Italy’s roads are extensive and they have an excellent highway system. Generally speaking the roads are kept in good condition, but the further south you go you’ll notice a marked change in the lack of upkeep. In the poorer southern regions of Italy, many smaller roads are metal roads, and it’s not uncommon to meet a number of precarious pot holes along the way. Driving in Italy can test your patience at times. Drivers drive on the right, but the Italians are known to be somewhat erratic when driving. Driving in Rome and other major cities is not recommended because it’s much quicker and a lot less stressful to travel by public transport in Italy.
Hiring a car in Italy also leads to another problem – parking. It’s so difficult to find a parking spot anywhere, which is why a lot of locals opt to travel by scooter in Italy, which is locally known as the motorino. Major cities in Italy such as Rome, Naples, Milan, and Turin all have major metro networks, so traveling around these cities is even more convenient. Small metro stations in Genoa and Catania cover shorter distances, but aren’t as extensive.
All cities and towns in Italy, no matter their size, have excellent urban and suburban bus systems. Traveling by bus is cheap, and generally most buses are kept in good condition, however, it’s more difficult to travel in Italy on Sundays and on public holidays as there’s a limited service. It’s important to note that all tickets for the metro and train need to be validated before getting on the train because traveling with an un-validated ticket will land you a huge fine of up to €100. You can buy tickets in a number of convenient places, which includes a tobacconist’s shop, a newsstand, and electronic ticket dispensing machines which can be found in all stations.
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