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Recommended Maps for Italy (Planning and Driving)

Pauline Kenny

This page shows you my favorite maps for Italy with links for buying maps from our affiliate TrekTools - Italy Maps. Click for maps of Italy on this website (regions).

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Why Have Maps?

I love maps. I keep my Touring Club Italiano (TCI) road atlases beside my computer, so I can look up the locations of any vacation rentals that sound interesting. Before we go on a trip, I study my maps for hours memorizing the town names in the areas we will be near. This helps when you are there and driving; things feel more familiar, you can navigate using town name signs. It helps with trip planning; when you read the guidebooks you already know what towns are near where you will be based.

Understanding Map Scale

The short explanation is that small scale gives you less detail (covers a larger area), large scale gives you more details (covers a smaller area).
Read the long explanation here.

What Maps do You Need?

I recommend getting the following maps for a trip:

These are discussed in more detail below.

Small Scale Country Maps for Planning

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Michelin Country Maps

Folding maps, 1:1,000,000 - 1:400,000 scale. Good for overall planning, but not detailed enough for driving.

The Michelin maps are good for an overall picture of the area and for initial planning, but to really study an area before you leave, and to have with you while driving, you need more detailed maps (see regional maps below). Michelin maps are available for the whole country and for sections of the country.

Click to order from TrekTools - Italy - National Maps,Atlases and Guides or click on the links below.

Country Map of Italy: Scale: 1:1,000,000. Small scale map of the entire country, good for initial planning and to get an idea of distances. Also features a distance table with driving times between important cities.

Michelin Northeast Italy: Scale: 1:400,000. Includes the regions of Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto, Fruili-Venezia Giulia, and Emilia-Romagna.

Michelin Northwest Italy: Scale: 1:400,000. Includes the regions of Valle d'Aosta, Piemonte (Piedmont), Lombardia (Lombardy), and Liguria.

Michelin Central Italy: Scale: 1:400,000. Includes the regions of Toscana (Tuscany), Umbria, San Marino, Marche, Lazio and Abruzzo.

Michelin Southern Italy: Scale: 1:400,000. Includes the regions of Molise, Campania, Puglia, Basilicata, and Calabria.

Large Scale Regional Maps for Planning and Driving

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Touring Club Italiano Road Atlas

Road Atlas, 1:200,000 scale (same scale as the regional folding maps shown below). Good for planning and driving. These are my favorite maps and I find the road atlas format to be the easiest to use when driving.

The TCI regional maps are also published as a road atlas called Atlante Stradale d'Italia. It comes in three volumes: North (Nord); Central (Centro) - includes Tuscany, Umbria, Rome; and South (Sud). The maps are exactly the same as the folding regional maps listed below and are easy to read, have great color to differentiate the types of roads and have the detail you will need. In Italy, pick them up at the Autogrill (rest stops) on the Autostrada (highway). They are also carried in bookshops in Italy. Or purchase them before your trip from TrekTools.

Click to order from TrekTools - Touring Club Italiano Maps or on the links below.

TCI-Atlante Stradale d'Italia (3 volume set): Combination of the three TCI regional Italy atlases (North, Central, South). 1:200,000 scale.

TCI-Nord Atlante Stradale d'Italia: Northern Italy, 1:200,000 scale.

TCI-Centro Atlante Stradale d'Italia: Central Italy, includes Tuscany, Umbria, Rome, 1:200,000 scale.

TCI-Sud Atlante Stradale d'Italia: Southern Italy, 1:200,000 scale.

TCI-Atlante Stradale e Turistico: Road Atlas, 1:225,000 scale (slightly smaller scale than the 3 volume road atlas), spiral bound. All of Italy in one atlas. Good for planning and driving. This is a good compromise if you want one road atlas for the whole country, but still want good detail for driving.

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Touring Club Italiano Regional Maps

Folding maps for each region, 1:200,000 scale. Good for planning and driving.

The Touring Club Italiano (TCI) regional maps are the best maps for trip planning and for driving. Get them in this folding map format (one for each region) or buy them in road atlas format (3 volumes) listed above.

