When you travel to the Eternal City by plane, your first logistical hurdle in your itinerary will be choosing which transport method to use to get from Rome airport to the city center. Rome has two airports, so you'll need to figure out which one your flight is coming into, as this will affect your transfer options if you decide to go with public transport rather than a private or shared shuttle.
Pro tip #1: Don't take rides from people who offer on the sidewalk
Both the Fiumicino airport and the Ciampino airport have crowded transport areas filled with taxis and private cars, as well as people soliciting travelers to see if they "need a taxi." Be aware that licensed taxi drivers wait in the taxi queue and don't try to find their passengers at the airport's exit doors. If you take one of these likely unlicensed rides from Rome airport to the city center, you may be charged an exorbitant amount and have no legal recourse since the ride itself doesn't belong to any regulated service.
Pro tip #2: Be prepared for transport strikes and how to avoid them
Rome is notorious for its frequent public transport strikes and for its less-than-efficient public transport system. Transport strikes often occur on Fridays and when they are general strikes, they affect trains as well as buses and the underground. It's not worth the hassle or savings to depend on public transport for getting from Rome airport to the city center. There's a much better way, which you'll see in the next tip.
Pro tip #3: Book a private or shared shuttle in advance
Especially if this is your first trip to Rome, you may not know all the various options for transfers from Rome airport to the city center. Seasoned travelers recommend taking a private or shared shuttle with a service like Habi Cabs. You can book and pay in advance and your driver will be waiting for you at your airport exit gate. The shuttle departs 14 times between 8 am and 2:30 p.m. from Fiumicino, or you can book a private transfer from FCO or Ciampino.
Now that you know these tips, you're ready to plan your transfer from the Rome airport and soon be on your way to an exciting stay in one of the world's most beautiful cities.