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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 town on Lake Garda? What is the prettiest town on Lake Garda? Where should I stay in Lake Garda? What is the main town in Lake Garda? 

Main tourist villages to stay in Lake Garda, Italy:

  • 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.

LAKE GARDA BEST RESORT TO STAY
Lake Garda best resort to stay

Map Lake Garda Italy


best places lake garda
best places lake garda

Let's start our trip...

Is lake Garda in Lombardy?

Lake Garda, is the largest lake in Italy, and is located between the regions of Lombardy, Veneto and Trentino Alto Adige.

 Lake Garda holidays

Hi I'm Moira, I was born and grew up in Italy about 100 km from Lake Garda. Today I'll talk about one of my favorite lake in Northern Italy where to go to spend weekend: lake Garda.

In the image below, you can see the entrance to access the Sirmione peninsula: one of the most beautiful villages on the lake, a must see.

which lake garda resort
Sirmione, Italy

Best resort in Lake Garda


✅ The best resorts to stay in Lake Garda is Desenzano. It is perfect place to stay as a base for visiting the lake and going out in the evenings. It is the sunniest and warmest resort on Lake Garda in the center of the most tourist area.

The best village to stay in Lake Garda in summer to sunbathe and swimming in the lake, is Manerba del Garda. In the evening, in this seaside resort, there is little to do but you can easily travel by car to visit more lively centers such as Salò and Desenzano (a few km away by car).

Apartment in 👉 Manerba del Garda Lido (beachfront) or Camping.

Latest deals. The price is for 7 nights, per accommodation NOT per person. If you are looking for other dates, click the blue button "See all deals" and enter the desired period. 
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Is lake Garda worth a Visit?
Manerba del Garda, Italy

Can you swim lake Garda?

Of course! You can swim in lake Garda, even children, and for those who want you can rent a boat, a pedal boat...

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.

Can you swim lake Garda?
Lido Manerba del Garda, Italy

Also nice to visit the "island of rabbits" (San Biagio island): 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.
 
Where should I stay in Lake Garda
San Biagio Island

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

can you swim lake garda
Manerba lake Garda


Is lake Garda worth a Visit?

Lake Garda is certainly worth a visit. You will thank me for directing you to this location: I have been going there for many years and I have not yet grown tired. In summer there are many events, castles to see, festivals, some of the most beautiful villages in Italy. You can visit the lake comfortably by ferry and, if you like, also by bicycle.

Main towns Lake Garda
Trekking lake Garda

When to visit lake Garda?

The best time to visit Lake Garda is in the spring. July and August are very crowded. The most tourist areas in summer are those of Manerba del Garda because there is a long beach surrounded by camping and tourism purely made up of Germans and Dutch people. 

Desenzano and Sirmione are very visited, especially in the evening. Here are excellent restaurants, shops, ice cream and private clubs.
The tourist season begins at Easter and lasts until the end of October. There are also tourists on Christmas and New Year.

Which part of lake Garda is best?

In my opinion, the best part of Lake Garda is the Southern area, which is the largest and most touristy and sunny part and includes the cities of Manerba, Sirmione, Desenzano, Lazise and Peschiera del Garda.

Where to stay in lake Garda?

For those who prefer a lively and a romantic place, the most beautiful village to stay in Garda lake is Sirmione. 

Sirmione

Sirmione is as fascinating as it is crowded with tourists. One of the most famous and visited places of Garda thanks to its peninsula, the castel, 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. 

👉 If you want to stay between the castle of Sirmione and the Aquaria / Catullo spas, stay in this hotel. Affiliated parking outside the walls, the hotel, which has an electric car, accompanies guests and carries their luggage, both at check-in and at check-out.
is lake garda worth visiting
Castello Scaligero, Italy


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. 

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).

Desenzano


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 "Desenzanino resort beach" in one of the many apartments in this area because there are convenient parking lots (free in low season ) and a short walk to get to the city center. Accommodation recommended in the map below ⇩:


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Lake Garda with family

Lazise and Peschiera

Lazise and Peschiera are the best towns to stay with family. These villages are very close to the amusement and water parks of the Garda area like 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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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.
garda where to stay
Garda

Well, my tips are finished. I guided you to discover the most popular villages of Garda where to stay.
Whatever your choice, I'm sure you'll be fine because they are wonderful places.
If you have found and useful tips, in this article, a sharing is always welcome thanks. Thank you.
Updated April 2022
by Moira Tips

01/09/2019

BEST AREA TO STAY IN DUBAI EXPO 2021 - cheap accommodation

Let's see what is the best area to stay in Dubai for EXPO 2021.

