Facts

  • Population: 61 million
  • Major language: Italian
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 81 years (men), 86 years (women)
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)

Geography

  • Area: 301,338 sq km (116,346 sq miles)

Notes

  • Italy is the worldโ€™s fifth most visited country with 52.4 million visitors reported in 2016.
    • Many cities, including Venice, are fighting the effects of overcrowding and over-tourism.

Overland

  • By law, drivers must use headlights on main roads outside the urban areas and on highways, including during the day.
  • Vehicle access to the centres of many Italian cities is restricted to help reduce congestion.
    • Traffic Restricted Zones (ZTL) and their hours of operation, vary from city to city.
    • Vehicles within the ZTL are fined if they don’t carry ZTL passes.
    • Rental cars often don’t have a ZTL pass.
  • ย Snow tyres or chains are mandatory in mountainous regions where snow is common. Road signs will indicate if they are required. If you donโ€™t have the right equipment, you may be fined.
  • In summer, only residents can take their cars to the islands of Capri, Ischia, and Procida.
  • On-the-spot fines are payable for a range of minor traffic offences. Many municipalities have outsourced the collection of traffic fines to theย European Municipal Outsourcing (EMO).

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