Important things to note
Tolls are levied on the majority of motorways. Payment is
made either in cash or via debit/credit cards from Visa,
Eurocard and MasterCard. Only one in four petrol stations are
open 24 hours a day on Sundays and public holidays. On roads
in built-up areas, parking is only allowed on the right-hand
side if there is two-way traffic. On one-way streets, you can
park on either side providing a space of at least 10ft is
Driving culture in Italy
What are the roads like
On the whole, the road network is pretty good, particularly
the motorways. However, in some rural areas, some roads remain
untreated, while cobbles are commonplace in some towns and
cities. To take this into account, urban speed limits are
typically lower than average.
What are the drivers like in Italy?
Italian driving habits are typically relaxed, but aggression
can come into play in heavy traffic. The quirky rule that
states that beeping a horn in urban areas is illegal says
quite a bit about the way people drive in the major
What are the best times to drive?
Rush hour in Italy generally occurs between 8:00 and 10:00 in the
morning, 12:30 and 13:00 and 15:00 and 16:00 in the afternoon and, in the
evening, 18:00 and 19:30 as everyone's getting home from work.
Between those times and on Sundays, driving isn't too
What are the driving laws?
When driving here, you must have reflective jackets, a warning
triangle and headlamp beam detectors. Drivers must have a full
driving licence, a passport, proof of insurance and proof of
ownership for a private vehicle (V5C Certificate). Children
either under the age of 3 or shorter than 4ft 11in should be
given a special seat according to their size.