Saturday, January 8, 2011

Driving in Italy- car choices

Choosing a rental car can be a tricky balance between large enough for people and luggage and small enough to navigate narrow streets and small parking places. It can be like Goldilocks trying on beds.

This is the typical car that I rent, a FIAT Punto 4 door

Filling the "trunk" space is a backpack, 28" rolling duffle, a folding grocery size bag, and a carryon size bag (the white one) 

A car similar to this one...
Looked like this with 4 x 26" suitcases, 1 x 22" roller, 1 backpack, and 3 carryons. 

This Citroen belongs to the same class as the FIAT Panda.

This is the amount of luggage that fit in the trunk, 
a 22" rolling bag and a rolling backpack.

This is a 4 door Lancia Ipsilon in the same class as a Ford Fiesta 
which holds a 28" rolling duffle and a rolling backpack.

Tight streets in Erice

Cefalù squeeze

 Palermo merge

 Erice do not enter

 Bologna parking

Amalfi coast traffic jam

"moving" speed

Why's time estimates are approximate...

Things to watch out for....
speed traps

ZTLs- Limited Traffic Zones,
this one's not active


  1. Good for you! You open so many possibilties by driving in Italy.

  2. Love the pictures, really explanatory!

  3. Very interesting , i rented an enormous van for 9 people and i regret a lot

  4. Absolutely fascinating and I'm sure of invaluable help to visitors.

  5. This is my first time i visit here. I found so many entertaining stuff in your blog, especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the leisure here! Keep up the excellent work.