Transport in General

Everything from airfares to public transit, train stations to taxis

Lodgings in General

A classic train couchette sleeping six (Photo by DB Autozug GmbH)

Sleeping in couchettes on overnight trains

 

Planning a trip to General

 (Photo courtesy of Alitalia)

Finding the cheapest airfare, air travel comfort, no-frills airlines, baggage restrictions, and more

 
Transportation options to and within Italy (Photo icons courtesy of AIGA, illustration by Reid Bramblett)

Getting to Italy and getting around Italy: trains, planes, rental cars, low-cost airlines and long-distance coaches

 
The Queen Mary 2 (Photo by Trondheim Havn)

Taking the slow boat to Europe: Crossing the Atlantic by cruise boat from $650

 
 (Photo Public Domain)

The most important things to know before booking a rental car in Italy

 
An aggregator/consolidator like Auto Europe can let you compare car rental rates side by side (Photo courtesy of AutoEurope.com)

How to find the lowest rates on a rental car in Italy

 
Speed limits in Italy (Photo by Gigillo83)

Obey the speed limits of pay the (high) price

 
 (Photo by Andrew)

A cheat-sheet of the most important things to know when riding the Italian rails

 

How to get the best deal on plane tickets to Italy

 
I think we've all been this sleepy guy at some point in an airport (Photo by fergusfleming)

Tips on having the most comfortable air travel experience possible, from getting to and from the airport to picking the right seat on the plane

 
A good aggregator, like Skyscanner.net, goes right to the best deals, even if they're from a non-traditional source like Norwegian or Aeroflot (Photo courtesy of Skyscanner.net)

Aggregators search all the booking engines, airline sites, travel agencies, and airfare discounters in the blink of an eye

 

Guided, escorted, specialty, and packaged tours to Italy

 
A Go-Today.com package offering roundtrip airfare from NYC, 2 nights each in Rome, Florence, and Venice, and train tickets between each starting at $949 (Photo courtesy of Go-Today.com)

Not a tour, but a bundle of airfare, lodging, maybe a car all at wholesale rates

 

Hints, tips, resources, and pointers for getting your own set of wheels in Italy

 
 (Photo Public Domain)

Hints, tips, and advice for renting a car in Italy

 
 (Photo Public Domain)

There are hundreds of road signs blocking your view on Italian roads and—more importantly—telling you how to get where you're going

 
The Italian rail system (left); the high-speed Le Frecce train network (upper right); the high-speed private .italo train network (lower right) (Photo )

Italy's main train lines

 
EasyJet, one of the oldest and best low-cost carriers in Europe

How to get the best airfare every time

 
The author wearing his sleeping-on-the-plane gear (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

Two dozen simple ways to increase your chances of catching some shut-eye on those long overnight flights

 
The Goolge.com/flights matrix can show you in a glance how to save big just by tweaking your travel dates (Photo courtesy of Google)

Some flexibility on your travel dates can save you up to 50%

 
 (Photo courtesy of FlyInternational.com)

Why pay retail when wholesale airfares to Italy are available?

 
Rail travel (Photo by Don Burgess)

Rail travel in Italy

 
You can book a shore excursion via a third party for much less than the ship charges (Photo courtesy of Viator.com)

Book your own cruise excursions for up to 40% less than the cruise ships charge

 
Yes, this is a real road in Italy—the Stelvio Pass, highest in the Eastern Alps, kissing the Swiss border on the SS38 from Meran to Bormio (Photo by unknown)

Italian road rules are similar enough to North American ones that you'll get by fine; here are the important differences

 
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How to decide if a rental car is the best choice for your Italy vacation

 
Italian ticketing machines in the Venezia-Santa Lucia train station (Photo by Richard, enjoy my life!)

How to get the cheapest fares on Italian trains

 
 (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

Timing is the key to saving a bundle on airfare to Italy from North America

 
Air travel is tiring (Photo by Neil Rickards)

Truth is, there is no cure for jet lag—but there are 7 ways to make jet lag easier to bear and quicker to dissipate

 
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Buy at the right time - The sweet spot is 6–12 weeks out

 
 (Photo logos courtesy of Priceline and Hotwire)

How opaque fares work—"Express Deals" on Priceline and "Hot Rates" on Hotwire

 
You can park in blue-marked spaces—but you must pay the meter

Renting a car and driving in Italy

 
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If it's one of the seven deadly sins—gluttony (booze; food), greed (gambling), sloth (spas), extravagance (shore excursions)—it's how a cruise lines makes all its profit

 
Traffic in Italy can be insane (this bit of Via Toledo in Naples is actually mild) (Photo )

A rental car is not always the best choice for a Italy vacation

 
Keep right, except to pass (Photo by Unknown)

Stay in the slow lane (the rightmost one) on a European highway unless you are actively passing another car

 
Explore all of Italy-or all of Europe—with a rail pass (Photo by Akwa)

Unlimited train travel in Italy, or Italy and some neighboring countries, or even all of Europe—Is a Eurail pass worth it?

