If your trip to Italy begins or ends in Tuscany, you'll use one of two airports that host international commercial flights—either Florence Airport, Peretola (FLR), officially known as Amerigo Vespucci Airport, or Pisa International Airport (PSA), also called Galileo Galilei Airport. The airports are both close to their respective cities and are about 50 miles from one another by car. While the airport of Pisa's location near the coast of Tuscany makes it slightly less convenient than Florence's, more flights come and go from Pisa; low-cost carrier Ryanair is one of the major airlines serving Pisa.
Since the airports are not that far from one another and have similar services, the one you choose really boils down to where you find the most convenient flight times or the cheapest tickets. Currently, there are no non-stop flights from U.S. cities to any airport in Tuscany.
In the unlikely event that you fly to Elba Island, you'll arrive at tiny Marina di Campo Airport (EBA).
Florence Airport, Peretola
- Airport code: FLR
- Address: Via del Termine 11, Firenze (FI) 50127
- Phone: +39 055 30615
- Website: www.aeroporto.firenze.it/en
- Location: In Peretola, about 10 kilometers northwest of Florence's historic core.
- Best If: You'll be based in Florence, plan to explore the eastern side of Italy, or want quick access to the A1 Autostrada.
- Avoid If: You're heading to the coast of Tuscany and Liguria, in which case Pisa Airport is the better option.
- Distance to Florence's historic center: The airport is connected to Florence's Santa Maria Novella train station by the T2 tram, a 23-minute ride. A taxi to the Piazza del Duomo takes about 25 minutes, depending on traffic.
- Major airlines serving FLR: AirFrance, Alitalia, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, Swiss, TAP, Vueling
Due to its small size, Florence Airport, Peretola, is an easy airport to travel in and out of, though it does have limitations. The airport currently has one runway and 10 gates, though there are plans for expansion. Bad weather often means that plans headed to Florence have to divert to the larger Bologna or Pisa airports, which can create headaches for travelers. The airport is not especially automated, and travelers sometimes complain that there are long lines at check-in and security. For this reason, it's a good idea to arrive on the early side for your departing flight.
There are the same services at Florence Peretola as there are at most larger airports, but there are just fewer choices. For example, there's one airport lounge, only a handful of eateries, and a few shops. The airport offers free Wi-Fi. For more information, see our complete guide to Florence Airport, Peretola.
Pisa International Airport/Galileo Galilei Airport
- Airport code: PSA
- Address: Piazzale D'Ascanio 1, Pisa (PI) 56121
- Phone: +39 050 849111
- Website: www.pisa-airport.com/en
- Location: Situated an industrial area south of Pisa, less than 4 kilometers from the city's historic center.
- Best If: You're flying Ryanair or you're heading to the coastal areas of Tuscany and Liguria.
- Avoid If: You want quick access to the A1 and cities north, south and east of Florence.
- Distance to Pisa's historic center: The airport is connected to Pisa Centrale train station via the Pisa Mover tram. Tickets are 5 euros for the five-minute ride. From the station, it's a 2-kilometer walk or a 10-minute bus ride to Campo dei Miracoli, the site of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. A taxi ride to the Campo dei Miracoli from the airport takes between 10-15 minutes, depending on traffic.
- Major airlines serving PSA: Aer Lingus, Alitalia, British Airways, easyJet, Norwegian, Ryanair, Vueling
Pisa International Airport is the largest airport in Tuscany, with the largest number of incoming/outgoing flights. Ryanair is the largest carrier here, with flights to several UK cities and other cities across Europe. The airport has one terminal and two runways. Long- and short-term parking are available, with a shuttle bus connecting the long-term lot to the terminal. If you're staying in Pisa or taking trains to other parts of Italy, the Pisa Mover tram takes travelers to and from Pisa Centrale Station in five minutes.
The international airport at Pisa has more choices of services than Florence Peretola, but is still small in comparison to the major airports in Rome and Milan.
Marina di Campo Airport, Elba (EBA)
- Airport code: EBA
- Address: Via Aeroporto 208, Marina di Campo (LI) 57034
- Phone: +39 0565 976011
- Website: www.elbaisland-airport.it/en
- Location: On west-central Elba Island, about 13 kilometers from Portoferraio.
- Best If: You're flying from Florence or Pisa and don't want to take the ferry to Elba, or if you're arriving via private plane or helicopter.
- Avoid If: You want a lot of choices for flight times and dates.
- Distance to Portoferraio: The airport is about a 20-minute drive to the island's largest city, Portoferraio. A public bus makes the journey in about 30 minutes.
- Airlines serving EBA: SilverAir is currently the only commercial airline serving Elba.
Most residents and visitors reach the Tuscan island of Elba by ferry. But if you choose to fly, you have one commercial option, Silver Air, which flies 16-seater planes from Florence or Pisa to Elba several times a week. The Marina di Campo Airport has a single runway and is located near the seaside town of Marina di Campo. The airport is primarily used by private planes and helicopters. Rental cars are available from ElbaRent and Elba by Car, but you need to reserve in advance to arrange airport pick-up.