Getting to Italy
Driving in Italy
Highways or Motorways are indicated by
the letter "A" (for autosrada) followed by a number written in white on a green
They are almost all subject to tolls, except for some brief stretches, Tolls
are paid in cash at exit points.
Service areas are very frequent along all of the autostradas.
Italy recognises driving licenses and other traffic documents that are valid
in other countries.
Seat belts are compulsory in Italy.
Speed limits are fixed at 50 km (31 miles) per hour in
urban areas, 90 km (56 miles) per hour on secondary and local roads, 110 km
(68 miles) per hour on main roads outside urban areas and 130 km (80 miles)
per hour on autostradas.
You are strongly advised to use only official taxis which are easily
Extra charges: In addition to current standard fares, supplement for luggage
(per item) and night time are requested (night service supplement between 10pm
First and second class rail tickets, which have different rates, can be purchased
at station ticket windows, through automated machines located in the stations
The Italian railway network, managed by Trenitalia http://www.trenitalia.com/en/index.html
Seat reservations are possible on every kind of train except REG Regionale and
Travellers must validate their tickets with the special stamping machines (usually
yellow in colour) located along the station platforms.
The railway is connected to the two main islands, Sardinia and Sicily, by means
of ferries departing from Civitavecchia (Rome) and Villa San Giovanni (Reggio
The Italian railways net is well equipped to help people with disability.
Coach services run between cities and towns and there are also lots of local
bus services. A major Italian company that operates throughout the country is
called SITA http://www.sitabus.it/wps/portal
Italy has many islands in the seas around the country. There are many services
linking the islands by sea to the mainland: the main links are by car ferries
and hydro-foils. The main Italian ports of embarkation for the large islands
of Sicily and Sardinia are: Genoa, Livorno, Civitavecchia, Naples and Villa
San Giovanni in Calabria.
For routes and timetables of ferries in Italy
Bari and Brindisi: www.seap-puglia.it
Rome: (FCO- Fiumicino) www.adr.it
The best time to visit Italy
Italy can be lovely all the year around. August is best avoided if possible
as this is the time that most Italians take their holidays, prices are very
high, many shops and businesses are closed and it is usually very hot.