Driving in Italy

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Driving in Italy

Americans tend to be well schooled in defensive-driving techniques. Many Italians aren't. When you hit the road, don't be surprised to encounter tailgating and high-risk passing. Your best response is to take the same safety-first approach you use at home. On the upside, most of Italy's roads are very well maintained. Note that wearing a seat belt and having your lights on at all times are required by law. Having a vehicle in Italian cities is almost always a liability, but outside the cities it's often crucial. An effective strategy is to start and end your Italian itinerary in major cities, car-free, and to pick up wheels for countryside touring in between.

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