Italy Road Map
Touring Italy in a car can prove to be an amazing experience. There are plenty of must-see destinations which are only accessible with a set of wheels. The Google Italy road map above will help you with directions from point A to point B. Simply click the Directions or the View larger map link to get all the self driving details you need.
Roads in Italy are very well connected both within the country and connecting traveller to other European destinations. E-roads are an international network of motorways in Europe connecting many countries and developed by the UN Economic Commission of Europe. They marked on maps as "E" followed by a number (like E64 or E70).
What Makes the Italy Road Map System?
- Autostrade: high speed roads which form the Italian national system of motorways; marked on the map as "A" followed by a number (like A1 or A4); spans about 6,750 km or 4,200mi; some but not all of these roads require tolls - ones that form rings around cities are free of tolls; speed limit is 130 km/h or 81 mph
- Strade statali: non-autostrada highways that form the Italian national network of state highways and connect cities in different regions; marked as "SS" followed by a number (for example SS1 or SS99); these highways span a total length of 18,000 km or 11,000 mi; these roads don't require tolls and the speed limit is 90 km/h or 56 mph
- Strade regionali: non-autostrada highways which connect different cities within a specific region, they are marked just like the oner ones but with "SR" before a number; speed limit on most of these roads is 70 km/h (43 mph) and 50 km/h (31 mph) in more urban areas
If not very familiar with Italian roads, having a GPS unit in your car can be quite handy. There are a couple of ways to approach this. If you already own a unit, you can simply purchase the detailed Italy road map for it.
Alternatively, you may wish to purchase a new unit in Italy or online with the maps already preloaded. Either way, keep in mind - there are restricted driving zones in Italy for non-residents. Most GPS units will not warn you of these and there are penalties. The restricted (ZTL) zones are explained further on this page.
Garmin City Navigator for Detailed Map of Italy & Greece
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- Contains detailed map coverage of Italy, Vatican City State, San Marino, and Greece
- Displays points of interest throughout the region: restaurants, lodging, attractions, petrol stations, shopping, ATM locations and more
- Includes motorways, national and regional thoroughfares and local roads
- Gives turn-by-turn directions and includes detailed information such as turn restrictions, roundabout guidance, speed categories
- Contains traffic data for compatible devices that use traffic receivers
Garmin Nuvi 2559LMT North America and Europe
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ZTL Restricted Driving Zones
So you're got your Italy road map and ready to discover this amazing place by car. At this point it's important to familiarize yourself with the Limited Traffic Zones. They are called Zona Traffico Limitato or ZTL in Italian and are found in most of the major Italian cities. Rome and Florence for example, have ZTL's in place to reduce congestion in areas with high traffic.
Driving into a ZTL without proper authorization will result in a hefty fine. In almost every case non-residents as well and tourists will not be issued passes, as only the local drivers are allowed to drive in the ZTL zones. Fines are issued by ticket-cameras placed at zone entrances, these tickets will vary in price based on the city. You might typically expect to pay 65 EUR if you drive into a ZTL zone in Italy, plus a Traffic Violation Fee of around 25 EUR charged by rental car company.
Be aware, GPS systems do not include ZTL boundary information, and usually just suggest the shortest root, just like toll roads. Pleas be aware of this to avoid potential traffic tickets.
Below are some detailed ZTL maps with zone timetables, boundaries, and ticket-camera locations to help avoid traffic fines while car cruising in Italy.
The source on ZTL driving zones is www.autoeurope.com and this site is also very useful if looking for more information and tips on driving your rental car in Italy. For a more in-depth look at Italy Road Map and self-driven vacation options, check out their Italy Travel & Driving Guide in a printable PDF.
Michelin Italy Road Atlas - Spiral Bound
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- Michelin's European atlases have an exciting new look inside and out
- The new cover design highlights the focus on road travel adventures and discovery, while inside, the new, simplified page numbers make it easy to locate the next page of the journey
- Small locator maps on each page clearly situate the map page within the context of the larger area for better navigation
- Extremely practical town and city map pages include a map of the town center and the surrounding area
- Other available atlases feature accurate mapping, updated each year by dedicated Michelin teams, where you'll find their picks for scenic drives
More Printed Italy Road Map Options
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- More printed Italy Road Map options available on Amazon:
- National Geographic Adventure Map for Italy
- Rick Steves' Italy Map: Including Rome, Florence, Venice and Siena City
- Italy 2017 (Michelin Tourist and Motoring Atlases)
- Back Roads Northern & Central Italy (Eyewitness Travel Back Roads) and much more
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