 
 (Photo Public Domain)

How to leverage your frequent flier status for perks on other airlines

 
EasyJet, one of the oldest and best low-cost carriers in Europe (Photo by Rob Mitchell)

Fly across Europe for as little as $25—welcome to the wonderful age of no-frills airlines, the little jet engines that could

 
A Flixbus in Italy (Photo Public Domain)

Long-distance bus travel in Italy

 
 (Photo by Michael Hansen)

Are cruises safe? Can I cancel a cruise? Can I get cruise cancellation insurance?

 
 (Photo courtesy of Drivethedales.com)

How to get the most out of renting a car in Italy with the lowest cost and least hassle

 
Touring Club Italiano makes the best maps of Italy (Photo courtesy of the publisher)

A good road map of Italy can save you time and help you discover places and things not in your guidebook

 
A private .italo high-speed train (Photo by CAPTAIN RAJU)

High-speed trains in Italy—IC, La Frecce, .italo, TGV, Thello, EN, and more

 
Pack your own, inexpensive snacks for the plane (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

Airport tips, jet lag, and 24 tips for sleeping on board the flight

 
Fare alerts courtesy of Airfarewatchdog

From fare alerts to e-savers, deals newsletters to price predictors

 
Global time zones (the red lines divide them) (Photo from CIA World Factbook)

Time zones in Italy and dealing with the 24-hour clock

 

Cruises to or from Italy

 
 (Photo by Geoff Collins)

Get your airfare to Italy and rental car together and save on both

 
Every country in green is on metric; the yellow and orange ones are in the process of converting (yellow is closer to the goal). Only the U.S., Myanmar, Libera, and North Korea have not gotten with the program. (Photo by Thespaceface)

Get ready to do some math in your head

 
Discounts on Italian trains (Photo courtesy of FS)

Young adults, families, seniors, and couples can get 25%–50% off all trains

 
If it fits in the overhead bin, they will let you take it on the plane (Photo by Peter Davis)

If your bag measures more than 45" total (L+W+D), it is probably too big for the overhead bin

 
 (Photo courtesy of Europe by Car)

How to arrange for a short-term lease on a brand-new car in Italy—cheaper than a rental for longer periods, and far better insured

 
Gas in Europe is expensive (Photo by Images Money)

Prepare for REALLY expensive gas—like $7 per gallon—in Italy

 
Roma Termini train station (Photo by Ingolf)

Like the trains themselves, Italian train stations tend to be clean and user-friendly—with tourist info, hotel booking service, left luggage lockers or offices, and decent snack bars (in case you forget to pick up train picnic supplies in town)

 
Fly into London cheaply, and then elsewhere on a low-cost carrier (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

London is the cheap airfares turnstile of Europe, so fly cheaply into here and then elsewhere in Europe or North Africa on a no-frills airline for far less

 
The author, at 12, with his Uncle Marc (19) and the author's trusty hippie-orange VW family campervan somewhere in the Alps (Photo © Frank Bramblett)

Camping is a great way to see Italy, but you needn't be tied down to tent pegs; RV rentals are as easy in Europe as they are here at home

 
Beware of pickpockets (Photo by Cory Doctorow)

Sleeping on an overnight train is a relatively safe endeavor, but take a few sensible precautions to avoid pickpockets and thieves and sleep more soundly

 
I think we've all been this sleepy guy at some point in an airport

Major airports in Italy

 
Most of Italy's cities now how ZTL limited traffic zones (Photo by Mattes)

Many Italian cities are now closed to non-resident cars

 
You can park in blue-marked spaces—but you must pay the meter (Photo by Spsmiler)

Where to park legally in Italy (white stripes: free; blue stripes: paid; yellow stripes: off-limits), how to use a disco orario parking disk, and how to avoid fines and getting towed

 
 (Photo by Unknown)

You do not technically need a IDP for Italy, but consider getting one

 
 (Photo by Unknown)

Don't leave anything visible in the car

 
transport
 

Roundups of deals and sales from many sources

 
Fare alerts courtesy of Airfarewatchdog (Photo courtesy of Airfarewatchdog)

Get automated updates on low fares and dropping plane ticket prices

 
Don't be like these Sorrento scooter riders; wear a helmet, and keep both hands on the handlebars (I also wouldn't wear sandals) (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

Stay safe while driving a motorino in Italy

 

Topics in General

Most of us have stared at a handy miles-to-kilometers converter right under our noses on our car dashboards (Photo by Unknown)

Miles and kilometers, feet and meters, and so on

 
Tuscany is lovely in every season (Photo clockwise from upper left: courtesy of Massimo Telò, Visittuscany, Camerone, KoenM)

The best time to go to Italy — Seasons, weather, and other considerations

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Getting to Amalfi
Downtown Amalfi

How to get to Amalfi, Italy, by train, car, or bus

 

Experiences in Italy

Tours
Amalfi Coast

Getting to Amalfi Coast by escorted tour

 
By cruise
Amalfi Coast

From day cruises to Capri excursions to week-long sailing trips, here are the best ways to explore the Amalfi Coast by boat

 
By sailiboat
Amalfi Coast

Sailing along the Amalfi Coast

 
Tours
Amalfi Coast

Getting to Amalfi Coast by escorted tour

 
Multi-day tours
Amalfi Coast

Multi-day escorted tours, packages, walking vacations, and sailing trips along Italy's Amalfi Coast

