There will be a 24-hour nationwide airport strike on Wednesday 18 July involving general ground staff of all airlines as well as Alitalia air stewards. Passengers should expect long delays and cancellations, although affected flights have yet to been announced. Bologna, Cagliari and Venice airports are not involved in the industrial action, according to the ministry of transport website.

The airport strike is to be followed by a national train strike, currently scheduled from 21.00 on 21 July until 21.00 on 22 July. Cancelled trains will be listed on the Ferrovie dello Stato website (www.trenitalia.it) nearer the day.