Italy boasts some of the best road networks in Europe with miles and miles of extensive express highways and well though out secondary roads.  With the countries famous super highways reaching across the entire peninsula and having some of the most successful motor companies around the country tends to high a high amount of car owners.  This makes a lot of cities quite congested and if driving in or around them it is best to know the rules of the road and a few pointers of navigating the streets.

5 Tips for navigating the roads by car in Italy

#1           Speed Limit
The first place to start is how fast you can go on the Italian roads, especially as the open highways can tempt a person to want to put one’s foot down and test the potential of their luxury rental cars from

  • Cities – speed limit is 30mph or 50kph
  • Highways – speed limit is 81mph or 130kph
  • Open Roads – speed limit is 66mph or 110kph
  • A driver who has only had only had a valid driving license for three years or less cannot exceed 62mph wherever they are driving

#2           Safety
There are a quite a few safety regulations that apply when driving in Italy such as:

  • Always ensure you have a red triangle in the car, for rental cars check the car before you leaven the offices of, for your own car you can obtain these at most automotive outlets. This has to be used in the event of an accident or breakdown
  • Children who are less than 59 inches tall must sit in a booster or car seat that is properly and securely installed and you must ensure that they are strapped in properly with the required safety belts.
  • Safety belts are to be worn at all times whilst driving or sitting in traffic.
  • When you are driving on the highways you must have your headlights on no matter the time of day.
  • Use of any mobile device is strictly prohibited whilst driving and come with some hefty penalties if caught. They do, however, permit handsfree devices but prefer you to avoid talking on any such devices although whilst driving as it is seen as an unnecessary distraction.

#3           ZTL Zones
ZTL zones in Italy are restricted traffic zones where you can and cannot drive.  These zones have been established to help in the protection of Italy’s historic towns and cities.
There are also the low emissions zones and these zones do tend to be very poorly marked and it is quite easy to accidently drive into them.  To check these zones, you can go to the following website it is multilingual and will give you a more up-to-date and accurate description and charges for these various zones and schemes.

#4           Aggressive city drivers
Italy is not like any other city in the world you are going to drive in.  So the saying when in Rome you can pretty much believe it totally applies to driving in the city.
Tailgating is quite a common thing in the cities in Italy so stay calm and let them pass.
They also tend to use flashing lights as a way to tell you to move out of the way and honking of horns can mean anything from a greeting to a hello to a friend on the street.
In order to blend in you are going to have to be a little more assertive when it comes to driving.

#5           Toll roads and gas stations
There are quite a few toll roads in Italy and the prices can vary per toll station and or road that you are on so always have some money on you when traveling through Italy.
Before you set out on your journey it is best to check up on the gas stations along your route although most of the highway gas stations tend to be 24-hour there are quite a few in Italy that have strict 7am to 7pm trading hours.


It is always best to check with your local travel authorities about the necessary documents you may need to drive in the country you are going to and ensure you have up to date information on the road and traffic laws, especially when you get Travelocity car rentals.  Another important thing to find out when driving in a different country is what side of the road they drive on for instance the UK drives on the Left whilst Italy drives on the right-hand side of the road.