The world-beloved boot of Italy lays out in the warm Mediterranean Sea with a culture as vivid and diverse as the country’s terrain.
Flights to Italy
Italy has 30 international airports. All of its regions, including the island of Sicily, are accessible. There are several smaller domestic airports as well. Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino International Airport (FCO) is Italy’s largest airport, servicing the historic capital city, Rome. Naples International Airport (NAP) services flights to Italy from around the world in facilities that offer quality restaurants and lounges for travelers’ comfort. Sicily can be accessed via the Palermo International Airport (PMO) or Catania International Airport (CTA). The island of Sardinia can be accessed via the Cagliari Elmas Airport (CAG), known as the gateway to this central Mediterranean island. Express trains connect flights to Italy at FCO with Rome. Other airports offer free shuttle services and taxis for hire. The airports are typically located in a suburb just outside of any given city core.
The great variation in Italy’s geography results in a climate that differs from region to region. Northern Italy sees brisk winter and autumn months, usually at or just below freezing. Summers are comfortably within the 70 to 85 range. Areas in Central Italy, such as Rome, will normally be abit warmer than Northern Italy. In contrast, Southern Italy is warm throughout the year. Certainly the best time to plan flights to Italy would be during the summer months. Pack sweaters for cool or rainy days. For the winter, bring a heavier coat. Wear something thick if you’re heading into the mountains.
Getting Around Italy
Those planning flights to Italy will find the country extensively covered with motorways running under a toll system. As you pass from one motorway to another, you have to present a ticket and pay via a debit or credit card. An interesting aspect of Italy’s motorways is the installation of emergency telephones every 2 kilometers. Intercity trains are modern and comfortable, getting you from one city to another via direct routes. Regional trains will provide access to some of the more rural destinations, at the cost of taking a significantly longer time to arrive in larger cities. Intercity buses are another option if you packed lightly, and tend to be a more economical choice. If you’re on the mainland and want to get to the islands of Sardinia or Sicily, you can hop on a ferry.
Perhaps you’ll take a wine-tour through the Tuscan countryside, or head to Northern Italy’s Dolomite Mountains. Whatever your direction, flights to Italy has something for everyone.
- National Roman Museum: treasured archaeological collections including sarcophagi, rare coins, jewelry, paintings, and statues.
- Piazza della Signora: the picturesque public square has a copy of Michelangelo’s David.
- Rialto Bridge: Hire a gondola on Venice’s grand canal and stroll around the bustling fresh markets just off of this iconic bridge.
- Pisa Walk: the world famous Leaning Tower, Baptistry, and cathedrals, among other less well known gems.
- Cortona: the 3000 year old Tuscan town brims with museums and breathtaking gardens.
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