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Italy: European pearl for tourists

Rich culture, superb cuisine, avant-garde fashion, long history, beautiful coastlines, and scenic summits - these are only a few from the multiple elements making Italy one of the most attractive tourist destinations around the world. It's hard to forget about the imposing landmarks owing to which the country ranks among the top-rated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

How to travel around this magnificent country? There are plenty of possibilities. Tourists and residents can try numerous transport modes, owing to which they can easily move between the most important places. However, if you like planning your trips, a great option for you will be hiring a car. In case of most car hire companies the lower age limit is 18, but you need to remember that if you decide to rent a car before reaching the age of 25, you can be asked to pay the so-called "inexperienced driver" fee. 

If you've already chosen an appropriate vehicle and fulfilled all formalities, summon up patience - although the state of Italian roads is rather good, Italian motorists’ behaviour sometimes leaves much to be desired.

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Amalfi Coast Panoramic Road Amalfi Coast Panoramic Road

Amalfi Coast Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
75 km 28 km/h 2 days scenic
Sicily Road Trip Sicily Road Trip

Sicily Road Trip

Europe - Italy
974 km 53 km/h 14 days roadtrip
Bernina Pass Panoramic Road Bernina Pass Panoramic Road

Bernina Pass Panoramic Road

Europe - Switzerland
59 km 46 km/h 1 days scenic
Spluga Pass Panoramic Road Spluga Pass Panoramic Road

Spluga Pass Panoramic Road

Europe - Switzerland
40 km 36 km/h 1 days scenic
Maloja Pass Panoramic Road Maloja Pass Panoramic Road

Maloja Pass Panoramic Road

Europe - Switzerland
49 km 48 km/h 1 days scenic
Reschen Pass Panoramic Road Reschen Pass Panoramic Road

Reschen Pass Panoramic Road

Europe - Austria
82 km 61 km/h 1 days scenic
Passo Tre Croci & Passo di Giau Panoramic Road Passo Tre Croci & Passo di Giau Panoramic Road

Passo Tre Croci & Passo di Giau Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
103 km 41 km/h 1 days scenic
Gruppo di Sella Panoramic Road Gruppo di Sella Panoramic Road

Gruppo di Sella Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
108 km 40 km/h 1 days scenic
Passo di Manghen & Strada del Menador Panoramic Road Passo di Manghen & Strada del Menador Panoramic Road

Passo di Manghen & Strada del Menador Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
151 km 45 km/h 1 days scenic
Marmolada Panoramic Road Marmolada Panoramic Road

Marmolada Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
92 km 42 km/h 1 days scenic
Passo di Gavia & Passo del Tonale Panoramic Road Passo di Gavia & Passo del Tonale Panoramic Road

Passo di Gavia & Passo del Tonale Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
147 km 45 km/h 1 days scenic
Passo dell Umbrail & Passo di Stelvio Panoramic Road Passo dell Umbrail & Passo di Stelvio Panoramic Road

Passo dell Umbrail & Passo di Stelvio Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
100 km 40 km/h 1 days scenic
Passo di Foscagno & Passo del Bernina Panoramic Road Passo di Foscagno & Passo del Bernina Panoramic Road

Passo di Foscagno & Passo del Bernina Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
79 km 47 km/h 1 days scenic
Dolomites Road Trip Dolomites Road Trip

Dolomites Road Trip

Europe - Italy
1,211 km 37 km/h 12 days roadtrip
Alps Road Trip Alps Road Trip

Alps Road Trip

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2,236 km 54 km/h 14 days roadtrip
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Europe - Austria
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Italy Road Trip Italy Road Trip

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Europe - Italy
3,423 km 54 km/h 26 days roadtrip
Italian Lakes Road Trip Italian Lakes Road Trip

Italian Lakes Road Trip

Europe - Italy
332 km 40 km/h 4 days roadtrip
Tuscan Wine Trail Road Trip Tuscan Wine Trail Road Trip

