Generally not required for stays of up to 90 days (or at all for EU nationals); some nationalities need a Schengen visa.
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A plethora of airlines link Italy with the rest of the world, and cut-rate carriers have significantly driven down the cost of flights from other European countries. Excellent rail and bus connections, especially with northern Italy, offer efficient overland transport, while car and passenger ferries run to ports throughout the Mediterranean.
Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.
Transport in Italy is affordable, quick and efficient.
Train Reasonably priced, with extensive coverage and frequent departures. High-speed trains connect major cities.
Car Handy for travelling at your own pace, or for visiting regions with minimal public transport. Not a good idea for travelling within major urban areas.
Bus Cheaper and slower than trains. Useful for more remote villages not serviced by trains.