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Flights to and from Italy
Booking your flight
Do not book your flight until you have heard from the program director regarding flights.
Once the faculty/staff flights are booked the director will recommend flights for students. If students arrive and depart close to the same time, ground transportation to and from airports in Italy will be provided at no additional cost. To book the best prices and the best seats you will need to book your flights as soon as you hear from the director.
Transatlantic flights are not included in the program cost.
Airfare is usually $1,100 - $1,400 depending on the season
In order to see more places in Italy we arrive and depart from different cities. Your tickets should be booked using the multi-destination or multi-city tab on the airline's website
Do not book two one-way tickets as it will be much more expensive
Try to book a flight with few layovers
Leave plenty of time between your connecting flights in case any of them are delayed. It would be better to wait three hours at the airport than to have only a one hour wait and find the first flight was delayed causing you to miss your connecting flight to Italy
Departing from the States
Follow the handbook instructions about packing and luggage restrictions
Make sure your luggage is well labeled with our lodging address along with your name and e-mail address. Sometimes checked luggage does get lost
When you arrive at the airport boarding gate you might want to have an ECU sign to hold up so that you can find other ECU students
Sometimes wearing purple and gold helps you find each other
You will all have a list of everyone's flight number so you will know what other students and teachers are on your flight
Arriving at the airport in Italy
If you are arriving near the scheduled pick up time, staff will meet you at the airport with transportation to our lodgings
Look for someone holding up an ECU sign. We will know what flight you are on and we will also know if it has been delayed
If you are arriving in Rome during the 3-month semester programs, after picking up your luggage our group will normally be waiting to the left after you exit, by the coffee shop/cafe near the exit in Terminal 3
If you arrive in Terminal 1 in Rome you should make your way to Terminal 3 to find the group
If you know your plane arrives at a different time than the group arrival time you should pre-arrange the pickup information with the director before you depart. You may need to take a taxi on your own
If your plane is late when it arrives you should look for the ECU staff. If you don't find anyone, follow the detailed instructions on how to get to our lodgings in the handbook by taking a taxi
Summer students arriving in Naples or Venice will also find the ECU staff at the airport for pick up. We will be holding an ECU sign
Departing from the airport in Italy
Most sessions will be departing from the airport in Venice. This allows us to spend three relaxed days in one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. It is also a small airport that allows easy check-in and flight departures.
Because it takes up to two hours to get to the airport and we must arrive two hours before planes depart, it is important not to book departing flights before 11 am out of Venice
You will be sent explicit instructions on how and when to book the flight so please read it carefully
We will arrange to have the heaviest luggage transported from Certaldo to Venice by bus so we will only be carrying backpacks and carry-on luggage with us to Venice. This is because it is so difficult to get on boats or move through the city over the many bridges with heavy luggage
The private bus transporting our heaviest luggage from Certaldo to Venice will meet us at the airport at a scheduled time well before the flight
The director will be sending detailed information on what flights to book so please follow it carefully
Travel light, pack light!
It will make your trip so much more enjoyable. You will each be managing your own luggage and you can buy toiletries and many other things you will need once you arrive in Certaldo.
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