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"Driving" Italy Transportation Tip by smirnofforiginal

Italy Transportation: 346 reviews and 272 photos

To drive in Italy you must be over 18 years of age and carrying your full UK drivers licence, passport & vehicle log book. If you are not the registered owner of the vehicle you MUST have a letter from them giving you permission.

The following are COMPULSARY :
1. red warning triangle
2. first aid kit (this may just be "advised")
3. reflective jacket

You need a GB sticker unless you have an EU registration plate (with the 12 stars on it).

Your lights must be adapted for drivin gon the other side of the road and you MUST carry a spare bulb kit.

Speed limits are : Urban 50kph Open road 90 Dual carriageway 110kph
Motorways 130kph
Speeds are reduced when wet to 50 / 80 / 90 / 110kph
and are restricted if you are towing a caravan or trailer 50 / 70 / 80kph.
NB If your car is not capable of going faster than 130kph you MUST display a sticker to show this. Stickers can be purchased at service stations and failure to display will lead you to an on the spot fine!

At certain times of the year, in certain areas, snow chains must be carried. For more information on this and all other driving laws and tips visit

The Italians are like mountain goats in cars! They have absolutely no fear when whizzing around tiny mountain roads with sheer drops and hair pin bends - if you have a go faster mountain goat behind you - try to keep your cool and don't let them force you into going faster than you feel comfortable with - roads are always easier to drive when you "know" them :)

Type: Car/Motor Home

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  • Updated Jun 10, 2007
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