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Driving in Italy

The section covers the basics for driving in Italy. Read it before you go on your trip, so you will know what to expect.


AutoEurope: Car rental in Italy and the rest of Europe.

Note: International Driving Permit

Travelers driving in Italy need their driver's license and an International Driving Permit (IDP). The IDP is a translation of your driver's license (bring your actual license too). Get an IDP at the Automobile Association (AAA in the US). It is good for one year.
Link to IDP information on the AAA website.


Introduction to Driving in Italy: The basics, speed limits, International Driving Permit (IDP), driving laws, do you need a car?, guidelines.

Driving on the Autostrada: Rules for driving on the autostrada, what to expect.

The Autogrill: Our favorite rest stop on the Autostrada, how to order, what is available.

Getting Gasoline: Types of gas, how the stations work, self-service stations.

ZTL Zones and Traffic Cameras on Roadways and in Towns in Italy: New laws and traffic cameras cut down on speeding in Italian cities and countryside. How to spot the cameras.

Italian Cars: Examples of common cars in Italy.


Road Maps/Route Planning: Our recommended road maps and where to get them. Recommended sites for route planning.

Navigating: Navigate by following signs to towns and cities, not by looking for highway numbers.

Navigating with GPS: Using a GPS to help you find your way around Italy.

Driving from England: Driving from England to Puglia in southern Italy.

Road Signs: Roads signs in Italy and their meaning.


Parking Rules: Blue lines mean you have to pay, white lines are free parking, parking discs.

No Parking Sign: Make sure you know where NOT to park.

Parking in Florence: Where to park for a day trip to Florence.

Parking in Siena: Where to park for a day trip to Siena.

Parking at the Chiusi Train Station: Park in Chiusi and take the train to Rome or Florence for a day trip.

Parking in Perugia: Where to park for a day trip to Perugia.

Car Rental

Renting a Car: See Europe Trip Planning - Car Rental for details about renting a car in Italy.

Rome Airport: Picking up and dropping off at Rome airport (FCO). Also information for picking up and dropping off in Rome.

Rome Downtown: Picking up a rental car at Termini or Villa Borghese in downtown Rome, directions to get out of town.

Florence Airport: Picking up and dropping off at Florence airport, bus into Florence.

Florence Airport Rant: The new changes to the airport make it difficult to pickup your rental car.

Florence Downtown: AutoEurope locations in Florence, picking up your rental car.

Car Rentals leaving Florence: Directions for leaving Florence from Car Rentals on Borgo Ognissanti Towards Siena (and the A1 south).

Chiusi Train Station: AutoEurope locations in Chiusi, picking up your rental car.

Other Useful Websites

www.autostrade.it: Italian Autostrade system website

www.autostrade.it/pdf/Welcome_Aspi_Network.pdf: a PDF document that explains, in English, the basics behind using the Italian Autostrade system


Photos of Narrow Roads: The roads can be narrow.

Slow Travel Photos: Photos of cars, road signs, parking, Autostrada, Autogrill, etc.

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