Parking regulations in ItalyOn-street parking is permitted on the right side of the road. Paid parking applies on Monday-Saturday or even Sunday, pending on the city even till midnight.
Parking along blue lines means either paid parking or free parking with your blue disc. On the p-sign you can read what applicable is.
- Pay and display parking: buy your ticket from the dispenser machine and display it clearly in the front windscreen
- Blue disc parking : free parking with your international blue parking disc set to the time at parking (blue discs are available from banks, tourist offices, tobacconists and post offices)
Free and other parking zones in ItalyParking on street with white lines means that parking is free of charge.
Yellow Areas indicates parking for disabled persons only (with a disabled permit/Blue Badge) or delivery zones
In green zones parking is not permitted on working days between 08.00-09.30 and 14.30-16.00 hours.
ZONA TRAFFICO LIMITATOMany cities and towns have introduced restricted areas (ZTL - ZONA TRAFFICO LIMITATO) in their centres where driving is authorized only to local inhabitants or to individuals destined for a hotel in the restricted zone. Pay attention to posted signs and be careful not to enter zones of limited traffic, which are marked by signs "ZTL". Most of the ZTL/zones in Italy are controlled by video cameras.
If you stay in a hotel located in the "ZTL", make sure that the hotel has previously sent a fax to the local authorities providing the approximate time of your arrival by car. Check the hotel position in internet and ask them to assure your safe arrival to their car park.
If you pass the entrance of the ZTL zone the cameras will automatically registrate you. Without an authorization you will be fined.
Most of fines are a result of mistakes by unknown car drivers. Try to avoid this, it saves a lot of money.
The ZTL rules vary from city to city. In most cities, non-residents are not permitted tot enter the ZTL. In Milan entrance is pending how environmentally friendly your car is.
Be careful. Once entered by mistake you always will be fined, there is no way back. Tickets are issued immediately and automatically, as soon as (and each time) the car crosses the ZTL boundary and sent to the address registered with the car.
Be aware that GPS systems often cause the fine. The system does not know about ZTL zones, and will pick the shortest route, which may indeed include driving straight into a ZTL.
Some times you may not be able to avoid getting a fine. In historical centers of Italian cities it is not always possible to turn back at the entrance of the ZTL. Due to traffic, narrow or one-way streets, it may be necessary to enter the ZTL in order to leave it.
Parking for disabled drivers in ItalyThe European Blue Card is valid in Italy. With this card you may park on parking spaces reserved for card holders only, but not if the space is marked with someone's name or a licence plate number.
Parking is not allowed on roads where parking is prohibited or in a pedestrian or ZTL (limited traffic) zone, unless the traffic signs allow this.
In most areas you must pay to park where payment is required. You may park without time limit on roads where parking is free but restricted by time.