Wednesday, March 5, 2014

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Reaching Italy by car

Reaching Italy by car
The extensive European motorway network and the presence of a number of mountain passes makes it easy to come to Italy by car or by motorbike. Italy can be reached from Austria, France, Switzerland and Slovenia. The main passes, open all year, that provide access to Italy are: the Mont Blanc Tunnel, which from Chamonix links France to the A5 motorway for Turin and Milan; the Great St. Bernard Tunnel, which links Switzerland with the A5; the Brenner Pass through Austria, which links up with the A22 motorway for Bologna. The alpine tunnels may often be closed during winter, and sometimes even in autumn and spring, as a result of heavy snow.

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Travelling inside Italy
An excellent network of motorways, identified by green-coloured signs, shortens the distances between the twenty regions that make up Italy: 3408 kilometres of roads that guarantee perfectly safe, efficient travel and transport services throughout the country.
Two main motorways link the north and south of Italy: the Autostrada del Sole (the A1, which connects Milan, Bologna, Florence, Rome and Naples) and the Adriatica (the A14, which connects Bologna, Ancona, Pescara, Bari and Taranto). 
Tolls must be paid on the motorways. Cash or credit cards may be used for payment.
“Viacard” and “Telepass” cards are a quicker method of payment. Viacard is a magnetic card that can be used at the automatic or manual accesses or eventually given to the toll-man. Telepass is quickest solution for automatic payment, based on distance electronic recognition of the vehicle, charging the fee to the user: it allows to perform transactions without stopping at the tollbooth, quickening transit and saving fuel. 
For any information you may require on weather or traffic conditions, the cost of motorway tolls etc., you can stop at the Punti Blu info points, located at all motorway junctions, contact the official website of the Società Autostrade company, or telephone the Road System Call Centre 840-042121, operating all day long.
In addition to motorways, drivers will find an extensive network of trunk roads, indicated by blue-coloured signs, which link towns and villages within the various regions, or municipalities in one region with those in another. Secondary roads, on which tolls do not have to be paid, offer splendid views, which cannot be admired from the motorways: these routes are not as quick, but the journey is undoubtedly more pleasant and interesting.
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