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23/11/2019

BEST AREA TO STAY IN MILAN FOR SHOPPING

Where to stay in Milan for shopping. There are several areas in Milan where you can go shopping. Best area to stay in Milan for tourists.

These places listed below, are the best neighborhoods to stay in Milan for shopping.

  • The Bicocca Village 
  • Around Duomo of Milan, 
  • Corso Buenos Aires
  • Milan Citylife
  • The "Quadrilatero della Moda" 


Best area to stay in Milan for shopping


  • The Bicocca Village 

It is a large shopping center. It is just a few minutes from the Ponale and Bignami metro stations. There are the Virgin gym, bowling, numerous shops, bars and restaurants. Uci cinema and a "Coop" supermarket.

  • Around Duomo of Milan

there are numerous stores including the famous "Rinascente" (it's not a cheap store but I recommend visiting it).

  • Corso Buenos Aires

an avenue dedicated to shopping. This street is full of stores and outlets cheaper than the other places listed.

  • Milan Citylife

the largest urban district dedicated to shopping in Italy, an ideal place for shopping, a new concept of space for leisure and lifestyle.

  • The "Quadrilatero della Moda" 

It is an area dedicated to luxury shopping located in the historic city center.
The famous Via Monte Napoleone is lined with high-fashion boutiques, the most famous and exclusive brands can be found here along with antique shops and elegant cafes housed in neoclassical palaces.  Here you’ll also find the world famous shopping mall, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

Where to stay in milan for shopping?
CityLife Shopping District by TripAdvisor

Where to stay in Milan for shopping?

Best accommodation

👉 The best hotel for shopping is 10 minutes' walk from Milan Central Station. Corso Buenos Aires, a main shopping area, is just a few streets away.
👉 Hotel near Montenapoleone. This area is also perfect for shopping. You'll find brands like: Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Ralph Lauren.
👉 Stay in Milan CityLife for shopping convenient for exhibitions and trade fairs, Hotel Fiera is just 300 m from Fiera Milano City. It is just a 5-minute walk from the Amendola Fiera Metro stop and 500 m from City Life Shopping District.
👉 Stay in this residence near Bicocca Village.

Best area to stay in Milan for tourists


☑️ In Milan you can move comfortably by metro: download the pdf 👉 metro milano pdf
☑️ The next airports in Milan are: Linate and Milan Malpensa even though many land in the neighboring Bergamo in Orio al Serio, a route made by low-cost airlines such as Ryanair.

If you want to know which places you can visit near Milan, I recommend reading this post: Places to visit near Milan.

We will update to the next travel guide. Share the article with your friends and enjoy!😉

Updated December 2019
by Moira Tips from Italy

BEST AREA TO STAY IN MILAN FOR NIGHTLIFE

BEST AREA TO STAY IN MILAN FOR NIGHTLIFE

  • Stay in the Navigli district if you are looking for nightlife in Milan. Here you can find the most popular "cocktail bars", trendy bars and clubs.

Navigli district is a convivial area where locals gather for an aperitif or an informal dinner with friends. It is one of the most popular and crowded meeting places in Milan after 6.00pm.
The prices are affordable: with around € 10 you have a drink and a huge buffet of dishes to choose from. Here in Italy we call it "Apericena".

At the end of the day, on the bank of the Naviglio Grande there is a whole set of tables and chairs ready to host people to meeting for a drink, who enjoy their post-work relaxation in one of the most fascinating glimpses of the whole city. The accommodations here are mostly railing houses within courtyards.

best district to stay in Milan for nightlife
Best area to stay in Milan for nightlife

BEST AREA TO STAY IN MILAN FOR NIGHTLIFE


I stayed a night in an apartment on Naviglio view right above the premises where happy hour is held. The atmosphere is suggestive but the night is quite noisy especially on weekends for this advice to choose an accommodation located in a courtyard that has the most "sheltered" room to avoid hearing people talking all night long .


