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London to Rome (Wome?) by sminobe on 14 March 2005 8:31pm
Has anyone had any experiences, good or bad, with EasyJet? I've been having trouble just with their online booking! If I ever manage to get a ticket, what is their service like?

Or Ryan Air?

I'm trying to get a flight from London to Rome in June...
Re: London to Rome (Wome?) by jenny_o on 18 March 2005 4:41pm
I went to Rome a couple of years ago with Ryan Air during one of their sales. The prices were really cheap so you get a no frills service and the airport, ciampiano is out of the way but Ryan Air provide a coach into Rome itself. My hotel was out of the way so I had to work out which buses to get but usually the hotels can provide good information. I also flew with them to Venice and had no problems there either.
Re: London to Rome (Wome?) by lester on 30 March 2005 1:49am
I sometimes fly Ryanair for business, and if I could avoid it, I would. If you check Alitalia or KLM, you might find special offers but it takes some patience. Fiumicino is closer and more practical than small Ciampino, no question, there's a train direct into the centre. ciao
Re: London to Rome (Wome?) by julwis on 30 March 2005 8:51pm
Ive used EasyJet a couple of times. Once to Glasgow, when the tyre burst on landing, and once to Rome, when it didnt. The online booking system was fine. Actually I only found out after I booked the Rome flight that I could have done the exact same flight and very similar times with RyanAir, except £20 cheaper! Doh! Boarding was really free for all, though the cabin crew did reward those whod waited longest in the departure lounge with being able to board first. Anyway Stansted to Rome Ciampino was a nice flight, especially south of Stuttgart over the Alps! Nice view of the Colliseum and Vatican on the approach to landing too. Ciampino however as has been said is a bit out of the way. Found it amusing how the ground crew run a shuttle bus to transport passengers the 20 or so yards between the terminal and the plane. EasyJet also run a bus to the Terminii in the City. It departs just after the plane arrives, which is long enough to pick up passengers obviously!, and leaves Terminii for its connecting flight only 2 hours before the flight is due to depart, even if thats in the middle of rush hour! Urgent doesnt seem to be a word that is understood in Italian! ;) I got to Ciampino with about 15 minutes to get my flight, which wasnt a problem really given the size of Ciampino. The ground crew had decided that because the bus was late then the departure would be delayed 30 minutes, of course they didnt tell the EasyJet crew this! I agree that Fiumicino is better connected but I got the impression Ciampino was closer to the city centre (its still about 10 km out though). LDV is about 25 km out on the coast. Another problem I had when I got to my hotel, on Piaza Bologna, the front door was tucked away so well that I walked around the Piaza several times before i found it. Having said that, I can recommend it (Hotel San Giusto), the staff were friendly, breakfast was good and the rates werent bad. Not many restaurants close by but only a couple of stops from Terminii where you can find any route into the City.
What I found most spectacular about Rome though was the Roman architecture, it was amazing! The food was good too! Ive mixed feelings about the Vatican though, the main parts (St Peters, Sistine Chapel etc etc etc) are a must see, but, and please dont take this the wrong way as an attack on Catholicism, but I found the immense wealth on display more than a little disturbing. Gesu, near the Vittoriana, comes a close second if you cant make it to St Peters. What I found more moving though was the simplicity of the smaller Catholic churches, especially the one where the Bocca della Verita is, which is at the far end of Circa Maximus.
Re: London to Rome (Wome?) by sminobe on 31 March 2005 10:51pm
Thank you for your experiences. I've booked 2 flights with RyanAir -- London to Rome (Ciam) & Rome to Paris (Beau). It's hard to argue with the prices -- $50 vs $550 (Alitalia) or $862 (Brit Air)! Wish me luck!

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