Driving in Italy
Driving in Italy Verona Reviews
Jul 02, 2006
europe, no matter where you are, is cramped. too many people, too little space. though the public commuting system is available nearlyeverywhere, there are still those of us who travel by car, and we are hard up for a parking spot.
if you are parking in a foreign country, please be sure to read the signs carefully. we were towed in verona because we did not understand the sign. if you know you won't understand the signs, get a booklet, usually available from your car rental agency.
sometimes we paid more than 10 dollars to park somewhere for a few hours. in venice, because one cannot drive into the city, we paid $20 euros to park in a park house on the outskirts of the city. the fee is for 24 hours. even if you only park there half the day, you still pay theflat fee. $25, and we were lucky to still get a spot in the parkhouse, on the 10th floor!
Toll charges are asessed outside almost all cities. You can expect to pay a couple dollars at one, and then eight dollars at the next. doesn't matter how many toll charges you have paid already that day, or if you are just passing through...
the toll booths are privately owned, but these companies maintain the roadways. sort of an "adopt-a-highway" type program, but the people using the road have to pay, not the adoptive parents. whether that is the case in all countries, i am not certain - but england, france, switzerland, and italy have them - to name a few.
pros: driving is so much fun on the highways, especially in germany. some hwys have stretches without speed limits.
cons: because of the limited space, when driving through towns, streets are very narrow and tight, parking on the street nearly impossible, most of the time. if you are not an agressive driver, get ready to yield yield yield, and get out of the way.
pros: when driving your own vehicle, you can stop as often as you want, when you want.
cons: it costs a lot of money just to drive through some countries, and parking is not just difficult, but expensive.
*of note: germany has no toll roads
*italy has more toll roads that you can shake a stick at
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