Ciampino Airport is an easy place to pick up your car hire and drive off on any number of possible side trips. The Castelli Romani (Roman Castles) - actually hill towns, not castles - are perfect to explore by car. Marino, just 25 kilometres from Rome's city centre (and even closer to Ciampino Airport), is a hill town especially popular during October, when the grape harvest happens. During this time, the town's fountains send forth wine instead of water!
Car hire stations can be found just outside the airport by the Via Mario Mameli road at car park 8; a shuttle service runs to this car park regularly. At the end of your holiday, your hire car should be returned here.
Apart from pizzas and art and architecture and, well, too many things to list, the Italians also do really good chocolate. Pick up a stash of Amedei to take home and when you get it there, find somewhere to hide it.
The arrivals areas and General Aviation Terminal all have cash machines available in them.
There are a few kiosks serving snacks and drinks at the airport, but save time queuing and either eat in the city or bring some food with you; there’s no such thing as a bad takeaway in Rome.
When translated, Tiramisu, the famous, delicious Italian cake, means "pick me up". Order a slice with your coffee and there will be no afternoon pennichella (snooze) for you. This means that while the roads are clear, you can take the hire car for a spin and beat the traffic. Located on the southeast of Rome, 9 miles from the centre, Ciampino is the smaller of the cities two airports.
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