Driving In Italy Tips and Info
Decided to travel to Italy and hire a car but you don’t know anything about Italy’s roads/motorways nor about how is to drive there.
Each country has its specifics, from the driving rules to the driving style. Therefore, we decided to come into your help in order to make Driving In Italy safe.
It is well known that the Italian motorways are some of the best in Europe. The Italian national system of motorways consists of 6,661 km of motorway connecting all the regions.
In total there are 36 motorways, most of them running as toll ways:
A3 Naples – Salerno
A4 Turin – Trieste
A5 Turin – Monte Bianco
A6 Turin – Savona
A7 Milan – Genoa
A8 Varese – Milan
A9 Lainate – Chiasso
A10 Genoa – Ventimiglia
A11 Florence – Pisa Nord
A12 Genoa – Rosignano Marittimo
A91 Roma – Fiumicino
A14 Bologna – Taranto
A15 Parma – La Spezia
A16 Naples – Canosa
A18 Messina – Catania
A19 Palermo – Catania
A20 Messina – Palermo
A21 Turin – Brescia
A22 Modena – Brennero
A23 Palmanova – Tarvisio
A24 Rome – Teramo
A25 Pescara – Torano
A27 Venice – Belluno
A28 Conegliano – Portogruaro
A29 Palermo – Mazara del Vallo
A30 Caserta – Salerno
A31 Piovene – Agugliaro
A32 Turin – Bardonecchia
A33 Asti – Cuneo
A34 Villesse – Gorizia
A35 Brescia – Milano
A36 Cassano Magnago
Seat Belt Requirements
When driving in Italy, you should know that you must wear the seat belt whether you seat on the front or on the rear of the car. Not complying with the regulations may lead to on the spot fines.
Travelling With Children
When travelling with children in Italy if you are driving a foreign-registered car, the regulations from the country of origin applies.
If the car is registered in Italy, the children under 12 must be sited in special seats.
General Driving Rules
- Mobile cellular phones may not be used when driving unless using a hands-free system
- Always give way to trains, trams, buses and emergency vehicles
- If involved in a breakdown or an accident, reflective jackets must be warn
- Warning triangle (compulsory in every vehicle with 4 wheels or more)
- Priority must be given to vehicles coming from the right or travelling on rails, except where indicated by road signs.
- 50km/h (31 mph)
- 90km/h (55 mph)
- 130km/h (80 mph)
In Italy, you should drive on the right side of the road. When coming towards a roundabout, give priority to traffic coming from the left
The general legal limit of alcohol in the blood of drivers is 0.05%.
Usually the police can request a driver who is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol to take a test(breath).
Driving Licence Requirements
You can drive with an international driving licence as long as you are minimum 18 (the legal age of driving in Italy).
Domestic driving licences are accepted as long as they are written in Roman Alphabet.
When hiring a car, you must have your driving licence, a proof of address and insurance.
- 12 – Telephone Directory Assistance Number
- 112 – Carabinieri
- 113 – Emergency Police Help Number (also ambulance and fire)
- 115 – Fire Department
- 116 – A.C.I. (Italian Automobile Club) road assistance.
- 118 – Medical Emergencies
Here are the fuel prices recorded in Italy in the beginning of June 2017:
- Unleaded petrol (95 octane) – 1.549 EUR per litre
- Diesel – 1.394 EUR per litre
- LPG – 0.595 EUR per litre