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"DRIVING, Freedom and Toll Booths" Italy Transportation Tip by nancy_1447

Italy Transportation: 346 reviews and 272 photos

Driving in Italy was a learning experience. We are so glad we had the freedom of a car and got to see places you can't by train alone. Picked up the car at the Milan airport. Drove as far North as Switzerland and as far South as Tuscany, just outside of Rome. Main tip: if you think you should get off of an exit and are not sure (driving long distances on the Autostrade) just stay on the darn freeway. You will have a lot of choices to drive to many towns, why they list every tiny one I don't know (10 towns to a sign) but if you do NOT see your town on the sign yet, just continue forward until you do. Get a good map also. If you ask someone where something is "Dove" means "where is" but be prepared for the answer in Italian. Hopefully they will point as they are talking. If you do get off on one of the tiny town exits try and get back on the freeway or you will waist an hour trying to figure out where you are and why you haven't seen your town yet.
Toll booths are everywhere which ranged from $2.00 - $20.00, gasoline was about $40.00 a tank but the car got great mileage. And if you don't like to drive fast stay out of the way of those who do, which is most everyone. Stay in the right lane. But the car was overall a good thing and we would do it again just because it saved us time and gave us the freedom to come and go as we pleased. We also decided to drive to Switzerland from the Lake area and we wouldn't have if it invoved training it. It was fun listening to the Italian radio stations. The scenery was excellent. Especially in the Lake Como area and Tuscan hillsides.

othercontact: Thrifty Rent a car
Type: Car/Motor Home

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 22, 2003
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