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kjntgr
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Drivers liscence requirements in Italy
Gonna rent a car in Italy

What do I need to have along with my ALABAMA drivers lisc and passport?

Where do I get it

Thanks


hoopsgalore
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Haydo
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re: Drivers liscence requirements in Italy
You can get an international license from AAA


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VABuckeye
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re: Drivers liscence requirements in Italy
You're supposed to get an International Drivers License at AAA. I think some have gotten by without but it would be my luck that my rental company would stick to the rules so I make sure I have an international license when I travel to Italy.

BTW, if you're even thinking about driving in Rome don't do it. It's not a city for an American to drive in.


kjntgr
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re: Drivers liscence requirements in Italy
I’ll have my car in Rome but I’m just gonna park it at hotel and use other transportation while in Rome


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Mahootney
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re: Drivers liscence requirements in Italy
I used my USA license and passport no trouble.
That was 5 years ago, but I doubt any laws have changed.


VABuckeye
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re: Drivers liscence requirements in Italy
Well, this is what the law is.

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Italian law requires foreign visitors who get behind the wheel to carry an International Priving permit (IDP).


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hungryone
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re: Drivers liscence requirements in Italy
You go down to the AAA office nearest you, give them $20, and they give you a little paper booklet that is your license info translated into various languages.

Preface: we did 1200 miles via car, Rome to Palermo and back, in February. Regarding driving in central Rome--it's congested, with many pedestrian only, one way, and randomly cut off streets that make navigation a challenge. If you are comfortable driving in a congested/cramped US city, you will be fine in Rome as long as you KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING. Do not rely on Google Maps, as we found them to be inacccurate with regard to pedestrianized areas just two weeks ago. Spring for the in-car GPS, or use a dedicated GPS, as those maps are more accurate. Have a decent paper map as a backup, and plan out your routes before leaving town.

Also, the Italian autostradas are not as logically designed and clearly marked as US interstates (or German autobahns or French highways). So if you miss your on ramp or offramp, you may not find an easy do-over or cloverleaf to return you to the starting point. It helps to do a little orienteering in advance.


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hungryone


This woman knows what she's talking about.
This post was edited on 3/8 at 2:49 pm


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Motorboat
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You go down to the AAA office nearest you, give them $20, and they give you a little paper booklet that is your license info translated into various languages.

Preface: we did 1200 miles via car, Rome to Palermo and back, in February. Regarding driving in central Rome--it's congested, with many pedestrian only, one way, and randomly cut off streets that make navigation a challenge. If you are comfortable driving in a congested/cramped US city, you will be fine in Rome as long as you KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING. Do not rely on Google Maps, as we found them to be inacccurate with regard to pedestrianized areas just two weeks ago. Spring for the in-car GPS, or use a dedicated GPS, as those maps are more accurate. Have a decent paper map as a backup, and plan out your routes before leaving town.

Also, the Italian autostradas are not as logically designed and clearly marked as US interstates (or German autobahns or French highways). So if you miss your on ramp or offramp, you may not find an easy do-over or cloverleaf to return you to the starting point. It helps to do a little orienteering in advance.


all of this. I drove from Monaco to cinquterre. It was awesome.


baldona
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re: Drivers liscence requirements in Italy
The international driver's license is literally just a $20 piece of crap that they write your USA license info on and it translates your license to multiple languages. I've rented a car 3 times and they've never asked for mine, so it's been pointless. But as said if you have a AAA office near you it's a piece of mind I guess.

I absolutely love driving in Italy. They are absolutely crazily offensive drivers. It's a blast, and they drive much faster than anywhere else I've been.

Definitely as Hungryone said, make sure you know your way beforehand. Everytime I've rented a car in Europe it's had a built in gps for no upgrade, but I wouldn't plan on that. Hungyrone is also definitely right that you don't want to miss an exit.

Their interstate there also has literally no median for much of it. They have an area to pull a vehicle over about 100 yards long every like kilometer or two. It's intimidating as hell being next to semi truck after semi truck and having nothing but 1ft between your mini car and a concrete barrier for miles and miles at a time.

Eta: I'm sure you know this, but don't rent your car until the last day you leave your first city. Don't plan on parking anywhere, even at hotels. The hotels in the city will likely have a parking 'plan' but it's often in a 3rd party lot and depending on the time of year that can be down the street a ways from your hotel and cost money.
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hungryone
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re: Drivers liscence requirements in Italy
Another thought: if you aren’t somewhat fluent in Italian, study the basic road signs before your trip. It is helpful to have a designated “navigator” if your language skills are minimal. You can concentrate on not hitting anything or anyone (Italians love to jaywalk) while your co-pilot keeps an eye on the signs. Speed tickets are issued by camera, so pay attention to the limit signs....”area pedonale” is pedestrian-only, and will not necessarily be un-accessible to cars (ie, no barriers or bollards). Learn what one way, stop, yield, detour, etc are in Italian.

Twice in the past year in two different countries, I’ve witnessed ugly American tourist drivers who blithely ignored pedestrian only signage and drove into areas mean for people only. In one case, an ancient French grandmere shook her cane angrily at the SUV-driving tourist, saying in French, “you’re gonna kill someone!” Ugly American put the window down & yelled in English (that’s how I knew he was one of us, LOL), “But my hotel is just right THERE”......yes, on the other side of a pedestrian area. He was not patient enough to figure out how to go around, and he decided just to go right through, as he could see his destination. Don’t be that guy.


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DoUrden
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re: Drivers liscence requirements in Italy
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Gonna rent a car in Italy


If you are going south of Rome, look out!!!! Unless you have been to Bangkok you can't imagine the rules (or lack there of) on the roads.

I had a '92 Camero in Sicily for two years the locals called it the Grade Porsche, but had more than one Italian handshake (bumping mirrors as you pass on the road.)


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DoUrden
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Also, the Italian autostradas are not as logically designed and clearly marked as US interstates


I was convinced in Sicily they put road signs up only to stop posting them half way through the journey just to mess with Americans.


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geauxpurple
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re: Drivers liscence requirements in Italy
I am renting a car in Tuscany in 2 weeks. Got an International Driver's Permit from AAA.


VABuckeye
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re: Drivers liscence requirements in Italy
As long as you aren’t driving in Florence or Sienna driving in Tuscany is easy. Just know that there are a ton of bicyclists there.


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re: Drivers liscence requirements in Italy
I only drov in the piedmont region of the alps for a few days during our 3 week trip. Toured wineries and hiked in the mountains. It was awesome


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Phat Phil
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re: Drivers liscence requirements in Italy
Inspired by Gran Turismo 4 from PS2 days, I'll be driving from Napoli to Ravello via Amalfi Coast route SS163. I paid $20 to AAA as well. I didn't know it was a scam.

Image: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/y8B1TtnXXsU/maxresdefault.jpg


Image: https://www.scuderiacarparts.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/amalficoast.jpg


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re: Drivers liscence requirements in Italy
It is a gorgeous drive, though narrow and very twisting. I got motion sick, and that generally doesn’t happen to me.


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geauxpurple
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re: Drivers liscence requirements in Italy
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As long as you aren't driving in Florence or Siena
I know. We are staying in the Tuscan countryside but occasionally we do drive to the cities. Traffic is terrible and parking is hard to find. And beware of the restricted zones. Regarding the post about driving to Ravello: Be very careful with that. We took the bus from Amalfi to Ravello. It is a short distance uphill but it takes about a half hour because the road is narrow and winding. Once up there the views are gorgeous.


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