Italy has more than 130 airports throughout the entire peninsula and islands. There are two major international gateways to the country in Rome and Milan, and several other airports that serve as primary hubs for their regions.
Here is a list of the most famous Italian airports.
- Capodichino. Naples International Airport (NAP), officially known as Ugo Niutta, is Naples’ primary aerial hub. Located 3.7 miles (5.9 km) north-east of the city center, it comprises two terminal buildings – one for passengers and another for charter operations.
- Ciampino. Rome’s Ciampino Airport – sometimes called Giovan Battista Pastine Airport – is one of the world’s oldest operating airports, built in 1916. Ciampino Airport now welcomes more than four million passengers each year. Flights to and from Ciampino Airport are mainly provided by low-cost airlines such as Ryanair and easyJet, which offer quick, inexpensive connections to major European destinations. Ciampino Airport is an ideal entry-point into Italy’s capital city.
- G. Marconi. The small regional airport serving the city of Bologna is named after its most famous son, engineer and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of the radio. Located 3.75 miles (6km) from the city, Bologna G Marconi Airport (BLQ) is seeing steadily rising traffic, as Bologna becomes an increasingly popular business and tourism destination. As Bologna is perfectly situated between popular tourist destinations such as Milan, Genoa, Pisa, Florence, San Marino, Venice, and Verona, it offers a great opportunity to escape the queues of the larger hubs.
- Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino. The sixth-busiest airport in Europe, Rome Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO), also known more simply as Fiumicino Airport, sees 35 million passengers each year. The airport is named for Leonardo da Vinci, the famous Italian artist and inventor, who first attempted to design flying machines. The airport is well-connected to Rome via the metro train, although tickets are rather expensive. The airport is a hub for Alitalia, although there are loads more European and international airlines with regular flights to Leonardi da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport.
- Linate. Linate International Airport (LIN), officially called Airport Enrico Forlanini – after the Italian inventor and aeronautical engineer born in Milan – is one of three major airports in Milan. It was completely reconstructed in the 1950s, as well as the 1980s, in order to accommodate the increasing number of tourists visiting the area each year, and in 2010 it handled more than 8 million passengers. Flights to Milan Linate International Airport come from hubs in the UK and Europe.
- Malpensa. Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP), previously known as Aeroporto Citta di Busto Arsizio, is the largest of Milan’s three airports. With more than 100 airlines serving the airport, it’s Europe’s 21st busiest airport, having handled almost 19 million passengers in 2010. Flights to Milan Malpensa Airport arrive from main hubs in Europe, the UK, Asia, the US, Middle East and the Mediterranean.
- Marco Polo (Tessera). Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) is the gateway to the beautiful and romantic city of Venice, with its islands, canals and gondolas, located an easy five miles (8km) from central Venice.
- Pisa Galileo Galilei International. Pisa International Airport, or Galileo Galilei Airport, (PSA) is less than a mile (1km) from central Pisa. It’s a great airport to use when traveling to the Tuscany region and it is only 37 miles (60km) from Florence.