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Ciao Down on These Amazing Fares to Italy

February 4, 2004 -- It'll take nimble fingers, and flexible travel dates, to snap up Alitalia's truly amazing fares to Italy this week: the fares are available only through today, for travel during the month of February.

But if you've ever wanted to visit Italy, especially cities other than the major airport hubs of Rome and Milan, it's worth clearing off a long weekend on your calendar. The deal is simple: a slew of routes are a flat $299 plus the usual $100 or so in tax, as long as you buy today. (You also have to stay over a Saturday night and stay no more than three weeks.)

Alitalia's cheap flights depart from Boston, Chicago, Miami, New York and Newark, and head into Bari, Bologna, Brindisi, Catania, Florence, Genoa, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Perugia, Pisa, Rome, Trieste, Turin, Venice and Verona.

Now, $299 from, say, New York to Rome is a great fare. But Delta's matching that right now. $299 from Chicago to Rome, on the other hand, is unbeatable. And $299 from Chicago to Palermo or Brindisi -- or even from New York to Palermo or Brindisi -- is unheard of. If you've ever wanted to explore the south of Italy, these fares are a unique chance to do so on the cheap.

Naturally, we expect you to bring Frommer's Italy 2004 ( with you on your trip. But before you leave, make sure to print out this exclusive online update to the book, with the absolute latest information. () To whet your appetite and help you cram for that quick Italia escape, we also have a full guide to Italy online at

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