Major cities all have good transport systems, including bus and underground-train networks. In Venice, the main public transport option is vaporetti (small passenger ferries).
Bus & Metro
Extensive metropolitane (metros) exist in Rome, Milan, Naples and Turin, with smaller metros in Genoa and Catania. The space-age Minimetrò in Perugia connects the train station with the city centre.
Cities and towns of any size have an efficient urbano (urban) and extraurbano (suburban) bus system. Services are generally limited on Sundays and holidays.
Purchase bus and metro tickets before boarding and validate them once on board. Passengers with unvalidated tickets are subject to a fine (between €50 and €75 in most cities). Buy tickets from tabaccaio (tobacconist's shops), newsstands, ticket booths or dispensing machines at bus stations and in metro stations. Tickets usually cost around €1.30 to €1.80. Most cities offer good-value 24-hour or daily tourist tickets.
You can catch a taxi at the ranks outside most train and bus stations, or simply telephone for a radio taxi. Radio taxi meters start running from when you've called rather than when you're picked up.
Charges vary somewhat from one region to another. Most short city journeys cost between €10 and €15. Generally, no more than four people are allowed in one taxi.
Italy's extensive network of roads span numerous categories. The main ones include:
Autostradas – An extensive, privatised network of motorways, represented on road signs by a white 'A' followed by a number on a green background. The main north–south link is the Autostrada del Sole (the 'Motorway...
Trains in Italy are convenient and relatively cheap compared with other European countries. The better train categories are fast and comfortable.Trenitalia is the partially privatised state train system that runs most services. Its privately owned competitor Italo runs high-velocity trains on two...