Traveling by car to Rome · Driving in Italy · Rules and penalties

Traffic rules in Italy and controls, the motorway network and what you have to do in a car breakdown, you can find out here.

Traveling by car to Rome

It’s a pretty long journey across the Alps and through the Appenines to Rome by car. Most visitors therefore come by plane or train. It’s therefore only worthwhile getting to Rome by car if Rome is just one of several destinations on your trip to Italy.

Traffic rules in Italy

In Italy, there is a maximum speed of 130 km / h on the highways, 90 km / h out of town – unless stated otherwise – and 50 km / h in the city. For more information on Italian regulations, visit the website of the Italian Automobile Association.

Violations of the traffic rules

It is advisable to follow the rules as you risk high penalties and driving license withdrawal. The penalties in Italy are very high. There are often several hundred or even over a thousand euros.

If you are stopped with a foreign license plate, you must pay the penalty immediately. Otherwise, you risk that the vehicle will be transferred to a paid depot until the penalty is paid.

Speed control

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In Italy, warning signs must always be placed in front of radar installations, but since there are many warning signs without radar, this does not necessarily help.

In mobile radar controls in Rome, the police are usually with blue light in front of the radar. But they are not always recognizable.

The tutor

Autobahn Tutor Italien Geschwindigkeitskontrolle
Tutor Speed Control
On some motorway routes there is a speed control system which determines the average speed between two measuring points. The system reads the license plates and the measured travel time between two control points gives the average speed traveled. However, the system is only temporarily active. As a rule, a “Tutor attivo” information is shown when the tutor is switched on.

Loss of license

Depending on the seriousness of the established violation, the police immediately withdraws the driver’s license. This is very uncomfortable as the driver’s license is sent to the authority of your home country. The procedure takes several months. In addition, the Italian authorities keep a point register. When a certain score is exceeded, the Italian authorities prohibit driving for up to one year.

These are the most important cases in which the driver’s license is withdrawn:

  • Exceeding the maximum speed of more than 40 km / h
  • Using the mobile phone while driving
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Accidents with injured persons
  • Rider escape in accidents with injured persons
  • Failed assistance

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

In Italy the wine tastes great while eating. And a digestivo after dinner, such as the ever-popular Limoncello, an Amaro or a Grappa, is often a tradition.

If you still want to drive a car, you should measure.

These are the rules for drunk driving in Italy:

For novice drivers in the first three years and persons up to the age of 21 years, the 0 per thousand mark applies.

For all others, a limit of 0.5 per thousand applies. Above this value, there is a high fine. From 1.5 per thousand, the driver’s license is withdrawn.

Driving under the influence of psychotropic drugs or drugs can result in a fine of up to € 6,000 and a jail term of up to one year.

The motorway network

The motorway network is for the most part toll road and is operated by private companies in concession.

In the region of Lazio, the Rome ring road (GRA = Grande Raccordo Anulare) is toll-free, as well as the motorway from Rome to Fiumicino Airport and the motorway section of the A24 from the “Tangenziale” to the GRA.

On your journey, you can receive current traffic reports through the app “MyWay”, which is offered free of charge by the motorway company Autostrade per l’Italia.

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MyWay im App Store
MyWay auf Google play

The toll booths

Most Italian highways are toll road. For example, more than 50 € are due for the 450 miles from Brenner to Rome.

You should therefore consider carefully whether it is worthwhile driving to Rome by car.

At the toll booths you will find the tracks for telepass, credit card payment and cash.

Telepass is a system with a transmitter in the vehicle, which allows the monthly billing of tolls.

The Telepass has its own lanes, especially when leaving the motorway. You are not allowed to use them without Telepass. In most cases, the lanes are secured with barriers that prevent you from driving on. If you are let through, for example because a queue has formed behind you, you will have to pay the toll at an information point “Punto blu” of the motorway company. Otherwise, the motorway company orders a collection agency, which sends you a steep bill home.

Without a Telepass, you will receive a ticket at the entrance to the highway, which you can redeem at the exit either at the tracks for cash or at the machines for credit card payment.

GRA - Grande Raccordo Anulare

The three-lane ring road leads with the inside lanes (carreggiata interna) clockwise around the city and with the outside lanes (carregiata esterna) counterclockwise.

Since the GRA can be heavily overloaded at certain times of the day, you should definitely check the current traffic reports and set your route accordingly. Partly there are long traffic jams and the Raccordo becomes the largest parking lot in Rome.

If you want to go to the city, you should avoid the rush hours, in the morning between 7:30 and 9:30, in the afternoon between 4:30 and 6:30.

By Car to Rome · The Consular Roads

In ancient Rome, these roads mostly led to the distant realm and served the military, goods traffic and the traveling civilian population. Some roads are still in use today, and indeed

Via Aurelia from the Gianicolo in a northwesterly direction along the sea to Pisa and Liguria

Via Cassia from the north of Rome to Florence

Via Flaminia from the north of Rome to Rimini

Via Salaria from the north of Rome to San Benedetto del Tronto. As the name suggests, it is an old salt road.

Via Tiburtina from Termini central station to Pescara

Via Appia the “Queen of the Streets” from the Porta San Sebastiano to Brindisi – the section from the Mausoleum of the Cecilia Metella to the GRA is limited passable

Via Ostiense to the sea to Ostia and to the old port facilities (Ostia Antica and Lake Traiano)

Other roads

The wine villages of Frascati and Grottaferrata are crossed by Via Tuscolana and Via Anagnina. From there you can continue to Castel Gandolfo.

Also to Castel Gandolfo and further south brings you the Via Appia. Since this road is very congested and leads on winding paths through villages and towns, today it is no longer suitable as a long distance connection.

The four-lane Via Pontina takes you from the Roman south to Latina and further south to Circeo and Gaeta.

The four-lane Via Cristoforo Colombo takes you from the thermal baths of Caracalla to Ostia. Other arterial roads such as Via Laurentina, Via Ardeatina, Via Casilina, Via Prenestina and Via Nomentana are partially poorly developed and only of local importance.

Car breakdown

If you have a breakdown while driving to Rome and need to tow the car, you will need to call the phone number provided by your insurer, car manufacturer or car rental company. Only if you call this number, you enjoy insurance protection! Otherwise, you can ask the Italian Automobile Club directly for help calling the number 800 116 800, which is toll free for foreign phones. However, towing and any further services are then to be paid.

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2 thoughts on “Traveling by car to Rome · Driving in Italy · Rules and penalties”

    • Until now it is not possible. There shall be a change to allow the use of 125cc on the highways but until now it’s not yet published.


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