For those who plan on arriving by air, here is what you need to know before booking a flight to Italy. We include from when to book, knowing your rights, low cost vs: normal carriers to choosing the right airport.
Italy is home to more than 120 airports with Milan’s Malpensa and Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airports as the busiest International gateways across the country, other airports instead serve as hubs for each respective region.
One great trick when it comes to booking an affordable flight is to be flexible when considering which airport to arrive and leave from.
It might be tempting to want to arrive directly in Florence’s Peretola for example if you plan on discovering the Renaissance city, but considering the runway is short and planes are often delayed due to fog or wind.
It actually might make more sense to arrive in the city of Pisa or even Bologna.
Both generally can guarantee more flights and are busier hubs than Florence in case of eventual delays.
Fly to Italy on a Monday through Thursday
Flying on a weekend is pricier and, really, there’s often little reason for weekend travel.
If you’re taking a week off work, you’re taking a week off work does it really matter whether you leave on Wednesday and return next Thursday, or if your last day is Friday and you return on a Monday?
Look at consolidator websites other than Expedia
Every consolidator website searches different airlines, so cover your bases and look at as many as possible. We like Priceline, Hotwire and Kayak.
…and check some airline websites directly
Because certain airlines won’t even submit their data to consolidator websites, it also pays to go directly to airline websites that might offer good fares.
Also, remember that even if you find a great fare on a site like Vayama, there’s a surcharge for booking it through them—so you should find the same flight on the airline’s site and book it there, anyway.
Consider flying to a European hub, then getting to Italy
A stop in London can be a way to cut down the cost of that flight to Italy!
If flights directly to Italy are just too expensive, check flights to another European hub, particularly London or Dublin.
They’re often less expensive, and flights from those cities to Italy can be very cheap.
Airlines like British Airways and Alitalia, in particular, often have good fares between London and Rome.
Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) Location: Fiumicino
Distance from the Pantheon: A taxi from the airport to downtown Rome takes about 30 minutes without traffic.
You can also take the train which takes just under an hour.
The largest airport serving Rome—and one of the busiest in Europe—is Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (also known simply as Rome Fiumicino Airport).
It's connected to Rome's city center via bus and train, or you can take taxis or rideshares.
Ciampino–G.B. Pastine International Airport (CIA) Location: Ciampino
Distance from the Pantheon: A taxi from the airport to downtown Rome takes about 25 minutes without traffic.
You can also take the bus, which takes about an hour.
Rome's other international airport is the smaller Ciampino G.B. Pastine International Airport.
One of the oldest airports in the world, Ciampino was built in 1916 and played a major role in Italy's 20th-century history.
It primarily serves low-cost airlines but also has many charter and executive flights as well.
It's connected to Rome via bus service, and you can also take a bus to the nearby Ciampino Railway Station, which offers trains to Rome.
Pisa International Airport (PSA) Location: South Pisa
Distance from the Leaning Tower of Pisa: A taxi from the airport to downtown Pisa takes about 10 minutes without traffic.
The Pisamover takes you to the main train station in Pisa in about five minutes, from which you'd take 15-minute bus ride to the tower.
The main international airport in Tuscany is Pisa International, also called Galileo Galilei Airport, after the Italian astronomer and mathematician.
It's conveniently located to Pisa's city center—fewer than three miles away, just across the Arno River.
There are excellent public transportation options: the Pisamover, for instance, connects the Pisa's train station with the airport in five minutes.
Florence Airport, Peretola (FLR) Location: Northwest Florence
Distance from the Duomo: A taxi from the airport to downtown Florence takes about 15 minutes without traffic.
A tram or a bus take about 20 minutes.
It's located on the northwest side of the city, about 2.5 miles from the city center.
The airport has limited service compared to Pisa—only a handful of airlines fly here, primarily Vueling.
Many visitors to Florence fly in via Pisa, or they take a train from Rome.
Milan Malpensa International Airport (MXP) Location: Ferno
Distance from the Duomo: A taxi from the airport to downtown Milan takes about 45 minutes without traffic.