If you want to take a trip with your friends in Milan, share the article and enjoy!
You'll like Milan, it's very charming and cosmopolitan.
During the Christmas period, the city is decorated for the occasion and is even more beautiful.


Updated Devember 2019
Moira Tips

BEST AREA TO STAY IN MILAN ON A BUDGET

  • Città Studi Neighborhood – Is the best district where to Stay in Milan on a Budget. 
  • It is a student quarter and one of the cheaper neighbourhoods in Milan. You'll definitely want to make your base in this lively and energetic area if you are traveling to Milan on a budget.
best district where to Stay in Milan on a Budget
Best area to Stay in Milan on a Budget

BEST AREA TO STAY IN MILAN ON A BUDGET


In Milan there are plenty of accommodations, for all budgets.
Closer you get to the city center (Duomo), the prices will increase.

On average, basic accommodation does NOT cost less than € 100 a night per a double room.
The cheapest accommodations in Milan are the hostels which also offer private rooms and not just a dormitory bed.

traveling to Milan on a budget

If you don't have a preference for a particular neighborhood, and your only intent is to find a cheap accommodation in Milan, I have selected other some convenient solutions for you:

👉 cheap hostel in Milan, 1.2 km from the MUDEC, 800 meters from the IULM University and a 10-minute walk from the Romolo underground station (from where it is possible to reach all areas of Milan).


👉 B&B Viale Monza: 6 subway stops from Milan Cathedral, about 20 minutes walk from Milano Centrale train station and 10 minutes walk from the Corso Buenos Aires shopping street. Just 350 m from the Rovereto and Pasteur Metro Stations.

If you want to take a cheap trip with your friends, share the article and enjoy!
You'll like Milan, it's very charming and cosmopolitan.
During the Christmas period, the city is decorated for the occasion and is even more beautiful.

Milan panoramic view, with a drone


Updated August 2019
by Moira Tips from Italy

18/09/2019

Where should I stay when visiting Milan?

Which is the best area to stay in Milan?

  • Milan best neighborhood  for nightlife: Navigli
  • Best neighborhood Milan district design: Brera
  • Best neighborhood in Milan for tourists: Milan city center, Duomo
  • Best neighborhood for food and restaurants: Isola
  • Best neighborhood for cheaper accommodation: Città studi or Chinatown
  • Best neighborhood for shopping and see architectural buildings
  • Best neighborhood for Fair and exhibitions: Fiera Milano city
  • Best neighborhood for fashion addicted: Via Montenapoleone


Where should I stay in Milan for shopping?
Where should I stay when visiting Milan?

Where should I stay when visiting Milan?

Milan Central Train Station

If you arrive or leave by train, you will be comfortable to look for an accommodation near the Milan train station.

Here my tip:

Hotel Ada - a short walk from the Central Station.


Booking.com Let's see together the description of the various areas that you can reach or where to stay even if many of them are not exactly economic:


  • Best area Milan for nightlife: Navigli


Stay in the Navigli district if you are looking for a young area of ​​Milan, for the Fiori sul Naviglio event, Milan Choco Week and for the street antiques market.

Stay here if you are looking for Milan nightlife, the most popular "cocktail bars" and young people. At the end of the day, on the bank of the Naviglio Grande there is a whole set of tables and chairs ready to host people to meeting for a drink, who enjoy their post-work relaxation in one of the most fascinating glimpses of the whole city. The accommodations here are mostly railing houses within courtyards.

Where should I stay when visiting Milan?

This area has recently been redeveloped, on the occasion of the Expo, now it is invaded by young people. Modern area with various clubs, many bars and restaurants pleasant to walk along the streets parallel to the Naviglio.
In December you can find the Santa Claus Village and the floating ice skating rink.

👉 I recommend the Milano Navigli Apartment a stone's throw from the canals, but out of the chaos of nightlife.


  • Best neighborhood in Milan for design, art and creativity: Brera

  • Brera the Montmartre in Milan. 

