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Getting around by air

Departure Tax

Departure tax is included in the price of a ticket.

Airports & Airlines

Italy's main intercontinental gateway airports are Rome's Leonardo da Vinci and Milan's Aeroporto Malpensa. Both are served by non-stop flights from around the world. Venice's Marco Polo Airport is also served by a handful of intercontinental flights.

Dozens of international airlines compete with the country's revamped national carrier, Alitalia, rated a three-star airline by UK aviation research company Skytrax. If you're flying from Africa or Oceania, you'll generally need to change planes at least once en route to Italy.

Intra-European flights serve plenty of other Italian cities; the leading mainstream carriers include Alitalia, Air France, British Airways, Lufthansa and KLM.

Cut-rate airlines, led by Ryanair and easyJet, fly from a growing number of European cities to more than two dozen Italian destinations, typically landing in smaller airports such as Rome's Ciampino.