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Local Transport

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 €110). Buy tickets from a tabaccaio (tobacconist's shop), newsstands, ticket booths or dispensing machines at bus and metro stations. Tickets usually cost around €1.20 to €2. Many 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.