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Advice for Using a GPS When Driving in Italian Cities

By July 17, 2010

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Readers, recently back from a trip to Italy where they drove using a GPS, offer this advice:
When driving and using a GPS in large cities such as Milan or Florence, there will be construction your GPS doesn't know about and you could circle an area for hours (literally) and never come to your final destination (hotel). So when you circle the second time simply park, walk with the name and address you are looking for (in writing) and shop owners or workers will give instructions. No doubt you will be within a few blocks, go to the hotel or other destination and request assistance in finding a parking lot and bringing your bags.

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July 19, 2010 at 11:43 am
(1) Walt says:

good advice…last year in the old city – Milan we were caught in the GPS run around. Finally a good hearted truck driver pointed the way for us and then opened a space in front of his rig to allow us to turn on the correct road….another tight spot occurred when the Garmen sent us up an alley that proved too narrow, even for our small Fiat! Had to back up ~100 meters and find a new route. All in all though – driving in Italy is pretty easy and lots of fun:-)

July 23, 2010 at 4:40 pm
(2) Andrea Santucci says:

Another piece of advice…when considering using maps or GPS while traveling in larger cities in Italy, I suggest doing a bit of research with a satellite view (similar to what’s offered by Google) and even performing an online search for traffic detours or construction. That way you can plan a few potential routes around any construction just in case.

You can also simply hire a driver in Italy who would know the roads and be familiar with detours and current construction. It may be a little more expensive, but you’ll have less of a headache and still be up for enjoying your trip.

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