Going on holiday by car: Many tourists travel from Germany to Italy. © MAGO / Zoonar
A holiday is well planned. This starts with the arrival. There are also a few things to consider in Germany's neighbouring country Italy.
Rome/Munich – Pasta, pizza, sun, beach: Italy is considered one of the most popular holiday destinations par excellence. Most recently, drought and floods had taken their toll on the country before Pentecost. However, this will not stop many tourists from travelling. Nevertheless, a holiday in Italy needs to be well planned. Especially when traveling by car, there are a few things to consider. Because there are one or two hard traffic rules. An overview.
Holidays in Italy: Be careful when arriving by car - speed limit on the motorway
Germany is the only country without a speed limit in Europe. In the election campaign for the Bundestag election, the Greens actively campaigned for a speed limit of 130 km/h on German motorways. At first to no avail. So if you travel to Italy, you have to change. Because in our neighboring country, a maximum speed of 130 km/h applies.
Tolls in Italy: What holidaymakers need to know
- Motorway toll: It is calculated on the basis of the distance travelled. The motorway toll must be paid at toll stations. The only exception is the A2 from Salerno to Reggio di Calabria, as the ADAC informs. On the Italian island of Sicily, only the A20 (Messina - Palermo) and the A18 (Messina - Catania) are chargeable.
- Vignette: This is not required in Italy.
- Highways: Here, holidaymakers do not have to pay a toll.
- Restricted Traffic Zones (ZTL): Access to these zones in city centres such as Milan, Palermo and Bologna is costly.
- Fees for tunnels: Affected by this are the Munt-la-Schera road tunnel and the Great St. Bernard road tunnel (both Switzerland-Italy) as well as the Frejus road tunnel and the Mont Blanc road tunnel (both France-Italy).
Holidays in Italy: This alcohol limit applies in Germany's neighbouring country
It is not uncommon to have a drink on holiday. Afterwards, however, drivers should rather leave the car at home. The blood alcohol limit in Italy is 0.5. An absolute ban on alcohol applies to people who have had their driver's license for less than three years. The penalties for drunk driving are immense. According to the ADAC, fines of up to 1,5 euros can be imposed from 6.000 per thousand. A confiscation of the car or a foreclosure auction are also conceivable.
Lines for parking spaces in Italy: But which color means what?
Especially in cities, however, finding a parking space is not always the easiest. While the common German signs for parking ban and Co. are known, the change in Italy is a little bigger. According to the ADAC, parking spaces here are also marked by different colored lines:
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|Blue Lines||Paid parking spaces, which may be limited in time.|
|Yellow lines||Reserved parking spaces, for example for buses or taxis.|
|White lines||Free parking. However, the additional signage should also be observed.|
|Black and yellow curb marking||Absolute parking ban.|
Phone at the wheel: There is a threat of an immediate driving ban
Allowed with a hands-free system, otherwise forbidden: A telephone at the wheel is strictly prohibited in Italy. Anyone who violates this risks not only endangering their own and others' endangerment, but also a fine. According to the ADAC, a driving ban on the spot must also be expected. And this applies not only to Italians, but also to holidaymakers or motorists arriving from abroad. The situation is similar for motorcyclists who do not wear a helmet. According to ADAC, this can be confiscated for 60 days and placed in preventive detention.
In addition, there are also some other laws in the country that holidaymakers should be aware of in order not to jeopardise their time off unnecessarily. (mbr)