Italy has an excellent network of autostrade (motorways). The main north-south link is the Autostrada del Sole, which links Milan with Reggio Calabria in the toe of Italy. Speed limits on motorways are 130kph (81mph) for cars of 1100cc or more and 110kph (68mph) for smaller cars. All motorways are tolled. Alternatively, opt for the toll-free stradestatali, which are often fast, multi-lane carriageways. The speed limit is 110kph (68mph).
The minimum age for driving a car is 18 years. UK driving licences and EU licences are valid (UK green licences must be accompanied by an International Driving Permit).
The AA or RAC in Britain and the AAA in America have reciprocal agreements with the Automobile Club d'Italia (ACI) (tel: +39 06 491 115; www.aci.it), who provide a useful advisory service as well as dealing with breakdowns.