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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!
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!
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:
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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