 
★★☆

Sailing along the Amalfi Coast

 
Cruise
Amalfi Coast

How to cruise to the Amalfi Coast

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

How to get to the Amalfi Coast, Italy, by bus, car, ferry, cruise, and plana

 
The Amalfi Coast, with an inset showing its relationship to the Bay of Naples (Photo )

The lay of the land on the Amalfi Coast: Its location, gateways, and major towns

 
Trains
Amalfi Coast

How to get to the Amalfi Coast by train and the Circumvesuviana commuter trail line from Naples

 
Boats from Naples
Amalfi Coast

Getting from Naples to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast by ferry or private boat transfer

 
By bus
Amalfi Coast

Getting around the Amalfi Coast by bus

 
transport
 
Car
Amalfi Coast

How to drive to Amalfi Coast

 

Getting from Sorrento to the Amalfi Coast by traghetto (ferry) or aliscafo (hydrofoil)

 
The Traffic Light Tree is a a 1998 sculpture by Pierre Vivant, not a real traffic signal, but still indicative of how confusing it can be to drive in Paris.
Getting around
Amalfi Coast

From the Amalfi Coast bus to ferries, tours to driving in Amalfi Coast

 
The Traffic Light Tree is a a 1998 sculpture by Pierre Vivant, not a real traffic signal, but still indicative of how confusing it can be to drive in Paris. (Photo )
By car
Amalfi Coast

Do NOT, under any circumstances, rent a car to get around Amalfi Coast. If you are renting one to leave the city, however, read on for tips.

 
By ferry
Amalfi Coast

How to catch a ferry to the Amalfi Coast

 
Boats from Capri
Amalfi Coast

Getting from Capri to the Amalfi Coast by traghetto (ferry) or aliscafo (hydrofoil)

 
By boat
Amalfi Coast

Getting around the Amalfi Coast by ferry and hydrofoil

 
Boats from Salerno
Amalfi Coast

Getting from Salerno to the Amalfi Coast by traghetto (ferry) or aliscafo (hydrofoil)

 
Planes
Amalfi Coast

The closest airport to the Amalfi Coast is in Naples, about 1–2 hours away

 
By private driver
Amalfi Coast

Private drivers, chauffeurs, and taxi tours of Amalfi Coast—plus car services and private transfers

 

The closest airport to the Amalfi Coast is in Naples, about 1–2 hours away

 

The Rome airports are about 5–8 hours away from the Amalfi Coast

 

Experiences in Italy

Tours
Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields

Getting to Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields by escorted tour

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Getting to Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields
Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields

How to get to Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields, Italy, by train, car, or bus

 
Getting around
Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields

Bused, taxis, and other transportation options in Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields

 
By bus
Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields

How to use the bus and commuter rail system in Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields

 
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By taxi
Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields

The taxi cabs of Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields—plus car services, private transfers, and chauffeur services

 
Public transit
Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields

How to get to the Campi Flegrei by public transportation—The Naples Metro, local trains, and buses

 
transport
 
Car
Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields

How to drive to Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields

 

Experiences in Italy

Tours
Capri

Getting to Capri by escorted tour

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

How to get to Capri, Italy, by ferry or hydrofoil—and how to get to the ferry docks

 
Italy is best on foot

From the bus and taxis to the funicular on Capri

 

The major towns, neighborhoods, streets, and landmarks of Capri

 
By bus
Capri

How to use the bus system in Capri

 
Italy is best on foot (Photo )
By foot
Capri

Walking around Capri

 
 (Photo )
By taxi
Capri

The taxi cabs of Capri—plus car services, private transfers, and chauffeur services

 
Boats to Capri
Near Capri Town

How to get to Capri by ferry or hydrofoil from Naples, Sorrento, or the Amalfi Coast

 
Funicular
Capri Town

How to use the bus and tram system in Capri

 

Experiences in Italy

Tours
Caserta

Getting to Caserta by escorted tour

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

How to get to Caserta, Italy, by train, car, or bus

 
Trains
Caserta

Trains to Caserta

 
transport
 
Car
Caserta

How to drive to Caserta

 
transport
 
Bus
Caserta

Taking a public bus to Caserta

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Getting to & around
Castelli Romani

Transportation options in Castelli Romani

 

Experiences in Italy

Tours
Cinque Terre

Getting to the Cinque Terre by escorted tour

 
By tour
Cinque Terre

Getting around the Cinque Terre by escorted tour

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

How to get to Cinque Terre, Italy, by train, car, or bus

 
 (Photo courtesy of AIGA)
Trains
Cinque Terre

Trains to the Cinque Terre

 
Italy is best on foot (Photo )
By foot
Cinque Terre

Walking around Cinque Terre

 
Autobus (bus) (Photo icon made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com)
By train
Cinque Terre

How to use the rail system in Cinque Terre

 
 (Photo courtesy of AIGA)
Car
Cinque Terre

How to drive to the Cinque Terre

 
Italy is best on foot
Getting around
Cinque Terre

Trains, ferries, and other transportation options in Cinque Terre

 
 (Photo courtesy of AIGA)
By boat
Cinque Terre

Ferries, water taxis, and cruises in Cinque Terre

 
Autobus (bus) (Photo icon made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com)
Bus
Cinque Terre

Taking a public bus to the Cinque Terre

 
 (Photo courtesy of AIGA)
Planes
Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre's closest airport is Pisa (PSA), about 98km S of the city

 
 (Photo courtesy of AIGA)
By car
Cinque Terre

Do NOT, under any circumstances, rent a car to get around Cinque Terre.

