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Cheap Flights to Italy

Italy is located in Southern Europe and border France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. It is one of the most visited countries in the world having the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. It also world famous for its delicious cuisine and chic fashion. Italy is nicknamed the Bel Paese (Beautiful Country) because of its beautiful alpine lakes, mountain ranges and coastlines. It also in this country where you will find two independent mini-states namely San Marino and Vatican City.

There are many sights and attractions in Italy. Top on the list for every traveler would have to be the Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Ampitheatre. The Colosseum is an elliptical amphitheater located in the center of Rome. It is the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire and of the world built entirely of concrete and stone. It is also considered to be one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering. Even though it is partially ruined thanks to natural disasters and stone-robbers, the Colosseum continues to be the iconic symbol of Imperial Rome and one of the most popular destinations for tourists.

Next on the list would be the Leaning Tower of Pisa which is a campanile or a freestanding bell tower of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa. It is located behind the cathedral and is the third oldest structure in Piazza del Duomo. The Tower of Pisa is famous for being tilted to one side. This tilt was unintentional and began showing during construction because of the ground being too soft on one side. The tilt gradually increased and leaned at an angle of 5.5 degrees until in the late 20th and early 21st centuries wherein the structure was stabilized and the tilt partially corrected to now only tilting at a 3.99 degree angle.  The tower stands 55.86 meters tall from the ground on the low side and 56.67 meters from the high side.

How to get around Italy

Getting around Italy can be relatively easily as you can have your choice to go by train, car or bus. There are other ways but those three would have to be the more popular modes of transportation.

There are different train types in Italy. There are high-speed trains such as the Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, Frecciabianca and Eurostar Italia. There are also intercity, regional and international trains. The high-speed trains would have to be most convenient and efficient way to travel around the country. However, it only stops at major stations. Taking the high-speed train would connect you to Bologna, Florence, Milan, Venice and other cities in Rome. Meanwhile, regional trains are the slowest and at times less reliable but it is the cheapest option. Intercity trains sit between those two where it is mostly reliable. We do however recommend that if you’re pressed for time or catching your flight, it is best to opt for the high-speed train.

The Northern and Central Italy has a good system of motorways or autostrade which makes it easy to travel by car. However, the Southern part of Italy may be less developed.

If you choose to travel by bus, you can usually buy tickets from bus company offices, corner shops or from automated machines before boarding. There are also daily, weekly, monthly and yearly tickets available as well as multi-use tickets. Be aware that every city may have a different pricing scheme so it is best to refer to authorized sellers and official websites for up to date information.

How to get to Italy

Italy has many airports but the main airport for international visitors would be Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci International Airport or the Rome Fiumicino Airport. The Fiumicino Airport is Italy’s largest airport located in Fiumicino which is southwest of Rome. Several airlines have their hubs in this airport including Alitalia, Italy’s largest airline and Vueling which is a Spanish low-cost carrier. If you intend to visit Milan, the best airport to fly into would be the Milano Malpensa Airport also known as the City of Milan Airport. It is the largest airport in Milan which is north of Italy. This airport serves the population of Lombardy, Piedmont and Liguria. 

Flights to Italy

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