Travel

Airports

Most major cities in Italy have an airport. The main international airports include:

Linate is Milan’s second airport and is closer to the city centre for intra-European flights. Cheaper flights arrive at Orio al Serio airport which is actually located in the town of Bergamo an hour from Milan. There are regular train and/or bus connections to the city centre from both airports.

Rome’s Ciampino airport services many of the cheaper flights to the city. There are also many regional airports.

Ground transport

Italy has an extensive rail network and trains are an easy and effective way to travel around the country. There are excellent high-speed connections between the major cities on the Freccia network. For more information on timetables and ticketing, visit Trenitalia. If you have a standard non-electronic ticket it must be stamped in the validation machines at the end of the platforms before boarding the train.

In most large cities public transport is convenient and rapid. Bus, tram and subway/metro tickets are on sale at newspaper stands or stations and train tickets are sold at railway stations or travel agencies.

Taxis are readily recognisable, though not always easy to hail taxis in the street, but can be booked in advance or picked up from designated taxi ranks. Fares are metered and usually start from the time the taxi arrives to collect the passenger and there is an additional surcharge in the evenings. There are fixed taxi prices for travel between the major airports and the city centre in Rome and Milan. Taxis usually don’t accept credit cards.

Car rentals are also available. There are many paid tollways on Italian freeways.

Hotels

There is a wide range of accommodation for all budgets.

Dining

There is a wide range of dining options for all budgets.

Tipping

Tipping is not expected, however it is common to round up bills and to add a few extra Euros if good service was received.

Tourist attractions

Italy is a major tourist destination and offers a vast range of natural and historic tourism experiences. For more information, visit italia.