 

Experiences in Italy

Tours of Florence (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)
Tours
Florence

Getting to Florence by escorted tour

 
Bicycle (Photo icon made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com)
By bike
Florence

How to rent a bicycle in Florence

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Florence's Aeroporto Amerigo Vespucci (a.k.a. Peretola)

How to get to Florence, Italy, by train, plane, car, bus, or cruise

 
 (Photo courtesy of AIGA)
Trains
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

Trains to Florence pull into Stazione Firenze-Santa Maria Novella (don't accidentally get off in suburban stations Firenze-Rifredi or Firenze-Campo di Marte).

 
 (Photo courtesy of AIGA)
Car
Florence

How to drive to Florence

 
 (Photo courtesy of AIGA)
Planes
Florence

Flying into Florence's Amerigo Vespucci or Pisa's Galileo Galilei airports and how to get to downtown Florence from the airport

 
Florence's Aeroporto Amerigo Vespucci (a.k.a. Peretola) (Photo by Vysotsky)
Amerigo Vespucci airport
Florence: Outskirts

Florence's Amerigo Vespucci airport (FLR) is about 5km (3 miles) NW of the city

 
Pisa's Aeroporto Galileo Galilei (Photo by Reinhard Kraasch)

Pisa's Galileo Galilei Airport (PSA) is about 80km (50 miles) W of Florence

 
One of the minibuses that service the center of Florence

From the bus to taxis, bikes, and other transportation options in Florence

 
Autobus (bus) (Photo icon made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com)
Bus
Florence

A bus to Florence is a good option from Siena or San Gimignano

 
Bologna's airport (Photo by Marcomob)

Bologna's Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ) is about 105km (65 miles) N of Florence

 

The major neighborhoods, streets, squares, and landmarks of Florence

 
Maps of Florence

Tickets and passes for riding the Florence Métro, bus, and tram public transit system

 
One of the minibuses that service the center of Florence (Photo by Hubert Gajewski)
By bus
Florence

How to use the city bus system in Florence

 
Taxi (Photo Public Domain)
By taxi
Florence

The taxi cabs of Florence—plus car services, private transfers, and chauffeur services

 
Scooter (motorino) (Photo icon made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com)
By scooter
Florence

How to rent a scooter, moped, or vespa in Florence

 
The ZTL, or Limited Traffic Zone (Photo )
By car
Florence

Do NOT, under any circumstances, rent a car to get around Florence. If you are renting one to leave the city, however, read on for tips.

 
Maps of Florence (Photo courtesy of the publishers)

Maps to the great city of Florence

 
Italy is best on foot (Photo )
By foot
Florence

Getting around Florence by foot—the best method

 

Experiences in Italy

Tours
Herculaneum

Getting to Herculaneum by escorted tour

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

How to get to Herculaneum, Italy, by train or car

 
Trains
Ercolano

Trains to Herculaneum

 
transport
 
Car
Herculaneum

How to drive to Herculaneum

 

Experiences in Italy

Tours
Lazio lake district

Getting to Lazio lake district by escorted tour

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

How to get to Lazio lake district, Italy, by train, car, or bus

 
Getting around
Lazio lake district

Buses, taxis, and other transportation options in Lazio lake district

 
Autobus (bus) (Photo icon made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com)
By bus
Lazio lake district

How to use the bus and tram system in Lazio lake district

 
 (Photo courtesy of AIGA)
By car
Lazio lake district

Do NOT, under any circumstances, rent a car to get around Lazio lake district. If you are renting one to leave the city, however, read on for tips.

 
 (Photo courtesy of AIGA)
Trains
Lazio lake district

Trains to Lazio lake district

 
 (Photo courtesy of AIGA)
Car
Lazio lake district

How to drive to Lazio lake district

 
Autobus (bus) (Photo icon made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com)
Bus
Lazio lake district

Taking a public bus to Lazio lake district

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

From the Metro (subway) and the bus to taxis, shared bikes, and other transportation options in Milan

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

 (Photo by Retaggio)

How to get to Naples, Italy, by train and airplane

 
An .italo train arriving at Napoli Centrale (Photo by Hoff1980)
Trains
Naples

Trains to Naples

 
The Milan Metro (Photo by BiagPal)
Métro
Naples

The Métro is Naples's subway system

 
 (Photo by Ra Boe)
Planes
Naples: Capodimonte

Flying into Naples (NAP) at the Aeroporto di Napoli-Capodichino

 
 (Photo courtesy of Unico Campania)

From the Metro (subway) and the bus to taxis, trams, funiculars, ferries, shared bikes, and other transportation options in Naples

 
Buses outside Stazione Garibaldi (Photo by David McKelvey)
By bus
Naples

How to use the bus and tram system in Naples

 
Once you arrive in Naples, ditch the car—the traffic is terrible (Photo by derekcx)
Car
Naples

How to drive to Naples

 
Naples transit ticket (Photo by Pechristener)

Tickets and passes for riding the Naples Métro, bus, and tram public transit system

 
 (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)
Tours
Naples

Getting to Naples by escorted tour

 
The Traffic Light Tree is a a 1998 sculpture by Pierre Vivant, not a real traffic signal, but still indicative of how confusing it can be to drive in Paris. (Photo )
By car
Naples

Do NOT, under any circumstances, rent a car to get around Naples. If you are renting one to leave the city, however, read on for tips.

