AZ to Venice/Cinque Terre

First trip to Italy :)
The plan is to fly from Tucson/Phoenix to Venice, stay a couple days then on to Cinque Terre for several more days. Suggestions for the best place to fly into in order to get to Venice easily. My husband has dementia so trying to keep things simple when I can. Thank you!

Posted by Pamela
Tucson, AZ
6 posts

Thanks Richard! We're in Tucson so may fly from here but good to know I have options.

Posted by Tim
Knoxville, TN, USA
3069 posts

Fly directly to Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE).

Posted by Larry
Elk Grove, CA, USA
6718 posts

Most carriers can get you to Venice via 1 or 2 stops in the USA and EU. Nobody will fly you non-stop to Venice. Secondly, the Cinque Terre is about 5.0-6.0hrs by train from Venezia Santa Lucia. 2-3 train changes along the way. Third, where do you intend to depart Italy from? Pisa airport is nearby the Cinque Terre. The Milan airport is about 3.5hrs away. A bit more information and we can begin suggesting possible air carriers.

Posted by marie
west Chester, PA
37 posts

Pamela We live 30 miles outside Philly and US Airways flys direct non stop from Philadelphia to Venice. However, it is seasonal, so it depends on when you go. We just went in May and Marco Paolo airport is small and very easy to navigate.

Posted by Larry
Elk Grove, CA, USA
6718 posts

@ Marie. Nice to hear about the non-stop from Philadelphia. I need to look into this flight.

Posted by Michael
Seattle, WA, USA
5763 posts

If you want to fly into Venice and fly back from somewhere else, be sure to choose the "Multiple Cities" option or its equivalent when researching airfare. Every now and then someone prices two separate one-way tickets instead, and those are ferociously more expensive. People often call this option "Open Jaws" as does Rick Steves, but I've yet to see that term on an airfare website.

Posted by Lola
Seattle, WA
5444 posts

Pamela, be very careful if you fly British Airways. While they are usually myairline of choice for Europe, that is not true for Venice. Most of their flights from the western US require a change of airports, from Heathrow to Gatwick. It is stressful And I will not do it again. Instead, if going to or from Venice, we build in an overnight or two in London , but that adds time and expense to the trip.

Posted by Pamela
Tucson, AZ
6 posts

Larry, Thanks for the info! Without knowing what I'm doing I was thinking I'd fly into Venice, spend a couple days to acclimate then off to Cinque Terre and back to Venice to come home. But if I could leave for home from Pisa or Milan that might be easier. Trying to keep costs down of course... :)