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If you are thinking of taking a vacation in Italy, there are some driving tips to consider before going. SIXT wants to make sure your car rental in Italy is safe and worry-free. Although there are several rules that are similar to other countries within Europe, Italy also has some notable differences.


  • Like many European nations, mobile phones are not allowed to be used when driving in Italy.

  • Children under 4 feet 9 inches must be properly restrained in a child seat (located in the rear of the vehicle).

  • Headlights must be used during inclement weather such as rain, snow or fog.

  • Seat belts are mandatory for all front seat passengers and if they are fitted in the rear, they must be worn as well.

  • Cars are only allowed to overtake on the left as in other countries.

  • Drunk driving is strictly prohibited and can result in a fine, the revocation of one’s license, or under certain circumstances, both.

  • Italy uses a points system based on traffic infractions. Each driver begins with 20 points. Drivers are graded by this system; some of the more severe mistakes can cost a driver in Italy up to 10 points. If you lose all 20 points, a driving test must be retaken. It should be noted that this system is applicable to all drivers, even if their country of origin does not recognize this method.

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  • An important factor to consider is the different speed limits when driving in Italy. This is essential because violating these traffic laws will result in an on-the-spot fine. However, all limits will be clearly marked should there be a change when entering or exiting certain areas.

  • Towns and Residential Areas                           50 km/h (31 mph)

  • 2-Lane HighwaysCity:                                       90 km/h (55 mph); Outside city: 100 km/h (62 mph)

  • Interstate Without Toll                                      110 km/h (68 mph)

  • Interstate With Toll                                            130 km/h (81 mph) to 150 km/h (93 mph)


  • Drivers will need to carry an ID like a passport, driver’s license, registration and insurance papers. Also, it is mandatory that all cars are equipped with a reflective jacket (red or yellow) as well as a warning triangle in case of breakdowns.

  • A few useful items that are a good idea to include on your journey in Italy will be a map of the country and an additional map of where you will be visiting. These are both useful additions to a vehicle’s GPS navigation system.

  • A tourist translation guide is also a necessity; particularly one which contains useful phrases such as asking for directions and the pronunciation of local towns and villages.

  • For longer journeys, make certain that the vehicle is equipped with a spare tire.

  • Carry a few extra liters of water as well, especially during the hot summer months.


  • We have many large branches in Italy, including stations in major cities and airports such as Rome, Milan, Naples, Venice and many more. SIXT Italy has a large fleet of vehicle categories such as compact cars and hatchbacks, convertibles, luxury cars, and SUVs. Still unsure about the rules of the road in Italy? Our branch staff will gladly answer any questions you may have when collecting your vehicle.

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