Getting around Italy by Subway
A great way to get around many towns in Italy is to use the subway system, or metropolitana (metro for short). They are similar to the subway systems you'll find in New York, Montreal, or London. They are usually indicated by a sign with a red "M".
Most of the subways you'll find are relatively new and clean and easy to get around. You'll have to purchase a ticket prior to getting through the turnstile. You will then put it through a scanner to let you into the boarding area. The following cities in Italy have a subway system (note that Florence or Venice do not have subways):
Rome Subway System
The Rome metro (subway) system has 2 lines that run approximately every 7 – 10 minutes.
The 2 lines are the Linea A, or the red line and the Linea B (blue line). You can change from one line to the other at the main train station, Termini.
The red line (Linea A) runs from Battistini to Anagnina and includes stops near the Vatican Museums (Cipro), the Vatican (Ottaviano), the Cola di Rienzo shopping area (Lepanto), Piazza del Popolo (Flaminia), the Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna), via Veneto (Barberini) and San Giovanni.
The blue lines (Linea B) runs from Rebibbia to Laurentina and includes stops near Eur, St. Pauls Outside the Walls (Basilica S. Paolo), Piramide (also the Ostiense train station), Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo), the Colosseum (Colosseo) and the Tiburtina train station.
Under construction is a C Line that is scheduled to open in 2011. The C line will intersect with the A line at Ottaviano beside the Vatican and at San Giovanni, and with the B line at the Colosseum.
The hours of operation for the Rome subway system is from 5:30AM to 11:30PM (23:30) daily and until 12:30AM (0:30) on Saturdays.
Milan Subway System (Metro di Milano)
The Milan subway system consists of the following:
Line M1 Red - 38 stations
Line M2 Green - 33 stations
Line M3 Yellow - 17 stations
Also connected to the Milan Metro is:
Milan Passante - 6 underground stations (Suburban train line)
Metrò San Raffaele Gobba/S.Raffaele (people mover) -2 stations
The hours of operation for the Milan subway system is from 6:00AM until midnight every 5 minutes (2.5 min during rush hours).