 
 (Photo by Tanya Dedyukhina)
Boat
Naples

How to get in Naples and out to popular day trip sights (Pompeii, Amalfi Coast, Capri, etc.) from the cruise terminal and ferry port

 
Taxi (Photo Public Domain)
By taxi
Naples

The taxi cabs of Naples—plus car services, private transfers, and chauffeur services

 
 (Photo )

The major neighborhoods, streets, squares, and landmarks of Naples

 
 (Photo )

Maps to the great city of Naples

 

How to get from the Naples dock of Molo Beverello into the city center or Stazione Centrale/Piazza Garibaldi train station

 

How to get from the Naples dock of Molo Beverello to Capri

 

How to get from the Naples dock of Molo Beverello to Pompeii

 

How to get from the Naples dock of Molo Beverello to the Amalfi Coast

 

How to get from the Naples dock of Molo Beverello to Sorrento

 

Experiences in Italy

Tours
Paestum

Getting to Paestum by escorted tour

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

The Paestum rail station

How to get to Paestum, Italy, by train, car, or bus

 

Taxis, walking, and other transportation options in Paestum

 
The Paestum rail station (Photo by Ubegrænset)
Trains
Paestum

Trains to Paestum

 
transport
 
Car
Paestum

How to drive to Paestum

 
transport
 
Bus
Paestum

Taking a public bus to Paestum

 

Experiences in Italy

Tours
Pisa

Getting to Pisa by escorted tour

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Pisa's Aeroporto Galileo Galilei

How to get to Pisa, Italy, by train, car, or bus

 
Pisa's Aeroporto Galileo Galilei (Photo )

Pisa's Galileo Galilei Airport (PSA) is just 1km (0.6 miles) S of Pisa station, 4km (2.5 miles) S of the Leaning Tower

 

Buses, taxis, and other transportation options in Pisa

 

The major neighborhoods, streets, squares, and landmarks of Pisa

 
Autobus (bus) (Photo icon made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com)
By bus
Pisa

How to use the bus and tram system in Pisa

 
Taxi (Photo Public Domain)

The taxi cabs of Pisa—plus car services, private transfers, and chauffeur services

 
 (Photo courtesy of AIGA)
By car
Pisa

Do NOT, under any circumstances, rent a car to get around Pisa

 
 (Photo courtesy of AIGA)
Trains
Pisa: Pisa Outskirts

Pisa is 45–60 min from Florence, 3 hr from Rome; Pisa Centrale station is S of the city center; San Rossore station is in the NW corner, near the Leaning Tower

 
 (Photo courtesy of AIGA)
Car
Pisa

Pisa is 90 min W of Florence, 4 hr NW of Rome, and 25 min SSE of Lucca by car

 
Autobus (bus) (Photo icon made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com)
Bus
Pisa

Taking a public bus to Pisa

 

Experiences in Italy

Tours
Pompeii

Getting to Pompeii by escorted tour

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

How to get to Pompeii, Italy, by train, car, or bus

 

Transportation options in Pompeii

 

The basic layout and entrances to Pompeii

 
Taxi (Photo Public Domain)
By taxi
Pompeii

The taxi cabs of Pompeii—plus car services, private transfers, and chauffeur services

 
Trains
Pompeii

Trains to Pompeii

 
transport
 
Car
Pompeii

How to drive to Pompeii—and where to park once you get there

 
transport
 
Bus
Pompeii

Taking a public bus to Pompeii

 
 (Photo )
Planes
Pompeii

Pompeii's closest airport is Napoli-Capodichino (NAP), about 29km NE of the ruins

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Getting to Positano
Downtown Positano

How to get to Positano, Italy, by train, car, or bus

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Getting to Ravello
Downtown Ravello

How to get to Ravello, Italy, by train, car, or bus

 

Experiences in Italy

Rome tours (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)
Tours
Rome

Getting to Rome by escorted tour

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

How to get to Rome, Italy, by train and airplane

 
Métro
Rome

The Métro is Rome's subway system

 

From the Metro (subway) and the bus to taxis, shared bikes, and other transportation options in Rome

 

A rundown of the main streets, piazzas, and neighborhoods to help you navigate the Eternal City

 

Tickets (biglietti) and passes for riding the Rome Métro, bus, and tram public transit system

 
By bus
Rome

How to use the autobus (bus) and tram system in Rome

 
Italy is best on foot (Photo )

Getting around Rome by foot—the best method

 
 (Photo )

The taxi cabs of Rome—plus car services, private transfers, and chauffeur services

 

How to rent a scooter, moped, or vespa in Rome

 
 (Photo )

How to rent a bicycle in Rome

 
The Traffic Light Tree is a a 1998 sculpture by Pierre Vivant, not a real traffic signal, but still indicative of how confusing it can be to drive in Paris. (Photo )
By car
Rome

Do NOT, under any circumstances, rent a car to get around Rome. If you are renting one to leave the city, however, read on for tips.