Tuscan Wine Trail Road Trip

Europe - Italy
199 km 39 km/h 3 days roadtrip
Italian Highlights Road Trip Italian Highlights Road Trip

Italian Highlights Road Trip

Europe - Italy
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Italian Riviera Panoramic Road Italian Riviera Panoramic Road

Italian Riviera Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
161 km 34 km/h 3 days roadtrip
South Italy Road Trip South Italy Road Trip

South Italy Road Trip

Europe - Italy
2,538 km 42 km/h 21 days roadtrip
North Italy Road Trip North Italy Road Trip

North Italy Road Trip

Europe - Italy
2,278 km 54 km/h 18 days roadtrip
Sardinia Road Trip Sardinia Road Trip

Sardinia Road Trip

Europe - Italy
1,078 km 41 km/h 7 days roadtrip
Tuscany Wines and Hills Road Trip Tuscany Wines and Hills Road Trip

Tuscany Wines and Hills Road Trip

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308 km 44 km/h 3 days roadtrip
Tuscany and Umbria  Road Trip Tuscany and Umbria  Road Trip

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Europe - Italy
467 km 54 km/h 6 days roadtrip
Through Swiss Curves Through Swiss Curves

Through Swiss Curves

Europe - Switzerland
268 km 47 km/h 2 days scenic
Garda Lake Loop Garda Lake Loop

Garda Lake Loop

Europe - Italy
155 km 45 km/h 2 days scenic
Trans Dolomites Panoramic Road Trans Dolomites Panoramic Road

Trans Dolomites Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
300 km 54 km/h 2 days scenic
Como & Lecco Panoramic Road Como & Lecco Panoramic Road

Como & Lecco Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
111 km 33 km/h 1 days scenic
Stelvio National Park Panoramic Road Stelvio National Park Panoramic Road

Stelvio National Park Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
112 km 43 km/h 1 days scenic
Into Dolomites Heart Panoramic Road Into Dolomites Heart Panoramic Road

Into Dolomites Heart Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
66 km 42 km/h 1 days scenic
Dolomites Loop Road Trip Dolomites Loop Road Trip

Dolomites Loop Road Trip

Europe - Italy
168 km 45 km/h 1 days scenic
Two Tuscan Gems Panoramic Road Two Tuscan Gems Panoramic Road

Two Tuscan Gems Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
88 km 38 km/h 1 days scenic
Tuscan Heart Panoramic Road Tuscan Heart Panoramic Road

Tuscan Heart Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
107 km 47 km/h 1 days scenic
Gran Sasso National Park Panoramic Road Gran Sasso National Park Panoramic Road

Gran Sasso National Park Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
129 km 43 km/h 1 days scenic
Southern Sicily Road Trip Southern Sicily Road Trip

Southern Sicily Road Trip

Europe - Italy
190 km 42 km/h 3 days roadtrip
Saint Bernard Panoramic Road Saint Bernard Panoramic Road

Saint Bernard Panoramic Road

Europe - Switzerland
80 km 50 km/h 1 days scenic
Cuneo to Ventimiglia Panoramic Road Cuneo to Ventimiglia Panoramic Road

Cuneo to Ventimiglia Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
122 km 37 km/h 1 days scenic
Po Delta Gems Road Trip Po Delta Gems Road Trip

Po Delta Gems Road Trip

Europe - Italy
152 km 53 km/h 1 days roadtrip
Maremma Road Trip Maremma Road Trip

Maremma Road Trip

Europe - Italy
165 km 53 km/h 2 days roadtrip
Adriatic to Tuscany Road Trip Adriatic to Tuscany Road Trip

Adriatic to Tuscany Road Trip

Europe - Italy
228 km 43 km/h 2 days roadtrip
Spoleto to Bolsena Road Trip Spoleto to Bolsena Road Trip

Spoleto to Bolsena Road Trip

Europe - Italy
122 km 49 km/h 2 days roadtrip
Gargano Panoramic Road Gargano Panoramic Road