The Malpensa Express train to the main train station in Milan takes approximately 50 minutes, a bus takes about 45 minutes depending on traffic.
The area's largest international airport is Milan Malpensa, which is located 30 miles outside the city center in the town of Ferno.
Milan Linate Airport (LIN) Location: Segrate
Distance to the Duomo: A taxi from the airport to downtown Milan takes about 20 minutes without traffic.
A bus takes approximately 30 minutes.
Although smaller than MXP, Milan Linate Airport is closer to the city center of Milan—just about a mile outside city limits.
Orio al Serio International Airport (BGY) Location: Orio al Serio
Distance to Milan: A taxi from the airport to downtown Milan takes about 50 minutes without traffic.
You can also take a bus and takes approximately one hour.
Naples International Airport Location: North Naples
Distance to Positano: A taxi from the airport to Positano takes about 80 minutes without traffic.
Public transportation options are limited—you'd have to take an airport bus to Sorrento, then a local bus to Positano.
You could also take a train or bus to Salerno and a ferry to Positano.
It's the best airport to fly into if you're visiting Pompeii, the Amalfi coast, or Capri.
Venice Marco Polo Airport Location: Orio al Serio
Distance to Milan: A taxi from the airport to downtown Milan takes about 20 minutes without traffic.
You can also take a boat but it might take more than 90 minutes, depending on how many stops there are. The bus takes 20 minutes.
Viaggiare in aereo
Informazioni L' aereo è sicuramente il mezzo di trasporto più comodo e veloce. Una volta decisa la destinazione per avere informazioni sui voli e sulle tariffe più convenienti potete visitare i siti Internet, rivolgervi alle agenzie di viaggio con biglietteria aerea, nelle sedi delle compagnie aeree nelle città e negli aeroporti presentandovi di persona, telefonando ai numeri verdi (gratuiti) o ai call center delle compagnie aeree stesse. La prenotazione del volo e l'acquisto del biglietto possono essere effettuate tramite agenzia, compagnia aerea oppure via Internet. In caso di acquisto del biglietto elettronico si pagherà con la carta di credito e successivamente si ritirerà la carta di imbarco direttamente in aeroporto. A causa della concorrenza creatasi negli ultimi anni tra le compagnie aeree, queste offrono tariffe differenti per le stesse rotte, ma quelle che gestiscono voli low cost solitamente offrono le tariffe più convenienti.
Voli di linea, voli charter, voli no frills/low cost e last minute Voli di linea: hanno un orario, una città di partenza e di arrivo stabilita ogni giorno della settimana. Sono gestiti dalle diverse compagnie aeree, che possono essere di bandiera, cioè controllate dagli Stati che coprono la maggior parte delle rotte da e per il paese cui appartengono, oppure possono essere private. Per ottenere prezzi convenienti, occorre prenotare con largo anticipo.
Voli charter: sono voli a carattere occasionale noleggiati da organizzazioni turistiche in date ed orari prefissati e caratterizzati dal costo inferiore dei biglietti rispetto ai voli di linea. Possono essere utili se si deve raggiungere una località che non è collegata direttamente con i voli di linea.
Voli no frills o low cost: sono voli a basso costo diretti in Europa a tariffe molto convenienti in quanto i servizi a bordo e quelli a terra vengono ridotti al minimo e si utilizzano scali secondari sovente più scomodi da raggiungere. Inoltre il numero dei posti su ogni volo è ridotto e occorre effettuare la prenotazione con largo anticipo. Generalmente l'acquisto del biglietto avviene contemporaneamente alla prenotazione del volo. Le prenotazioni avvengono generalmente per telefono direttamente alla Compagnia o via Internet. La vendita dei biglietti non avviene solitamente attraverso intermediari.
Voli last minute: si tratta di voli di compagnie aeree rimasti invenduti e prenotabili a partire da 15 giorni prima della data di partenza. E’ necessario partire nelle date indicate e si può prenotare anche on line.
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