 
 (Photo )

Where to park in Rome: Public garages charge €22–€40 per day

 

Maps to the great city of Rome

 
Trains
Rome: Termini train station

How to get to Rome by train and Rome's Stazione Termini train station

 
Car
Rome

How to drive to Rome

 
transport
 
Bus
Rome

Taking a public coach or intercity bus to Rome

 
 (Photo )
Planes
Rome

Flying into Rome Fiumicino (Leonardo da Vinci) or Ciampino airports and how to get to downtown Rome from the airport

 

How to get into Rome's centro storico (historic center) from Termini rail station

 
 (Photo by Ra Boe)
Fiumicino airport
Rome: Outside the walls

Rome's main airport, Fiumicino (FCO), about 29km (18 miles) W of the city, is where most Transatlantic (and many other) flights land

 

Rome's secondary airport, Ciampino (CIA), about 15km (9 miles) S of the city, is where many domestic and some low-cost flights land

 

Where you cannot drive in Rome (hint: most of the historic center plus Trastevere)

 

Driving in Rome in an exercise in controlled insanity, and should not be attempted by anyone

 

How to drive into Rome and navigate the G.R.A.—Rome's ring road highway

 

How to handle car rentals in Rome

 

Experiences in Italy

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Tours
Salerno

Getting to Salerno by escorted tour

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Salerno is 59 km (35 miles) southeast of Naples via highway, 25km (16 miles) east of Amalfi

 

Bused, taxis, and other transportation options in Salerno

 
By bus
Salerno

How to use the bus and tram system in Salerno

 
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By taxi
Salerno

The taxi cabs of Salerno—plus car services, private transfers, and chauffeur services

 
Trains
Downtown Salerno

Trains to Salerno

 
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Car
Salerno

How to drive to Salerno

 
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Bus
Downtown Salerno

Taking a public bus to Salerno

 
Boat
Downtown Salerno

Getting from Salerno to the Amalfi Coast by traghetto (ferry) or aliscafo (hydrofoil)

 

Experiences in Italy

Tours
Santa Maria Capua Vetere

Getting to Santa Maria Capua Vetere by escorted tour

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Getting to Santa Maria Capua Vetere
Santa Maria Capua Vetere

How to get to Santa Maria Capua Vetere, Italy, by train, car, or bus

 
Trains
Santa Maria Capua Vetere

Trains to Santa Maria Capua Vetere

 
transport
 
Car
Santa Maria Capua Vetere

How to drive to Santa Maria Capua Vetere

 

Experiences in Italy

Tours
Sorrento

Getting to Sorrento by escorted tour

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

How to get to Sorrento, Italy, by train and airplane

 

From buses to taxis, scooters, and other transportation options in Sorrento

 
By bus
Sorrento

How to use the bus and public elevator system in Sorrento

 
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By taxi
Sorrento

The taxi cabs of Sorrento—plus car services, private transfers, and chauffeur services

 
By scooter
Sorrento

How to rent a scooter, moped, or vespa in Sorrento

 
Trains
Downtown Sorrento

How to get to Sorrento by train using the EAV/Circumvesuviana commuter trail line from Naples

 
transport
 
Car
Sorrento

How to drive to Sorrento

 
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Planes
Sorrento

How to get to Sorrento from the airports of Naples and Rome

 
Boats to Sorrento
Downtown Sorrento

The Marina Piccola ferry docks at Sorrento

 

Experiences in Italy

Tours
Tivoli

Getting to Tivoli by escorted tour

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

How to get to Tivoli, Italy, by train, car, or bus

 

Buses, taxis, and other transportation options in Tivoli

 
 (Photo courtesy of AIGA)
Trains
Downtown Tivoli

Trains to Tivoli

 
 (Photo courtesy of AIGA)
Car
Tivoli

How to drive to Tivoli

 
Autobus (bus) (Photo icon made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com)
Bus
Downtown Tivoli

Taking a public bus to Tivoli

 

Experiences in Italy

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Tours
Venice

Getting to Venice by escorted tour

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Vaporetto no. 1 motoring down the Grand Canal (Photo by Cycling Man)

Instead of public buses, Venice has the vaporetti, a flotilla of public water ferries

 

How to get to Venice by airplane, train, car, ferry, or cruise ship

 
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Trains
Venice: Cannaregio

How to get to Venice, Italy, by rail—The Venezia-Santa Lucia train station

 
Make sure to wave your ticket past a ticket validation machine or risk a fine (Photo courtesy of ACTV)

Tickets and passes for riding the vaporetto and city (land) buses in Venice's public transit system

 
Venetian artist Livio De Marchi (Liviodemarchi.com) driving his hand-made wooden Ferrari in the Bacino San Marco. Kids, don't try this at home (or in Venice). (Photo courtesy of Barcroft Cars)
Car
Venice

How to drive to Venice

 
When you see a sign pointing to a major tourist destination, just go the other way and discover your own Venice. (Photo by Lorna Mitchell)
By foot
Venice

Walking around Venice

 
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Planes
Venice

Venice's main airport, Aeroporto Marco Polo (VCE), lies less than 3km N of the city

 
Venetian artist Livio De Marchi (Liviodemarchi.com) driving his hand-made wooden Ferrari in the Bacino San Marco. Kids, don't try this at home (or in Venice).

