Guide to Rome Fiumicino Airport

Contributors: ggiulian, i-pise
Updated Wednesday 12th January, 2011

ICAO Code: LIRF
IATA Code: FCO

Latitude: N41° 47' 47"
Longitude E12° 15' 16"

Sunrise Today: 06:16
Sunset Today: 20:02

Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (IATA: FCO, ICAO: LIRF) is Italy's largest airport and the first international air gateway of the country, located in Fiumicino, 35 km from Rome's historic city centre.
Four runways presently operate at FCO airport: 16L/34R and 16R/34L (separated by a distance of 4,000 metres), 16C/34C (close to 16L/34R), mostly used as a taxiway or as a backup of 16L/34R, and 07/25, used only westwards for takeoffs due to dominant winds.

Radio Frequencies Radio Frequencies

Roma Arrival: 125,5
Roma Director Radar: 131,25
Roma Departure: 130,9
Tower FCO: 118,7 / 127,62
Ground: 121,9
ATIS (16R/34L): 114,9
ATIS (16L/34R, 7/25): 120,17
ATIS Departure: 121,85

Rome Fiumicino Airport Weather

All times on the weather descriptions are local

Observed at 02:00 - (6 days 16 hrs ago)


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Clouds:
Wind:
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Dew Point: °C
Runways with a headwind: Unable to determine, wind is clam

Movements

A sample of the upcoming movements for Rome Fiumicino.

We do not current have any movements for Rome Fiumicino Airport.

Photo Spot Spot A - Terrazza IP

It is placed on the roof of the bar of the IP-API gas station along "via Coccia di Morto". With an higher point of view, you can watch about 70% of Fiumicino moviments. It stand just in front of RWY16R, where you can spot all the landed airplanes while rolling out just straight in front of you. You have also a very nice overview of RWY 25, from wich you may see rotating planes taking off. You have the best light after 2 p.m. during winter time, and after 4 p.m. during summertime; take care of heat haze coming from the runway during hot days. Rotating planes from rwy25 have the best light after 6p.m. in summertime, since the rwy path is almost pointing west.
In the days with strong southern or northern winds, you have also a wide view of RWY 16R/34L movements.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N41° 48' 11" (N41° 48.192')
Longitude: E12° 13' 35" (E12° 13.581')

Photos

Photo 45259
Focal Length: 91.5mm
Photo 45256
Focal Length: 17.4mm
Photo 45255
Focal Length: 43.2mm
Photo 45254
Focal Length: 10mm

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Photo Spot Spot B - Ponticello

You can easily recognize this spotting point because is along Via Coccia di Morto close a little bridge that connects a safety gate of the airport to the road. Putting the lens among the grid of the gate you can shot in the morning aircrafts departing from RWY 25 or 16R, in the afternoon departing from RWY 34L or landing for 16R. Sometimes, in this point, you can have problem with airport's security, in particular (100% surely) when an EL AL aircraft is landing or departing.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N41° 47' 37" (N41° 47.611')
Longitude: E12° 13' 55" (E12° 13.919')

Photos

Photo 45197
Focal Length: 180mm
Photo 45193
Focal Length: 175mm
Photo 45192
Focal Length: 230mm
Photo 45191
Focal Length: 122mm

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Photo Spot Spot C - Tamoil

This point is situated at Tamoil gas station along Via Coccia di Morto. From here you have a wide view on RWY16R/34L movements. Ideal for RWY34L landings, when you can get a clear side shot of landing planes, or RWY16R takeoff, when you can get some nice shots of climbing planes.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N41° 47' 7" (N41° 47.112')
Longitude: E12° 14' 9" (E12° 14.151')

Photos

Photo 44819
Focal Length: 5.8mm
Photo 44807
Focal Length: 5.8mm
Photo 44806
Focal Length: 5.8mm
Photo 44786
Focal Length: 99.8mm

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Photo Spot Spot D - Spiazzo

This spotting point is located on the south runway head of 34L. From here you can shot aircraft on final for 34L in the afternoon.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N41° 46' 38" (N41° 46.628')
Longitude: E12° 14' 36" (E12° 14.599')

Photos

Photo 25629
Focal Length: 70mm
Photo 24829
Focal Length: 70mm
Photo 24828
Focal Length: 70mm
Photo 24783
Focal Length: 95mm

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Photo Spot Spot E - spotting point #5

You have an excellent view on planes landing on RWY34L (used only with northen wind condition), and you have best light in the morning, until 10 a.m. winter time or 12 a.m. during summer time.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N41° 46' 43" (N41° 46.717')
Longitude: E12° 14' 46" (E12° 14.759')

Photos

Photo 56119
Photo 56115
Photo 55543
Photo 55542

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Photo Spot Spot F - Porchettaro

This spotting point is located laterally the north runway head of 16R at the north end of Via Coccia di Morto. From the road in front of this place you may get some throught the fence pictures of plane lining up or landing on RWY16R.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N41° 48' 59" (N41° 48.982')
Longitude: E12° 13' 12" (E12° 13.193')

