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Motorways & Roads in Italy

As in the rest of continental Europe, vehicles travel on the right and overtake on the left. Italy uses international road signs.

MOTORWAYS signs are indicated by the letter A (autostrada) followed by a number written in white on a green background. They are subject to tolls, except south of Salerno and Bari.

A ROADS signs are indicated by the letters SS (strada statale) followed by a number written in white on a blue background.

B ROADS signs are indicated by the letters SP (strada provinciale) followed by a number written in white on a blue background.

RING ROAD = Tangenziale


Standard legal limits, which may be varied by signs, for private vehicles without trailers:

  • In built-up areas 50 km/h (31 mph);
  • Outside built-up areas 90km/h (55 mph) on ordinary roads;
  • 110 km/h (68 mph) on dual carriageways;
  • 130 km/h (80 mph) on motorways.

NOTE: In wet weather, lower speed limits of 55 mph (90 km/h) apply on dual carriageways and 68 mph (110 km/h) on motorways. Restrictions apply if vehicles are using spiked tyres. Speed limits for caravans and campers are lower.


  • Valid passport;
  • Valid full driving license (not provisional). All valid driving licenses should be accepted , however if you have the older license, you are strongly recommended to have it updated to a photo card license for travel.

Minimum age at which a licence holder may drive temporarily import car and/or motorcycle (over 125cc or with passenger) is 18.

  • The original vehicle registration document. If the car is borrowed, this document is required along with a letter of authority from the vehicle’s owner.
  • Motor insurance – third-party compulsory. Check with your insurance company if it is valid in the other EU Countries
  • A clearly displayed sticker showing the Country where the vehicle is registered GB for UK , FR for France, D for Germany etc.

For more information, please follow this link to our “Travel to Italy by car” page.

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