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Going searches for the best fares and sends members deals bookable 1-12 months in advance. Going members save approximately 33% compared to normal flight prices to Italy.
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Top tips for finding a cheap flight to Italy
Buy plane tickets in the Goldilocks Window
Over the many years we’ve been tracking airfare, we’ve learned a few tricks. One is that, although there isn’t a specific day of the week or time of day when the cost of a plane ticket is somehow magically always cheaper, there is a period of time before a trip when fares tend to be at their lowest. For domestic trips, it’s 1-3 months before a flight. For international trips, it’s 2-8 months. We call this the Goldilocks Window.
There are exceptions to this general rule, though, mostly having to do with the inflexibility and timing of your travel plans. If your travel dates are set in stone, or you’re planning a trip during peak season or a big holiday, you’ll need to add a few months to the Goldilocks equation. Aiming for a summer adventure in Italy? Plan to book those tickets the winter beforehand. And keep in mind that last-minute bargains are uncommon. Airlines usually raise prices 21, 14, and 7 days before a flight, so book before those dates if at all possible.
Give the Greek Islands Trick a try
There are some destinations that always seem to come with higher fares, even if you’re looking at dates all over the calendar. With places like that, you might save big on airfare if you book two separate tickets instead of one.
The idea here is to get as close as you can, as cheaply as you can, to where you ultimately want to be. Then, you’d book a short flight on a low-cost carrier, a train trip, or even a ferry ride to get to your vacation destination. We call this the Greek Islands Trick, which, regardless of the name, works just as well for places all over the world.
Let’s say you’re trying to find a cheap flight to Rome from New York, but the prices are all $500 or more. Zoom out on the map a bit, and you might find a great nonstop flight deal from NYC to Paris for $230 roundtrip. Even when you add a $60 roundtrip flight from Paris to Rome, it’s still a nice bit of savings (that you can put toward pizza and gelato). And yes, this kind of itinerary does require a little more planning on your part, but with savings that can frequently be substantial, it’s worth it.
Look at fares departing from different airports
This is sort of like the Greek Islands Trick but in reverse. The cost of airfare from different airports can vary widely, even if the airports are relatively close to one another. And we find surprisingly great deals on fares from all kinds of airports, big and small. If you’re only looking at flights from your home airport, you could be missing out.
If you’re looking for fares to Rome from, say, Philadelphia, you might see that nonstop flights are $1,200 or more—and even connecting flights are $900. When you’re considering alternate departure airports, though, you’ll be able to see that there’s a nonstop $530 roundtrip fare from New York’s JFK to Rome. With that kind of savings, the 2.5-hour drive to JFK from Philly probably won’t feel like a hassle.
Schedule trips when it’s cheaper to fly
Staying flexible as you’re making travel plans is one of the easiest ways to save money on flights as well as hotels and activities. Avoiding the peak tourist season helps immensely—lots of demand for flights means airlines can raise prices accordingly. But traveling outside the high season isn’t always an option—summer breaks from school tend to dictate the timing of many vacations, after all.
In some places, you can sometimes save a little bit on airfare if you book flights at the beginning or the end of summer (usually the first two weeks of June and the last two weeks of August), but keep in mind that Italy’s peak “summer” season is roughly May-September. Thanksgiving is an unexpectedly cheap time to fly internationally, as most people are taking domestic flights. Italy experiences shorter peak seasons around the Christmas, New Year's, and Easter holidays, too.
No matter when you travel, though, you can save on airfare if you aim for the days when it’s cheaper to fly (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays) and avoid the days when it’s usually more expensive (Fridays and Sundays).
Sign up for fare alerts on specific trips
Tracking frequent airfare changes can take an enormous amount of time—we’ve turned it into a full-time job, after all. Most people don’t want to spend all their free time searching for airfare deals, so it’s a good thing there’s a way to let technology do the searching for you.
Set up a fare alert for the trip you’d like to take, and then when the fare drops into the price range you want, you’ll get an email notification. That way, you’ll be able to buy with the confidence that you’re getting a great deal. Just remember that if your travel plans are still flexible, you’ll need to set up an alert for each potential itinerary. Or, if you want to outsource the work to the experts, you can join Going and let us monitor all the deals from your home airport for you.
