Driving in Italy is a wonderful experience in itself and with a rental car by your side; you also have the option to explore and travel around its destinations at your own convenience. With a plethora of destinations to see and explore, driving around Italy can be a little tricky for people who are visiting this beautiful countryside for the very first time. Whether you are planning to visit Italy for business or on a vacation with your family, here are a few driving tips which will make your stay here more comfortable and hassle- free. Knowing that self- drive holidays are the best way of exploring a new destination, you will definitely find these driving tips handy while in Italy.
The availability of parking in Italy depends largely on the city and countryside you are travelling to. While it can be a little tricky to find parking spaces in larger cities, there are lots of parking spaces available across its countryside.
While traveling through Italy, finding a parking space for your car is not at all difficult. All you need is a little information about the whereabouts of parking. In most of the cities in Italy, there are paid- parking available for both rental as well as driver- owned cars. Parking is generally found outside the historical areas and there are specific signs to denote street parking. The use of colored lines indicates whether a parking space is paid or free. Pay parking is generally denoted by blue lines and there will be a ticket machine in the vicinity of this line from where drivers can purchase parking tickets. These tickets are to be displayed on the car’s dashboard.
The use of white or no lines means that the parking is absolutely free of cost. However, there are limitations on the duration of parking and drivers are required to display a parking disk on the windshield of the car in order to show the time when they parked the car at that particular spot.
These parking disks may or may not be included in the driver’s car rental. If not, it can be purchased from the tobacconists by asking them for a disco orario.
International driving license is a must for travelers who will be driving cars in Italy. Even holders of American driving licenses are required to have international driving permits to drive across all cities in Italy. An IDL i.e. International Drivers License functions as a way of translating your American driving license in 10 different languages. While hiring cars in Italy, majority of car rental companies will ask the driver to have a full driving license for at least one year before being allowed to drive around in Italy.
The minimum age required for drivers is 21 years but some car rental companies allow 18 year old drivers as well. Such drivers have to pay an extra Young Driver Fee while renting the car. There is no maximum driving age set for drivers but usually 75 is considered to be the highest age limit of the driver. In such cases, drivers have to submit a letter from their physicians citing that they are fit to drive.
The classic Mediterranean climate of Italy makes it a perfect destination to visit and explore all around the year. Whether you are visiting Italy for leisure or for business purposes, you will definitely find thrilling activities to enjoy during all seasons.
Usually the winters are cold and damp while summers are dry and hot. Visiting Italy during summers and winters are equally delightful but the best time to become a part of Italy’s history and culture is from April to June as well as September to October. During this time, the weather is comfortably warm and offers a pleasant experience of exploring its monuments and sights spread across different cities. If you are planning to visit countryside localities like Tuscany, there is no specific time to visit. Italian countryside is pleasant and relaxing throughout the year.
Since Italy is pretty warm during July and august, most of the Italians prefer to go on holidays during these months; hence shutting down a number of restaurants and shops here.