There is a general strike due to take place this Friday, 12th December 2008, in Italy. Travellers should be prepared for delays and inconvenience. Try to avoid journeys within Italy on Friday if you can. The government may step in and ensure some services, but it will nonetheless be a difficult day for travel in particular.
> Our article about strikes in Italy, with further links for transport information
11th December: Italy has been hit by bad weather this week - including flooding around Rome - and in recognition of the problems caused, the unions are calling off some elements of the strike (including transport in Rome, and national railway services). This should make things a bit easier for travellers, although many Italians will be travelling into cities to demonstrations which could cause further chaos.