Parking (Parcheggio) in Italy

Rules and regulations regarding parking in streets and car parks in Italy...

Many Italian cities have localised restrictions on times when cars are allowed into the centres and where parking is allowed. These restrictions depend on the day of the week, time of day and whether the date is an odd or even number. There are severe penalties for breaking the rules, even unintentionally. Parking restrictions are available from the local authorities.

Illegally parked cars may be towed away and the Italian police are able to charge EU drivers for fines incurred in Italy.

Parking Areas

Zona Blue: parking lines are painted in blue denoting either "pay and display" (pay for a ticket from the dispensing machine and display it clearly in the front windscreen) or display a blue parking disc set to the time at parking. Blue discs are available from banks, tourist offices, tobacconists and post offices. Always be aware of the maximum time allowed and confirm if payment is necessary as many blue spaces are free at lunchtime and in the evenings.

White Lines marking the parking bays indicate that it is free parking.

Yellow Areas: indicate disabled parking (with a disabled permit/Blue Badge) or delivery zones.

Most larger towns and cities have underground and multi-storey car parks.

The website Parcheggi (in Italian) has news and information about parking in various Italian cities.