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Tips for Expats Driving in Verona

Driving in a new country can be daunting. These tips offer insight into what to expect when driving in Verona.
|-Tips for Expats Driving in Verona

1. Understanding the Driving Culture

Driving in Verona, like many Italian cities, can be a bit chaotic for those not used to it. Italian drivers are known for their aggressive driving style, and traffic rules are often seen more as guidelines. Be prepared for drivers who don’t signal, who pass on the right, and who generally drive fast. However, don’t be intimidated. With a bit of patience and practice, you’ll get used to it.

2. Choosing the Right Car

Compact cars are recommended for driving in Verona due to the narrow streets and limited parking spaces. Smaller cars are easier to maneuver and park. Manual transmission cars are more common in Italy, but if you’re not comfortable driving one, automatic cars are also available.

3. Parking in Verona

Finding parking in Verona can be challenging, especially in the city center. There are several paid parking lots and garages available, but they can be expensive. Street parking is also available but be sure to understand the parking rules to avoid fines. Blue lines indicate paid parking, white lines are for residents only, and yellow lines are for special use.

4. Driving with an International License

Foreigners can drive in Italy with an International Driving Permit (IDP) along with their home country’s driving license. This is valid for one year. After that, you will need to obtain an Italian driving license.

5. Obtaining an Italian Driving License

To get an Italian driving license, you will need to pass a written exam and a practical driving test. The written exam is available in multiple languages, including English. You will also need to take a medical exam. It’s recommended to take a few driving lessons to familiarize yourself with Italian driving rules and practices.

6. Be Aware of Limited Traffic Zones (ZTLs)

Many Italian cities, including Verona, have Limited Traffic Zones. These are areas where access is restricted at certain times to reduce congestion and pollution. Only residents and authorized vehicles can enter these zones during restricted times. Be sure to check the signs or use a GPS that indicates ZTLs to avoid hefty fines.

7. Always Have Your Documents

When driving in Italy, always have your driving license, IDP, passport, and car rental documents (if applicable) with you. Italian law requires drivers to have these documents while driving.

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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