Driving in Italy

 

Car Rental Locations in Rome

Auto Rental1 Driving in ItalyRenting a car in Italy can be an enjoyable experience. Unfortunately, driving a car in the city Rome is often NOT enjoyable. For many folks it can be frustrating, confusing, and even dangerous. Yet many folks pick up their rental cars in other parts of Italy and need to return the car in Rome. For a complete list of rental vendors and maps of rental location around Rome… Read more…


What is an IDP and Do I Need One?

Auto IDP Driving in ItalyAn International Driver’s Permit – or IDP – is a required document in many countries. The IDP translates your home-country driver’s license into multiple languages. Let’s face it – Driving is in a foreign country is stressful enough so it’s imperative you have all your documents in order. For more info, Read more…


Zona a Traffico Limitato – ZTL

Auto ZTL1 Driving in ItalyZona a Traffico Limitato. The words bring fear to any foreign visitor brave enough to drive in Italy. The dreaded ZTL. That place you don’t know you’ve been until 10 months after you’ve left Italy and you get a “registered mail” from an Italian Police Department. Rome has one of the largest ZTL zone areas in Europe. What are these “zones” and how can you avoid them? Read more…




Parking in Rome

Auto Parking Driving in ItalyDriving in Rome is quite challenging… and sometimes finding a parking space is even more difficult. I would suggest if you have a rental or lease car and you have to keep it, park it. Contrary to popular misconception of limited amount of garages in Rome, there are actually many, many, car parks in town. For a list, map, and photos of these parking options, Read more…


Random Traffic Stops in Italy

Auto random Driving in ItalyOne of the many obstacles to driving in Italy is the random traffic stop. These rolling roadblocks target everyone – locals, tourists, out-of-country plates – everyone! Once you are signaled to stop… you’d better stop! Then the Polizia will check out your car’s paperwork, your paperwork, insurance papers, etc. If your papers are in order, all is well. But… Read more…


Maps For Italy

Auto map Driving in ItalyRome is an incredible city to walk in and most folks who visit the city say walking is the best way to see the city. To know where you’re going – or at minimum, how to get back to your hotel – get a map. A good map can be the key to discovering everything everything Rome has to offer. For some great “map options,” Read more…




My GPS Usage in Italy

Auto GPS1 Driving in ItalyLiving here in Italy, we try to travel as often as possible. If we rent a car we always take our GPS with us. I find a GPS to be tremendously useful in Italy. One of the advantages of a GPS is to “install” points of interest (POI’s) into your unit before you leave home. Then when you’re in that small town or big city, pull up your favorites and select that “restaurant” where you want to eat! Read more…


Riding a Scooter in Rome

Auto motorino Driving in ItalyDriving a motorino (scooter) in Rome can be quite challenging. The motorino rules are simple in Rome; there are NO RULES! For people who live here – and who have been ”taught” this system – this can be a great advantage. For everyone else, it can be downright frightening! The primary goal of motorino drivers is to get from point A to point B as fast as humanly possible. Read more…


Riding a Motorino in Rome – A Video Review!

Auto motorino2 Driving in ItalyA motorino can give you a tremendous amount of freedom and flexibility. My wife often rode our motorino to her school on the Via Cassia. We traveled to the other side of Rome, the lake, the beaches, to nearby towns, and even to Sardinia with our motorini. For some video on our trips riding through Rome, Read more…


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