Stay in Brera for the Salone del Mobile, stay close to the Academy of Arts, visit the Brera market which takes place every third Sunday of the month.

Milan's most bohemian neighborhood of design, art and creativity is at home here in Milan. If you have an artistic soul I suggest you stay in Brera among art galleries, antique shops and clubs frequented mostly by artists.


Brera district photo is offered to TripAdvisor. 


Brera is one of the nightlife districts in Milan (like Navigli, Corso Como ...) you will always find people who crowd the alleys and the clubs. A tourist area but that keeps its charm.
Pleasant atmosphere especially walking in the evening among the narrow pedestrian streets.
Stay here if you are looking for an authentic place with a romantic aftertaste.

👉 Recommended apartment in the Brera area

  • Milan Tortona district

Another lively area of ​​Milan, the central hub of Milan Design Week. To see the Museum of Cultures ( Mudec ). The streets are always full so it is not strange that in this area several rooms have arisen that serve international cuisine and contribute to stir up the trendy atmosphere of Tortona.

If you plan to participate in the "Fuorisalone fair" stay here.

👉 Hotel near the Mudec

  • Best neighborhood in Milan for tourists: Duomo


In the heart of the fashion capital. Stay here for Christmas Markets, Milan Film Festival, shopping.

Best area to stay in Milan for Christmas
Milan city center is offered to TripAdvisor. 

Stay in the center of Milan if you want to stay close to the "La Scala" theater and go shopping: on the side of the Duomo there are numerous stores including the famous "Rinascente" (go up to the top floor you will find the food area and a bar from where it is possible to have a coffee from the panoramic terrace enjoying a beautiful view of the Duomo).

👉 Studio in Milan Center, 1.3 km from the Duomo and the Quadrilatero della Moda.


Where should I stay in Milan to see architectural buildings?

  • Milan Castello Sforzesco and the cathedral of Milan: il Duomo.

In this area, right in the space in front of the entrance to the Sforzesco castle, the famous Christmas market 2019, OBej - OBej will take place! Date: 5 to 8 December 2019.

If you are looking for a place full of restaurants and bars where you can sip a cocktail at sunset overlooking Arco della Pace or towards Castello Sforzesco, you must stay in Corso Sempione: a kilometer avenue full of restaurants of all kinds and for all budgets. This area is very lively in the evening because of the pubs offering aperitifs.

The Sforzesco castle is gorgeous and well kept. Absolutely to visit (at least the outside and the inner courtyard which are freely accessible).
Council, to enjoy Milan, a walk on foot from the Duomo to here (or vice versa). Inside the castle there are various museums.

👉 Accommodation with views of Piazza Castello

  • Best area to stay in Milan for shopping


Stay in Milan Citylife for "Milan Food week fair" and shopping.

CityLife Shopping District, located in the area of ​​the former city fair is a shopping district where you can admire spectacular skyscrapers, modern buildings and a city park for those who want to take a walk in the countryside: one of the most innovative and representative neighborhoods of the revolution has affected Milan in the last decade.

Read more about Best neighborhood in Milan for shopping (there are a lot of places good for shopping in Milan).

  • Best neighborhood in Milan for Fair and exhibitions

Stay near Fiera Milano city

Book an accommodation here, if you want or you have to attend a fair. The most famous are the festival of the East, and the BIT 2020.

Stay close to the Milan city fair (the bigger is the Rho fairgrounds) if you take part in one of the many events that take place in this exhibition space.

Fiera Milano City is easily accessible by public transport with the M5 underground line: Portello stop.

Recommended accommodation 30 meters from the metro:
👉Stay in the Fiera Milano City area


  • Best areas to stay in Milan for fashion addicted

Milan's fashion district. Made up of the Via della Spiga, Via Manzoni, Via Sant'Andrea and Via Montenapoleone, the Quadrilatero della Moda.