Counting on the detailed information of a friend who lives in Dubai with her husband and children, I transcribed everything to facilitate your choice.
Dubai is quite large and divided into several neighborhoods.

Where is the location of Expo 2021 in Dubai?
  • If you want to quickly reach the Dubai expo, which will start on 1 October, 2021 to 31 march 2022, it is better to look for accommodation in the neighborhood called Dubai Investment Park.
Let's see some last minute...
best place to stay in dubai

BEST AREA TO STAY IN DUBAI FOR EXPO 2021?


Expo 2021 where in Dubai?
  • The expo area will rise on an area called: Dubai Investment Park. It is located in the southwest of Dubai. 

It is an industrial and residential area where there are large skyscrapers, towers, renowned recreational attractions such as IMG Worlds of Adventure, Legoland Dubai, Miracle Garden, Global Village and Dubai Parks.
 

Expo 2021 Dubai dates

Expo Dubai will take place from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022. The exhibition area will be located near the Al Maktoum airport.

What's the closest airport to Expo Dubai?


There are 2 airports in Dubai but if you want to stay near the airport closest to the Expo, head to the Al Maktoum international airport located in the "Dubai world central" district in the area called Aviation City of Dubai. As you can see in the map above, it is about 20km from the Dubai 2021 expo.

dove alloggiare a dubai per expo
Expo Dubai in costruzione

How to get to Expo Dubai?

The Dubai expo, will be held in an exhibition area of 45,000 square meters (so put your comfortable shoes on) and will be easily accessible from any hotel thanks to the "Metro Expo" (line under construction) or by taking an "Expo Riders" bus dedicated to the event. Do not worry that wherever you are staying in Dubai, they are very organized here and everything will be done to make access to the expo very easy.

Where is the best place to stay in Dubai

  • Al Barsha - budget accommodation
  • Jumeirah Beach / Marina area - beach holidays
  • Burj Al Arab of Dubai and / or Jumeirah Beach Hotel or luxury hotel
  • Trade center Dubai for shopping


- quick summary -

  • The best place to stay to visit the expo in Dubai is the - Dubai Investment Park.
  • The area where I recommend staying in Dubai for beach holiday is Jumeirah beach in front of Dubai Marina which is one of the most beautiful areas in Dubai. 
  • The best location to stay in Dubai for cheap hotels is Al Barsha.
  • If you want to go shopping in Dubai, stay in the Downtown Dubai area. Here is also the largest shopping center in the world: the Dubai Mall.

Where to stay in Dubai on a budget


Dubai cheap accommodation

If you want to stay in Dubai on a budget, you have to head to the neighborhood called Al Barsha. Book an Accommodation in this District if you want to stay close to Mall of the Emirates and the Sharaf DG subway, convenient for seeing all of Dubai by public transport.

👉 The cheapest hotels in Dubai are located in this area which is also convenient for business travel.
👉 My tip: Ibis Al Barsha, Sheikh Zayed Road.


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Dubai's best area for shopping


The best area of Dubai for shopping is located in the district called "Trade center Dubai": here is also the largest shopping center in the world, the Dubai Mall. One of the best locations to stay in the heart of Dubai: along the Sheikh Zayed Road, here is the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Center - DICEC. 

The Trade Center - Downtown Dubai area, is a great choice if you are interested in designer stores, entertainment and restaurants

👉 Trade center Accommodation tip

The best time to visit Dubai 


Dubai is not an economic destination. It is divided into several neighborhoods and temperatures often rise above 40 degrees.
  • The best time to visit Dubai is in winter season from November to March. It is in Asia, in the Arabian peninsula overlooks the persian Gulf.

Best time to visit Dubai
Which is the best location to stay in Dubai?
Well, I hope I helped you choose the best area to stay in Dubai for Expo. I am sure you will be fascinated by this city of many facets and opportunities.

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Last updated March 2022
by 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

27/06/2019

Which is the best area to stay in Ibiza?

Holiday to Ibiza 2019. If you are looking for the best area to stay in Ibiza, you can choose between these countries:

  • Playa d'En Bossa
  • Ibiza città (Eivissa)
  • Sant Antoni de Portmany
  • Cala Tarida
  • Santa Eularia des Riu
  • Es Canar
  • Cala Sant Vincent
  • Cala Portinax

best places to stay in Ibiza
Best area Ibiza

Read it the full article:


Area Trend: Wi Ki Woo Hotel Ibiza 👉 Booking a room in this area or
👉 Cheapest accommodation in San Antonio

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).

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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
Moira
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