Marriott Rome Airport Hotel, Fiumicino ****
This handsome four-star hotel near Rome is part of the international Marriott hotels chain and guests can expect high standards of comfort and service here. Conveniently situated for Rome's Leonardo Da Vinci Fiumicino airport, the hotel lies about half a mile outside the village of Fiumicino and within easy reach of the airport. View hotel
Double rooms from €100
Euro House Inn Airport Hotel, Fiumicino ****
This hotel in Fiumicino, Lazio is very handy for Rome, and is a perfect base for exploration of Italy's capital city. Set a mere two kilometres from the Rome metro (subway/underground), this four star hotel allows you to discover Rome's sights by day and relax by the sea in the... View hotel
Double rooms from €90
Largely known to visitors as the home of one of Rome's two international airports, the Lazio coast town of Fiumicino is usually overlooked by visitors. But while they are speeding into Rome, take some time to explore this delightful fishing town. Fiumicino and the Tyrrhenian coastline around is very popular with weekending Romans, drawn by its terrific seafood restaurants. The beach here is of black sand, thanks to a high iron content and the volcanic rock of this part of Italy. There are other good beaches at Lido di Ostia and Lido di Castel Fusano.
Also head inland for one of the more important Roman sights - though regularly overlooked by visitors to the city. Ostia Antica was, in Classical times, the coast. The waters withdrew and left high and dry what had been Ancient Roma's port. The area has been extensively excavated now, and a day can enjoyably be spent pottering around this reconstruction (of the layout at least) of a working Roman town. We have the main street of Decumanus Maximus, the Baths of Neptune and the old town centre (Piazzale delle Corporazioni). There are mosaic pavements in the House of Apulius, and the House of Diana is the best surviving private residence in the town. North of here we have the Etruscan coast - 'forlorn' according to DH Lawrence, but enjoyably bleak to other eyes. And to the east we have Rome of course.