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One of the biggest expenses of any trip is the cost of an airline ticket – and, unfortunately, for many people visiting Italy from outside Europe, the cost is higher than you’d think it should be. You may have seen great bargain fares listed for flights to major European cities like Paris, London, or Amsterdam and assumed that flights to Rome or Milan would be similarly priced – but they’re usually not. For whatever reason (and there are many theories), flights to Italy from outside Europe almost always cost more than flights to other European cities.
But that doesn’t mean you have to give up on your Italy trip. I mean, France and England are perfectly nice and all, but you won’t find Venice or the Roman Colosseum or The Last Supper anywhere else but Italy. You’ll just need to do a little more legwork to find the best prices on airfare to Italy.
And that’s where WhyGo Italy comes in.
There are many articles on WhyGo Italy that offer tips to finding cheap airfare to Italy, but unless you’ve been following along from the very beginning you may have missed some of them. So I’m going to keep this page updated with links to all the articles on the site that are designed to help you save money on your Italy airfare. You’ll also find some general tips for getting cheap airfare to Italy at the bottom of this article, underneath the links.
Quick airfare searches for Rome (FCO), Milan (MXP), Venice (VCE), Naples (NAP), Pisa (PSA), & Catania (CTA):
More Information About Finding Cheap Airfare to Italy
- Cheap Airfare to Rome – Italy’s capital city is the country’s main international entry point, so it’s no surprise that most people hunt for airfare directly to Rome. This article gives an overview of the airports in Rome, and includes a link to information about getting into Rome from the main airport.
- Cheap Airfare to Milan – Milan isn’t on every tourist’s radar, but this is Italy’s business and banking city, so it’s also got a big international airport. In fact, there are two – and this page talks about both (plus the options for getting into Milan from the main airport).
- Cheap Airfare to Venice – Not as many people think of flying into Venice as opposed to Rome or Italy, and that’s a shame. It’s my airport of choice in Italy, and this page talks about Venice’s airport.
- Cheap Airfare to Naples – For those headed straight to the Amalfi Coast (or Naples, for that matter), flying directly to Naples is a good option.
- Cheap Airfare to Tuscany – The main airport for Tuscany isn’t in the region’s capital, but it’s nearby, and looking for cheap airfare to Pisa as well as cheap airfare to Florence means you’ll see pretty much all your options.
- Cheap Airfare to Sicily – There are a couple of good-sized airports on the island, so you can hunt for cheap airfare to Catania or cheap airfare to Palermo if you know which one you want already.
- Budget Airlines that Fly to Italy – Europe is blessed with loads of super low-cost airlines, so if you can get to Europe you could score a seriously cheap ticket to Italy on one of them. This article talks about how to make the logistics work for you. I’ve also started detailing the specific low-cost airlines that fly to various cities in Italy on separate articles, which are linked below.
While You’re Here: Italy Travel Tips
Before I get to the overall tips, let me also point out a few other articles you might find useful if you’re in the planning stages of a trip to Italy (which I’m assuming you are, since you’re looking at a page about airfare to Italy!).
- First Time Visitor Guide to Italy
- Perfect 2-Week Italy Itinerary
- 20 Things Everyone Should Do in Italy
- Italy Travel Tips
- Italy Weather
- What to Do in Italy
- Guide to Italian Food
- Guide to Accommodation in Italy
- Guide to Transportation in Italy
Overall Tips for Finding Cheap Airfare to Italy
To get the best tips for finding cheap flights to Italy, your best bet is probably to look at the individual articles linked above for the specific city or cities you’re thinking of flying into. But these general tips will definitely help when you’re just starting to look at airline tickets to Italy, and they can also help you save money almost anywhere you go in the world.
- Visit Italy during the low season – Every tourist destination has high season prices and low season prices – and Italy is no different. While people will visit year-round, the period of time from late Spring through early Autumn is always busiest in Italy. If you can be flexible and plan your vacation for anytime other than the busy high season, you are much more likely to get a good deal on airfare. You can sometimes even find deals where you pay half of what you would pay during the high season, so even though you may not get gorgeous sunny weather it might be worth it to carry an umbrella or a scarf if you can save that much money.
- Fly into a different city in a different country – This trick can work in many cities in Europe, but it is almost a guarantee of lower prices when traveling to Italy (especially in the high season). By flying into another major European airport such as London or Paris and then booking a separate ticket with a European budget airline (such as Ryanair or easyJet) for the short hop into Italy you can sometimes save big money. This can take a bit more planning on your part because you are dealing with two round trip tickets that are basically unrelted in the airlines’ eyes, but if it can save you substantial amounts of money that could mean you have more money to spend on your Italian holiday.
- Find out what airlines use Italy’s airports as hubs – Sometimes if an airline has a busy schedule in and out of one airport it will offer specials or deals on airfare to that city. This is not always the case, but it can be worth checking. Both Alitalia (Italy’s national carrier) and Ryanair (one of Europe’s biggest budget airlines) have hubs at Rome Fiumicino Airport, and Alitalia also has a hub at Milan Malpensa Airport. for example.
- Schedule your flight to Italy for midweek – Weekend days are usually the busiest travel days because they are so popular with leisure travelers. Mondays can also be quite popular as they are popular with business travelers. So if you can book your flights for Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays you could save some money on your flight.
High prices clearly don’t keep people from visiting Italy, because as the strength of the euro increases the pace of tourists has hardly slowed – but that doesn’t mean you need to be one of the people paying a fortune for your vacation in Italy. Besides, every couple of euros you save means another scoop of gelato.
If you do your homework, use the tips listed above, read through the articles linked at the top of this article, and use the search engine at the top of this page, you stand a much better chance of coming up with a good deal on airfare to Italy. And if you think there’s a critical piece of information missing here, please let me know!
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