Cheap Flights to Italy

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Italy overview

The fantastic food, the captivating countryside, the excellent wine, and the rich history; Italy features all the great reasons why one would want to travel, and you’re bound to fall in love with it every time you visit the romantic country. From the vineyards of Tuscany to the wonder of Florence, the antiquity found in the streets of Rome to the romantic Venice canals, Italy is irresistible for all of these reasons and so much more. With so much to do and see, it might take a few repeat visits to complete the Italian experience!

When is the best time to fly to Italy?

Peak season:

Millions of tourists take cheap flights annually to experience ‘la dolce vita,' a.k.a. The good life of Italy. High season for Italy’s beach resorts run between June and September, but the cities experience peak season from April through October annually. You’ll have to be prepared to fork out more for flight tickets if you’re aiming at visiting Italy during the peak season, and you’ll also have to bear with the crowds and increased entertainment and accommodation rates.

Off season:

Generally speaking, November through March is Italy’s low tourism season. A lot of attractions operate on shorter winter hours during this time, and some beach resorts become deserted, but it can still be a perfect time to find the cheapest flights to Italy. If you’re able to travel to Italy during their winter, try heading Deep South (somewhere like Sicily) where the temperatures remain pleasant year-round.

When is the best time to book a flight to Italy?

Spring and autumn are great shoulder seasons for finding cheap flight deals to Italy. You should be able to find a cheap flight to Italy during the months of April and May or September and October, but starting your search for cheap flights a month in advance will be your best shot at securing the best deal.

How long is the flight to Italy?

Johannesburg to Rome            13 hours, 25 minutes
Johannesburg to Milan            13 hours


Which airlines operate flights to Italy?

International flights from South Africa to Italy are serviced by two major port cities: Rome and Milan. The cheapest flights to Italy are often stopover flights and are operated by airlines such as Etihad Airways, Royal Air Maroc, South African Airlines, and Kiwi Intl Airlines. Italy is a popular holiday destination, which is why there are a lot of carriers offering very competitive packages on flights to and from Italy. Be sure to compare deals based on a few different days and times to help you secure the best deal.

How to get from the airport to the city center?


Upon your arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport, you’ll have to make your way 26 kilometers towards the city center. One of the cheapest and easiest ways of getting into the heart of town from the airport is via the Leonardo Express train, which departs every 30 minutes from the airport. You may also use one of the metered taxis parked outside of the arrival terminals at the airport.


If you’re arriving in Italy via the Milan Malpensa Airport and need to get to the city center, you’re going to have to travel 49 kilometers to reach downtown Milan. The Malpensa Express train departs from the airport every 30 minutes and will get you to the city within half-an-hour. Alternatively, you can also make use of one of the private cabs found outside of the arrival terminals.

Italy insider information

  • For a great day trip to an idyllic island setting, why not try visiting Sardinia, which is one of Italy’s most beautiful islands?
  • Shopaholics seriously need to consider visiting The Mall in Florence. Although the region is renowned for its up-market boutique stores such as Gucci and Prada, The Mall caters to bargain hunters looking to purchase designer brands at discounted prices.
  • Most ‘recommended’ travel itineraries for Italy include taking a gondola ride in Venice, but for a different spin, try taking a night ride on the #1 Vaporetto, admiring the moonlit sights of Venice as you glide past.
  • Eating pizza in a place where it was born is something you have to do in Italy, so for the sake of perfecting the art, head to Naples, where it is said the humble pizza was invented.

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How much do things cost in Italy?

Imported beer (0.33 litre)
R 57.08
Small bottle of water (0.33 litre)
R 14.69
R 17.16
One-way ticket (local transport)
R 21.41
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
R 17.73
Taxi - fixed fee
R 71.35
One-way ticket (local transport)
R 21.41
Meal at McDonald's or similar
R 114.17
One-way ticket (local transport)
R 21.41
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre)
R 39.24
Bottle of wine
R 99.90
3 course meal for 2
R 998.96
Taxi - fixed fee
R 64.22
3 bedroom apartment outside of centre
R 14304.38
1 hour taxi waiting fee
R 428.12
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre)
R 29.89

International departures to Italy