The Italian national airline, Alitalia, has its hub at Rome’s Fiumicino airport and flies to over 100 cities in six continents. Fares vary considerably according to the time of the year, when you book and the airline. The vast majority of flights go to Milan or Rome, although there’s usually at least one per day to Bologna, Naples, Pisa and Turin. There are also flights from Manchester (UK) to Milan and Rome, and Meridiana fly from London to Olbia (Sardinia) and to Cagliari (Sardinia) via Florence. Most European airlines fly via their European base to Italy, rather than direct.
Normal scheduled fares to Rome are around £300 single and £550 return. Apex fares (booked and paid for at least seven days before departure and including at least one Saturday and Sunday night between the outward and return journeys) and chartered fares are much cheaper and cost from around £150 return to Milan or Rome and an additional £20 to £30 to Pisa or Naples.
A number of airlines provide domestic services within Italy, including Aero Transporti Italiani (a subsidiary of Alitalia), Aermediterranea, Air Dolomiti, Air One, Air Sicilia, Alitalia, Alisarda, Aligiulia, Alpi Eagles, Azurra, Meridiana, Minerva and Transavia. Some 40 Italian airports are served from Rome and most domestic flights take under an hour. However, travelling by air within Italy is expensive, although discounts are available, notably for evening and night flights.
Italy has international airports in Rome (Leonardo da Vinci, better known as Fiumicino, and Ciampino, which handles mainly charter flights), Milan (Linate for domestic and European flights, and Malpensa for intercontinental flights), Bologna, Catania (Sicily), Genoa, Olbia (Sardinia), Naples, Pisa, Palermo (Sicily), Turin and Venice.