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Using local transport in Italy.

Train: The Italian railroads belong to the railway network of the State (FS), with the exception of some private lines. There are five different types of trains in Italy: Pendolino - interurban service of trains, InterCity - connects the main Italian cities to each other Eurostar - which connect the main Italian cities with Barcelona, Hamburg, Vienna, etc Expresso - trains of long distance with stops in almost all the stations and Diretto - some intermediate stops in its route.

Subway: The Italian cities that have subway are Rome, Milan, Naples and Genoa. The tickets are bought in the spending machines of the tube stations, kiosks and in some coffee shops. It has a validity of 75 minutes and also serves to travel in bus and street car. The subway is a fast and comfortable way to move in the city, with stops in the great majority of the places of tourist interest.

Taxi: The great cities have a cab service of 24 hours a day. All have taximeters. They are in the airports and signalized stops. In some cities, like Rome or Milan, they can be taken in the street just by raising the arm when seeing them.

Bus: the tickets are valid for 75 minutes for any combination of bus and street car, plus a trip in subway. It is necessary to take the ticket before raising the transport. The tickets are sold in kiosks, some cafeterias and in the ticket offices of ATAC (buses and streetcars network) and COTRAL (metro network). Both services are integrated in the Metrebus system. The SITA company covers all the country. Autostradale includes good part of the north and Lazzi operates in the Tuscany and the center of Italy. In order to obtain data on the frequencies and the fares it’s necessary to go to the local companies of tourism or the travel agencies.

By sea, the tourist arrives at the Italian ports of Genoa, Venice, Trithis, Livorno, Bari, Cagliari, Naples, Palermo and Ancona. From these ports it’s also possible to take a boat to the Italian islands. Companies like Tirrena Navigazione, Trans Tirreno Express and Navarna make daily routes to Sardinia and Sicily, but in winter leave with less frequency. The smallest islands are communicated to the peninsula by ferrys and small boats.


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