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Martha Bakerjian

Mistakes Tourists Make in Italy and Beyond

By February 18, 2013

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One of the exciting things about traveling is experiencing cultures different than your own. You may have a better visit or even save yourself some money by being aware of what you shouldn't do. Since each country has different things not to do, my colleague Susan Breslow has put together a great selection of helpful articles in Don't Do That!.

ZTL sign Wondering what not to do in Italy? I've made a list of ten of the most common Mistakes Tourists Make in Italy. If you're not sure what the sign in the photo means, read the article before driving on your Italian vacation.

February 21, 2013 at 12:42 pm
(1) Kim says:

Great article on tourist pitfalls in Italy.
Here’s a couple more tips for the driver.
Apparently a driver should turn on his headlights at all times. It’s either the law or you may be told it is and either way… cash of 75 euro is taken to pay the ticket on the spot.
This happened to me exiting a toll booth on the way to Sirmone. However I was 1st falsely told I had not paid the toll and had to produce the receipt. Then came the ticket for headlamps off. N.B. that’s many headlight knobs are manual there.
2ndly Drivers generally should avoid Northern lake roads on Saturdays and Sundays because of unpleasant traffic crawls & delays in and out of where you go. Your time in these areas should be planned to fall on Mon-Fri in my experience.
Finally drivers and all American tourists should understand Euro dates are written Day/Month/ Year so that your birthdate or license expiration date or insurance expiration date MAY appear to Ital officials to be expired.
One should know how & be ready to explain this difference.

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