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Flights to Italy

Reaching Italy by air is very easy. There is a wide choice of airlines offering direct flights to various airports across the different regions in Italy. See below for our general guide…

Piedmont:

There are two airports within comfortable driving distance of Piedmont, though the closer of the two is Turin (TRN). A drive from Turin to the centre of Alba will take between 1hr15 or 1hr30 (depending on how slowly you go once you get into the beautiful hills of Piedmont!). With year-round flights from London Gatwick (LGW) and now London Heathrow (LHR) terminal 5, British Airways has the largest selection of flight options to Turin.

The other airline worth looking at is Ryanair, however it is worth noting that these these flights depart from Stansted Airport.

The second airport, located a little further from Piedmont is Milan Malpensa (MXP), with a driving time between 1hr45 – 2hr. There are more flights from the UK to Milan Malpensa, including direct from Cardiff (CWL), Edinburgh (EDI), Birmingham(BHX) and Manchester (MAN), as well as Stansted (STN), Gatwick (LGW) and Luton (LTN).

Airlines include: British Airways, Ryanair, FlyBe and EasyJet.

Liguria:

The main hub of Liguria is Genoa (GOA), located more or less in the centre of the narrow crescent-shaped region. It is well worth staying in Genoa for a couple of nights to enjoy the city, but if exploring more of the region, a drive from Genoa to Cinque Terre to the east of the region will take approximately 1hr30. Similarly, the drive to Alassio to the west of Genoa will also take around 1hr30. 

RyanAir flies directly from London Stansted to Genoa in around 2 hours. 

Alternatively, as Liguria borders France, Nice (NCE) airport is also an option and is particularly convenient for the west of the region. The drive from Nice to Alassio is around 1hr30. There are lots of direct flights from the UK to Nice, including from London, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Bristol. Airlines include British Airways, RyanAir, EasyJet and Jet2.

Emilia-Romagna:

There are direct flights from London to Bologna (BLQ) and Rimini (RMI) with airlines including British Airways, EasyJet and RyanAir. Drive time from Bologna to Parma is around 1hr. 

Alternatively, Florence (FLR) is well connected to the Emilia-Romagna region both by train (it takes around 30 minutes on the train from Florence to Bologna) and by car. The drive from Florence to Bologna is around 1hr30, whilst Parma is around 2 hours. 

Florence is served by various airlines, including British Airways and Vueling, with direct flights from London, Manchester and Edinburgh. 

Puglia:

The two main airports are Bari (BRI) and Brindisi (BDS). You can fly direct to Bari from Liverpool and London with airlines including RyanAir, British Airways and EasyJet. Brindisi can be reached with direct flights from London with airlines including RyanAir, British Airways and EasyJet. 

Brindisi is further south, and is best for reaching towns such as Ostuni (around 45mins), Lecce (around 30mins), Otranto (around 1hr) and Gallipoli (around 1hr). Bari is best located for reaching towns such as Monopoli (around 50mins), Alberobello (around 1hr) and Matera (Basilicata – around 1 hr). 

As is often the case with flights, prices tend to be very fluid! We would advise looking at your preferred price comparison website (such as www.skyscanner.net or www.kayak.co.uk) to find the best possible option for your trip.

Alternatively, we would be very happy to arrange your flights and car hire for you for a £40pp admin fee.

