It would be a shame if your trip to Italy was spoilt by a fine. Check out our tips on how to enjoy the Formula 1 race in Imola without extra costs.
Italy's roads are absolutely littered with automated speed cameras, but there is one advantage - they are always indicated by traffic signs marked "controllo velocita della velocita" and a policeman symbol. The motorways have a Tutor system which measures the average speed of vehicles between sections. In short, it pays to keep to the speed limit.
Highways 130 km/h
Roads 100 km/h
Cities 50 km/h
Italy? It's great for wine! The good news is that during the Formula 1 race weekend in Imola, you can drink it while you drive. But don't overdo it;the limit is only 0.5 per mille, that's about two glasses of wine.
But be careful because the penalties are severe if you exceed this benevolent limit. The minimum rate is €1,300, and the maximum is €3,000. You also risk having your licence revoked, and if you go significantly over the limit, you’ll be jailed.
Italian police officers (polizia) and gendarmes (carabinieri) are very communicative and friendly but can be very tough if you break the rules. And it's not just in traffic.
If you get a ticket for the speed measured by the automatic system, the police will notify the car owner by letter. We recommend that you pay the fine, which is usually no more than a few tens of euros unless the speeding was serious. And it's safer than risking unpleasantness with the police on your next visit to Italy.