From the Metro (subway) and the bus to taxis, shared bikes, and other transportation options in Venice

 
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Making sense of the tangle of canals, calle, campi that make up the sestieri (neighborhoods) of Venice's city layout

 
Taxi (Photo Public Domain)

How to take a motoscafo taxi acquei (water taxi) in Venice

 
 (Photo courtesy of AIGA)
Cruise to Venice
Venice: Cannaregio

Arriving in Venice aboard a cruise ship or ferry from Greece or Croatia—How to get between the port and either the airport or downtown Venice

 
 (Photo by Peter K Burian)
Traghetti
Venice

The traghetto da parada is the cheapskate's gondola ride in Venice: €4 to cross the Grand Canal

 
Venetian artist Livio De Marchi (Liviodemarchi.com) driving his hand-made wooden Ferrari in the Bacino San Marco. Kids, don't try this at home (or in Venice). (Photo courtesy of Barcroft Cars)
By car
Venice

You cannot drive in Venice's historic center. Too many canals, see.

 
 (Photo courtesy of AIGA)
By boat
Venice

Ferries, water taxis, and cruises in Venice

 
Autobus (bus) (Photo icon made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com)
By bus
Venice

The land bus system of Venice—or, more accurately, how Bus #5 usefully connects the airport, parking lots, and Mestre with Venice

 

Maps to the great city of Venice

 

How to get to and from the Venice Airport and the cruise terminal

 

How to get to and from the Venice train station and the main cruise port

 
San Basilio docks
Venice: Dorsoduro

Venice's secondary docks, where some ferries from Croatia and Slovenia land

 

The Venice cruise port may move and the approach may change

 

Experiences in Italy

Tours
Mt. Vesuvius

Getting to Mt. Vesuvius by escorted tour

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

How to get to Mt. Vesuvius, Italy, by train, car, or bus

 
Trains
Ercolano

Trains to Mt. Vesuvius

 
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Car
Mt. Vesuvius

How to drive to Mt. Vesuvius

 
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Bus
Mt. Vesuvius

Taking a public bus to Mt. Vesuvius

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

How to get to Vietri sul Mare, Italy, by train, car, or bus

 
Trains
Vietri sul Mare

Trains to Vietri sul Mare

 
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Car
Vietri sul Mare

How to drive to Vietri sul Mare

 
Transport tours
 
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Useful links
Useful Italian phrases

Useful Italian for rail travel

English (inglese) Italian (italiano)  Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...train station la ferroviaria [or] la stazione lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah [or] lah stat-zee-YO-nay
ticket un biglietto oon beel-YET-toh
first class prima classe PREE-mah CLAH-say
second class seconda classe say-CONE-dah CLAH-say
one way solo andata SO-low ahn-DAHT-tah
round trip (return) andata e ritorno ahn-DAH-tah ay ree-TOUR-noh
Just the supplement Soltanto il supplemento soul-TAHN-toh eel sou-play-MEN-toh
Just a seat reservation Soltanto una prenotazione soal-TAHN-toh oo-nah pray-no-tah-tsee-YOH-nay
I have a Eurailpass Ho il Eurailpass oh eel YOO-rail-pahs
sleeping couchette una cucetta oo-nah koo-CHET-tah
berth in a sleeping car un posto nel vagone letto oon POH-sto nell vah-GOAN-nay LET-toh
track binario been-AR-ree-yoh
train treno TRE-no
car (carriage) carozza ka-RO-tza
seat posto PO-sto
departures partenze par-TEN-zay
arrivals arrivi ah-REE-vee
information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay
left luggage deposito bagagli day-PO-zee-toh ba-GAHL-yee
     
punch your ticket timbrare il biglietto teem-BRA-ray eel beel-YET-toh
Is this the right platform for the Rome train? E questo il binario per il treno à Roma? ay KWAY-sto eel been-AR-ree-yo pair eel TRE-no ah RO-ma? 
delayed in retardo een ree-TAR-do
strike sciopero SHO-pair-oh
     
Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
City / Train station names
English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Main station
Rome Roma Termini
Florence Firenze Santa Maria Novella
Venice Venezia Santa Lucia
Milan Milano Centrale
Genoa Genova Porta Principe
Naples Napoli Centrale
Leghorn Livorno Centrale
Turin Torino Porta Nuova

Useful Italian for air travel

English (inglese) Italian  (italiano)   Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Where is... Dov'é doh-VAY
the airport l'aeroporto LAHW-ro-port-oh
the airplane l'aereo LAIR-reh-oh
terminal terminal TEAR-me-nahl
flight volo VOH-lo
gate uscita d'imbarco oo-SHEE-tah deem-BARK-oh
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
keep going straight sempre diritto SEM-pray dee-REE-toh
departures partenze par-TEN-zay
arrivals arrivi ah-REE-vee
delayed in ritardo een ree-TAR-doh
on time in orario een oh-RAH-ree-yo
early in avanti een ah-VAHN-tee
boarding imbarco eem-BARK-o
connecting flight la coincidenza la ko-een-chee-DEN-za
check-in accettazione ah-chet-ta-zee-YO-nee
immigration controllo passaporti cone-TRO-lo pah-sa-POR-tee
security check controllo di sicurezza kohn-TRO-lo dee see-kur-AY-tzah
customs dogana do-GA-na
shuttle la navetta lah na-VET-tah
boarding pass carta d'imbarco kart-ta deem-BARK-o
baggage claim ritiro bagagli ree-TEER-oh bah-GA-lyee
carry-on luggage bagaglio à mano bah-GA-lyo ah MA_no
checked luggage bagalio bah-GA-lyo

