Getting Around Italy
Driving around Italy isn't as straightforward as in other European countries as traffic can be quite hectic and complex rules for Limited Traffic Zones ("Zona a Traffico Limitato" or ZTL) can cause some confusion (and traffic tickets!). That said, many travelers do opt to rent a car to self-drive around Italy, especially in regions like Tuscany with its many hilltop towns that are easiest to reach by road.
Italian trains are fast and convenient, and therefore many travelers' preferred choice to travel on major routes like Florence to Rome and Milan to Venice. Competition between Italy's two rail companies are keeping both on their toes, which explains why Italian trains deliver great quality and value to travelers.
Other options are flights (which often take longer than trains from city center to city center), private transfers, and ferries (especially to Sicily).
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