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Cheap flights to Italy

Italy’s cities and sights are a feast for the senses. From the food to the landscapes to the architecture, Italy is like a masterpiece by Michelangelo.

From high fashion, fine dining and Leonardo’s ‘The Last Supper’ in Milan, to the heartrending romance of Verona’s Romeo and Juliet; the hardest decision to make is deciding on an Italian destination. Will it be beautiful Naples to sample Italian pizza in its birthplace, or re-enacting ‘Room with a View’ in enchanting Florence with its iconic Duomo and sea of red tiled roofs before losing yourself in the Giottos, Botticellis, Raphaels and Caravaggios of the Uffizi Gallery? Maybe roaming the streets of Rome where the sheer number of historic treasures outstrips all others; to marvel at the ceiling of the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, or St Peter’s Basilica, the colossal Colosseum, the Santa Maria in Trastavere and the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and the Roman Forum - all before a well-earned gelato.

What about cycling alongside the radiant carpets of sunflower, lavender and poppy fields of Tuscany; inhaling the scent of lemon groves in Amalfi or taking a speedboat to the glamorous island of Capri with its designer boutiques? The leaning tower of Pisa may draw you in, then on to Venice to promenade the breathtaking Rialto Bridge or ride a gondola; sit in St Mark’s Square gazing at the Doge’s Palace. Or, how about skiing the Italian Alps and hiking the mighty Dolomites before flying to Sicily’s rustic shores to wander among the olive groves. Then again, Sardinia, closer to Africa than Milan promises gastronomic delights while the ruined city of Pompeii and its nemesis Vesuvius also long to be seen. If it all gets too much, unwind in style by the glassy waters of Lake Como or Garda, protected by their spectacular mountains and give it a little more thought.

Fly In

There are over 70 airports in Italy, serving the most popular destinations as well as the smaller, lesser known parts of the country. Rome Fiumicino Airport, serving the stunning Eternal City, is undoubtedly Italy’s foremost airport. Located just 15 km from Rome, public buses take 1 hour to reach the city centre while the Leonardo Express train takes 30 minutes.

Milan Malpensa is another popular destination for passengers flying to the fashion capital of the world. Thirty miles from the centre of Milan, the Malpensa Express train takes 40 minutes to reach the heart of the city, while the Malpensa Shuttle bus runs every 20 minutes connecting both Malpensa and Linate Airports to the city centre.

Venice Marco Polo Airport flies passengers to the spectacular watery city. It is located just 12 km from the airport by road (the airport is on terra firma) or 10 km by water, and can be reached in under 20 mintues. Aeroporto di Treviso also serves Venice and is the main airport for budget carriers such as Ryanair.

Another popular airport is Bergamo, both for its proximity to Milan but also to the beautiful town of the same name, that nestles in the Alps. Apart from taxis; a combination bus and train journey takes passengers the 45km to Milan, while those visiting Bergamo can be there in 10 minutes on the Bergamo Bus.

Catania Airport, 7km from Catania located on the east coast, is one of a few that serves the beautifully rustic destination of Sicily. Palermo Airport is another, located 28 km from the city of Palermo on the west coast of Sicily.

Finally, for the best pizza in Italy, passengers fly to Aeroporto di Napoli just outside city of Naples. From here is it also possible to reach the breathtaking Amalfi Coast and the luxurious island of Capri.

What you need to know – 150

Currency: The Euro (EUR) €

Visas: Nationals of the United Kingdom do not require a visa to visit Italy for a period of up to 180 days. However, all travellers must have a passport that is valid for at least 90 days following the date of departure. Six month validity is advisable.

Laws: By law in Italy residents and tourists must have some form of identification on their person at all times. If visitors do not produce their ID at the requested time, they may be required to produce the relevant document at a police station within 12 hours. A full passport will be asked for by police if stopped while driving.

In Rome, restaurants are only allowed to charge for bread if the customer asks for it, not if it is brought by a member of staff without the customer’s request.

The legal age for drinking alcohol in Italy is 16 and over and there is a blanket smoking ban in al indoor public places.

In Venice and Florence, fines my result if visitors are caught dropping litter, sitting on the steps of, or eating/drinking in the immediate vicinity of a main church or public building.

Be warned, as harmless as it may seem, feeding the birds in the beautiful Piazza di San Marco will incur fines of up to €580 if caught.

Best times to Visit

April to June is the best time to visit Italy. The weather is not quite as scorching as the mid-summer months and there are far fewer crowds to contend with. From July to September, Italy is packed with tourists with August being the worst month. Not only because of the heat but also because many places close as locals go on their holidays – this includes hotels, bars and restaurants. While in late October to March many attractions close, the winter sports season in the mountain regions comes into its own with skiing, snowboarding and more.  

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