Click to order from TrekTools - Touring Club Italiano Maps or on the links below.

Maps are listed by region, with the regions in English followed by Italian in italic. Or you can click on the map below.

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TCI Maps for Northern Italy

Trentino Alto Adige: Northern Italy, bordering on Austria and the Alps. The mountains called the "Dolomites" are in this region. Main cities: Bolzano, Trento, Cortina.

Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia: Veneto borders on the Adriatic coast. Main cities: Venice, Padua (Padova), Vicenza, Verona (Romeo and Juliet's balcony, famous opera). Friuli-Venezia-Giulia is in northeastern Italy on the borders of Austria and Slovenia. Main cities: Trieste, Udine.

Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta: (Piemonte e Valle d'Aosta) Piedmont is northwestern Italy, north of the Mediterranean, bordering on France and Switzerland. Main cities: Turin (Torino), Asti, and Verbania on the western shore of Lake Maggiore. Valle d'Aosta is on the border of the Alps in Switzerland and France. Main cities: Aosta.

Lombardy: (Lombardia) Northern Italy. Main cities: Milan, Bergamo, Varese, and towns on Lake Como (Como, Bellagio, Menaggio, Varenna).

Liguria: The Italian Riviera, on the Mediterranean coast from France to Tuscany. Main cites: San Remo, Genoa (Genova), Portofino, Camogli, Levanto, Cinque Terre, Portovenere.

TCI Maps for Central Italy

Emilia Romagna: Central region north of Tuscany. Famous for its cuisine. Main cites: Bologna, Ravenna, Ferrara, Modena, Parma.

Tuscany: (Toscana) Central Italy bordering on the Mediterranean. This region has major art cities and wine regions. A popular tourist destination. Main cities: Florence, Siena, Lucca, Cortona, Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano, famous wine region of Chianti.

Umbria and the Marches: (Umbria e Marche) Umbria is called the "green heart of Italy", central region east of Tuscany. Main cities: Perugia, Assisi, Spello, Spoleto, Todi, Orvieto. Marche is east of Umbria, bordering on the Adriatic. Main cities: Urbino, Ascoli, Ancona.

Lazio: South of Tuscany, borders the Mediterranean. Main cities: Rome, Fumicino (near the main Rome (FCO) airport), Viterbo, Tarquinea, Rieti, Ostia Antica, Sperlonga.

Abruzzo and Molise: Rural, mountainous area east of Umbria.

Sardinia: (Sardegna) Island in the Mediterranean, south of the French island of Corsica.

TCI Maps for Southern Italy

Campania and Basilicata: Campania is south of Rome, on the Mediterranean coast. Famous Amalfi Coast and Sorrento. Main cities: Naples, Avelino, Salerno, Amalfi, Positano, Capri, Ischia, Sorrento. Basilicata is southern Italy. Main cities: Potenza, Matera (with the "Sassi" cave dwellings).

Calabria: The "toe" of Italy. Main cities: Cosenza, Reggio dei Calabria.

Puglia: Southeastern Italy, on the Adriatic coast, an upcoming tourist area. Main cities: Trani, Bari, Taranto, Brindisi, Lecce, Ostuni, Alberobello ("truilli").

Sicily: (Sicilia) Large island off the toe of Italy, famous for its cuisine and ancient ruins. Main cities: Palermo, Taormina.

Note: TrekTools also sells the LAC regional maps at a scale of 1:250,000. These are also very good detail and good for driving or planning.

Large Scale Provincal Maps for Planning and Driving

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LAC Carta della Provincia

Folding map, 1:150,000 scale. Good for planning and driving.

Each region in Italy is made up of provinces. The "Carta della Provincia" maps from LAC (Litografia Artistica Cartografica) are issued for each province and are available from TrekTools or in book stores and tourist shops in Italy.

These maps are more detailed than the TCI Regional maps, but cover a smaller area. I like to have one of these for an area where I am based, but if you have to choose between a regional map or a provincial map, get the regional map because it covers more area and has good enough detail.

Click to order from TrekTools - Italy - Provincial Maps or the links below.