Gargano Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
171 km 39 km/h 1 days scenic
Bari to Taranto Scenic Drive Bari to Taranto Scenic Drive

Bari to Taranto Scenic Drive

Europe - Italy
140 km 47 km/h 2 days scenic
Northwestern Sardinia Road Trip Northwestern Sardinia Road Trip

Northwestern Sardinia Road Trip

Europe - Italy
265 km 47 km/h 3 days roadtrip
Sardinia East Coast Road Trip Sardinia East Coast Road Trip

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Europe - Italy
359 km 49 km/h 2 days roadtrip
Col du Montgenevre Panoramic Road Col du Montgenevre Panoramic Road

Col du Montgenevre Panoramic Road

Europe - France
32 km 43 km/h 1 days scenic
Brenner Pass Panoramic Road Brenner Pass Panoramic Road

Brenner Pass Panoramic Road

Europe - Austria
27 km 53 km/h 1 days scenic
Nassfeld & Ploecken Pass Panoramic Road Nassfeld & Ploecken Pass Panoramic Road

Nassfeld & Ploecken Pass Panoramic Road

Europe - Austria
121 km 50 km/h 1 days scenic
Jaufen Pass & Penserjoch Panoramic Road Jaufen Pass & Penserjoch Panoramic Road

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Europe - Italy
123 km 48 km/h 1 days scenic
Würzjoch & Furkel Pass Panoramic Road Würzjoch & Furkel Pass Panoramic Road

Würzjoch & Furkel Pass Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
175 km 42 km/h 1 days scenic
Monte Baldo Panoramic Road Monte Baldo Panoramic Road

Monte Baldo Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
75 km 40 km/h 1 days scenic
Passo Palade & Passo di Mendola Panoramic Road Passo Palade & Passo di Mendola Panoramic Road

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Europe - Italy
76 km 47 km/h 1 days scenic
Colle Piccolo San Bernardo Panoramic Road Colle Piccolo San Bernardo Panoramic Road

Colle Piccolo San Bernardo Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
56 km 43 km/h 1 days scenic
Piedmont Wine Road Trip Piedmont Wine Road Trip

Piedmont Wine Road Trip

Europe - Italy
458 km 47 km/h 3 days roadtrip
Umbria`s Wines and History Road Trip Umbria`s Wines and History Road Trip

Umbria`s Wines and History Road Trip

Europe - Italy
174 km 52 km/h 3 days roadtrip
Oetztal Transalp Road Trip Oetztal Transalp Road Trip

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Europe - Germany
304 km 58 km/h 2 days roadtrip
Castles of Canavese Road Trip Castles of Canavese Road Trip

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Europe - Italy
84 km 38 km/h 2 days roadtrip
Cuneo Loop Road Trip Cuneo Loop Road Trip

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Europe - Italy
232 km 47 km/h 2 days roadtrip
Passo Ghimbegna Panoramic Road Passo Ghimbegna Panoramic Road

Passo Ghimbegna Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
106 km 34 km/h 1 days scenic
Passo dello Spluga to the Lecco Lake Panoramic Road Passo dello Spluga to the Lecco Lake Panoramic Road

Passo dello Spluga to the Lecco Lake Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
106 km 45 km/h 1 days scenic
Brenta Panoramic Road Brenta Panoramic Road

Brenta Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
130 km 44 km/h 1 days scenic
Piacenza to Camogli Panoramic Road Piacenza to Camogli Panoramic Road

Piacenza to Camogli Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
143 km 46 km/h 1 days scenic
Modena to Pisa Road Trip Modena to Pisa Road Trip

Modena to Pisa Road Trip

Europe - Italy
171 km 45 km/h 2 days roadtrip
100 Curves Panoramic Road 100 Curves Panoramic Road

100 Curves Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
160 km 41 km/h 1 days scenic
Pisa to San Vincenzo Road Trip Pisa to San Vincenzo Road Trip