The Quadrilatero della Moda is an area dedicated to luxury shopping located in the historic city center. The famous Via Monte Napoleone is lined with high-fashion boutiques, the most famous and exclusive brands can be found here along with antique shops and elegant cafes housed in neoclassical palaces. Luxury cars parked in this street give an idea of ​​the main customers who visit these boutiques.

👉 Hotel near Montenapoleone. This area is also perfect for shopping. You'll find brands like: Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Ralph Lauren.

Nearby, the museum of Palazzo Morando displays period costumes, while the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum is dedicated to the decorative arts of the Renaissance period.

  • Best neighborhoods for food and restaurants: Isola


Stay here to visit the Gae Aulenti square, the vertical forest and stay near the Garibaldi FS train station.

One of the newest and most modern districts of Milan that stands near the Garibaldi FS train station adjacent to Corso Como: a lively street full of restaurants and clubs.

Isola, a science fiction district. Leaving Porta Garibaldi, the exclusive skyscrapers and buildings like those of the Bosco Verticale with balconies full of greenery are immediately visible.
A photo in Piazza Gae Aulenti surrounded by skyscrapers and fountains is a Must.
👉 Recommended apartment in the Isola neighborhood


To reach this part of Milan, or move to other areas, it is necessary to use the purple subway line: modern and completely automatic (without driver).
Residential area, quite safe and perfect for reaching other areas of Milan.

  • Best zone Milan for cheaper accommodation: Città studi


One of the university districts of Milan.

A more informal climate can be found in Città studi, the area is mostly frequented by students.

Città Studi is an excellent choice for travelers interested in well organized public transport, architecture and historical centers, as well as the numerous universities that are located in the area.

👉 Budget accommodation in Milan

Read more: Where to Stay in Milan on a Budget?


HOLIDAYS in MILAN


☑️ In Milan you can move comfortably by metro: download the pdf 👉 metro milano pdf
☑️ The next airports in Milan are: Linate and Milan Malpensa even though many land in the neighboring Bergamo in Orio al Serio, a route made by low-cost airlines such as Ryanair.

If you want to know which places you can visit near Milan, I recommend reading this post: Places to visit near Milan.

We will update to the next travel guide. 😉
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Updated November 2019
by Moira Tips from Milan

08/09/2019

Which is the BEST TOWN to STAY in LAKE GARDA?

Which is the best area to stay in lake garda? 

  • Sirmione
  • Salò
  • Peschiera
  • Lazise
  • Desenzano
  • Riva del Garda
  • Garda city

These are the best places to stay in lake garda for a long or short breaks.

Which is the best town on Lake Garda?
Which is the best town on Lake Garda?

Let's start our trip...

Which is the best town on Lake Garda?


Hi I'm Moira, born and grew up in Italy. Today I'll talk about one of my favorite resort in Northern Italy for holiday.

where to sleep at Lake Garda
Sirmione

Best places to stay in lake garda


Personally I prefer 👉 to stay in Desenzano as a base for visiting the lake and going out in the evenings. There are various accommodations: apartment, starred hotel, and the downtown is full of bars, ice cream parlors, pizzerias, restaurants, events ...

⇨ If I want to sunbathe and swimming in the lake, I prefer to Manerba del Garda. I really like the view in this area: it was love at first sight. In fact I have already booked 2 weekends in July and August at this lakefront hotel. 👉 Manerba del Garda.

The beaches are pebbly, free or with the possibility to rent sunbeds and deckchairs, there is a kilometer walk along the coast and on the other side there are all the residences and campsites full of tourists.

👉 Self-catering lake Garda

Also nice to visit the "island of rabbits" (The island of San Biagio): an island far 200 meters from the coast can also be reached by walking through the stretch of water that separates it from the mainland. To do during the low tide.

What is the best neighborhood to stay at in Lake Garda?
Manerba

In the picture I was in the middle of Lake Garda just near the island of San Biagio. From here you can see a wonderful sunset.


