Driving your rental car in Italy can be an exciting and hair rising experience, and if you drive like the rest of Italians you will really enjoy your time here, if on the other hand, you tend to drive in a more defensive manner, you’re more likely to survive. A good road map, and/or a GPS will be invaluable here, and familiarizing yourself with a long list of park/don’t park signs can save you a fortune in parking tickets. There are over 4,000 miles of motor and express ways, and 180,000 miles of secondary roads to choose from, so you have a great network to follow, so drive within the speed limits, and reduce this by 10% if roads are wet.
The type of vehicle you require can be anything from a compact, to a minibus, with all options In between. As long as you’re over 21, with one years driving experience, have a full, valid photo ID EU driving license (both parts) and a credit card, you’re all set. Remember to drive on the right, never ever drink and drive, children under 4 years of age, must be adequately restrained, and in the back seat, and all occupants must wear a seatbelt. Drive with dipped headlights day and night, and carry a safety vest inside the car, not in the boot/trunk, and have a warning triangle.
On the spot fines can make your holiday miserable so do try to avoid them by paying attention to all road-sign’s. Happy motoring.
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Marvelous Guide to Italy
Italy offers travellers culture, cuisine, fine wines, history and beautiful landscapes. Visitors can ski in the Alps, sunbathe on fabulous beaches, explore historic cities, shop in Milan’s chic boutiques, and explore the waterways of Venice.
Destination highlights include Rome, one of Europe’s historic cities. Its many ancient Roman ruins and monuments include the magnificent Colosseum where gladiators used to fight for their lives. Visitors flock to the fountain of Piazza di Trevi because it was built for Pope Clement XII and throwing a coin into the water is said to ensure that you will return to Rome one day. The Sistine Chapel also draws the crowds who come to gaze upon its famous ceiling painted by Michelangelo and the altar wall which is covered by his stunning depiction of the Last Supper. Art lovers can also visit the Vatican Museum, home to one of the world’s greatest collections of art displayed in galleries that cover over six kilometres.
Things to Remember Before Visiting Italy
Visas for Italy are issued for a short stay in Italy. For non-Europeans, visas must be applied for at your nearest Italian Embassy or Consulate. A return/onward ticket is recommended and passports must be valid for at least three months after the period of stay.
Milan airport is 28 kilometres from the city. Rome airport is 30 kilometres from the city.
Italy’s undisputed capital of chic is Milan, the heart of Italy’s renowned fashion industry. Here travelers can shop ‘til they drop in trendy boutiques, relax at sophisticated cafes and dine at stylish restaurants. Cultural highlights include Duomo, the world’s largest Gothic cathedral, an imposing structure that dates from 1386 and overlooks the Piazza. The astonishing building includes 3,400 statues, 135 spires and 96 gargoyles. At the Leonardo da Vinci National Science and Technology Museum there is a collection of his fascinating inventions that have lead to him being called a man out of his time. The Via Monte Napoleone district is one of Europe’s most fashionable shopping areas while the Brera district has many antique shops to explore. In Via Paolo Sarpi, Milan’s Chinatown many artists and craftsmen can be seen at work.