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Italy airport guide

Italy has numerous international airports serving the major cities, but the majority of visitors arrive via the capital’s largest airport, Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (IATA code FCO), or for those visiting the north of Italy, Milan-Malpensa Airport (IATA code MXP).

Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci International Airport

Originally opened in 1961, Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, also called Rome Fiumicino, is Italy’s busiest airport and the eighth busiest in Europe. It handles upwards of 38 million passengers a year and is home to Italian national airline Alitalia. The airport is named after Leonardo da Vinci, a famous Italian inventor who designed the first flying machine in 1480.

Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci International facilities
Fiumicino consists of four terminals with eleven concourses in total; B to G.

Rome Fiumicino boasts a huge range of shops (with duty-free in all terminals), cafes, bars, fast food outlets and restaurants.

The airport provides free Wi-Fi to all passengers, and the 517 room Hilton Rome Airport Hotel is connected to the terminals via a moving walkway. The hotel provides a free shuttle service for guests into central Rome.

Additional facilities at Rome Fiumicino include:

  • Information counters that can be found throughout the airport, alongside numerous touch-screen information kiosks.
  • Banks, ATMs and bureaux de change desks throughout the airport.
  • An onsite executive centre with meeting rooms, office space and Wi-Fi; the Atahotel Executive Centre is in Terminal 1. The airport also has eight VIP lounges – three in Terminal 1 and five in Terminal 3.
  • A Post Office.
  • A Chapel and multi-faith prayer room.
  • Childcare facilities.
  • A 24-hour first aid facility.
  • A left-luggage service in Terminal 3 with a lost property office.
  • A luggage porter service.

Getting to and from Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci International
Rome Fiumicino is located around 32 kilometres southwest of downtown Rome. The Leonardo Express Train provides a direct link between the airport and Rome’s Termini train station in central Rome. Taxis and public buses are also available.

Car rental is available at the airport, and long and short-term parking is available at a fee.

Milan-Malpensa Airport

Milan-Malpensa Airport is located 40 kilometres from downtown Milan, in northern Italy. The airport handles over 18 million passengers per year, serving as the major airport for travellers to the famous northern cities and the Alps mountain range.

Milan-Malpensa Airport facilities
Milan-Malpensa consists of two terminals which are several kilometres apart, currently connected by a shuttle bus. Terminal 2 is solely used by EasyJet.

Milan-Malpensa houses a wide range of shops (with duty-free in all terminals), cafes, bars, fast food outlets and restaurants.

The airport provides free Wi-Fi to all passengers, and the Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel, with 433 rooms, is located in Terminal 1. The hotel offers day room rates and 5-hour rates for passengers who do not require full-night bookings.

Additional facilities at Milan-Malpensa include:

  • Information counters that can be found throughout the airport
  • Banks, ATMs and bureaux de change desks throughout the airport.
  • An onsite executive centre with meeting rooms, office space and Wi-Fi. The airport also has eight VIP lounges - five in Terminal 1 and two in Terminal 2.
  • A Post Office.
  • A Chapel and multi-faith prayer room.
  • Childcare facilities.
  • A 24-hour first aid facility
  • A left-luggage service in Terminal 1 with a lost property office.
  • A luggage porter service.
  • A fast-track security service is available for a fee.

Getting to and from Milan-Malpensa Airport
Milan-Malpensa is located around 40 kilometres northwest of downtown Milan. The Malpensa Express Train provides a direct link between the airport and Milan Cadorna train station in central Rome, which then connects to the Milan metro. Taxis and public buses are also available.

Car rental is available at the airport with Sixt, Hertz, Budget, and Avis; and long and short-term parking is available at a fee, with the option to choose valet parking.