Best town to stay in lake garda

  • Sirmione

Best place to stay in lake garda for couples

For those who prefer lively places, the most beautiful place in Garda is certainly Sirmione.
The village of Sirmione is as fascinating as it is crowded with tourists. One of the most famous and visited places of Garda thanks to the famous Aquaria Thermal SPA with its outdoor swimming pools heated in winter.

In the evening Sirmione lights up like a little Paris, there are numerous restaurants and bars for all tastes so if you want to stay in a lively center, even if small, I suggest you stay here. In summer it is very crowded especially on weekends. The season starts at Easter and lasts until the end of October.

Scaliger Castle, Sirmione


Tip: Choose an accommodation with parking included otherwise you will have to pay a parking space in this area and they are quite expensive.

If you are traveling in the summer, I suggest you to stay in this Holiday Village near Sirmione where the parking space is included in the price and you can enjoy a beautiful swimming pool.
Staying in the center of Sirmione is not comfortable, the area is a ztl (Limited traffic zone).
Better to stay just outside the Scaliger castle or in neighboring towns like Colombare and Lugana, it is less expensive. However, if you want to experience the magic of staying in the center of Sirmione, prefer this structure where you can park in the backyard, for free: ⇨ stay in Sirmione peninsula.

To know: There is a convenient shuttle bus service that from Colombare takes you directly in front of the Sirmione castle gate. The cost is € 1 each way per person (simple travel ticket can be purchased on the ground for € 1.00 or € 1.50 if you buy the ticket on board the bus).


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What are the best cities to stay at in Lake Garda?

  • Salò

Salò is located in the south-west part of Lake Garda in the zone known as the Riviera dei Limoni: among the mountains, natural landscapes and tranquility.

The most touristic area of Salò, and the most characteristic, is enclosed in the historical center composed narrow streets, alleys and squares with ancient noble palaces, elegant shops, numerous restaurants and hotels. Surely, together with Riva del Garda, it is one of the most chic areas of the lake with its Art Nouveau buildings.

Salò, Garda lake


Beaches: In Salò you will find free beach equipped with sunbeds and umbrellas (if you want to pay the rental) and a part of the beach allowed for dogs.

Staying on Lake Garda can be quite expensive. If you want to save money, I advice you to look for an accommodation not just in front of the lake but in the neighboring countries. If you are looking for a place with reasonable prices to be on Lake Garda, with a nice terrace overlooking the lake and a garden overlooking the mountains, I suggest the House of one of the group members I manage on Facebook: Elsa Anselmini. She and her beautiful family are local experts who will help you by giving you tips on things to do and visit. Check availability 👉 Lake Garda holiday apartment.

  • Riva del Garda

Riva del Garda is surrounded by mountains, the climate here will be more variable and cool compared to the southern countries of the lake (Desenzano, Sirmione ...) so if you are looking for a location with a more tolerable climate in summer, head here.

lago di garda
Riva del Garda view from the lake

Riva del Garda is the area indicated for those looking for a wide beach and / or a lover of water sports. The city is cosmopolitan, there are many German tourists. The historic center is as characteristic as all the villages on Lake Garda. There are a good number of accommodation, facilities and is a good starting point to see the upper part of Lake Garda and the neighboring Trentino towns.

alloggiare sul garda
Riva del Garda

I recently stayed in Riva del Garda (early January), I stayed in a very comfortable hotel near the lake and the historic center (but not in the ztl area).
It's called 👉 Grand Hotel Liberty.

There are various rooms with affordable prices to be a Grand hotel. Included in the price there was the use of the internal SPA (swimming pools and saunas) and the abundant breakfast with a very inviting buffet: mini krapfen (delicious), cakes, speck jams and local cheeses. There are often discount offers for booking a room. Good location for a romantic weekend.