Pisa to San Vincenzo Road Trip

Europe - Italy
158 km 49 km/h 2 days roadtrip
Bologna to Florence Panoramic Road Bologna to Florence Panoramic Road

Bologna to Florence Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
141 km 39 km/h 1 days scenic
Homeland of Chianti Panoramic Road Homeland of Chianti Panoramic Road

Homeland of Chianti Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
96 km 37 km/h 1 days scenic
Brunello di Montalcino Panoramic Road Brunello di Montalcino Panoramic Road

Brunello di Montalcino Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
67 km 36 km/h 1 days scenic
Terra di Toscana Panoramic Road Terra di Toscana Panoramic Road

Terra di Toscana Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
22 km 31 km/h 1 days scenic
Monti Sibillini Panoramic Road Monti Sibillini Panoramic Road

Monti Sibillini Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
135 km 49 km/h 1 days scenic
Monti Cimini & Sabatini Panoramic Road Monti Cimini & Sabatini Panoramic Road

Monti Cimini & Sabatini Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
69 km 41 km/h 1 days scenic
Castelli Romani Panoramic Road Castelli Romani Panoramic Road

Castelli Romani Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
103 km 30 km/h 1 days scenic
Sirente Velino Panoramic Road Sirente Velino Panoramic Road

Sirente Velino Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
65 km 42 km/h 1 days scenic
From Paradise to Hell Scenic Drive From Paradise to Hell Scenic Drive

From Paradise to Hell Scenic Drive

Europe - Italy
37 km 33 km/h 1 days scenic
Gulf of Policastro Scenic Drive Gulf of Policastro Scenic Drive

Gulf of Policastro Scenic Drive

Europe - Italy
79 km 34 km/h 1 days scenic
Taranto to Matera Scenic Drive Taranto to Matera Scenic Drive

Taranto to Matera Scenic Drive

Europe - Italy
89 km 44 km/h 1 days scenic
Santa Maria di Leuca Scenic Drive Santa Maria di Leuca Scenic Drive

Santa Maria di Leuca Scenic Drive

Europe - Italy
52 km 37 km/h 1 days scenic
Basentana Panoramic Road Basentana Panoramic Road

Basentana Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
106 km 42 km/h 1 days scenic
Pollino National Park Scenic Drive Pollino National Park Scenic Drive

Pollino National Park Scenic Drive

Europe - Italy
175 km 36 km/h 2 days scenic
Sila National Park Scenic Drive Sila National Park Scenic Drive

Sila National Park Scenic Drive

Europe - Italy
205 km 32 km/h 2 days scenic
Calabria East Coast Scenic Drive Calabria East Coast Scenic Drive

Calabria East Coast Scenic Drive

Europe - Italy
111 km 27 km/h 1 days scenic
Calabria West Coast Scenic Drive Calabria West Coast Scenic Drive

Calabria West Coast Scenic Drive

Europe - Italy
64 km 38 km/h 1 days scenic
Between Calabria's Coasts Scenic Drive Between Calabria's Coasts Scenic Drive

Between Calabria's Coasts Scenic Drive

Europe - Italy
98 km 39 km/h 1 days scenic
Sardinia Costa Verde Scenic Drive Sardinia Costa Verde Scenic Drive

Sardinia Costa Verde Scenic Drive

Europe - Italy
73 km 13 km/h 1 days scenic
Sardinia South Coast Scenic Drive Sardinia South Coast Scenic Drive

Sardinia South Coast Scenic Drive

Europe - Italy
93 km 49 km/h 1 days scenic
Madonie Scenic Drive Madonie Scenic Drive

Madonie Scenic Drive

Europe - Italy
108 km 38 km/h 1 days scenic
Taormina to Tonnarella Scenic Drive Taormina to Tonnarella Scenic Drive

Taormina to Tonnarella Scenic Drive

Europe - Italy
75 km 37 km/h 1 days scenic
Barolo Loop Panoramic Road Barolo Loop Panoramic Road

