What documents do you need to carry?
- A full UK driving licence (you will need both the photo and paper counterpart. If you don’t have a photo license you should carry your passport or we recommend an International Driving Permit)
- Evidence of motor insurance – third party cover is compulsory. Green Card recommended.
- The vehicle’s registration document or a Vehicle on Hire Certificate – originals not photocopies.
Useful driving information
- You must be 18 or over to drive in Italy
- Wearing a seatbelt is compulsory, the same as the UK
- Motorway tolls are charged
- You can’t use radar detection devices for speed cameras.
- Children must be secured in accordance with UK legislation.
- Use of horns in built up areas is prohibited unless there is an emergency
- The use of mobile phones while driving is prohibited unless you use a handsfree kit
- Dipped headlights are compulsory on motorways, dual carriageways and out of town roads in daytime.
- Motorcycles must use dipped headlights during the day
- Traffic is restricted in historical towns – look for “Zone a Traffico Limitato” or ZTL signs. Only residents may enter and fines are imposed.
Italian road and motorway speed limits
Police treat speeding very seriously, we advise all drivers to know the speed limits for roads while driving in Italy.
- Towns: 50 km/h
- Suburban secondary roads: 90 km/h
- Primary suburban roads: 110 km/h (90km/h when wet)
- Motorways: 130 km/h (110 km/h when wet)
Local speed variations apply so please be aware of road signs and restrictions.
Drink-drive alcohol limits
- Normal drivers: 0.5 g/l
- New and Professional: 0.0 g/l
If you have a blood level exceeding 0.5 you will face penalties of fines, imprisonment and being banned from driving.
If you need to contact the emergency services you’ll need to dial or 112.
Whilst we endeavour to keep this information updated, the rules and regulations related to driving in Europe may change without notice and this information may contain technical inaccuracies. We cannot be held responsible for information which may become out of date or liability for incorrect information.