best place to stay on lake garda
Hotel Liberty, Riva del Garda

  • Desenzano

Best area on Lake Garda for shopping


There are a few beaches in Desenzano and rather small. The most comfortable equipped with a bar and a sunbed and deck chair is located just outside the historic center and it is called "Desenzanino Sea side resort".
The local market takes place every Tuesday morning along the street overlooking the lake in the downtown core.
Along the coast there are also the most popular discos, pubs, clubs... for nightlife lovers.
I always stay around via Olimpia in one of the many apartments in this area because there are convenient parking lots (free in low season ). The accommodation along this area are near the beach like this B & B overlooking the lake. See the accommodations in the recommended area, in the map below ⇩:


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  • Lazise and Peschiera

Garda where to sleep for theme parks


Lazise and Peschiera are the best places to stay to reach the most popular amusement park in this area from the best known Gardaland (located in Ronchi in the town of Castelnuovo del Garda) to Movieland (Lasize), Caneva world aquapark (located in Pacengo, fraction of Lazise). A few kilometers away from each other, as you can see in the map below.


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They are 2 very pretty places. Villages full of narrow alleys, shops, restaurants, hotels. Both in Peschiera and Lasize you can find a corner where you can lie down to sunbathe but if you really want to suggest the widest and longest beach area, choose, without a doubt, Peschiera del Garda.
This apartment is 200 meters from the lakefront Mazzini ⇨ B & B in Peschiera .


  • Garda city


Garda is a village located on the east coast of the homonymous lake.
As you can see in the pictures, there is a nice old town also full of shops, bars, restaurants, hotels like all the villages of the lake as they are very touristy and visited.

garda piazza
Garda downtown


From the historical center a road runs along the lake where people, in some area without rocks, sunbathe. The photo below is not retouched, colors are just those of the lake that I photographed in one of my beloved walks.
If you want to stay in this area for a weekend, I recommend a modern B & B with parking included ⇨ best are to stay in Garda.

lago di Garda
Garda lake panorama

Well, my tips are finished. I guided you to discover the 6 most popular villages of Garda where to stay.
Whatever your choice, I'm sure you'll be fine because they are all wonderful places.
If you need advice, leave a comment below the article otherwise I would like to share the article by clicking one of the social buttons you see on this page. Thank you.
Apdated December 2019
by Moira Tips

11/08/2019

LIGURIA: What are the best cities to stay in?

Best villages to stay in Liguria di Levante (eastern area)

where to sleep in liguria
Best cities to stay in Liguria

  • Camogli 
  • Portofino 
  • Portovenere e il Golfo dei Poeti 
  • Sestri Levante 
  • Rapallo 
  • Lerici 
  • Santa Margherita Ligure 
  • Cinque terre
  • Bogliasco 
  • Sori 
  • Recco 
  • Avegno
  • Uscio 
  • Lavagna

Read the full article:

What are the best cities to stay in Liguria?

Updated Giugno 2019
Moira Tips

28/06/2019

Où séjourner dans le nord de la Sardaigne?

Principaux pays touristiques où loger dans le Cotè D'émeraude: 

Leggilo in italiano 👉 Costa Smeralda dove alloggiare
Read it in english 👉 Where to stay in Costa Smeralda
Dans quelle ville loger en Sardaigne?
Dans quelle ville loger en Sardaigne?

  • Cannigione
  • Porto Cervo
  • Baja Sardinia
  • Arzachena
  • Golfo Aranci
  • Poltu Quatu
  • Olbia
  • Palau

Je suppose que vous êtes intéressé par cette partie de la Sardaigne qui, vous le savez déjà, n'est PAS la moins chère de l'île. Cependant, outre le logement à Porto Cervo pour 2000 € par nuit, il existe encore des solutions plus abordables.

👉 Liste des hébergements les moins chers sur la Costa Smeralda.

Si votre budget pour des vacances en Sardaigne est faible, laissez la Costa Smeralda derrière vous et concentrez-vous sur la zone sud.

👉  Liste des hébergements les moins chers dans le sud de la Sardaigne.

La côte d'Émeraude est l'une des régions les plus populaires de la Sardaigne, généralement fréquentée par des personnalités de marque et des milliardaires.

