Helpful driving information

An overview of the most important traffic regulations for driving in Italy.

We recommend you to strictly stick to the regulations when driving in Italy, as in the event of an infringement, there are harsh penalties. In 2013 the penalty charges have again been hiked up and are even higher at night, from 10 pm to 7 am.

Speed limits:
> in town: 50 km/h
> on country roads: 90 km/h
> on freeways: 110 km/h
> on motorways: 130 km/h (exception Brennero motorway)

Alcohol limit
> 0,5 per mill
> from 1.5 per mill, the vehicle can be confiscated

Colours of the parking spaces:
White: parking for free (parking meter)
Blue: parking subject to fees
Yellow: Parking only for authorized people

> The reflective vest is obligatory for Italy since 2004, so be sure to bring it along with you so that you have it ready for an emergency.

> The dim light is obligatory for all vehicles at day and night, except in town driving.

> Caution: On the Brennero motorway (section Brennero - Bolzano), the speed limit is still 110 km/h, not 130, as usually on Italian motorways.

> It is obligatory to let pedestrians walk on the cross-walk.

> Also pedestrians, if conspicuously drunken, can be stopped and corrected by the police.

General useful information:

> Smoking in public buildings and rooms has been banned on July 1, 2005. The penalties amount up to 2,000 Euros. Exceptions are few taverns that offer separate smoking rooms, and need to meet different criteria.

> Those who buy faked brand-name products expects severe fines.

> Smoking of hemp and driving under influence leads to the driver’s license revocation. It is complained to the police.

Link to check to current traffic situation online.