Most of Rome’s historic centre is closed to non-resident traffic from Monday to Friday 0630 to 1800 and from 1400 to 1800 on Saturday. There are also restrictions in place in parts of Monti, San Lorenzo and Trastevere. If you are staying in this zone, contact your hotel who will be able to arrange permission for you to drive into the restricted zone.
Traffic in Rome drives on the right and the minimum driving age is 18 years. Speed limits are 130kph (80mph) on motorways and 50kph (30mph) in urban areas. UK driving licences and EU pink-format licences are valid in Italy (UK green licences must be accompanied by an International Driving Permit) and a Green Card and motor insurance certificate are strongly recommended.
The AA or RAC in Britain and the AAA in America have reciprocal agreements with the Automobile Club d'Italia (ACI) (tel: +39 6 491 115; www.aci.it), who provide a useful advisory service as well as dealing with breakdowns.