Airports in Italy

Airports in Italy

No matter if you've always wanted to visit St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome, ride a gondola in the canal city of Venice or explore the island of Sicily, Skyscanner can help get you there. Some of the most well-travelled airports in Italy include Roma-Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO), Milano-Malpensa (MXP), Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE), and Falcone-Borsellino Airport Palermo (PMO).

Use the Route Map screen to find flight options from airports within Canada. Not sure of your exact destination? Pull up the To Everywhere screen that shows Italian cities that a specific Canadian airport flies to. The Whole Month Search screen lets you compare rates so you find the least expensive days to fly. From here, click over to the flight screen to select your itinerary. Skyscanner can also help with hotels and rental cars. Before you know it, your trip is booked. It's time to head on over and find out why Italy is one of the most romantic places on the planet.

Roma-Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO)

Old Rome, home to the Vatican, the Colosseum and a score of other ancient ruins, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Roma-Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino Airport, named after that famous artist, is the busiest in the country. Flights are available from several cities in Canada, with direct service from Toronto and Montreal. Flights from other airports usually have one or more stops. Carriers include Air Canada, Air Transat, Alitalia, KLM, Delta, Croatia Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa, all offering direct and multi-stop itineraries. Codeshares are possible on flights with one or more stops. That's when you buy your ticket on one carrier but fly one or more segments on partner airlines.

Leonardo Airport has five terminals, with international flights usually landing at Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. An elevated people mover, called the SkyBridge, connects the international gates to the main sections of either terminal. Each terminal has shops, restaurants, currency exchanges, ATMs and free Wi-Fi.

The Leonardo Express is one of the best ways to get to downtown Rome. It takes about 35 minutes for the ride and costs about $24 CAD. Trains run every 30 minutes. Get your tickets at the station. The Terravision bus takes 55 minutes and costs $10 CAD, but seating is not guaranteed. There's not much room for lots of luggage.

Private car transfers, other than taxis, are pre-booked and quoted before your arrival. Taxis are plentiful and will get you into town for a flat fee of $70 CAD. They make the 35 kilometre trip in about 45 minutes, traffic permitting. Currency in Italy is the Euro.

Milano-Malpensa Airport (MXP)

In the northern part of Italy, near the border with Liechtenstein, is the city of Milan. This is where you find the Duomo di Milano Cathedral, home to Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper." Milan is also Italy's financial centre and recognized throughout the world as a leading fashion design stronghold. The Milan-Malpensa Airport is 49 kilometres northwest of town, fronting the Ticino River. Many of the same cities serving Rome also fly into Milan, with Toronto having direct flights on Lufthansa, Air Canada, Aegean Airlines and Air India.

Italy's second busiest airport has two passenger terminals, with Terminal 1 used for international flights. A shuttle bus connects both terminals, sometimes needed when connecting to a domestic flight. Both terminals have their own passenger services, including Wi-Fi and ATMs.

The Malpensa Express has stops in both terminals and connects to the Milan Cadorna Station and the Milan Central Station. The ride into town takes about 45 minutes. Cost depends on destination. At Milan Central, you can connect with the Milan Metro to get around town.

Taxis are available but on the expensive side. The 50-minute ride from the airport to town costs about $140 CAD. Government licensed taxis are white and are metered, but taxis from the airport to town have a flat rate. Uber is also available, as are rental cars.

Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE)

Venice, the famed floating city known for its romantic gondola rides, is home to the Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE). Named after the famed explorer, the airport is eight kilometres north of Venice, in the city of Tessera and is the fourth busiest in Italy. Several airports in Canada offer flights to Marco Polo Airport, with direct flights offered from Toronto on Air Canada, Air Transat and Lufthansa. Codeshare flights are possible on itineraries with one or more stops.

Marco Polo has a single terminal with three floors, with the ground floor used for arrivals. WiFi is free throughout all sections of the terminal and several device charging stations are available. Just outside baggage claim is the arrivals exit, leading to a transportation area that has a Public Transport Ticket Office.

A rental car comes in handy for exploring the Veneto region, but won't work in Venice. Instead, take the Water Bus from the dock at the airport. Cost is roughly $20.00 CAD. Buy your tickets at the airport ticket office, airport kiosks or on board. This is a shuttle, so it leaves as soon as the boat is full. Trip times vary. A faster option is a private Water Taxi which will get you across to Venice in about 15 minutes. It costs about $50 CAD per person or up to $150 CAD if you don't share the boat with others. Land taxis are available outside the arrivals hall doors and take about 20 to 30 minutes for the trip. Rates are negotiated before departure.

Falcone-Borsellino Airport Palermo (PMO)

The island of Sicily, just west of Italy's southern end, near the "toe," is home to the ancient city of Palermo. It dates back to the Phoenicians and between the 9th and 11th centuries was one of the riches cities found in the Mediterranean. The Falcone-Borsellino Airport, the 10th busiest in Italy, is 35 kilometres north of Palermo. Flights to this airport are offered out of Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Calgary, all with at least one stop. Airlines that fly this route include WestJet, EasyJet, Alitalia, KLM and Iberia, among others. Codeshare flights are common.

The single terminal has four floors, with both arrivals and departures using the two upper floors. This is a busy place during the summer tourist season, even though Palermo Airport handles mostly domestic flights. Passenger services are limited, but there are ATMs in the arrivals hall along with an information kiosk. The Bank of Sicily has a branch on the ground floor level. Car rental desks are also in the arrivals hall, near baggage claim.

Taxis, which take about 45 minutes to get into town, cost about $50 CAD when metered, but rates can be negotiated. A less expensive option is the Prestia e Comande Bus which takes about 55 minutes and costs about $9 CAD.

Airports in Italy - Destinations

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