Planning Your Trip > Transportation
The main border crossings with France,
Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia are open 24 hours a day year-round. Some mountain passes are closed during the
State and provincial
roads are distinguished by blue signs with white letters.
Highways and Roads Highway
There is an extensive and well maintained road network.
Tolls are charged on the autostrade (highways).
As in the rest of continental Europe, vehicles travel on the right and overtake on the left. The wearing of
seatbelts is compulsory for front and back seat
passengers as well as for the driver. The use of portable telephones is prohibited if they require intervention
by hand to function.
Highways and Roads Highways are indicated by the letter "A" followed by a number written in white on
a green background. They are almost all subject to tolls, except for some brief stretches, especially approaching
urban areas. Tolls are paid in cash at highway exit points. It is also possible to pay by
Viacard Telepass cards (systems that make automatic payment
possible without stopping at the toll booths) or
Viacard a highway toll payment card which can be bought, at a value of either 25 / 50 / 75 Euro,
on the highway, in many banks or in ACI offices.
By using the emergency booths located every 2 km along the roadway,
which have buttons with a wrench
symbol, to be used in the event of a breakdown, you will
be assisted by
ACI or other companies, throughout the country and calls for assistance can be made 24 hours a day.
By calling ACI number 803.116 you will be assisted by
Service areas are very frequent along all of the highways. The rest stops are always open, and, in addition to
refueling, they also offer other services such as restaurants, bars, information offices, and banking windows.
Autostrade S.p.A Highway Maps, Routes and Tolls
Gasoline is called benzina, unleaded gasoline is benzina senza piombo and diesel is gasolio. Almost all the service
stations in the country are equipped with pumps for lead-free gasoline (95 octane) and diesel fuel. Service stations
are open from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. They follow a shift system on weekends and holidays.
Italy requests an international driving license which
can be obtained in USA through AAA and in Canada through
CAA. Seat belts are compulsory in Italy.
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motorcycles must have their lights on at all
times on any road.
The use of passing lights or daytime running
lights is compulsory outside built-up areas for
all motor vehicles, day and night.
The driver and/or passengers stepping out of a 4
wheeled motor vehicle immobilized on the
carriageway outside built-up areas at night, or
in poor visibility, must wear reflective
clothing. The jacket or waistcoat used by
foreign motorists should be either yellow, or
orange-red or red, in accordance with the EU
ANAS (the state organization responsible
for the roads), in cooperation with the police and the Società Autostrade, provide information about traffic
conditions on the main roads and highways. In addition, Onda Verde is a daily radio bulletin with information about
roadwork, delays and weather conditions. The use of
spiked tires is allowed between November 15 and March 15. In
some regions is obligatory to keep snow chains in the car during winter.
Speed limits are fixed at 50 km (31 miles)
per hour in urban areas, 90 km (56 miles) per hour on secondary and local roads, 110 km (68 miles) per hour on
main roads outside urban areas and 130 km (80 miles) per hour on highways, with penalties for violation in proportion
to the amount of the excess.
On highways (autostrade): no U-turns are
permitted and stopping is permitted only in emergency parking areas or parking lanes. The Italian Highway Code
follows the Geneva Convention and Italy uses international road signs. Driving is on the right, passing on the
left. Violators of the highway code are fined; serious violations may also be punished by imprisonment.
Lanes: On three-lane roads, the
middle lane is reserved for passing, which must always be
signaled in advance with the directional signal which
must be kept on while passing.
Motels Along the Road
Italy has an extensive network of motels that provide
motorists with modern and comfortable accommodations,
parking facilities and delicious regional food. Many
motels also have swimming pools, private beaches, tennis
courts, small parks and gardens.
Good coach services run between cities and towns and there are also good local bus services. A major Italian company
that operates throughout the country is called
Validating Rail, Bus & Subway Tickets
note that in order to avoid heavy fines, it is
vitally important to remember to validate any rail,
bus and subway tickets purchased for use on the
Italian public transport system.
In the case of rail travel, machines for
date-stamping your ticket are located on station
platforms and are usually yellow in color. It is
extremely important to validate your ticket before
boarding to avoid fines.
Tickets for buses and the subway tend to be
time-limited (often one hour) and it is therefore
necessary to complete your journey within the
allotted time and purchase a new ticket for any
additional travel. Machines for date-stamping your
ticket are located in the foyers and beside barriers
in the case of subway travel and on board buses.
Daily, weekly and monthly passes are also available.
Tickets for buses and the subway cannot be purchased
on board and must be obtained prior to boarding from
newsagents, tobacconists, ticket kiosks or bars.
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