Planning a trip to Italy inevitably comes with what can be a high cost of traveling, but it doesn't have to be so financially out of reach as you think. With some savvy planning, you can find options for traveling to Italy that are much more affordable than you might expect.
If you're dreaming of planning a trip to Italy, here are some tips about how to save on airfare so you have more funds left to work with once you get there!
Avoid Peak Travel Times
You can save a lot on airfare if you simply choose to travel during times when most other tourists aren't. In Italy, the peak tourist season begins toward the end of May and goes through the end of August or early September (depending on the area).
Consider planning your trip in a "shoulder season" to score big on airfare savings—look into April or early May, or toward the end of September or early October. You'll still enjoy fantastic weather and beautiful scenery. For even bigger savings, look into off-season travel from November through March. As an added perk, you'll also avoid all of the big crowds and long lines too!
Flexible Travel Days
The cost difference between buying a ticket that departs on a weekend compared to one that departs on a Tuesday or Wednesday can be significant! If your schedule allows, consider purchasing your ticket with a departing and return flight on weekdays rather than a weekend.
Certain travel websites will display a calendar with the associated fares on particular days for an easy visual comparison.
Consider Unlikely Routes
You might be surprised just how much you can save by altering the route you take getting to your destination in Italy. It's typically less expensive to fly into bigger hub cities on major airlines. But if your final destination is a small city in Italy, consider purchasing a ticket on a major airline to a larger Italian city and taking alternate transportation by train or bus to your final destination.
Or as another option, you could consider flying into a major European hub such as London, Paris, or Amsterdam, and then purchasing a ticket on a less expensive budget airline that flies into smaller cities more affordably.
Investing a little bit of time in research can potentially save you lots when it comes to purchasing airfare to Italy. We hope these tips help!