Useful Italian for car travel

English (inglese) Italian  (italiano)  Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
car automobile ow-toh-MO-bee-lay
scooter/motorboke un motorino oon mo-tair-EE-no
gas station stazione di servizio stah-zee-YO-nay dee sair-VEE-tzee-yo
gas benzina ben-ZEE-nah
diesel gasolio [or] diesel gah-ZOH-lee-oh [or] DEE-zell
Fill it up, please al pieno, per favore ahl pee-YAY-noh, pair fa-VOHR-ray
Where is... Dov'é doh-VAY
...the highway l'autostrada lout-oh-STRA-dah
...the state highway la statale [written "SS"] lah sta-TAHL-eh
...the road for Rome la strada per Roma lah STRA-dah pair RO-mah
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
keep going straight sempre diritto SEM-pray dee-REE-toh
to cross attraversare ah-tra-vair-SAR-ay
toll pedaggio peh-DA-jo
parking parcheggio par-KEH-jo
road map carta stradale kar-ta stra-DA-lay
where can I pay the fine? dove posso pagare la multa DOH-veh Po-so pag-GAR-ray la MOOL-tah


Typical road signs / terms » more

English (anglais) French (français) 
Stop Stop
Exit  Uscita
Staffic light Semaforo
One-way Senso unico
Dead-end Strada senza uscita
Parking prohibited No parcheggio or parcheggio proibito
Pedestrian zone Area pedonale
Limited Traffic Zone (you pay to drive in) ZTL or Zona Traffico Limitato

Basic phrases in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) pro-nun-see-YAY-shun
thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
yes si see
no no no
Do you speak English? Parla Inglese? PAR-la een-GLAY-zay
I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
How much is it? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
     
Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
Excuse me (to get past someone) Permesso pair-MEH-so
     
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...the bathroom il bagno eel BHAN-yoh
...train station la ferroviaria lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay

Days, months, and other calendar items in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
When is it open? Quando é aperto? KWAN-doh ay ah-PAIR-toh
When does it close? Quando si chiude? KWAN-doh see key-YOU-day
At what time... a che ora a kay O-rah
     
Yesterday ieri ee-YAIR-ee
Today oggi OH-jee
Tomorrow domani doh-MAHN-nee
Day after tomorrow dopo domani DOH-poh doh-MAHN-nee
     
a day un giorno oon je-YOR-no
Monday Lunedí loo-nay-DEE
Tuesday Martedí mar-tay-DEE
Wednesday Mercoledí mair-coh-lay-DEE
Thursday Giovedí jo-vay-DEE
Friday Venerdí ven-nair-DEE
Saturday Sabato SAH-baa-toh
Sunday Domenica doh-MEN-nee-ka
     
Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
     
a month una mese oon-ah MAY-zay
January gennaio jen-NAI-yo
February febbraio feh-BRI-yo
March marzo MAR-tzoh
April aprile ah-PREEL-ay
May maggio MAH-jee-oh
June giugno JEW-nyoh
July luglio LOO-lyoh
August agosto ah-GO-sto
September settembre set-TEM-bray
October ottobre oh-TOE-bray
November novembre no-VEM-bray
December dicembre de-CHEM-bray

Numbers in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
1 uno OO-no
2 due DOO-way
3 tre tray
4 quattro KWAH-troh
5 cinque CHEEN-kway
6 sei say
7 sette SET-tay
8 otto OH-toh
9 nove NO-vay
10 dieci dee-YAY-chee
11 undici OON-dee-chee
12 dodici DOH-dee-chee
13 tredici TRAY-dee-chee
14 quattordici kwa-TOR-dee-chee
15 quindici KWEEN-dee-chee
16 sedici SAY-dee-chee
17 diciasette dee-chee-ya-SET-tay
18 diciotto dee-CHO-toh
19 diciannove dee-chee-ya-NO-vay
20 venti VENT-tee
21* vent'uno* vent-OO-no
22* venti due* VENT-tee DOO-way
23* venti tre* VENT-tee TRAY
30 trenta TRAYN-tah
40 quaranta kwa-RAHN-tah
50 cinquanta cheen-KWAN-tah
60 sessanta say-SAHN-tah
70 settanta seh-TAHN-tah
80 ottanta oh-TAHN-tah
90 novanta no-VAHN-tah
100 cento CHEN-toh
1,000 mille MEEL-lay
5,000 cinque milla CHEEN-kway MEEL-lah
10,000 dieci milla dee-YAY-chee MEEL-lah


* You can use this formula for all Italian ten-place numbers—so 31 is trent'uno, 32 is trenta due, 33 is trenta tre, etc. Note that—like uno (one), otto (eight) also starts with a vowel—all "-8" numbers are also abbreviated (vent'otto, trent'otto, etc.).