If you prefer to drive by car you need to be aware of Limited Traffic Zones, or Zona a Traffico Limitato in Italian, abbreviated to ZTL. Many historical centers of Italian cities have set up these limited traffic zones in order to reduce congestion and pollution, and there are significant fines for driving into one of these zones unauthorized. So, please, pay attention to this sign:

Remember to drive on the right-hand side of the road also keep to the right (slow) lane on multi-lane highways. Do not just cruise along in the left lane on a four-lane highway. In Italy, the left lane—or fast lane—truly is only for passing. Similarly, on a two-lane road, if someone comes up from behind and flashes their lights at you, it’s a signal for you to slow down and drive more on the shoulder so that they can pass you more easily.

Obey the speed limit: Italian roads have speed limits and these limits are (now) enforced.

Except when posted otherwise, the following speed limits apply:

130 kmph (80 mph) is the speed limit on highways in Italy.

110 kmph (68 mph) is the speed limit on non-major highways outside of major urban areas in Italy.

90 kmph (56 mph) is the speed limit on local roads in Italy.

50 kmph (31 mph) is the speed limit in urban areas in Italy (see note below).

Note that the definition of “urban areas” often extends to the stretch of highway passing a small town, especially around its exits, so keep your eyes peeled for signs indicating lowered speed limits, even on the highways.

N.B: Italy is not a dangerous place, or not more than others but petty theft can occur. Not leave baggage or bags in the cars when the park area is not supervised. Don’t let the car in areas without supervision with inside money or pc!

Don’t park inside the yellow lines: Park on the blue ones, even if you will pay a few euro. Few things are as gutting as heading back to the parking lot and finding a parking ticket on your rental car, or worse, a stark gap where your car used to be. Remember: the white-lined parking spaces are free, the blue-lined are paid, the yellow-lined spots are only for disabled motorists, and the pink spots are for expectant mothers. As for potential parking spots that have no lines at all, be sure to look for Zona di Rimozione (Tow Zone) or Divieto di Sosta (No Parking) signs.

Car – Macchina

Parking lot – Parcheggio

Pay and display parking – Parcheggio a pagamento

Disabled – Disabili

Security monitorated parking lot – Parcheggio custodito

No park – Divieto di sosta

Forbidden to park- Vietato parcheggiare

Forbidden – Vietato/ Divieto

Fine – Multa