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A highway east of Piza

Transportation
Italy has a vast variety of linkages. Modern highways run the length of the country and tunnels through the Alps link Italy to other countries by highway.  Italy has a ratio of one car for every three people on average. Rail lines connect every major city, and highspeed railways link Rome, Florence, and Milan.  Italy has countless airports, three of the biggest and busiest being Leonardo da Vinci International Airport in Fuimieno (just outside of Rome) and Linate and Malpensa airports in Milan. The main country airline is called Alitalia and is owned by the government.  Italy also has one of the largest merchant shipping fleets in the world.  Some major ports are Genao, Triste and Sugusta.  Inland shipping occurs, but only in the North through a network of canals that link the Po River to northern lakes.

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The Metro (Subway) in Italy

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An Alitalia Airline Plane

Pollution
The expansion in city sizes and the increasing use of automobles, motorcycles, mopeds and busses has caused air pollution in some of Italy's major cities. The pollution  has been a problem causing  respiratory problems and other health related issues.  The air pollution also poses a threat to priceless architecture.  The city of Bologna and several other cities in Italy have solved the problem by banning private cars from their city centers.

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An Airport in Milan

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Another Airport in Milan

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A Metro Bus Ticket for the Public Bussing in Rome

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A Smart Car.Energy efficent car that burns less gas then regular cars. Spotted frequently in Italy

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A row of motorcycles on a street in Rome

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