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Driving in Italy: The Italian Job

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Today’s post is a guest post about driving in Italy. Thanks, Victoria! 

Driving in Italy can often feel like a scene out of The Italian Job, whether you’re in the city or off the beaten path, but with a few tips, some Dutch courage, and bit of experience, you’ll be driving like an Italian in no time!

On a recent trip to the beautiful south of Italia, we decided to hire a car to have the freedom to go where we wanted, when we wanted, and for as long as we wanted – and apart from a few hair-raising moments around the Amalfi Coast, it was well worth it!

Yes, the roads can be a bit bumpy, driving through villages is a test in manoeuvring and navigation, the mountain traverses are a tad harrowing, and the coastal tracks really only have room for one way traffic, but the Italians are actually very good drivers – albeit a bit too confident, speedy, and not very patient!

So, to make driving in Italy an enjoyable, safe, and worthwhile experience, here are a few things to know, and most importantly of all, don’t be nervous – they can smell fear a mile away!

What You Need if you’re driving in Italy

Whether you’ve hired or borrowed the car you’re driving in Italy, there are some things you are required to have in the vehicle at all times:

Things not legally required, but recommended for your comfort – and your passengers!

Italian Road Rules

The road rules in Italy are pretty much the same as anywhere else – including driving on the left like the U.S. and most of Europe (except the U.K), but there are a few things to keep in mind:

Italy Driving Etiquette

The following aren’t necessarily legal requirements, but are expected behaviors when driving in Italy:

So, there you have it, a short introduction to the joys of driving in Italy. It’s like learning the language and getting some fun Italian facts about the place, a bit of time and effort can make the whole experience that much more enjoyable – and a trip to remember, not a holiday to forget!

Victoria is a self-confessed grammar geek. Based in London, she witnesses crimes against grammar on a daily basis. Words are her thing as Victoria is currently a journalist, writer for Listen & Learn, PR advisor, and Social Media guru.

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