Padua is one of the oldest cities in Italy and located in the north-east of the country about 30 kilometres west of Venice. The city has a population of more than 200,000 and has had a tram network since 1883, which was abandoned in 1954. In 2007 a "Translohr" line was inaugurated, which is a tram on rubber wheels with a central guide rail. The same system is also used in the neighboring city of Venice with longer vehicles. Furthermore, the cars in Padua are also able to run powered by a battery. This possibility is used in section of about 600 metres length the city centre.
The tram is operated by a joint venture of the municipal → APS (Azienda Padova Servizi)
and Busitalia, a subsidiary of the Italian national railway company.