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12.02.2016 ITALIAN TOUR BY CAR. TOLL-FREE ROADS OF ITALY AND CAR RENTAL



After telling you about toll Italian roads, petrol and fines in the previous post today I will dwell on a more pleasant topic, specifically – toll-free roads, speed limits and all other advantages of car rental in Italy. So let’s go on toll-free Italian roads.

How can you determine toll-free roads on the map or traffic signs? ALL toll-free roads are indicated in blue and white on the traffic signs, i. e. if you see a sign like this:

ITALIAN TOUR BY CAR. TOLL-FREE ROADS OF ITALY AND CAR RENTAL

when driving a car in Italy, you may rest assured – the road is toll-free!

The toll-free road classification is quite complicated and boring, and an autotourist shouldn’t know it all, so I’m gonna dwell on the crucial details:

ITALIAN TOUR BY CAR. TOLL-FREE ROADS OF ITALY AND CAR RENTAL

The main out-of-town roads (strade extraurbane principali) and secondary out-of-town roads (strade extraurbane secondarie) are indicated with “SS”, “SR” or “SP” on maps and traffic signs, but they differ by sizes, structure and, the most important factor, speed limit.

Main out-of-town roads in Italy – are roads having two lanes in one direction and two lanes in opposite direction segregated with a road separator. The maximum allowable speed is 110 km/h, so you can drive quite fast.

ITALIAN TOUR BY CAR. TOLL-FREE ROADS OF ITALY AND CAR RENTAL

Secondary out-of-town roads in Italy – are smaller roads having one lane in one direction and one lane in opposite direction segregated with a separating strip only.

ITALIAN TOUR BY CAR. TOLL-FREE ROADS OF ITALY AND CAR RENTAL

Bicycles are allowed to use the roads and the speed limit is 90 km/h. You should memorize this difference by heart, because speeding fines in Italy detailed in the previous post are quite big and there are a lot of speed cameras on the roads, so you can receive a fine notification without stopping your car by the traffic police.

When entering a settlement the allowable speed is usually 50 km/h, but in most Italian cities entry to the historical center is limited and indicated with a sign like this:

ITALIAN TOUR BY CAR. TOLL-FREE ROADS OF ITALY AND CAR RENTAL

And “ZTL”

So if you have no special permit, you’d better park outside of this zone, otherwise you will have to pay a fine.

ITALIAN TOUR BY CAR. TOLL-FREE ROADS OF ITALY AND CAR RENTAL

That’s all I guess. Observing these simple rules you will be able to travel across Italy by car revealing the most marvelous and tempting places without any problems.

Where and how can you rent a car? Most clients of mine rent a car in advance on the website Rentalcars.com  before the trip. I personally heard only positive reviews: good choice, low prices, and most important, you will be immediately contacted by the company representatives who will answer all your questions and dispel your concerns. So try it yourself! wink

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