Driving in Italy, Highway Driving
Speed Limits
Speed limits in Europe are by KPH: Kilometers per hour
and are clearly marked along most roads such as this
one in France.
Speed might surprise you on France and Italy's high
speed roads,.  Drivers will come very close behind you
to pass and it is best to pull to the right to let faster
vehicles pass    
Speed limits are clearly posted in Italy and france as above; this is 80.77 mph when clear, 68.35 in the rain  130 Kilometers per hour on a clear day 110 in the rain,
Car Rental, Luggage Space
When shopping for a rental car, you should consider your need for luggage space when determining size of the vehicle. Some agencies suggest the number of bags that each model can carry.
A trunk separated from the passenger compartment is a good option to help conceal luggage when you park.
Driving in Italy will include Highway driving similar to that in the US
When Renting an Auto in Italy, consider Luggage Space, Standard Shift, International Drivers Permit, Traffic Symbols
Driving the highways of Italy is similar travel in the US , Canada or Mexico with high speed toll roads, and rest areas/gas stops.
Highway speeds can be faster, however, and the drivers impatient.
In Italy the Traffic Laws, International
Traffic Symbols, and the renting of an
automobile varies little from the US or Canada
The International Drivers Permit is best
to have in Italy
Italian law requires that See Article
An exit sign showing the route number of the feeder road with the towns listed.  The speed limit is listed on a white sign with a red circle: 90 KM per hour or about 56 miles per
Car Rental can be booked on line with Auto Europe, booking for major rental agencies located in all major cities in Italy and at the airports
Standard shift rental will be the least expensive but require skill with the clutch in Italy's hillside villages.
Driving in Italy is done on the right side and is  similar to the USA, Canada, Mexico, and France.
Driving From Rome: Rental cars are available at Leonardo Da Vinci Airport (Commonly called Fuimicino, FCO) and good roads will speed you to Rome in about forty minutes.   20 miles approximately.
From Rome, high speed toll roads reach all of Italy.
Rain Rodolph Photos
Driving in Italy highway driving on high-speed highways
Shop on line for a rental
car well ahead of your trip.
Another important consideration
when choosing a car will be your
ability to drive a standard shift
vehicle.  You will find Highway
driving is just like highway travel
in the US with toll tickets, rest
areas, food and gas stops all
being very similar but hill villages
will require skill with the clutch in
standard shift vehicles.
Familiarity with the

International  
Driving Symbols
would help. A map legend will
have explanations of  the various
 symbols and road sign logos.
Sign advising that trucks are not allowed to pass ahead
Well marked highway road signs to major cities, Rome and Florence
Exit towns with exit ramp speed, 40 km within a red circle
Return the rental car with an empty tank?  See Policy details
selection, price, and ease of booking on the web. . Shop online well ahead of your trip and choose diesel or gas, luggage space, standard or automatic, two door, four door and other options.  Reserve extras such as baby seats, strollers, telephones.
Speed limits will be clearly marked and the Rotary will be a welcome site with its directions to various towns.  Gassing up is similar to US with credit card and automatic shut-off at modern pumps. Car rental are available in all large cities and at many TGV Train Stations.
Information for those renting a vehicle in France and Italy
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Driving in Italy includes highway driving on high-speed roads between the major cities
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