I am impressed by the efficiency of Roma Airport. Not only was the arrival terminal well signposted, the speed at which you passed through immigration/customs was exceptional. Even the baggage claim was fast!
Next task was to find the left luggage counter and deposit one very large and heavy suitcase. I’d used the internet to find out if I could store one suitcase as I figured it would not be easy for me to lug 2 suitcases, one camera backpack and a laptop satchel around Rome, especially since I was going to be using the direct train to Rome Termini. The left luggage counter was down the very end of the arrival terminal. After a quick x-ray, my suitcase was safely deposited for the duration of my time in Roma.
Finding the train station departure terminal was easy, with a variety of well signposted turns and escalator rides. I’m now very adept at using the escalators with a suitcase in tow! A one-way non-stop ride to Rome Termini (the hub terminal of Rome City) costs €11. Getting on the train with your luggage takes a bit of strength but easy nonetheless.
The trains run every 30 minutes so the wait is not very long and it is a very reasonable and comfortable way to make your way into the city.
My hotel, Luciani, was extremely easy to find – exit the termini via Marsela turn right, walk for 1 minute, turn left and 30 seconds later, I was there. One flight of stairs and I’m at the counter checking in.
My room was slightly larger than my room in Madrid and was very comfortable. The towels made me laugh – they look more like sheets than towels bur man can they soak up a lot of water!!
After a quick wash, a change of clothes I was ready to explore the city!