Following the Rules
Italian laws differ subtly from UK ones so it is easy to accidentally get into trouble. Similarly, if you do not understand the local customs and etiquette you run the risk of offending your new neighbours. Here is a quick list of things to watch out for:
- Ensure you have a valid driving license, whether it is from the UK or Italy.
- It is a legal requirement to carry a warning triangle and a reflective jacket in your vehicle in case of breakdown.
- Be aware that you may need to fit snow chains to your tires in some regions during the winter.
- The alcohol limit for driving is lower in Italy than in the UK. In Italy, the limit is 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, which is less than the UK limit of 80mg/100ml. If in doubt, don't drive!
- It is illegal to drive in the centre of many of Italy's most historic cities without a special pass. These areas are marked with signs saying 'ZTL'. Driving in these areas may result in an on-the-spot fine.
- It is inappropriate for men to go shirtless in public.
- It is illegal to eat or drink outdoors in the historic centre of Rome.
Italy is a wonderful country, but you might find you miss some of the more unique quirks of living in the UK. Don't worry, The British Corner Shop (www.britishcornershop.com) delivers UK products all over Italy. If you prefer not to shop online visit The Little British Food Shop (http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Little-British-Food-Shop/201212656611474) or the British Grocery in Milan (Viale Beatrice D'Este 48, 20122 Milan).
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