Overland Italy Travel

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Visiting Italy[edit]

Give a brief overview of what it's like to visit. How easy is the border, how safe is the country, are there great things to see and do, etc.

Entering Italy with a Car or Motorbike[edit]

Correct as of: (date last confirmed correct)

Required Paperwork[edit]

(To check if you need a travel Visa for Italy, application instructions and fees see: Italy Visa online application at VisaHQ.com)
List the paperwork required to enter with a vehicle, including number of copies

Process at border[edit]

Briefly describe the process at the border to enter with a vehicle

The Carabinieri (State Police) control non-European vehicles:

  • The compliance of snow tires, with speed and load
  • The bicycle registration plate for the rear luggage rack (Cartello Carichi Sporgenti Omologato)
  • The presence of the oval sticker of the country code stuck to the vehicle

Cost of entry[edit]

Free entry, but highways have tolls.

Permitted length of stay[edit]

A foreign registered vehicle can stay up to 6 months in any country within EU.

EU includes: Austria, Italy, Belgium, Latvia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Croatia, Luxembourg, Cyprus Malta, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Denmark, Poland, Estonia, Portugal, Finland, Romania, France, Slovakia, Germany, Slovenia, Greece, Spain, Hungary, Sweden & Ireland

However, you must pay extra attention and study carefully your stay in the Schengen Zone which allows only 3 months every 6 months per year.

The Schengen Member States include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland & Liechtenstein. More info about Schengen Zone Visa at: [[1]]

For example Switzerland, Norway or Liechtenstein belong to the Schengen Zone (which literally means free movement) but in the EU. Also countries like Serbia, Albania, FYROM, Bosnia or Belarus do not belong to any group (EU or Schengen Zone)

Extension of stay[edit]

Describe the process to extend the permitted length of entry for the vehicle, if possible.

Storing a vehicle and temporarily leaving the country[edit]

As there is no stamp of the car on your passport you should be able to temporarily leave (if you intend to leave the country while your bike is stored ask while entering in Italy-EU and update here with fresh news) . You are able to store your vehicle in a motorcycle storage as long as your motorbike can stay in EU so: -As long as your temporary permit for extra EU vehicles -Freedom of visit and stay for every european registered vehicle.

Nearby Milano airport you can find mototouring storage, I went there to visit and they had a little bit less than 100 motorbikes, plus other vehicles from all around the world, they are easygoing helpful and speak good english.

Exiting with a vehicle[edit]

Describe the paperwork requirements and process at the border to exit.

Driving in Italy[edit]

Recommended books for Overlanding in Italy[edit]

Lonely Planet Italy (travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Italy (travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet, Cristian Bonetto, Abigail Blasi, Ke...
From $15.22 on Amazon
Work Less To Live Your Dreams: A Practical Guide To Sa...
Work Less To Live Your Dreams: A Practical Guide To Sa...
by Dan Grec
From $click on Amazon
Overlanders' Handbook: Worldwide Route And Planning Gu...
Overlanders' Handbook: Worldwide Route And Planning Gu...
by Chris Scott
From $22.49 on Amazon
Adventure Motorcycling Handbook: A Route & Planning Gu...
Adventure Motorcycling Handbook: A Route & Planning Gu...
by Chris Scott
From $click on Amazon
Sorrento, Capri & Amalfi Coast (footprint Focus)
Sorrento, Capri & Amalfi Coast (footprint Focus)
by Nick Bruno
From $5.27 on Amazon
TRAVELIVING - a romantic & practical guide

TRAVELIVING - a romantic & practical guide
by The Pin Project

at 10$ on thepinproject.eu

Travel insurance for Italy[edit]

World Nomads offer the most flexible Travel Insurance at the best prices for multi-country / multi-year trips. You can buy, extend and claim online, even after you've left home.

Vehicle insurance requirements[edit]

Vehicle insurance is mandatory for all vehicles. Any 3rd party insurance is acceptable according to the law. You can buy online through the web or from an agent.

The famous Green Card goes automatically (and free of charge) with the national/regional insurance but the vehicle must be registered in EU and the driver needs to have an EU driving license. Just ask it from your agent.

EU insurance companies will only handle clients that are residents/ citizens of EU and have an EU license to drive/ ride within the EU territory.

For foreign registered vehicles you will need what in Europe is called Temporary Frontier Insurance. An easy way to get it in 2/3 days and online before entering italy is trougth this website: -greencard website- .The service is offered by a well established Italian tour company that will do all the paperwork and request for you. You can get free quotes and the insurance is valid in all EU countries.

More info: [2]

Other operators [3] [4]

Cost of vehicle insurance[edit]

State the price of insurance and a time period.

Where to purchase vehicle insurance[edit]

Trougth this website: - greencard insurcane website - From a well established Italian tour company, super easy, fill a form and wait few days to get it. It's the classic "greencard" valid for all EU countries.