Barolo Loop Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
55 km 33 km/h 1 days scenic
Del Beigua Loop Panoramic Road Del Beigua Loop Panoramic Road

Del Beigua Loop Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
91 km 29 km/h 1 days scenic
Padua Getaway Padua Getaway

Padua Getaway

Europe - Italy
105 km 36 km/h 1 days scenic
Prosecco Panoramic Road Prosecco Panoramic Road

Prosecco Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
91 km 40 km/h 1 days scenic
Friuli Wine Panoramic Road Friuli Wine Panoramic Road

Friuli Wine Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
72 km 38 km/h 1 days scenic
Borgo Val di Taro to Rapallo Panoramic Road Borgo Val di Taro to Rapallo Panoramic Road

Borgo Val di Taro to Rapallo Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
83 km 37 km/h 1 days scenic
Val di Taro Panoramic Road Val di Taro Panoramic Road

Val di Taro Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
76 km 42 km/h 1 days scenic
Appennino Tosco Emiliano Panoramic Road Appennino Tosco Emiliano Panoramic Road

Appennino Tosco Emiliano Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
103 km 39 km/h 1 days scenic
Romagna Panoramic Road Romagna Panoramic Road

Romagna Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
108 km 45 km/h 1 days scenic
Pievepelago to Montecatini Terme Panoramic Road Pievepelago to Montecatini Terme Panoramic Road

Pievepelago to Montecatini Terme Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
67 km 37 km/h 1 days scenic
Florence Getaway Panoramic Road Florence Getaway Panoramic Road

Florence Getaway Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
129 km 42 km/h 1 days scenic
Forli to Florence Road Trip Forli to Florence Road Trip

Forli to Florence Road Trip

Europe - Italy
114 km 41 km/h 2 days roadtrip
Perugia Getaway Perugia Getaway

Perugia Getaway

Europe - Italy
89 km 40 km/h 1 days scenic
Foligno to Castel Ritaldi Panoramic Road Foligno to Castel Ritaldi Panoramic Road

Foligno to Castel Ritaldi Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
57 km 29 km/h 1 days scenic
Bolsena to Siena Panoramic Road Bolsena to Siena Panoramic Road

Bolsena to Siena Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
119 km 54 km/h 1 days scenic
Monti della Tolfa Panoramic Road Monti della Tolfa Panoramic Road

Monti della Tolfa Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
48 km 38 km/h 1 days scenic
Monti Reatini Panoramic Road Monti Reatini Panoramic Road

Monti Reatini Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
104 km 46 km/h 1 days scenic
Monti Lucretili Panoramic Road Monti Lucretili Panoramic Road

Monti Lucretili Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
77 km 42 km/h 1 days scenic
Monti Aurunci Panoramic Road Monti Aurunci Panoramic Road

Monti Aurunci Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
73 km 42 km/h 1 days scenic
Pescara Getaway Panoramic Road Pescara Getaway Panoramic Road

Pescara Getaway Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
94 km 40 km/h 1 days scenic
Majella Panoramic Road Majella Panoramic Road

Majella Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
126 km 42 km/h 1 days scenic
Matese Panoramic Road Matese Panoramic Road

Matese Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
197 km 41 km/h 1 days scenic
Aglianico Panoramic Road Aglianico Panoramic Road

Aglianico Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
89 km 32 km/h 1 days scenic
Monti Picentini Panoramic Road Monti Picentini Panoramic Road

Monti Picentini Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
224 km 34 km/h 1 days scenic
Baroque & Primitivo Scenic Drive Baroque & Primitivo Scenic Drive

Baroque & Primitivo Scenic Drive

Europe - Italy
100 km 47 km/h 1 days scenic
Potenza Getaway Scenic Drive Potenza Getaway Scenic Drive

