The main airports for intercontinental and international arrivals are the Leonardo da Vinci airport in Rome Fiumicino, Malpensa in Milan and Marco Polo in Venice, but there are many other international airports located across the country. There are also plenty of domestic connections with frequent services from Rome-Fiumicino and Milan-Malpensa to all the other airports in Italy, making it simple and convenient to reach the islands of Sicily, Sardinia or the smaller ones from the mainland.
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The Italian rail system is operated by TRENITALIA.
The rail network is well developed and widespread, especially between major urban centres and tourist areas. The fastest trains operate on the networks between the major cities while the regional trains usually stop at all stations. You will find that rail travel in Italy is cheap and efficient.
Information offices are available at stations throughout Italy, with details regarding National and European destinations.
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There is a fairly extensive network of bus services in Italy provided by a number of private companies. These bus services vary from small local services connecting rural communities to luxury express services between big cities. Most buses are usually either limited to regional activity or focus on connecting Italy to Western and Central European countries.
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In a city where canals replace roads, it only makes sense that Venice’s main form of public transport is the “Vaporetto”. The Vaporetto is basically a water bus that takes visitors along the main canals, to the outer islands and around the Venetian lagoon.
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Ferries and Hydrofoils
There are many services linking the islands by sea to the mainland. The main links are by car ferries and hydrofoils. In addition, ships from all the countries around the Mediterranean are moored in the well-equipped Italian ports. The main Italian ports for embarking on the Islands of Sicily and Sardinia are Genoa, Livorno, Civitavecchia, Fiumicino, Naples and Villa San Giovanni.
Italians drive on the right and overtake on the left. The roads in Italy are quite good and Italy has a fine network of motorways (Autostrade). Although the motorway network is quite extensive, there is also a good network of state roads to get you around. These state roads (strade statali) are often just as good. As a tourist, you may find that avoiding motorways is a good idea. The provincial roads (strade provinciali) will bring you into the Italian countryside.
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