Italy has a number of major airports that serve as international gateways to the country. Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) is the busiest, followed by Milan’s Malpensa (MXP), but there are 13 additional airports throughout the country that see 1M passengers or more per year. FCO is a hub for ITA Airways and a focus city for Neos, Ryanair, Vueling, and Wizz Air. MXP is a focus city for easyJet Europe, Malta Air, Neos, Ryanair, and Wizz Air.
Venice’s Marco Polo Airport (VCE) is comparatively small, but it also has some nonstop flights from the US. It’s a focus city for easyJet, Ryanair, Volotea, and Wizz Air. Naples-Capodichino Airport (NAP) has one nonstop flight from the US, and it’s a focus city for easyJet, Ryanair, Volotea, and Wizz Air.
Frequently asked questions about flying to Italy
When is high season in Italy?
The peak season in Italy, like most of Europe, is the summer—but Italy’s high season now stretches beyond the traditional summer months, starting in May and running through September (and, in some places, even early October). There are festivals and events aplenty in the summer months, including Siena’s famous Palio horse race, as well as national holidays like the Festa della Repubblica on June 2 and Ferragosto on August 15.
Italy is overwhelmingly Catholic, which means holidays like Christmas and Easter come with big celebrations that bring with them short-term peak season prices. For many travelers, Vatican City is the place to be for these big holidays, but most cities throughout the country have something of a festival atmosphere for Easter and Christmas, as well as New Year.
When is the best time to visit Italy?
Italy’s shoulder seasons are relatively short (March-April and October-November) but offer a good mix of decent weather, smaller crowds, and lower prices. You’ll get the best deals traveling during the winter months (December-February), except for around Christmas and New Year's. Just be prepared for the weather to be colder and rainy throughout much of the country.
It’s not always cheaper to fly to Italy in August, but once you’re in the country, things like hotel rooms in cities away from the coasts often cost less because August is when many Italians take their month-long beach holidays.
How many airports are there in Italy?
There are more than 75 airports in Italy, nine of which are major international airports. Four of these have nonstop flights from various cities in the United States. The two that tend to have the most deals are also the two busiest (FCO in Rome and MXP in Milan), but cheap fares to Venice (VCE) and Naples (NAP) come up often enough that it’s worth checking them, too.
Which city in Italy is the easiest to get to?
From the United States, it’s equally easy to get to Rome, Milan, Venice, and Naples since all four cities have nonstop flights from US cities. Rome and Milan are the busiest airports in the country and have the most flight options.
Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO), often called Fiumicino, is the biggest airport in Italy. There are 88 airlines serving Fiumicino, with most flights operated by ITA Airways, Ryanair, Wizz Air, and Neos. There are direct flights to Rome from Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington DC (some of which are seasonal).
Milan’s Malpensa International Airport (MXP) is served by 78 airlines, with Neos and EasyJet operating the most flights to and from Milan. There are direct flights to MXP from Atlanta, Chicago, New York, and Newark (some of which are seasonal).
Venice’s Marco Polo International Airport (VCE) is served by 52 airlines. Ryanair, EasyJet, and Volotea operate the most flights in and out of the city. There are direct flights to Venice from Atlanta, New York, Newark, and Philadelphia (some of which are seasonal).
Naples-Capodichino International Airport (NAP), sometimes called just Capodichino, is served by 40 airlines. Ryanair and EasyJet operate the most flights to and from Naples. There is only one direct flight from the US to Naples—a seasonal United flight from Newark that runs from August through October.
What are the rules for traveling with pets to Italy?
The rules about bringing a pet with you on a trip to Italy depend on the kind of animal and where you’re coming from. Visitors from the US who want to bring a dog into Italy, for instance, must have proof of current rabies vaccines, a working microchip, and an EU health certificate issued by an accredited veterinarian and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For more details or to check on the regulations about traveling to Italy with another kind of animal, check the USDA website. And be sure to check with your airline, too, as each airline sets its own rules about flying with animals.
How long is the flight to Italy?
The flight time from the US to Italy depends mostly on what part of the US you’re flying from. A nonstop flight from NYC to Rome is about 8.5 hours, while a nonstop flight from LA is nearly 12 hours. Any flight that requires layovers will, of course, make your travel day longer—flying from Seattle to Rome, for instance, takes at least 16 hours, including layovers.
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