Driving license[edit]

State the kind of driving licenses required. i.e. International Driving Permit.

Driving side of road[edit]

RHD vehicles can be driven in Italy without a problem.

Mandatory items in vehicle[edit]

State any mandatory items that must be carried in the vehicle. (i.e. safety triangle, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, etc.)


General Road quality[edit]

Give a brief description of the general road quality. Mention if one way streets are common.

Road signs[edit]

Briefly describe the overall quality & existence of road signs for directions and hazards.

Toll roads[edit]

List the frequency and approximate price of toll roads.

Bribery in Italy[edit]

Briefly describe how common bribery is and whether it should be expected, and the best way to deal with it.


describe the frequency of checkpoints (police or military and what to expect.

Traveling with pets[edit]

List the entry requirements and anything else required to travel with a pet.

Gas and Diesel price in Italy[edit]

Last updated: July 2019

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Gasoline Grade Price
Unleaded 95 €1.60 EUR per Liter
Unleaded 98 €1.70 EUR per Liter
LPG €0.60 EUR per Liter
Diesel €1.30 EUR per Liter

Gas and Diesel Availability / Frequency[edit]

No shortage of gasoline happened in the last years Also state the approximate average distance between gas stations. This is a very rough estimate.

Gas and Diesel Quality[edit]

Discuss if gasoline / diesel considered "clean" or "dirty", and generally high or low quality.
State the sulfur content of diesel, if known.

Safety and Security Considerations[edit]

Driving at night[edit]

Discuss driving at night and if it should it be avoided. Mention why.

Vehicle parking[edit]

Discuss if vehicles can be parked on the street, if they are considered "safe" at night. If vehicles can not be parked on the street, list the other options that exist.

Special driving considerations[edit]

A List of special things to be careful of (i.e. Unsigned speed bumps, abnormal road rules, people or animals on the road, etc.).
List any roads that are not recommended to drive for safety or other security reasons.

Security advisories and information[edit]

Camping in Italy[edit]

Organized "pay" camping is common, you can easily find campsites in all the touristic places .
Technically the "wild" or "roadside" camping it's not allowed. with camper vans you can sometimes find free or cheap dedicated parking, with a tent I know people and I personally did some overnight camping using some common sense: find a remote place far from the road, set up the tend in the evening a take it down in early morning, off course no fire... and you can get away with it, but basically it's just sleeping. I feel that is more tollerated in the mountains where there are much less densly habitated areas

List the approximate average price range of camping in organized campgrounds.

Camping guide books[edit]

List and link to books specifically for camping.

Drinking water[edit]

Describe if the regular tap water is safe to drink. If not, describe where safe water can be purchased and the approximate average price range.


Paper maps[edit]

Reise Know-How are amoung the best paper maps. Purchase paper maps before arriving in Italy

Italien Nord = Northern Italy = Italie, Nord = Italia ...
Italien Nord = Northern Italy = Italie, Nord = Italia ...
by Reise Know-How Verlag
From $9.16 on Amazon
Italy (national Geographic Adventure Map)
Italy (national Geographic Adventure Map)
by National Geographic Maps - Adventure
From $8.16 on Amazon
Rick Steves' Italy Map: Including Rome, Florence, Veni...
Rick Steves' Italy Map: Including Rome, Florence, Veni...
by Rick Steves
From $0.81 on Amazon
Lonely Planet Italy (travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Italy (travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet, Cristian Bonetto, Abigail Blasi, Ke...
From $15.22 on Amazon

GPS Maps of Italy[edit]

Review different GPS companies, quality and coverage (Tomtom, Garmin, OSM, Tracks4Africa). (with links to each).

GPS co-ordinates for camping, propane, gas, repairs, etc. in Italy[edit]

  • iOverlander is a website and iPhone application designed by Overlanders, for Overlanders. It contains GPS co-ordinates and reviews for camping, hotels, propane, water, mechanics, borders and much more.

Link to sites that have a list of GPS co-ordinates (or directions) for camping locations (including "wild" campsites), propane filling, gas stations, repair shops, places of interest, etc.

Special Overland Travel interests[edit]

List any special items / places that are popular with Overlanders

Vehicle Maintenance[edit]


4x4s / Trucks


Local Garages[edit]

Add known good mechanics here.

Buy or sell a car or motorbike in Italy[edit]

There is a company mototouring buy&sellthat can check the used motorbike you want to buy, buy it on your behalf and do all the paperworks and wen you want it can help you selling it. Unfortunately you can't buy a vehicle in Italy Alone as an extra EU foreigner, you need the "italian fiscal number" and the "Italian ID card" that is given to temporary residents and citizens.

To have a look at the market of used motorbikes and vehicles in italy try the webiste subito.it

Describe how a foreigner can sell a foreign-plated vehicle, or list not possible.'


Links to the source of any information - blogs or discussion forums, etc.

Helpful External links[edit]

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