>> The length of motorways in Italy in 2011 is 6,670 kilometres and accounts for little more than 9 percent of the European network. With a value of 1.8 km per 10,000 passenger cars, Italy places itself among  the Eu countries with the lowest ratio between motorway density and cars registered.

>> In Italy, in 2012, road freight transport with domestic origin generated over 124 billion tonne-kilometres (Tkm) of traffic, a remarkable reduction compared with the previous year (-13.2 percent). The ratio between road freight transport and population was 20.8 million Tkm per ten thousand inhabitants, lower than that of its main partners in the euro area.

>> The Italian railway network extends 5.6 kilometres per 100 km of Italy’s area. Regionally disaggregated data show Sardegna, Valle d’Aosta and Trentino Alto Adige as the regions that are least provided with railway infrastructure. High speed lines, which account for 5.5 percent of the overall network, are available in Piemonte, Lombardia, Emilia-Romagna, Toscana, Lazio and Campania.

>> Compared with 2011, the car ownership rate in 2012 slightly decreased to 621 passenger cars per thousand inhabitants, though remaining one of the highest rates in the Eu27.

>> In Italy the number of road accident deaths keeps falling: in 2012, around 60.1 persons per million inhabitants died as a result of road accidents, around 5.4 percent less than in 2011. Since 2001 the number of deaths has decreased by almost 50 percent.

>> In 2011 Italy was again the first European country in terms of passengers movements by sea (with over 81.9 million passengers) and remained in fifth place by volume of containers handled (8.1 million Teus).

>> With reference to passenger traffic, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, France and Italy are the leading Eu countries in 2012, with over 100 million air passengers each.  Compared with 2011, Italy showed a slight decreasing trend.
>> 88.0 percent of employed and 70.6 percent of students use some means of transport, primarily a car, to get to their place of work or study. A higher use of means of transport is widespread in the North-east area (91.3 percent for employed and 75.9 percent for students), while in the South and Islands area there is a greater propensity to make the journey on foot.