class hard product but there may be items some airlines do better than others.
1. Alitalia Premium Economy
In this case Alitalia is a standout being the only carrier to offer a premium economy experience, clearing making it the best choice. Another plus is by flying the Italian flagship carrier you will be served a more locals take on Italian food prior to arrival.
2. United 767 Economy
United is a standout with the plane flying to Rome looking to have the most comfortable economy class. The layout is a 2-3-2 while most others offer a 2-4-2 layout. Again this won’t make a major difference, especially if you are able to snag one of the 2 seat sections on any of the other airlines. However, on a full flight you will definitely notice a roomier cabin even if the plane is a bit smaller compared to an American 787.
Summary & Takeaways
With many different airlines offering service to Rome this is great news for consumers. In our opinion outside of United Business Class the remainder of the options tend to be fairly similar and you should have a comfortable trip regardless of which you choose.
Keep in mind many airlines are trying to find other ways to separate themselves like lounge access and investment in better food. If you have flexibility on this route we recommend going with an airline that suites your travel needs and letting us know what you think is best in the comments