Maps are listed by province, with the provinces in English followed by Italian in italic.

Provinces in Tuscany

Massa-Carrara: North-western corner of Tuscany - seaside, Carrara.

Lucca: North-western Tuscany - Lucca, Barga.

Pistoia: Northern Tuscany - Pistoia, Montecatini Terme.

Florence and Prato (Firenze e Prato): Central Tuscany - northern Chianti, Florence.

Pisa: Central Tuscany - Pisa, Volterra.

Siena: Central Tuscany - southern Chianti, Siena, Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino

Arezzo: Eastern Tuscany - Arezzo, Cortona.

Livorno: Western Tuscany - seaside, Island of Elba, Livorno (Leghorn), Piombino

Grosseto: South-western Tuscany - Maremma, Grosseto, Orbetello (Monte Aregentario), Pitigliano.

Large Scale Tourist Maps for Exploring and Hiking

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LAC Tourist Maps

Folding map, 1:100,000 - 1:40,000 scale. Good for detailed exploration and walking/hiking.

These maps vary in scale, but at a scale of 1:50,000 or larger, you can use these for finding the hiking trails. They are also good for detailed exploration in areas with lots of small towns and roads.

Click to order from TrekTools - Italy - Tourist Maps or on the links below.

Some of the ones available in large scale good for hiking are listed below. Be sure to check the scale when ordering these maps. They are not all the same scale.

Sorrento Peninsula: 1:35,000 scale, in the region of Campania south of Naples, includes Amalfi Coast, Capri, Sorrento, Salerno.

Cinque Terre: 1:40,000 scale, southern Liguria, includes from Levanto in the north, the Cinque Terre towns (Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore), south to Portovenere. Also La Spezia and Lerici.

Golfo Tigullio: 1:25,000, Liguria south of Genoa, includes Santa Margherita Ligure, Rapallo, Zoagli, Chiavari, Camogli, Lavagna, Sestri Lavante, Portofino.

City Maps

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City Center Maps

Folding map, 1:15,000 scale. Necessary for large cities, good for smaller cities.

You need good maps for the major cities you will be in. Either buy your map ahead of time or get one as soon as you arrive. For cities like Rome, Venice, Florence, Siena, Naples, and Milan, you have to have a good map to find your way around.

Click to order from TrekTools - Italy - City Maps (they have an amazing selection of city maps) or on the links below.

Some of the city maps available are listed below.

Rome: (Roma) 1:15,000 scale. A "must have" for a visit to this large and magnificent city.

Rome - Bus and Metro: 1:20,000 scale showing metro and bus lines.

Florence (Firenze) 1:15,000 scale. Florence is a good sized and complicated city. You will need a city map.

Siena: 1:5,000 scale. Although Siena is a small town, it is good to have a map to find your way through the maze of streets and to locate yourself once you have parked your car and are looking for Il Campo.

Venice: (Venizia) 1:7,500. What can I say? Being lost in the alleys of Venice is wonderful; finding your way back to your apartment is even better.

Maps and Scale

The scale of a map is clearly indicated on the map cover and on the legend. Scale indicates the level of detail and is expressed in a ratio showing what one unit of measure on the map equates to in reality. For example 1:250,000 (1 cm = 2.5 km), meaning that one centimeter on the map covers 2.5 kilometers of distance in reality.

Some examples:

  • A Michelin map with a scale of 1:1,000,000 means that a centimeter on the map represents 1,000,000 centimeters (10 kilometers) in reality. This scale does not show great detail. It will show the main roads and towns, but not all the smaller roads and towns.
  • The Touring Club Italiano map at 1:200,000, is a large scale and shows good detail for planning or driving, but not enough for hiking. For hiking, you need a scale of 1:25,000.

A map is considered "large scale" if it has more detail - more information. A map with a scale of 1:250,000 is large scale (the ratio is large), but a map with a scale of 1:1,000,000 is small scale (the ratio is small). I always get these confused, so I googled a few references (see Resources at the bottom of the page).

For more information

About.com - Map Scale: Article on Map Scale by Matt Rosenberg.

www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk: England map makers discuss map scale with some examples.

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