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Tips For Finding Cheap Flights to Rome

Any traveler willing to do a bit of research will be rewarded with a cheap flight to Italy, meaning more money left in your pocket to explore this amazing city!

It is important to compare flights constantly during your search. Flights to Rome, in particular, must be compared not only website to website, but also airport to airport. A flight from London’s Heathrow to Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino) can be more expensive than flights using smaller airports—Gatwick to Ciampino, for example. Many UK flights to Rome land in the Ciampino airport which is about the same distance from the city center as Fiumicino.

To find the best return flight use dates during Italy’s off-season. November-February usually offer discounted flights. The month of August, when many Italians flee Rome and other major Italian cities for their annual August vacations, provides not only opportunities for cheaper flights, but also options for discounted lodging. So during the period from the end of July through the first week of September travel bargains usually abound. March and April and last minute deals are also worth investigating. (Note: Christmas and Easter seasons are more expensive)

The traveler must, however, also consider Rome’s weather- cooler, rainy and cloudy in winter and, conversely, hot and humid during August. In August many restaurants and shops may also be closed for the Ferragosto vacation. But Rome is beautiful even under the clouds, and businesses dependent on tourists have accommodated over the years so, today, fewer shops and restaurants close in August than in years past. If they do, they often close for a week or two instead of for the whole month.

For a look at Italy’s weather by month, see any of several websites, such as this:

Italy celebrates the following national holidays:

  • January 1: New Year's Day**
  • January 6: Epiphany
  • Easter Monday
  • April 25: Liberation Day
  • May 1: Labor Day**
  • June 2: Anniversary of the Founding of the Republic
  • August 15: Feast of the Assumption (also known as Ferragosto)
  • November 1: All Saints
  • December 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • December 25: Christmas Day**
  • December 26: St. Stephen's Day (Boxing Day)

(Note: ** indicates major closures including museums and public monuments, limited bus schedules, etc.)

Check for the exact dates of holidays during the year of your trip.

Flights to Italy from the UK are plentiful and those to Rome in particular are relatively easy to find, even when using smaller airports. Those willing to do the necessary research and compare flights should be able to find convenient and affordable airfare that fits their budget and schedule. As always, travelers with the flexibility to choose midweek rather than weekend flights, or flights in off-peak hours, will find more discount opportunities than those travelers unable or unwilling to make such choices.

There are almost endless online ways for serious travelers to find the best and cheapest flights to Italy. Whatever site you choose, keep notes on the prices offered and the names of the airlines that fly the route you choose. Then go to airline sites and other travel wholesaler sites to do comparison shopping.

Those who can be as flexible as possible and are willing to negotiate the calendar regarding Italian holidays and vacation closures, are able to take advantage of Rome’s secondary airports on flights during off-peak hours and seasons, and, finally, those who take the time to compare prices on airline sites as well as travel deal sites should be rewarded with the best vacation value.

Buon viaggio!

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