Flights to Italy
Destinations and Travel Requirements
Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO), also known as Rome Fiumicino Airport or Fiumicino Airport, is the major airport in Italy and one of the busiest in Europe. An estimated 950,000 passengers pass through every year. Located 25 miles outside Rome in Fiumicino, the airport has four terminals and courtesy shuttle service is provided between terminals.
In Milan, Malpensa Airport (MXP) is where Delta flies into. It’s the country’s 2nd busiest airport, and features two terminals. It sits northwest of the city. In Venice, most visitors arrive into Marco Polo Airport (VCE), where both shuttle, train and boat service bring visitors into the city.
Touring Rome’s iconic ancient ruins is a must-do for first-time visitors. Opened in 80 A.D., the 50,000-seat Colosseum is a stunning example of Roman architecture and design, featuring arches, columns, tiered seating, and an underground network of passages for storing live animals and staging fights. Visitors can take guided tours of the interior.
The Roman Forum was the center of Rome’s political, commercial, and spiritual life. Here -- among the sprawling ruins of major thoroughfares, temples, basilicas, and meeting halls -- is where Julius Caesar was cremated, Romulus was buried, and the original seat of the Roman Senate was located.
Home to the largest unreinforced concrete dome ever built, The Pantheon is a 2,000-year-old former temple considered be ancient Rome’s best-preserved monument. Originally dedicated to the classical gods, it is now a Christian church named Basilica di Santa Maria ad Martyres.
St. Peter’s Basilica is the grandest of all the grand churches in Rome where the Pope is the only priest allowed to serve at the altar. Consecrated in 1626, it took 120 years to build. There is plenty to see here, but it is essential visitors see Michelangelo’s sculpture Pietá at the front of the nave and the dome he designed.
Speaking of Michelangelo, don’t miss the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican Museums, home of his ceiling fresco depicting The Creation of Adam, The Creation of Eve, Original Sin and the Banishment from the Garden of Eden, The Sacrifice of Noah, and The Flood. The image of God’s finger touching that of Adam’s is arguably the most famous painting in the world.
New visitors to Milan should start at the Piazza del Duomo. Easily reachable by the city's subway, the Metro, the square is within walking distance from some of Milan's most impressive sights including the third largest cathedral in Europe, the Duomo. Nearby, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is a shopping center whose architecture will appease your eyes as much as the fashion inside.
One of the fashion capitals of the world, Milan is for shoppers, especially shoppers with expensive taste. Take a stroll down Via Montenapoleone where some of the swankest designers — like Prada, Dolce & Gabanna, Bulgari and Versace — all have boutiques. After spending the day in want, visit the Opera at the storied La Scala just a few blocks away.
Master artists rejoiced in Milan. Nearby, the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie embraces Leonardo's masterpiece, The Last Supper. Plan ahead to view this, because reservations are required. Or head to Sforza Castle where Michelangelo's final sculpture, the Rondanini Pietá, is on display.
For an unforgettable day trip, hop a train to one of Italy's most beautiful and tony destinations, Lake Como.
Due to its size, Italy has multiple climates. In the north, in cities like Milan, the temperature are more seasonal, with colder winters, particularly in places like Turin. As one moves south, to cities like Rome, Florence and Naples, the climate takes on the feel of a coastal Mediterranean location – warmer, dry summers and wet winters.
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