Cette région regorge de plages de sable blanc, d’un magnifique littoral surplombant la mer vert émeraude d’où son nom et d’un grand afflux de touristes. Tout cela n'en fait pas l'un des quartiers les moins chers de la Sardaigne.

Mais si vous voulez rester dans cette région, nous pouvons voir parmi les différents endroits qui offrent les prix les plus bas.

Lire l'article complet 👇

Dans quelle ville loger en Sardaigne


Updated Giugno 2019
Moira Tips

26/01/2019

BEAUTIFUL PLACES near MILAN

The most beautiful places to visit near Milan: Lombardia lakes, villas, castles... Italy day trip.
Milan points of interest. Places to visit around Milan. Towns near Milan worth visiting.

Whether you stay in Milan for a pleasure trip or on business, you might consider prolonging your stay so as to see some interesting places less than 100 km from the chief-town of Lombardy. 

After visiting the Castle of the Sforzas, the cathedral, the Victor Emmanuel II gallery, the monumental cemetery and the church of Saint Ambrogio and after having the inevitable aperitif (happy hour) in the "Navigli" area, you can organize pleasant outings to 6 places that are easily reachable by car or by bus/train.

places to visit around milan
Navigli Milano ideal for nightlife
Stay close to Navigli?



To Know: If You love Leonardo da Vinci, don't forget to go and see The Last Supper in the refectory of the Convent of Saint Maria delle Grazie in Milan.
Booking is obligatory for an attraction that is in such demand.

In this post:

  1. Visit Crespi D'Adda ,
  2. Visit Bergamo,
  3. Visit Como Lake villas ,
  4. Visit Castles near Milan
  5. Visit Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore,
  6. Visit Iseo Lake e Montisola.

13/01/2019

DRIVING IN ITALY: things to know!

Driving in Italy: rules, requirements, license, road signs... Important things to know before take a motorway in Italy: driving in Italy for tourists.

This article is written by Laura: an Italian girl who works in a motorway service area (on the A4 Milan - Venice).

italian motorway
DRIVING IN ITALY

One of the questions that often tourists ask her when they stop in the rest area is:
How to pay for the motorway in Italy?
Other questions are:
  • How does Italian motorway work? (Italy tolls roads cost.)
  • Which is the Best Way to Pay Autostrada Tolls?
And other useful tips.

Below you can read her suggestions...

Driving in italy which side?

Always Right as in America and all over Europe except in England and its colonies where you drive to the left.

Italy autostrada speed limit

On the highways: 130 kilometers per hour, down to 110 in case of bad weather.
On the main extra-urban roads: 110 kilometers per hour, down to 90 in case of bad weather
On secondary and local roads: 90 kilometers per hour
In the city the limit is 50 kilometers per hour; 70 in some sections expressly indicated.

Driving in Italy license and requirements


EU Member States license


You can drive with your driver's license.


Patent of non-EU countries


Foreigners with an extra EU license may travel in Italy for up to 1 year, BUT need and official translation to show with the license.
Translation can be made:

  1. By a professional translator and asserted with an oath made in front of a judicial or notary chancellor.
  2. Consulate with the signature of Consular Officers legalized in the Prefecture.

How does Italian motorway work?

Driving in Italy road signs

Foreign people can have difficulties to understand how to use Italian highway.
The mechanism is quite simple but payment can be complicated, or rather, can be tricky to figure out which tollbooth to choose.
Italian highway
When you enter in every Italian highway you'll find some tollbooths.
Follow the other cars that lined up in a lane.
Choose one that you want except the tollbooth indicated "Telepass".
When you are in front of a lowered bar, look to your left, find a red button... push it and take the ticket.

IMPORTANT: Keep the ticket until the exit! If you loose it you must pay the full amount from the origin to end of the highway. Quite expensive.
Now enjoy your trip... but remember... speed limit is 130 km/h.



take the motorway ticket


Head to your destination by driving smoothly.
When you decide to quit, you just take the first exit on the right.
Every highways exit has at least one tool where you can pay. You pay directly on the highway before leaving it.


