Italy is one of the most popular vacation countries in Europe. Be fascinated by Rome's historical sites. Explore Venice (Venezia), a work of art in itself. Discover Turin, its Egyptian Museum is the second-largest in the world after Cairo. Visit Genoa(Genova), the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. Discover early Byzantine and Christian monuments decorated with stunning mosaics in Ravenna. Walk across the medieval shop-lined Ponte Vecchio bridge or see the impressive art collections of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence (Firenze). Take a picture of the famous Leaning Tower in Pisa. Understand how first-century Romans lived their daily lives at the remains of Pompeii and Herculaneum, engulfed in the great eruption of AD 79. Sail to Sicily, littered with the remains of successive invading cultures. The most important ancient Greek sites include the temples of the Valle dei Templi at Agrigénto, said to be better preserved than any in Greece itself. The catacombs at the Capuchin Monastery contain thousands of mummified bodies.
Where to go in Italy
On the Italian Government Tourist Board site you can find 10 great routes in Italy.
Road conditions / restrictions
There is an extensive and well maintained road network. Tolls are charged on the autostrade (highways). As in the rest of continental Europe, vehicles travel on the right and overtake on the left. The wearing of seatbelts is compulsory for front and back seat passengers as well as for the driver. The use of portable telephones is prohibited if they require intervention by hand to function.
Highways and Roads Highways are indicated by the letter "A" followed by a number written in white on a green background. They are almost all subject to tolls, except for some brief stretches, especially approaching urban areas. Tolls are paid in cash at highway exit points. It is also possible to pay by Viacard Telepass cards (systems that make automatic payment possible without stopping at the toll booths) or Viacard a highway toll payment card which can be bought, at a value of either 50,000 or 90,000 lire, on the highway, in many banks or in ACI offices.
Service areas are very frequent along all of the highways. The rest stops are always open, and, in addition to refueling, they also offer other services such as restaurants, bars, information offices, and banking windows.
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 highways, with penalties for violation in proportion to the amount of the excess.
On highways (autostrade): no U-turns are permitted and stopping is permitted only in emergency parking areas or parking lanes. The Italian Highway Code follows the Geneva Convention and Italy uses international road signs. Driving is on the right, passing on the left. Violators of the highway code are fined; serious violations may also be punished by imprisonment.
Lanes: On three-lane roads, the middle lane is reserved for passing, which must always be signalled in advance with the directional signal which must be kept on while passing.
Where to camp
Campings and Camp sites
The Italian 'campeggios' offer top quality facilities, easy access to popular destinations, tranquil surroundings, and unique opportunities to experience local culture, whilst the prices of typical tourist purchases are, on average, lower than in France or the UK.
Aree di Sosta- Motorhome Stopover
An Aree di Sosta is a stopping place where you can spend the night in your motorhome. Some offer facilities for topping up fresh water tanks and emptying waste tanks. They are provided by local authorities or sometimes by local motorhome clubs. Facilities vary but are often included with the overnight parking charge. Many Sostas are metered on an hourly basis during the day, but the ticket machine will automatically change to issuing overnight tickets at a certain time - 1800hrs or 1900hrs. Some Sostas are free, and others are free on certain nights but are charged for on other nights. Look for the sign explaining all this at
Wild camping is allowed with permission of municipality, police or property owner when no problems occur.
Type of motorhome(s)
A class represents all motorhomes that are 'coach shaped' the smooth lined body added to a bare chassis cowl.
B Class these are panel vans (such as transit vans) fitted out as motorhomes. These are also called day-vans and camper vans.
C class refers to a chassis cab conversion with purpose built 'caravan' body attached.
Italy recognises driving licenses and other traffic documents that are valid in other countries. U.S. and Canadian driving licenses are valid in Italy but the license must be accompanied by a translation. For motorists not in possession of an International Driving license, the ACI (Automobile Club Italiano) will issue a declaration upon presentation of a U.S. or a Canadian license. The declaration is obtainable at any ACI frontier or Provincial office for a small fee.
General European Visa rules apply.
No vaccinations are required to enter Italy. Tourists requiring urgent medical care should go to the nearest hospital emergency room (airports and many train stations also have medical teams and first aid facilities).
Emergency telephone numbers
1240 Phone Directory Assistance
112 Carabinieri's service
113 Emergency Police Help
115 Fire Department
116 the A.C.I. (Italian Automobile Club - for road side assistance)
118 Medical Emergencies
176 International Inquires
Best time to visit
The moderating influence of the sea and the protection given by the Alpine barrier from the cold north winds join to bless Italy with a temperate climate. Nevertheless, the weather varies considerably according to how far one is from the sea or the mountains. The winter is very cold in the Alps, cold and foggy in the Po Plain and the central Apennines; mild and even warm on the Ligurian coast, the Neapolitan coast and in Sicilia.The summer is hot and dry, but the temperature is mitigated on the coast by sea breezes and in the Apennines and Alps it is pleasantly cool. In mountain areas, winter is ideal for skiing, and summer for excursions, hiking, etc. Seaside and lake resorts, with their excellent hotel facilities, have an intense tourist season in the summer, while the cities that are rich in art treasures are ideal in spring and autumn.
The electrical current in Italy is AC - the cycle is 50Hz 220 V. A tourist carrying electrical appliances to Italy should have a transformer, either obtained before leaving your country or bought at an electrical appliance shop in Italy. Plugs have round prongs, not flat, therefore an adapter plug is needed.
The new monetary currency is the Euro which is divided as follows: bills of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500; coins of 1, 2, 5, 10 Euros, 20 and 50 cents.