Italy has a great deal to attract international visitors flying to Europe - sunny weather, world-renowned art and architecture, delicious cuisine, great shopping, and streets that brim with thousands of years of history. Peak season is from late spring to early autumn; however, this is also the most expensive time to visit. Italy's currency is the Euro, with an exchange rate of approximately 4 Euros for 5 US dollars. Italy is a comparatively expensive holiday destination in terms of accommodation and other daily costs.
Flights in Italy are divided almost equally between traditional flag-carrying airlines (Alitalia and Meridiana) and low-cost budget airlines (RyanAir, EasyJet, Volotea, Vueling, and Blue Panorama). Other flag-carrying airlines that offer flights to Italy include Lufthansa, Air France, and British Airways.
Alitalia, Delta, and British Airways all offer direct flights to Rome's Fiumicino Airport from Los Angeles International, Chicago O'Hare, and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airports. JFK also offers direct flights to Milan's Malpensa Airport. Cheap flights tend to leave in the late afternoon or early evening, touching down in the early morning. A direct flight takes about 8 hours; however, there are indirect flights from North America connecting to a variety of Italian destinations through either London or Paris.
Travelers from the United States to Italy will usually arrive either at Rome's Fiumicino Airport or Milan's Malpensa Airport, which are both located some distance from their respective city center. From Fiumicino Airport, travelers can catch an express train or bus into the city center or a metro service to other parts of Rome. Malpensa Airport is also served by frequent trains and buses.
Some smaller airports in Italy like Rome Ciampino, Pisa, Lamezia Terme, Bergamo, Brindisi, Alghero, and Trapani are used almost exclusively by budget airlines. Millions of passengers use these regional airports to travel to destinations in Italy and Europe every year.
|Alitalia: Alitalia, Italy's national airline, uses Milan's Linate airport and Rome's Fiumicino-Leonardo da Vinci airport as flight hubs. Alitalia offers flights to 102 destinations around the world. For North American travelers, Alitalia offers flights from Boston, Miami, and New York to Rome Fiumicino airport. Alitalia also flies to a number of Italian cities including Alghero, Ancona, Bari, Bologna, Brindisi, Cagliari, Comiso, Florence, Genoa, Lampedusa, Naples, Palermo, Pisa, Turin, Venice, and Verona.|
|Air Canada: Air Canada offers flights from multiple Canadian cities to Milan's Malpensa and Rome's Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino airports.|
|American Airlines: American Airlines operates flights to 3 Italian destinations: Milan Malpensa airport, Rome da Vinci-Fiumicino airport, and seasonal flights to Venice's Marco Polo airport.|
|Delta: Delta airlines operates intercontinental flights from North America to Milan and Rome. Delta also offers seasonal flights to Pisa and Venice.|
|United Airlines: United Airlines operates flights to 108 cities in 73 countries around the world including Milan in Italy. United Airlines also offers seasonal flights to Rome and Venice.|
|US Airways: US Airways offers flights to 193 cities worldwide including Rome in Italy. US Airways also offers seasonal flights to Venice.|
|Blue Panorama Airlines: Headquartered in Rome's Fiumicino airport, Blue Panorama Airlines offers flights to a variety of Italian and international destinations. Blue Panorama Airlines flies to Bergamo, Bologna, Milan Linate, Milan Malpensa, Palermo, Pisa and Reggio Calabria. Seasonal flights also travel to Catania, Lampedusa, Pantelleria, Turin, Venice and Verona.|
|EasyJet: EasyJet is a budget airline that offers flights to over 13 cities in Italy and 130 destinations worldwide. Using Milan's Malpensa airport as its flight hub, EasyJet offers flights to Alghero, Bari, Bologna, Brindisi, Cagliari, Milan Linate, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Pisa, Rome, Venice and Verona. EasyJet also offers seasonal flights to Turin in the winter.|
|Meridiana: Using Olbia's Costa Smeralda airport as its flight hub, Meridiana operates flights to 51 destinations around the world. Meridiana flies to more than 10 cities in Italy including Bologna, Cagliari, Catania, Genoa, Milan Linate, Milan Malpensa, Naples, Rome, Turin, Venice and Verona. Seasonal flights are also available to Bari, Florence, Lampedusa, Palermo and Trieste.|
|Ryanair: Ryanair is the busiest airline in Europe. Ryanair offers discount flights to numerous cities in Italy including Alghero, Ancona, Bari, Bergamo, Bologna, Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Comiso, Cuneo, Genoa, Milan, Palermo, Parma, Perugia, Pescara, Pisa, Rome Ciampino, Rome Fiumicino, Trapani, Treviso, Trieste, Turin and Verona.|
|Volotea: Volotea, a Spanish low-cost airline, offers flights in Spain, Italy, and France. Volotea flights service Alghero, Bari, Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Genoa, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Trieste, Turin, Venice and Verona. Seasonal Volotea flights also service Ancona, Bergamo, Lampedusa, Pantelleria and Pisa.|
|Vueling: Vueling is Spain's budget airline that offers frequent flights to 145 cities around the world. Vueling's flight hub is located at Rome's Fiumicino airport. Vueling also offers flights to numerous cities in Italy including Bari, Bologna, Brindisi, Catania, Florence, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Pisa, Turin and Venice. Vueling also offers seasonal flights to Ancona, Cagliari, Genoa, Lampedusa, Olbia, Trieste and Verona.|
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