Potenza Getaway Scenic Drive

Europe - Italy
179 km 37 km/h 1 days scenic
Sila Loop Sila Loop

Sila Loop

Europe - Italy
115 km 38 km/h 1 days scenic
Olbia Getaway Olbia Getaway

Olbia Getaway

Europe - Italy
134 km 51 km/h 1 days scenic
Trapani Getaway Trapani Getaway

Trapani Getaway

Europe - Italy
130 km 30 km/h 2 days scenic
Sicily Between the Seas Scenic Drive Sicily Between the Seas Scenic Drive

Sicily Between the Seas Scenic Drive

Europe - Italy
155 km 45 km/h 1 days scenic
Passo del Predil Panoramic Road Passo del Predil Panoramic Road

Passo del Predil Panoramic Road

Europe - Slovenia
30 km 42 km/h 1 days scenic
Simplon Pass Panoramic Road Simplon Pass Panoramic Road

Simplon Pass Panoramic Road

Europe - Switzerland
65 km 53 km/h 1 days scenic
Colle della Maddalena Panoramic Road Colle della Maddalena Panoramic Road

Colle della Maddalena Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
48 km 51 km/h 1 days scenic
Alba to Savona Panoramic Road Alba to Savona Panoramic Road

Alba to Savona Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
93 km 47 km/h 1 days scenic
Asti Spumante Panoramic Road Asti Spumante Panoramic Road

Asti Spumante Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
88 km 47 km/h 1 days scenic
Passo della Scoffera Panoramic Road Passo della Scoffera Panoramic Road

Passo della Scoffera Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
91 km 39 km/h 1 days scenic
Alessandria to Savona Panoramic Road Alessandria to Savona Panoramic Road

Alessandria to Savona Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
102 km 49 km/h 1 days scenic
Oltrepo Pavese Panoramic Road Oltrepo Pavese Panoramic Road

Oltrepo Pavese Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
61 km 36 km/h 1 days scenic
Quattro Regioni Panoramic Road Quattro Regioni Panoramic Road

Quattro Regioni Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
36 km 37 km/h 1 days scenic
Vicenza Getaway Panoramic Road Vicenza Getaway Panoramic Road

Vicenza Getaway Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
74 km 31 km/h 1 days scenic
Altiplano di Asiago Road Trip Altiplano di Asiago Road Trip

Altiplano di Asiago Road Trip

Europe - Italy
133 km 46 km/h 2 days roadtrip
La Spezia to Parma Panoramic Road La Spezia to Parma Panoramic Road

La Spezia to Parma Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
137 km 38 km/h 1 days scenic
Le Crete Panoramic Road Le Crete Panoramic Road

Le Crete Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
70 km 32 km/h 1 days scenic
Ancona Getaway Ancona Getaway

Ancona Getaway

Europe - Italy
66 km 29 km/h 1 days scenic
Ortona to Fossacesia Marina Panoramic Road Ortona to Fossacesia Marina Panoramic Road

Ortona to Fossacesia Marina Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
75 km 37 km/h 1 days scenic

Most interesting places in Italy

Who hasn't heard about such cities as Milan, Rome, or Florence? About the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Cinque Terre National Park, or Casa di Giulietta in Verona? Probably such places as Naples, Venice, or Genoa are also familiar to many tourists as these are the cities where Mount Vesuvius, the famous gondola canals, and country's biggest port can be found. Even though these places should definitely have their spot on your to-see list, you shouldn't limit yourself only to them. 

Churches, basilicas, mausoleums, and palaces - there are plenty of such landmarks in Italy. If you want to see the most interesting examples, you should definitely visit Padua, the main city of Liguria, Ravenna, known mostly due to its Byzantine and early-Christian landmarks, and Bari, the capital of Apulia. It's also worth paying attention to such places as Volterra, with a beautiful view on the local hilltops, and San Gimignano, where you'll have the opportunity to try delicious white wine Vernaccia.

