To legally drive in Italy, you must be in possession of a full UK driving license and be at least 18 years of age. Unlike in England, you are required to drive on the right hand side of the road and overtake on the left. As this goes against the way you learnt to drive and how you have driven for as long as you’ve been qualified, you will need to maintain focus on the roads to ensure you don’t fall back in to old habits.
In Italy there are a few different road laws you should be aware of:
Whilst they are officially banned in built up areas, the Italians widely use horns as a signal to other drivers that they are approaching. When the visibility during the day is poor, or when travelling through tunnels, on motorways and dual carriageways, always use dipped headlights.
There are several points to consider when attempting to park in Italy:
Throughout the historic centres of Italy, private cars are not allowed. If you plan on driving to a hotel in a city centre, you may be required to obtain a pass, which can be purchased at a wide range of car hire agencies. However you will need to buy a pass for each city you intend on driving through as one will not cover all.
If you’re hiring a car in Italy, it’s also recommended that you take out car hire excess insurance for peace of mind. Learn more about UK & Europe Car Hire Excess Insurance before hiring a car.