Italy is a beautiful country, a fact typified by its glorious twisty mountain roads and lakeside drives.
However, like most countries, it's also full of motorways, parking restrictions and charges to use the public highways.
Before you go, here are a few things to remember to take with you:
- Full, valid Driving Licence
- Vehicle log book (V5C)
If taking your own car, you'll also need:
- Reflective jackets
- Warning triangle
- Headlamp beam deflectors
- Spare tyre
- Car insurance certificate
Whether you're planning on driving over there from the UK, or renting a car after flying over there, here are some useful tips to help you get started on Italian roads.
Driving in Italy can be a bit of a rude awakening if you're not prepared. Virtually no one sticks to the speed limit so don't feel bad if you get overtaken. General rules of courtesy that you (mostly) find in British drivers don't apply, and people will elbow their way into your lane on the motorway whether you like it or not.
Make sure you're checking your mirrors regularly and making absolutely sure it's safe to make every manoeuvre before you make it.
As long as you're extra sensible when other people are around, you can have some fun on the twisty mountain roads no matter the car you're in, whether it's a drop-top Mazda MX-5 or a simple rental-spec Fiat 500.