Flights to Italy
Italy is a country in Southern Europe with a great variety of attractions which will appeal to tourists of all tastes. It is actually the 5th most visited country in the world, attracting around 36.5 million visitors per year who comes to see its beautiful cities, beautiful scenery, and beautiful people!
Italy is accessible by several international airports in major cities including the capital, Rome (airport code: ROM), Venice (airport code: VCE), Milan (airport code: MIL), and Bologna (airport code: BLQ). Flights to Italy from South Africa can be made with an indirect flight with one stop. Travellers can choose from airlines such as Emirates, Egyptair, Iberia, Air France, KLM, Swiss, and Lufthansa for their flights to Italy from South Africa.
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The Tourist Attractions of Italy:
In every region of Italy there are numerous attractions. Working from north to south here are some of the highlights…
Italy’s most densely populated region is its north, though especially the Lombardo-Venetian Plain which sits at the foot of the Italian Alps. Some of Italy’s major cities are located here including Milan, Turin, Verona and Venice. Although Milan is not the capital of Italy it is known for being the business and financial centre of the country, as well as being the fashion capital of the world. It’s a busy and vibrant city, popular with visitors.
Venice on the other hand offers a more relaxed atmosphere. This city for lovers is famous for its canals, history and art. Verona, though not as popular as Venice, made its name as the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and the city is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Italian Alps have some excellent skiing opportunities in the winter, and wonderful scenery for hikers to enjoy in the summer. The Dolomites range contains Italy’s most famous ski resorts, which include the world-class Cortina d’Amprezzo. Hikers and other visitors in the summer can enjoy the popular Lake Como and fantastic alpine scenery.
Central Italy is best known for the capital and largest city, Rome. This ancient city wows visitors with its years of history, most famous for its standing as the centre of the Roman Empire. Impressive sights like the Colosseum transport visitors back in history and it’s easy to see why Rome’s historic centre has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Central Italy’s other popular city is Florence, situated in the beautiful Tuscany region. The architecture and art here remain from this having been the centre of the Italian Renaissance.
Another of Italy’s World Heritage Sites is the historic centre of the city of Naples. This is the main city in the southern region of Italy, and is said to be the birth place of pizza. Overlooking the city is the volcano of Mount Vesuvius. Famously this volcano erupted in 79AD burying the city of Pompeii. Now, nearly two thousand years later the ruined city of Pompeii, which was excavated, is one of Italy’s top attractions.
With such a long coastline on both the east and west coasts of Italy there is always plenty of opportunity to enjoy the sea. The Calabrian region in the far south benefits from the best weather, and there is some beautiful coastline and beach resorts here to enjoy.
When Should You Visit?:
With its variety of landscapes Italy’s climate can be quite different from one end of the country to the other. In the north, cities like Milan experience hot and humid summers, but cold and damp winters. Moving into Central Italy, Rome, for example, has a Mediterranean climate where summers are hot and dry, and winters are far milder than in the north, but wet. The far south also has a Mediterranean climate though the mountains which stretch from north to south are colder and experience snow in the winter.