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Here is the sum total of my experience in driving in Italy.

Here is the sum total of my experience in driving in Italy.

Dec 5th, 2001, 09:40 PM
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Dec 5th, 2001, 10:13 PM
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Sallie
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Thanks Sam, and thanks Az for tipping me off to reading about the Amalfi Coast. Great post! Sallie.
 
Dec 6th, 2001, 12:21 AM
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You hit it - but whats about Naples? Dont understand. It is just the same than any other bigger city. Even more one ways. And You havce forgotten one fact: after 10 pm. dont care for the colours on the traffic lights. Just go ahead.
 
Dec 6th, 2001, 05:43 AM
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I was there last Feb. Driving from Pisa to Rome I was pulled over by the Polizia. They asked for my registration for my rental car. When I gave it to them they asked where the original was. I told them that was all I had. They gave me a ticket for not having a proper registration. When I returned the car to Europcar which I rented thru Autoeurope, they laughed and said this happens all of the time. They don't put the originals in the car because they get stolen. Obviously the police know this and look for rental cars. When I got home I told Autoeurope about this and they knew about it also. The only good thing was I did not have to pay for the ticket. Otherwise driving is fun there. I had a Mercedes Diesel wagon and I was the big dog on the road. The funniest thing I saw was Jeep Grand Cherokees over there.
 
Dec 9th, 2001, 09:00 AM
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Naples is indeed a scary place to drive in and the other issue is that of theft. If you look at the condition of the taxi's in the city they are far more banged up than those of Rome. Would I ever drive there, not really since the transit system is so spectacularly designed (far superior to Romes). But am I actually afraid of driving there? Not really. If you read to the end of the post, you see that I was setting up a joke!

And I have driven in Boston.
 
Dec 9th, 2001, 12:16 PM
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I have driven in Naples! I was the only one following the rules! Driving in Italy is fine. Just be sure before you go you know what the road signs mean. We had our car towed away for parking in a no parking zone. Also be sure you understand all the workings of the car before you leave the car rental agency. It took me 15 minutes to find reverse and drove around for 2 nights without rear lights. I wondered why everyone was coming up so close to me on those winding roads on the Amalfi coast. But it's great to have the freedom to drive anywhere and any time you choose in such a lovely country. I hope you enjoy your trip. Italy is my favorite European country.
 
Dec 26th, 2001, 06:36 PM
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I am surprised that no one has mentioned the big rule. Never drive in the left lane unless you are passing. I am a 67 year old lady and I sometimes find it easier to drive on the autostrada than our freeways. There are only two lanes and you only get in the left lane when passing. The only places I do not drive are in the cities. As far as I am concerned, driving outside the big cities is the best way to see the real Italian ways.
A big caution, when filling up at the pump, make sure you use gazole? I had a gasoline engine, but thought I had a deisel engine and filled up with deisel. What a mistake. Had to be towed in. This whole incident took up a whole day. What an experience





 
Feb 9th, 2002, 07:54 AM
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Feb 9th, 2002, 02:38 PM
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Who said that driving in Naples is like driving in NYC???? OH PLEASE!! Never saw one car driving directly down the center line EVER in NYC! Also, you can't stop at a red light or stop sign in Naples or you'll be hit in the arse...almost every time. Did you know that it's legal to slap a person with an open hand, which I've seen between 2 angry drivers in Naples. If my point hasn't been proved.....the military persons stationed in Naples recieve an extra chunk of cash each month just so that they can afford car insurance.
The difference is NIGHT AND DAY!!!
 
Feb 9th, 2002, 11:50 PM
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absolutely hilarious!!!
 
Feb 10th, 2002, 10:00 PM
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Mar 12th, 2002, 11:53 AM
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Mar 12th, 2002, 05:45 PM
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How much is gasoline in Italy?
 
Mar 13th, 2002, 02:54 AM
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What is so bad about driving in Boston? I live near there and do not find it challanging. You are either stuck in a traffic jam or driving 10 miles above the speed limit. The key to good driving is to remember that in MA everyone drives in the breakdown lane! New York is far crazier and I have no intention of driving in Italy!

Good post Dean!
 
Mar 13th, 2002, 12:46 PM
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Hi

Gas was about L1600 or $.75 a liter for Gasolio (diesel) and about L1900 or $.85 for Senza Piombo (unleaded regular). You get about 3.9 liters to the gallon. Most cars in Italy have smaller motors so you tend to see better mileage per gallon. Its still expensive but not the worst pricing in Europe.

All the Autostradas ahve excellent gas stations open 24 hours. In the countryside gas is harder to find and there are now self serve stations. This is a relief as full serve gas stations often close for lunch and close early in the evening.
 
Mar 14th, 2002, 08:19 PM
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i loved driving in italy...it was my first trip anywhere and it was a challange, but i love to drive anyplace. i noticed in milan, the key is to not make eye contact with any driver that is trying to cross in front of you, just look straight ahead and drive. i thought someone had stolen the car,but we lost it on one of the million little streets. later, found it with a parking ticket..still have the ticket in my photo album!!! great fun, but my husband might differ.
 
Mar 14th, 2002, 08:58 PM
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We live on Long Island and drive in NYC but thanks--after reading the threads are happy we opted for a cruise instead of driving
 
Mar 17th, 2002, 10:37 PM
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Dean....sounds just like my experiences driving in Spain. Many of the locals haver abandoned the old traditional Spanish folksongs...and are now singing new songs....about the 2 crazy Amricans driving through Spain. You should have seen the delight on the faces of the 5 8-YO boys who discovered us wedged in (what I thought was a narrow street, but was) an ally that got progressively narrower. We were being followed by 7 or 8 other cars filled with tourists who (sadly) thought we were locals and knew where we were going. You'd have really enjoyed our driving around Seville looking for our hotel...or in Granada trying to find our way BACK to the hotel.

My one word of advice driving in Europe. 4 consecutive right (or left) hand turns will NOT get you back to where you started. In fact, you'll be lucky if you're still in the same country.

J
 
Mar 25th, 2002, 10:17 AM
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Apr 26th, 2002, 04:08 AM
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