Car Hire and Road Information
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you do there one or two things to consider before you choose your vehicle:
- Many streets in the old villages are fairly narrow and parking places
often tight, so small is better than large (cheaper too).
- Roads can climb and twist up and down the hillsides, so consider an automatic.
- Air conditioning in July and August is well worth the extra cost.
The road network is made up of provincial and state roads, and motorways.
Provincial and state roads have blue signs with white lettering, the motoways
have green signw with white lettering.
The backbone of the motorway system is the Autostrada del Sole off which
branches the Padano-Veneta motorway, the coastal and transverse motorways,
and those to the Alpine passes.
The main motorways are;
- A1 Milano - Napoli
- A3 Napoli - Reggio di Calabria
- A4 Torino - Trieste
- A14 Rimini - Ancona - Taranto
- A21 Torino - Piacenza - Brescia
- A22 Brennero - Modena
The use of seat belts is compulsory in Italy
on both front and rear seats and safety seats for children aged between 3 and
12. Crash helmets are compulsory on two-wheeled vehicles.
Italy uses the now-standard European road signs, the main categories of which
Blue signs are compulsory and must be obeyed.
Triangular road signs with a red edge pointing up: danger.
Triangular road signs with a red edge pointing down indicates you must give
Round signs with a red edge indicate a prohibition.
Speed limits are given in kilometres per hour. The speed limit in urban centres
is 50 km/h and 90 km/h on the extra-urban road network and on the ring roads
of some major cities.
On dual carriageways the limit is 110 km/h whilst on motorways a limit of
130 km/h applies.
For caravans and trailers:
80 km/h is the limit on the extra-urban road network and 100 km/h on all
A charge is made for the use of motorways.
Payments can be made using cash or credit cards. Probably the most convenient
solution is to use your credit card (all major cards) or to buy a Viacard,
these are available at toll gates, Punto Blu stations on the motorway, Autogrills
There is an excellent English language website
run by the Italian authorities which allows you to plan your journeys on Italian
autostrade. The site will allow you to specify the start and end points of
your journey and will produce a map for you. It will show parking areas and
service stations and calculate your journey distance. You will also be given
details of any stretches subject to tolls, and toll charges for your journey
are shown for different types of vehicle. You are even told what payment methods
are available at each toll barrier on your journey. The site address is www2.autostrade.it