Pack your bags, it’s time for an Italian vacation.
Travel + Leisure – Ready to have a sultry seaside vacation along the Amalfi Coast? A Roman holiday? Perhaps a shopping getaway to Milan? Then you better book a flight ASAP.
According to the World Bank, in 2019, just shy of 100 million people traveled to Italy for a vacation. Though that number declined significantly due to the pandemic, tourism made a major comeback in 2022, with an estimated 56 million arrivals. And if you’re looking to be among the pack to visit in 2023 — and stay on a budget — Scott Keyes, founder and chief flight expert of Going.com, says you should book your flight right now.
“The two months with by far the highest number of cheap flights to Italy are January and February,” Keyes shared with Travel + Leisure. According to Keyes, these are “the slowest two months of tourism in the U.S. and Western Europe, and thus a time when airlines are forced to drop fares in order to fill planes. Sub-$400 round-trip flights to Italy have been commonplace, popping up every few weeks for the past five months.”
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If you’re not particularly concerned with the flight cost but would like to avoid the crowds, Keyes suggested plotting out a shoulder-season getaway to just about anywhere in the European nation. “Aside from winter travel, shoulder season (March through May and September through November) is known for cheap Italy deals,” he shared.