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Do You need an International Driving Permit to Drive in Europe.
In France and Italy you can rent a car and do not need to show an International Permit, only your drivers license    Italian law, however,  requires that.....  see Article
No Passing for commercial vehicles
No Passing zone ends
Rotary
with yield to
traffic in rotary
selection, price, and ease of booking on the web. . Shop online well ahead of your trip and choose diesel (more economical) or gas, luggage space,(important)  standard or automatic,(important)  two door, four door and other options.  Reserve extras such as baby seats, strollers, telephones.      see  renting a vehicle in Provence
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 Provence
Rome, Italy
The Romans built many important buildings during a long reign including the Colosseum, built in 70-80 AD  and the Arch of Constantine.   These buildings stand today as remnants of the classic Roman Empire Walking Rome is like walking a great outdoor museum.  

After a period of depopulation and subjugation by various invaders including Germanic tribes and Byzantine rulers , Rome saw a resurgence of the building of monumental structures during the Renaissance.  
In the latter 15th century Papal leaders rebuilt
St Peter's Basilica, many ornate churches, religious buildings and the Piazza Navona.
The Etruscans were early inhabitants of what is now Tuscany in Italy.  Rome followed and ruled central Italy from 800 BC as a kingdom and then as a republic in the first century BC.
Rome later came under the rule of emperors and ruled a vast area of Europe and the Mediterranean until the middle of the  fifth century.
Rome Photos by Rain Rodolph
Romes June July and August temperatures can reach the mid eighties while the average low temperatures of December and January will be in the low 40s
Ancient Roman buildings of note are the the Pantheon, the Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus, Trajan's Market, the catacombs, the moseleum of Augustus, and Trajan's Column.  
During the Renaissance,  patrons built showy public squares including Michelangelo's Piazza del Campidoglio. Also built during this time were the Trevi Fountain, Campo de Fiori,  and the Piazza Navona.
Air: Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport also known as Fiumicino Airport is southwest of rome on the coast
Train: Termini Train station and Roma Tiburtina High Speed rail
Central Italy on the Tiber River inland from the west coast of the Mediterranean Sea
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