|Most popular in||December||High demand for flights, 6% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||May||Best time to find cheap flights, 4% potential price drop|
|Average price||C$ 851||Price for this month|
|Cheapest price||C$ 652||From Toronto to Rome|
C$ 766 - C$ 1451
13 - 32 °C
6 - 49 mm
When to fly to Rome
Rome’s peak tourist season begins just before Easter (when the greatest number of visitors flock to the city) and runs through October. June to the beginning of September is usually the most expensive and crowded time to travel to Rome and when most Rome flights and hotels are booked in advance. Many visitors come in the summer despite the warmer weather. It’s recommended that you don’t book trips to Rome in August. Most of the population is on vacation for the month of August, especially the last two weeks. Even hotels, restaurants, and shops are closed as all the Romans go on vacation.
Most attractions either go on shorter winter hours or close for renovations from late October to Easter. Some hotels and restaurants are closed for a month or two between November and February. However, during the winter months, especially January through March, you can often get into the open attractions and sights without having to wait in line.
A visit to Rome marks the trip of a lifetime. Rome is the centre of culture, romance, arts and cuisine. From theatre acts to photographs, Rome is full of life and love – a feeling evident at start of your Rome trip. From the moment you board the flight to Rome it’s hard not to get swept away by the Italian way of life.
Brush up on your history during the long flight to Rome. From emperors to dictators to artists and musicians, Rome has produced some of the most world-famous names in history. Today, Rome is centre of the Italian government and home to the Vatican. But there is more to Rome than a rich history. Book a cheap trip to Rome and experience some of the best sidewalk sophistication in the world. From open-air cafes full of people sipping cappuccino to fashionable boutiques packed full of couture clothes, there’s something for everyone in Rome. Pack your best pair of walking shoes and head to the streets – from the Spanish Steps to the Roman amphitheatre your days in Rome will be packed with sightseeing activities.
Take a break while you’re in the Eternal City and pull up a chair at one of the many cafes around Rome. Sip limoncello and watch the world go by before you board your plane back home. Whether you find a cheap flight to Rome for an impromptu holiday or plan a jam-packed Roman vacation, the trip to Rome will be unforgettable.
Flights to Rome, Italy from cities in Canada range from about 8h-25h. The length of your flight will depend on your departure city, the number of layovers you experience, and the length of each layover. If you’re flying from as far east as Montreal, you can expect your flight to be shorter than a flight out of airports in the western provinces, like Vancouver and Calgary.
There are a couple of airports in Canada that offer direct flights to Rome – Toronto Pearson, with about 12 nonstop flights to Rome daily, and Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau, with about seven nonstop flights each day. If you are planning a trip to Rome and intend to fly out of one of these two airports, airlines servicing these flights will be Air Transat, Air Canada, or Alitalia. If you’re departing from cities out west, like Vancouver, Calgary, and Winnipeg, you’ll make stopovers in cities including Toronto, Montreal, Paris, and/or Amsterdam.
If you’re flying to Rome from Canada, you’ll alight at Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, about 32km west of Rome city centre. To reach the city centre from the airport, you have several options. One of the most popular is the Leonardo Express train, which departs every 15 minutes and takes about 30 minutes to arrive at Rome’s Termini Station. It costs about C$20 and stops at all terminals.
You can also take a local FL1 train which departs from the airport but doesn’t actually stop in Rome city centre. You’d have to transfer to another train from one of FL1’s to reach central Rome, though it does only cost about C$12 one way. Terravison bus service is another popular option, costing about C$8.50 one way with a direct route to Termini Station in about 55 minutes.
Rome is a city filled with culture and brimming with historical significance. It is the capital city and Italy and also one of the most ancient cities in the world. While in Rome, you can visit the Colosseum, originally constructed in about 70-80 AD as an arena for gladiator matches and other entertainment. Another ancient structure, the Pantheon, is constructed with stone columns and a patterned dome, providing magnificent vistas as you walk through its pathways. Trevi Fountain is more than just your typical fountain, offering ornate carvings of the Roman God Oceanus and tritons astride chariots. Be sure to bring coins so you can toss them into the fountain for good luck. In Piazza di Spagna, you’ll encounter the glorious Spanish Steps, lavish wide stone stairs surrounded by carved walls. And of course, Rome is home to a city-within-a-city, Vatican City.
Canadian citizens do need a valid passport to journey to Rome, Italy, although you will not need a visa if your stay is for under 90 days and for business or tourism purposes.
Winter is typically cool with December and January temperatures up to 10 degrees Celsius and most of the yearly rainfall. Spring and fall are Rome’s best weather seasons. April usually starts in the teens and temperatures reach the upper 20s in June. Summer can be very hot and dry with July and August temperatures in the mid-20s.
Don’t try driving a car or motorbike in Rome. The historic centre of the city is easily managed on foot and many streets don’t allow cars. Where the streets are open, traffic is heavy and congested and local drivers have little patience.
You’ll enjoy the city on foot, especially if you have some comfy walking shoes to make your way over the cobblestones.
For longer distances, take advantage of the public transportation system, the Metrebus or Metro. You can find subway entrances by looking for a big red “M.” Most of the popular attractions have subway stops nearby and trains run from 5:30am until 11:30pm. On Saturdays trains run an extra hour until 12:30am.
For after-hours travel, hop on a night bus, which run from 12:30am to 5:30am. Look for stops marked with an owl. The daytime buses and trams start running at 5:30am. You won’t get anywhere fast, but at least you can soak up some of the city while you get around. You’ll need to buy bus and metro tickets before you board.