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Paul Baderman 
by our Italy expert Paul Baderman
 

Driving & Directions in Italy


Italy has some truly stunning driving on offer, perhaps none more famous than the Amalfi Drive. This narrow, twisty road perched high on the cliffs above the Tyrrhenian Sea is one of the World's top driving experiences. If you are starting your journey in Sorrento by car, try and time your departure to avoid the mass of coach tours leaving to do the same thing. Unless you are one of the crazy Italian drivers whose overtaking manoeuvres can beggar belief, there will be little opportunity to pass. The drive will take you through the delights of Positano, Ravello, Minori, Maiori and of course, Amalfi although to see all in one day would be a tall order.

One particualr thing to note when driving in and around Italian cities is that often the central 'old town' can be closed to traffic. Watch out for no entry signs saying 'zona traffico limitato'. If your hotel is inside one of these zones, you can apply for a provisional permit to drive in the zone. Otherwise, CCTV cameras will be watching and you could well end up being slapped with a fine.

Oh yes, and one other thing. Don't run out of petrol on a Sunday as you will find many of the petrol stations are closed.

Here are a few phrases you might find useful on your travels ...
Directions in Italian
English Italian
Where is? dov'?
Straight ahead sempre dritto
To the right a destra
To the left a sinistra
Traffic lights Il semaforo
Junction incrocio
Roundabout rotonda
Opposite di fronte
Here qui
Is it far? lontano?
A ticket biglietto
A single di solo andata
A return di andata e ritorno

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