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Italian Flag  ITALY – drives on the right

Please read the general notes in conjunction with those below.

Essential Safety Equipment

  • Warning triangle
  • Reflective vest
  • Headlamp converters
  • GB plate (see note 1)

Recommended Safety Equipment (by Italy and/or

  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Spare bulbs (see note 2)
  • Torch

Seatbelt Requirements
The wearing of front and rear seatbelts is compulsory when fitted.

Children Passengers
Children under four cannot travel unless they use a suitable restraint system. Children between four and 12 cannot travel in the front unless using a suitable restraint system.

Drink Driving Limits
80mg/100ml (UK 80mg/100ml)

Minimum Driving Age
The minimum driving age using a full UK licence is 18

Speed Limits


Urban kph (mph)

Open Road kph (mph)

Motorway kph (mph)


50 (31)

90-110 (56-68)

130-150 (81-93)


50 (31)

70 (43)

80 (50)

Speed radars are in use throughout Italy.

Police may monitor the average speed of vehicles between tolls.

Dipped headlights must be used in at all times outside built-up areas and in all tunnels. Motorcycles must use dipped headlights during the day at all times.

All grades of unleaded petrol (benzina), diesel (gasolio) and LPG are available as well as lead substitute additive. Leaded no longer exists. It is not allowed to carry petrol in a can. Credit and debit cards are becoming more widely accepted, although they probably won't work at automatic pumps, which are often the only pumps open out-of-hours and at lunch-time (from noon to 3pm) away from the autostrada.

Most motorways (autostrada) require the payment of a toll, payable in cash or by "Viacard" obtainable from tollbooths.

Viacards can be used in automatic and manual booths and must be bought with cash.

A parking disk must be displayed in the blue zones in towns.

On-the-spot fines for minor traffic offences operate in Italy. These may range typically between €150 - €250 Euros. You are strongly advised to stick to the rules of the road, and/or have enough cash if you have to pay a fine. Failure to do so may seriously inconvenience your visit. Ensure an official receipt is issued by the officer collecting the fine.

Mobile Phones
The use of hand-held mobile phones whilst driving is prohibited except where they are fitted with hands free systems.

Emergency Numbers
Dial 112 anywhere in the EU to reach the emergency services.

Local numbers:
Police – 113
Fire – 115
Ambulance – 118

If your car breaks down you can dial ACI (Italian Automobile Club) on 116 for foreign-language assistance. On motorways there are SOS telephones at regular intervals with two buttons: one for medical assistance and one for breakdowns.

Other Useful Information
In the Italian Alps it is compulsory to carry snow chains from 15th October to 30th April.

When two oncoming cars are turning left at a crossroads, they must turn in front of one another, rather than behind as is usual in the UK.

If you have an overhanging load, such as a bicycle strapped to the back of the car, you must attach a square reflective panel to it.

It is compulsory to carry at least one reflective safety jacket in a vehicle and to wear it when standing with, inspecting or repairing a stationary vehicle on a public highway.

Italian Police may stop cars from driving in mountain areas in winter if the car does not have snow chains.

Useful Words and Phrases

All Directions

tutte le direzioni


svolta / curve

Closed to HGVs

vietato transito autocarri







Keep Left

tenere a sinistra

Keep Right

tenere a destra

Level Crossing

passaggio a livello

No Entry

senso vietata / vietato l'accesso

No Entry for Vehicles

vietato ingresso veicoli

No Parking

sosta vietata

Parking Prohibited

sosta autorizzata

Road closed

strada chiusa

Roadworks Ahead

lavori in corso

Slow Down



attenzione / avviso

Embassy Details
British Embassy
Via XX Settembre 80a
I-00187 Roma RM

(39) 06 4220 0001 or 4220 + extn if known
Consular Enquiries:
(39) 06 4220 2431


Note 1: UK registered vehicles displaying Euro-plates (circle of 12 stars above the national identifier on blue background) no longer need a GB sticker when driving in European Union countries.  Countries outside the EU still require national identification.

Note 2: Regardless of local requirements it is always a wise precaution to carry a spare set of vehicle bulbs and adjust headlamp beams for driving on the right. A spare bulb kit will not prevent a fine if you are travelling with faulty lights, but it may avoid the cost and inconvenience of a garage call out. On some cars it is inadvisable or impossible for anyone other than a qualified technician to change a headlamp bulb or lamp unit e.g. high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps and carrying spare bulbs is not an option. However, it is recommended that spare bulbs are carried for any lights which may be easily and/or safely replaced by the owner/driver. Do not forget to ensure that you also carry any tools that might be required to change the various bulbs.

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