Photos

Photo 30686
Focal Length: 190mm
Photo 30685
Focal Length: 210mm
Photo 22688
Focal Length: 135mm
Photo 17750
Focal Length: 225mm

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Photo Spot Spot G - Testata 16R

This spotting point is located on the north runway head of 16R. From here you can shot aircraft landing for 16R in the afternoon or in the morning. There is much space so you can move to not photograph in backlit condition.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N41° 49' 11" (N41° 49.177')
Longitude: E12° 13' 30" (E12° 13.502')

Photos

Photo 45149
Focal Length: 185mm
Photo 45148
Focal Length: 220mm
Photo 45147
Focal Length: 110mm
Photo 44805
Focal Length: 99.8mm

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Photo Spot Spot H - Cancello

It's located at the end of Via del Porto in front of a security gate of the airport. From this position you can shot departing planes from 25. Most of light/medium plane rotate at this exact position, but you need to be very quick to get the picture. You may also have a view on planes taxing to reach the holding position for RWY 25. Only in the afternoon.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N41° 48' 32" (N41° 48.529')
Longitude: E12° 15' 9" (E12° 15.145')

Photos

Photo 44363
Focal Length: 26mm
Photo 44362
Focal Length: 11.9mm
Photo 44361
Focal Length: 29.7mm
Photo 25592
Focal Length: 160mm

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Photo Spot Spot I - Incrocio Piste

It's located at the end of Via dei Collettori in front of a security gate of the airport. It's a corner of airport perimeter where you can whatch RWY 25 holding point in front of you and RWY 16L and 16C on your left. Best light to snap holding position scenes is from 3 p.m. in the winter or 6 p.m. during summer time. Front view are always backlight (pointing south with the camera) so you have to wait until the airplanes enter the runway and make a 90%uFFFD turn. Sometimes you can have problems with airport's security, in particular (100% surely) when an EL AL aircraft is landing or departing.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N41° 48' 49" (N41° 48.813')
Longitude: E12° 16' 7" (E12° 16.113')

Photos

Photo 44782
Focal Length: 10.4mm
Photo 44781
Focal Length: 75mm
Photo 44780
Focal Length: 50.4mm
Photo 44779
Focal Length: 15.1mm

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Photo Spot Spot J - Touchdown 16L

At the intersection between Viale dell'Olivetello and Viale di Campo Salino, there is a airport's safety gate. In the afternoon you can photograph aircraft landing for 16L (approach, flare and touch down).

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N41° 50' 38" (N41° 50.639')
Longitude: E12° 15' 23" (E12° 15.387')

Photos

Photo 29635
Focal Length: 190mm
Photo 29634
Focal Length: 220mm
Photo 29633
Focal Length: 225mm
Photo 25601
Focal Length: 225mm

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Photo Spot Spot K - Burning Point

This point is situated on the north-east of RWY 16L. In the morning you can shot flaring and touching down planes.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N41° 50' 25" (N41° 50.421')
Longitude: E12° 16' 14" (E12° 16.232')

Photos

Photo 45231
Focal Length: 228mm
Photo 45230
Focal Length: 228mm
Photo 44053
Focal Length: 105mm
Photo 44052
Focal Length: 250mm

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Photo Spot Spot L - spotting point #12

This spotting point is close the north runway head of 16L along Via della Trigolana. At the morning you can shot plane on final approach.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N41° 51' 17" (N41° 51.292')
Longitude: E12° 15' 35" (E12° 15.583')

Photos

Photo 26838
Focal Length: 150mm
Photo 26837
Focal Length: 115mm
Photo 26836
Focal Length: 115mm
Photo 26783
Focal Length: 80mm

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Photo Spot Spot M - Montarozzo

Along Viale della Trigolana (on the western side of RWY 16L) there is a small dirty road that bring you to a safety gate of the airport. On the right there is a private cultivated field (be careful if plants are growing) that permit you to photograph aircrafts landing on 16L in a 3/4 right-frontal visual. Inside the field you can move to change visual and spot planes in a lateral or a 3/4 right-back view. This spotting point is good in the P.M. hours of the day.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N41° 50' 52" (N41° 50.863')
Longitude: E12° 15' 55" (E12° 15.915')

Photos

Photo 45233
Focal Length: 119mm
Photo 45232
Focal Length: 300mm
Photo 45188
Focal Length: 250mm
Photo 45097
Focal Length: 98mm

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Comments Comments About This Airport / Guide

Posted by: Donal Ireland
Sunday 9th September, 2012 at 12:05 GMT
Hi going to rome in oct on holidays, hope to get a bit of spotting done. where is best area to spot with a 70-300mm lens? also will not have a car or ladder with us. can anyone helps us out?? please and thanks.
Posted by: Aldo Bidini Italy
Wednesday 20th April, 2011 at 10:38 GMT
The tower FCO 118.7 is for runway 25 (departures) and runway 16R/34L
The tower FCO 127.625 is for runway 16L/34R

Spot C Tamoil is now Agip
Posted by: Antonio masi Italy
Tuesday 22nd March, 2011 at 00:19 GMT
I love the italia plane

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