Ending Southern Italy Tour on Oct. 1 (final nite in Naples 9/30). Need to get to FCO for overnight stay at Rome Airport 10/1, depart for USA a.m. on Oct. 2. Recommendations/suggestions for train vs. flying, PLEASE?
Airport to airport is probably the easiest if you have no interest in Rome. It is just as easy to stay in Rome as it is for the airport. Airport is fairly dull. If you fly you will have a lot of time to kill.
Travel by train will probably be faster than by air and will most certainly be a more pleasant and relaxing journey. With air travel you'll have to be at the airport at least an hour prior to your flight and go through all the hassles of check-in, security, waiting and having to deal with checked luggage and restrictions for carry-on. With rail travel you'll take a cab to Napoli Centrale, travel via Freccia to Roma Termini and then transfer to the Leonardo Express for the short trip to FCO. The entire journey from Naples will only be about two hours, depending on which train you connect with. If you pre-purchase your Freccia ticket well in advance, significant savings are possible so rail travel will be cheaper too.
We are taking the Southern Italy Tour, also, but earlier than you. We chose to take the train, instead of flying. We thought train travel would be less stressful than dealing airport security. We used Italo. Our tickets were 20 euro. We, also chose to stay in hotel near airport (using points for free stay).
If you are staying near the Rome airport and have free time, you can easily spend several hours at Ostia Antica. Great sights, with buildings in better shape than most of the buildings in Pompeii. Decent smaller museum too, and some nice mosaics. Good view into daily life in a port town.