Renowned for its cuisine, rustic architecture and love of the fine arts, Italy is a major hotspot for foreign visitors. With history stretching as far back as the days of the Roman Empire, many of the era’s most iconic buildings including the Coliseum in Rome still stand today. The country is also known for having a passionate yet welcoming population.
From the Alps in the north to Sicily and Reggio Calabria in the south, Italy is more often than not bathed in sunshine, even during winter! The best places to go are the big cities like Rome, Milan and Turin, although the canal city of Venice and Florence both have their charms. Wherever you go, the food is more than likely to be delightful.
Tolls are levied on the majority of motorways. Payment is made either in cash or via debit/credit cards from Visa, Eurocard and MasterCard.
Only one in four petrol stations are open 24 hours a day on Sundays and public holidays.
On roads in built-up areas, parking is only allowed on the right-hand side if there is two-way traffic. On one-way streets, you can park on either side providing a space of at least 10ft is left.