Driving in Italy rules

Best Way to Pay Autostrada Tolls?



The only way guaranteed to be trouble-free is to pay cash. This is my tip.

For full information I tell you that:
There are different tollbooths that provide different payment methods (credit card, cash,Viacard, Telepass...).
Choose the payment system that you prefer and take the right tollbooth.
Every of them has a different sighboard, visible in the distance, indicating the payment system.
Let's see...

italian road signs
Italy road signs



BEST CHOISES n.1 or 2:


1 — CASH + OPERATOR (white sighboard) when you see a picture representing a hand and some coins it means that in this line you can pay by cash and there is an operator inside the tool.
I recommend this alternative for those without experience. Give the ticket, taken at the beginning of the highway route, to the clerk. The amount (the total of what you have to pay) will be displayed next the clerk window. Give the money to the operator and when the bar is raised, you are free ;)

TIP: Have some coins ready too. They appreciate not getting a €20 for a €0.80 toll.

2 — AUTOMATIC PAYMENT by Cash a picture with coins only (white sighboard): here you can pay by cash but the payment is automatic. There is not an operator.
Insert the ticket in the slot and your amount will be displayed. Than insert the money in the slot (one dedicated only for banknotes and one for coins only).
IMPORTANT: If you choose to pay by cash remember to bring with you enough coins and small banknotes (max 20 euros).

3 — TELEPASS (yellow sighboard): do not take it! It is a subscription using from Italian people that take the motorways almost every day in order to speed up the payment mechanism. Only those who have paid for this subscription and received a detector, to be placed on the windshield, can use this lane.

4 — CARTE (blue sighboard): here you can pay by credit cards. It accepts the principal cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners).

FIRST step: Insert the ticket in the machine where it is indicated and your amount will be displayed.
SECOND step: insert the credit cards where it is indicated.

Simplifying: put the ticket, put the credit card, take the card, go. It doesn't ask for a PIN number.

In CREDIT CARD line you can also pay by Viacard.
What is a Viacard? It is a pre-payed card of 25 or 50 euros that you can buy in the rest areas along the motorway. You can use it in the same way of credit cards. The amount will be deducted.
PAY ATTENTION: do not go into a closed lane! The open tollbooths have a green traffic light while those closed have a red traffic light.

What to do in case of payment problem?


In case of problems, visibile in the toll, there is a red button for to call an operator.
If nobody reply to you... don't worry, some minutes later the tollbooth opens automatically and the machine will issue a ticket indicated the information about your car and the amount that you must pay.
IMPORTANT: You have 15 days for pay the amount. You can also pay the motorway ticket on-line, in the post offices, by bank transfer or in a "Punto Blu".

What a Punto Blu is? It is an office of assistance for problems concerning the motorways. You can find them along the highway, in the cities or sometimes in the rest area.
Find "Blue Point" near you on the map, and click it to see the detail information. Here the map: Italy blue points motorway.

REST AREAS IN HIGHWAY


About every 25-30 km along the principal highways and a little bit more along the others there is a rest area with toilettes, a bar, a market and sometimes also a restaurant.
The averange prices are quite expensive, but you can find almost everything you are looking for.

How much does the italian highway cost?


You can get detailed driving directions, fairly realistic times, and estimated costs (fuel and tolls) for travel throughout Europe from: www.viamichelin.com


Another website with useful information for traveling on Italian motorways is this:


Best Way to Pay Autostrada Tolls


  1. The easiest way for most first timers is to just pay with euros
  2. Best and most easiest is to use a manned booth - so look for the toll sign above the booth showing the outstretched hand holding money. 
  3. Be very very careful not to go in a Telepass lane.
I hope these tips could be useful for you. When you will take a break in a rest area, look for a blond girl called Laura...


She works there (on A4 motorway), in the store at the cashier's desk, and probably she will be explaining to a foreign traveler how to pay the motorway ticket 😉

December 2018
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