The fans of beach time will be satisfied as well. In Italy, there are numerous places with paradise beaches and breathtaking views. These include Pescara, the largest city on the Adriatic coast, Tropea, with scenic cliffs, and Rapallo, with popular bathing beaches. Your trip plans should also include such towns as Salerno, Amalfi, Positano, or Maratea. The last settlement, for example, offers more than 20 beaches and is considered a stunning pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Italy isn’t famous only for its stunning buildings and magnificent beaches but also for its charming towns characterised by unique ambience. It's worth going on a stroll along the streets of Ancona, drinking a cup of coffee in Orvieto, or admiring the magical views in Ravello. Must-see attractions are, of course, Pompei, known for its ancient ruins, and Trani along with the nearby Castel del Monte. 

The list of the most beautiful Italian towns is really long: Matera, Foggia, Cosenza, Montepulciano - it's difficult to choose the most interesting one as every place has much to offer. An undisputed Italian pearl is Monteriggioni, a village located on one of the Tuscan hills, and Alberobello, known for the so-called trullo buildings, that is white circular homes with pinnacles. It's also worth mentioning Lucca, the birthplace of composer Giacomo Puccini, and Polignano a Mare, full of scenic recesses and coves where you can rest away from the crowds. 

No one will be surprised by the fact that Italy is a popular destination place among the many known celebrities. They really enjoy Portofino, which ranks as one of the most exclusive places on Italian map. It is mostly famous for expensive hotels and restaurants as well as luxury yachts and boutiques of the most well-known fashion houses. In the northern part of the country, you'll find the stunning Lake Garda, with a number of accommodation and dining options that will suit every pocket. 

Traffic regulations in Italy: general information

Each motorist driving along the Italian roads should possess appropriate documents. In the event of a road check, you'll be asked to show such documents as your driver's licence, liability insurance, registration document, vehicle inspection certificate, and your ID or a passport. The obligatory equipment includes reflective vests (for the driver and passengers) and a warning triangle. A fire extinguisher and a first aid kit aren't required by law. 

The maximum blood alcohol content is 0.05%. Slightly stricter rules apply in case of less experienced drivers - in case of less than three years of driving experience, there is zero tolerance for any blood alcohol level. Fines for drinking and driving are really high (even up to a few thousand Euros!). 

You can also expect severe consequences in case of talking on the phone while driving (hands-free sets are accepted) and travelling with children who are younger than 12 or shorter than 150 cm without appropriate protection.

Speed limits on Italian roads

Speed limits depend on the driver's experience, car weight, and weather conditions. General rules impose the following restrictions: 50 km/h in built-up areas, 90 km/h in rural areas, and 110 km/h on expressways, and 130 km/h on motorways. 

The situation changes in case of motorists who have less than three years of driving experience - they need to reduce their speed on expressways (90 km/h) and on motorways (100 km/h). 

In case of adverse weather conditions, the above-mentioned limits change as well. You can drive as fast as 90 km/h on expressways and as fast as 110 km/h on motorways. 

It is also worth taking into consideration that on some three-lane roads equipped with the so-called Tutor, that is a system detecting speed on a given road section, you have greater leeway as you can drive even up to 150 km/h. 

Italy: toll roads and motorways

Travelling along Italian motorway isn't free of charge, and the tolls are quite high. Tolls are based on the number of kilometres travelled or vehicle category. Toll free roads can be expected in poorer regions, especially in the southern part of Italy; however, these are rather scarce. 

The tolls are paid at special toll gates and there are three payment options: cash, payment card, or ViaCard, which can be purchased in travel agencies and at petrol stations. An indisputable advantage of the last option is the fact that the owners of ViaCard use separate gates. 

Parking in Italy

Parking spaces are marked with lines of different colours and each of these colours indicates specific rules and restrictions. Blue lines show places where parking fee applies (parcheggio a pagamento), yellow lines show places designated for the disabled, pink lines are for pregnant women or women with small children, and white lines show free parking zones (parcheggio gratuito). However, it's vital to remember that the last option is time limited.

Generally, parking in Italy is a challenge not only for tourists but also for the residents. It is connected mostly with scarcity of free parking spaces; therefore, in many cases it's worth leaving your car on the outskirts and use public transport to get to the city centre.

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