Italy is considered one of the most sought-after holiday destinations by Israelis. The land of the boot, which despite its location on the Mediterranean Sea feels like an exotic destination from another world, attracts many thousands of Israelis every year. The warm population, the diverse and breathtaking landscapes, the food known all over the world and the rich history of one of the countries of origin of Western culture, all these constitute an attraction that is hard to resist. The vast majority of Israeli visitors to Italy arrive by plane. Although it is also possible to reach it on a pampering cruise with various cruise lines, a minority choose this option.
The fact that Italy is a (relatively) narrow and long country makes its travelers concentrate on its specific areas. Most people come there for a visit of a few days to a week, so they prefer not to spread the trip over different parts of the country. Therefore, the choice of the field to which you will fly has a great influence on the area where you will travel.
When is it recommended to go to Italy?
The choice of the season in which you will arrive in Italy depends very much on the part of it where you want to travel, as well as on the season in which you have the time to arrive. In general, due to the mild and relatively stable weather throughout the land of the boot, tourists visit it throughout the whole year. However, it is also affected by the corresponding tourist seasons for Europe as a whole. The summer season is the peak of the season in terms of tourists visiting the country, but at the same time most residents also leave the cities and spend the summer vacation in vacation homes or in other countries. This is why there is a certain balance in hotel costs, which also allows those traveling in the summer to find hotels and guesthouses at reasonable prices.
In the winter months, the number of tourists drops in most regions of Italy, which makes it possible to enjoy a more intimate and romantic atmosphere. Although the northern parts of Italy often experience a real European winter, which includes low temperatures and snow, but even there it is not something that excessively burdens the trip there. If you come in winter, you are guaranteed to be able to find particularly profitable deals on hotels, which in other seasons might have been out of your reach.
The most recommended season to visit Italy is spring, with an emphasis on the end of April and May. During these months, the entire land of the Magaf is in full bloom, and the landscapes of the various districts are revealed in their full glory. In addition, the fact that the country is before the peak of the tourist season allows you to go out of business relatively cheaply, compared to the summer months.
Flights to Italy and airports
As said, the choice of airport where you will land will have a great impact on the regions where you will travel in Italy. Most of those who land in Milan (which is in the north) will not arrive during the trip to southern Naples, and maybe not even to Rome, which is in the center. Luckily, there are direct flights from Tel Aviv (and also from Ramon Airport in the south) to various regions in Italy, so you can choose the flight that suits you.
For those interested in reaching to Rome the capital, and from there continuing a trip around the country, there is a significant supply of daily direct flights to Fiumicino Airport (Leonardo da Vinci – Fiumicino Airport – FCO), which is about half an hour away by high-speed train from the city center. These flights are operated by several airlines, including Alitalia, El Al and Ryanair. The flight itself takes about three and a half to four hours, which makes it relatively comfortable and fast. From Rome’s Termini train station you can reach every corner of Italy.
If you prefer to travel in the north of the land of the boot, direct flights to Milan will be able to fulfill your request. There are two airports in Milan that are served by direct flights from Israel: Milan Malpensa Airport – MXP, which is about forty minutes away by train from the city; And the airport near the town of Bergamo (Orio al Serio/Milan Bergamo international airport – BGY), from where you can get to Milan by bus in about fifty minutes. Direct flights are made to and from these fields by El Al, Alitalia, EasyJet, Arkia and more. There are no direct flights to Linate airport
For those who prefer a trip to southern Italy over other parts, you can fly directly to Naples. Direct flights to the airport in Naples (Naples international airport – NAP) are operated by El Al and EasyJet, as well as by other companies sometimes. From the field itself you can reach the city via a bus ride that takes about twenty minutes, and from there you can continue to any other destination in southern Italy (or further north).
Of course, there are direct flights from Israel to other destinations in Italy, such as Venice (Venice Marco Polo airport – VCE) and Bologna (Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport – BLQ), as well as non-direct flights to Italy’s many other airports. Here we have brought the main fields in each part of Italy, in order to illustrate the possibilities.
In terms of prices, the large selection of airports where you can land, as well as the extensive activity of low-cost companies on routes between Israel and the various fields in Italy, make it possible to find an affordable price in almost any season and time of the year. The costs depend on the field where you land, the load of the line and the season of the year. However, it can be said in general that the prices of the flights range from 100 to 400 dollars, when lower or higher prices can be found, depending on the situation and the specific needs. Either way, since it is a sought-after destination throughout the year and in every season, it is very worthwhile to book a flight ticket in advance and reserve the relevant flight date, taking into account all the important parameters. Promotions and discounts are part of this and it is recommended to follow the publications about it.