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Australians can start planning their Italian adventures for the 2023 northern summer, with Qantas confirming a second season of its new service between Sydney and Rome, via Perth, just days after the maiden flight's departure.

The Red Roo's return to continental Europe and first direct link from Australia took to the skies for the first time this past weekend, with services departing every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday until October 6, flying aboard its staple Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

According to executivetraveller.com, Qantas' new Italian route marks an end to an almost 20 year absence from Rome, when its Boeing 747 served the Eternal City until 2003 after a stopover in Bangkok.

Shaving three hours off the previous fastest travel time to Rome, the flight departs from Sydney, makes a pitstop in Perth, and then continues its 16-hour trek to Fiumicino ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ Airport.

Passengers are also able to take advantage of a “circle fare” allowing them to fly into Rome and return to Australia from London on the one Qantas ticket.

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