- Population: 61 million
- Major language: Italian
- Major religion: Christianity
- Life expectancy: 81 years (men), 86 years (women)
- Currency: Euro (EUR)
- Area: 301,338 sq km (116,346 sq miles)
- Italy is the world’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.
- 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.
- Snow tyres or chains are mandatory in mountainous regions where snow is common. Road signs will indicate if they are required. If you don’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 the European Municipal Outsourcing (EMO).
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