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 Venice you choose to live in. If you live in one of the islands not connected by bridges, daily travel by boat may be required.
How can I legally drive a vehicle in this city?
If you live in Venice, you will not be able to drive, but if you live on the main land you may be required to convert your driver’s licence. There are bilateral agreements between Italy and other countries permitting 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 sit for the written and practical driver's exam. From January 2011 the driver's exam will only be available in Italian, French, German and Slovenian. No English version is currently available.
What side of the road do people drive on?
The right side.
Describe typical public transportation an expat might use to get around the city.
There are about 30 lines of motored boats (Vaporetti) with several stops around the town. Also, if you live in Lido, you can catch the ferry boat if you need to take your car. Boat taxis are widely available but can be quite expensive.
Could an expat also use public transportation to get out of the city—to surrounding towns, recreation areas or suburbs? If so, list options.
There are buses and trains connecting most major cities and towns, but travelling by car remains the easiest way to get around Italy.
In regards to transportation, are there any safety issues I should be aware of?
You should stay within the speed limits and fasten your seat belts. On public transport, watch out for pickpockets or purse snatchers.
Where do I buy tickets/tokens/etc. for the major public transportation?
Boat tickets can be bought at tobacconists, self-service machines, newsagents or near main boat stops. If you live in the Veneto region, you will be entitled to buy a card to get discounted boat tickets.
Normal ticket price is EUR 6.50 for a one way ticket. If you have a resident card you will pay EUR 1.50 for a one way ticket.
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