Driving in a foreign country can be one of the best ways to see the surroundings like a local and visit places that aren’t part of the main tourist thoroughfares, but renting a car can come with a host of headaches, from insurance to traffic rules to following directions and potentially getting lost in a new place. Specifically, renting a car in Italy holds its own challenges. Here are a few unwritten rules for ruling the road all over Italia.
Swipe at tolls. In Italy, tolls accept credit cards so using plastic when passing through is a convenient allowance. However, broken machines are not uncommon, so it’s wise to have cash on hand in case of any malfunctioning machines.
Stay out of the left lane … unless you are passing another car. In Italy, the left lane is reserved for passers only, so keep to the right for the majority of your journey.
Read up on ZTLs. These “Zona Traffico Limitado” areas are mostly located in larger cities like Rome and Florence, and they restrict the allowance of vehicles in certain city centers. A pass is required to drive through these areas, and drivers (usually local residents or commercial vehicle conductors) must possess a permit. Although there are no physical barriers preventing cars from driving into these areas, there are traffic cameras that can catch wayward vehicles.
In recent years, Portugal has quietly become one of Europe’s top travel destinations. It’s inexpensive compared to some of its neighbors, it’s warm and sunny, and it’s easy to access from most U.S. cities. As a growing wellness destination, here are the country’s top spots for a relaxing vacation.
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The small island nation of Iceland may have only one major “highway,” the 828-mile Route 1, better known as Ring Road because it navigates the entire perimeter of the country, but it can be difficult to traverse depending on weather conditions at particular times of the year. While a road trip around the island is a fantastic adventure that reveals unimaginably unique landscapes, it can be a considerable challenge for those self-identifying as anywhere from timid to even moderately adventurous in their travels. In these cases, a full-day Golden Circle tour is the perfect antidote to any FOMO experienced by foregoing the road trip.