Piedmont, Italy
Piedmont, a region of Italy bordering France and Switzerland, sits at the foot of the Alps. It’s known for sophisticated cuisine and wines such as Barolo and Barbaresco.
Alba, Piedmont
Alba is a town and comune of Piedmont, Italy, in the province of Cuneo. It is considered the capital of the UNESCO Human Heritage hilly area of Langhe, and is famous for its white truffle, peach and wine production.
Turin Airport
The drive from Turin Airport to Alba, takes a little over an hour and relatively scenic route. We can either arrange car hire at the airport or a private transfer.
Milan–Malpensa Airport
Milan–Malpensa Airport is the largest international airport for the Milan metropolitan area in northern Italy. The drive from Milan Malpensa airport to Alba, takes just under two hours. There are regular flights from the UK with a number of budget airlines.
Milan Bergamo Airport
Milan Bergamo airport offers another option in the area, with regular flights departing from London with Ryan Air. More
Milan Linate Airport
Milan Linate Airport is the secondary international airport of Milan, the second-largest city of Italy, behind Malpensa Airport. It takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to drive from Linate airport to Alba. We reccomend you flights to this airport with Easy Jet and British Airways. More
Villa d'Amelia
A C19th converted farmhouse, with affable staff, Michelin-starred food and laid-back atmosphere Located in Piedmont's wine producing region and a Fleewinter go-to option! More
La Villa Hotel
This impeccably restored C17th B&B boasts beautiful gardens and pool, a wonderfully seasonal restaurant "La Vie" and exceptional hospitality from Chris, Nicola and their team. A perfect off-the-beaten-track spot to unwind and enjoy all that the Langhe has to offer. More
Tenuta Bricchi
An incredibly unique B&B nestled in 11-hectares of hazelnuts groves and vineyards. This small, family-run farmhouse, with its indoor heated pool and all the little luxuries that the hosts Danilo and Sara offer, is certainly the place from which to explore the Langhe region year-round. More
Corte Gondina
Hidden behind a humble doorway in the heart of La Morra, you will find this beautifully restored guesthouse, with sprawling gardens and peaceful pool area. La Morra is home to several superb restaurants, making Corte Gondina a perfect base for culinary delights and ample exploration! More
Palazzo Finati
A small B&B, conveniently nestled in the heart of the popular Alba, Palazzo Finati is a wonderful option for those looking to explore the rich art and culture of the region. About a 10-minute walk from the train station, this 9-bedroom B&B ensures a hassle-free stay. More
Nice Airport
Flying into Nice airport is a good option for those wanting to explore the Ligurian coastline...
Genoa Aiport
Genoa airport is a good option for those wanting to exploring parts of Piedmont and Liguria.
Brindisi Airport
The most convenient airport for those wanting to explore the southern Salento region of Puglia. With frequent direct flights from the UK.
Bari airport
Bari airport is a great option for those wanting to explore Puglia, with frequent, direct flights from the UK.
Lecce
This baroque splendour of a city, pack a real punch! Otherwise know as 'the Florence of the South'...
Monopoli
A pretty seaside town on the Adriatic coast.
Ostuni
A famous white-washed walled city on Puglia's dazzling coastline.
Ortranto
A picturesque historic town with plenty of bars and restaurants.
Alberobello
An iconic Puglian town know for its trulli, whitewashed stone huts with conical roofs.
Fasano
A town in the province of Brindisi.
Gallipoli
An ancient island city in the southern part of Puglia.
Oria
A medieval hilltop town, offering visitors a unique view.
Gargano National Park
Occupying more than 120,000 hectares, the Gargano National Park is as beautiful as it is fascinating with its ancient forests and islands bathed in crystal-clear waters.
It is a sub-peninsula of the Italian Peninsula, sometimes described as the "heel" of the Italian "boot".
Polignano a mare
Overlooking the azure waters of the Adriatic Sea, little Polignano a Mare is home to some of Puglia's loveliest beaches.
Santa Maria di Leuca
Santa Maria di Leuca is famous for its iconic lighthouse and stunning coastline.
Umbria
This lush and rugged part of Italy is known for its medieval hill towns, dense forests and local cuisine, particularly foraged truffles and wines.
Tuscany
Quintessential romantic Italy; rolling vineyards, olive groves, medieval villages and hamlets and grand cities.
Lazio
Lazio is a central Italian region bordering the Tyrrhenian Sea. Its principal city, Rome, is Italy’s capital and was at the heart of the ancient Roman Empire.
Bologna
Home to the oldest university in Europe and a thriving food and wine scene, Bologna is a characterful and fascinating city to explore.
Modena
Perhaps best known for its 'Black Gold' (Balsamic Vinegar of Modena), Modena also offers pretty pastel-coloured streets, fantastic restaurants and the 'motor valley' (home to super cars including Ferrari and Lamborghini).
Parma
Along with parma ham and Parmigiano Reggiano, the charming city of Parma is also well known for its exciting arts and music scene and striking historic architecture.
Forlimpopoli
This lovely little town is an important part of the region's food heritage. Casa Artusi is a wonderful cookery school offering various classes and courses, and the annual Festa Artusiana is a must-see!
Emilia-Romagna
Home to the 'food and motor valley', this beautiful region stretches from the Adriatic sea up through peaceful countryside and rolling hills, with Bologna as its lively capital city.
Liguria
The 'Italian Riviera' is a narrow crescent-shaped region hugging the coast to the north-west of Italy. The port city of Genoa is its capital, whose medieval centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Genoa
Genoa, the historical capital city of Liguria, is the largest historical centre in Europe. Its painted palaces on Via Garibaldi date back to the 15th Century.
Borgomaro
Borgomaro is the main town at the bottom of the Maro valley, in the north-west region of Liguria. The mountain setting and surrounding landscape is a must for keen hikers.
Sestri Levante
The pretty coastal town consists of two bays, named Bay of Silence and Bay of Fairy Tales (so named after writer Hans Christian Andersen).
Portofino
Glitzy Portofino has a slightly more exclusive feel then some of the region's other more rustic neighbours. High-end boutiques and seafood restaurants overlook the harbour.
Santa Margherita
Portofino's next door neighbour, this pretty fishing village is a great spot for hiking as well as relaxing by the sea.
Bologna Airport (BLQ)
Journey in to Bologna city from the airport in under 30 minutes.
Genoa Airport (GOA)
Located more or less in the centre of the region, the beautiful towns and villages of Liguria can be reached in less than 2 hours from Genoa airport.
Alassio
A bustling colourful coastal town with wonderful scenic views.

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