Will I need to drive my own vehicle to conduct my everyday life (work/school/shopping) at my destination?
It depends on the area of the city you are living in. If you live in the city center, daily travel by car is not recommended because of heavy traffic and difficult parking. For these reasons, it is better to avoid going shopping downtown by car. Traveling by car is only recommended for shopping trips to big shopping centers in the suburbs.
How can I legally drive a vehicle in this city?
There are bilateral agreements between Italy and other countries that permit the direct conversion of your driver's license. These countries include Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Korea, Croatia, Denmark, Philippines, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Monaco, Romania, San Marino, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Turkey.
Otherwise, you can use an international driver's license, obtained in your prior country of residence, and use it to drive in Italy for one year. After one year, however, you must apply for an Italian license and take the Italian driver's exam.
What side of the road do people drive on?
In Italy, cars drive on the right-hand side of the road.
Describe typical public transportation an expat might use to get around the city.
Public transport in Milan is reasonably good, boasting a selection of trams, buses, trolley buses and a subway system, which has just three lines. Public transportation cover the city of Milan and the surrounding area. The cost ranges from one to two Euros for a bus or subway ride. For travel across Italy, most people take a train or airplane. There are also some long-distance coach bus lines that travel the length of the country.
Could an expat also use public transportation to get out of the city—to surrounding towns, recreation areas or suburbs? If so, list options.
The railway system and bus network between main cities and big towns can be used to reach surrounding areas, but car transport is the best option for traveling outside of Milan, even if you will have to face traffic when getting out of the city.
In regards to transportation, are there any safety issues I should be aware of?
You should stay within the speed limits and fasten your seatbelt. On public transport, watch out for pickpockets or purse snatchers.
Where do I buy tickets/tokens/etc. for the major public transportation?
Bus and subway tickets can be bought at tobacconists, newsstands, bars and self-service machines. You can buy railway tickets at railway stations or from travel agents.
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