There are numerous airports in Italy, so travelers have plenty of arrival points to consider. Also, the abundance of airports means that it is possible to fly from destination to destination once in the country. This can cut down on travel time in a big way, and leave more time for the enjoyment of the country’s many attractions.
At the top of the Italian airport guide list is the main airport in Rome. Known as the Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport, this airport is both the largest and the busiest in Italy. More than 30 million passengers passed through in 2010 alone, and the airport is the main hub for Italy’s Alitalia airline. The Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport features an information desk that is conveniently set near the point where international travelers complete the passport control process. Another highlight is the train station that can be found at the airport. It links to the Termini Station in Rome. For travelers who prefer, it is also possible to rent a car at the Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport, and the 20-mile trip into the city can also be made by taxi or any number of buses that run between the airport and Rome.
The main airports in Italy are those that are found in the country’s largest cities. Another option is the Malpensa Airport in Milan. One of three major airports that can be used by Milan visitors, the Malpensa Airport is the city’s largest airport and most popular arrival point for international flights. You can find this airport in the area just 28 miles northwest of Milan’s city center. Express trains that link the airport to the city take about 40 minutes to execute the commute, while a trip into town on one of the cheaper shuttle buses should take around 50 minutes when the traffic isn’t bad. For those who have an ample budget to work with, taking a taxi ride into town is the speediest travel option, provided that it isn’t rush hour.
Another airport in northern Italy that is quite popular among international travelers is the Marco Polo Airport in Venice. International travelers usually arrive first at the airport in Rome or Milan before connecting to this airport, and there are also connections from other major European cities. The distance of the Marco Polo Airport from the Venice center is a little more than four miles, so commutes are relatively swift. By way of bus, the trip into town can take 20 minutes, 30 minutes, or closer to 45 minutes. It depends on which option you decide to go with. The speedier buses understandably cost more, though the rates are reasonable regardless. As for taking a taxi from the airport to the city, that costs much more, but is once again the quickest option.
Florence is another very popular tourist destination in Italy, and for good reason. The city itself is a joy to explore, and the Tuscan wineries that are found throughout the region surely get their fair share of visitors. Many travelers who are trying to get to Florence opt to fly to the Amerigo Vespucci Airport, which is also known as Peretola. It’s not the main international airport in the area, but it’s proximity to the city can’t be beat. The distance between the Amerigo Vespucci Airport and Florence is just three miles. Galileo Galilei Airport in Pisa is the main airport in the area. This airport is about 60 miles west of Florence, and several trains make hourly connections throughout most of the day.
No Italian airport guide would be complete without mentioning the major airports in the country’s southern region. These airports include the Aeroporto Capodichino or Naples Airport, which is found just four miles outside of Naples. A relatively small airport, the Aeroporto Capodichino is known for its well-organized layout, and a number of flights arrive there from other major airports around the country, as well as from major airports in other European cities.
The other main airport in southern Italy is the Palermo Airport, or the Falcone-Borsellino Airport, or Punta Raisi Airport. Whatever you call it, this airport is one of the busiest in the country and can be found approximately 20 miles west of Palermo. Some direct flights to the Palermo Airport are available from major cities around the world, such as New York City, though most international travelers fly to Milan or Rome first and then take a connecting flight.