Many of you have already arranged flights, but for those that haven't I thought the below might be helpful:
1) Qantas/Emirates has a sale on right now : $1558 return to Milan.
2) Singapore has flights for $1530
3) Etihad/Virgin has flights for $1650
For those who haven't been to Italy before, don't try to fly directly into Florence. In the scheme of things it is a regional city, and it will cost you a fortune to fly there from outside the EU.
Rome is 1h30m by train, Milan is 1h40 min. And the train fares are inexpensive. If coming from outside the EU try and pick either of these cities as your Italian point of entry.
If you have time, and feel like exploring, a better option would be to fly into London or Frankfurt. They are both big hubs and have even more competitive prices (from a greater variety of airlines).
Once you've booked your flights, please add your details to our guest spreadsheet!
As ever we are happy to help!!
Pat & Anth