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Traveler's Guide to ZTL Driving Zones in Italy

ZTL Italy: Restricted Driving Zones in Rome, Florence, Pisa, 
Milan

What are Italy ZTL Restricted Driving Zones?

When preparing to tour Italy with a rental car, it's important to be aware of the Limited Traffic Zones found in larger cities, called Zona Traffico Limitato (ZTL) in Italian. Most historic city centers, like Florence for instance, have ZTL's set up to reduce overall congestion around popular attractions, and also to help slow the degradation to these areas caused by the constant influx of visitors each year.

Drivers who enter a ZTL without proper authorization will be fined, and in most circumstances tourists and non-local visitors are not issued passes - only locals are permitted to drive through these zones. The fines for violating a ZTL boundary ranges depending on the city you're driving in, but on average is about 65 EUR, not including the "Traffic Violation Fee" (usually around 25 EUR per fine) charged by car rental suppliers.


Below we've provided detailed ZTL zone maps for Rome, Florence, Milan, and Pisa. Each map includes detailed ZTL timetables, zone boundaries, and camera locations to help you avoid tickets.

Rome ZTL Map - Restricted Driving Zones


Florence ZTL Map - Restricted Driving Zones


Zone A: Monday through Friday: 6:30 am to 7:00 pm, Saturday: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Zone(s) B, C, D, E, F: Monday through Friday: 6:30 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday: 2:00pm to 6:00pm.

Zone G: Monday through Saturday: 6:30 am to 10:00 am.

Night Zone San Lorenzo & Trastevere: Friday through Saturday: 9:30 pm to 3:00am. Between May 1 - Oct 1, Wednesday through Thursday: 9:30 pm to 3:00am. ZTL suspended during the month of August.

Night Zone Testaccio: Friday through Saturday: 11:00 pm to 3:00am. ZTL suspended during the month of August.

Zone A: Monday through Friday: 7:30am - 8:00pm, Saturday: 7:30am - 4:00pm.

Zone B: Monday through Friday: 7:30am - 8:00pm, Saturday: 7:30am - 4:00pm.

Zone O: Monday through Friday: 7:30am - 8:00pm, Saturday: 7:30am - 4:00pm.

Summer Night Zone: Between June 1 - Oct 1, Thursday through Saturday: 11:00pm - 3:00am.







Milan ZTL Map - Restricted Driving Zones


Pisa ZTL Map - Restricted Driving Zones


Zone C: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:30 am to 7:30 pm. Thursday: 7:30 am to 6:00 pm.

Zone(s) A, B, C, D: Monday through Sunday: 12:00 pm to 12:00 am.

Tips for Avoiding ZTL Italy Fines


Reading Italy ZTL Road SignsInsta-ticketing: Entrance streets to Limited Traffic Zones are monitored by cameras, and process tickets immediately - the instant your car crosses into a ZTL zone boundary. The ticket is then sent to the address where the car is registered, or in the case of a rental car, the ticket is sent to the address associated with the credit card you used to rent the vehicle.

Pitfalls of GPS: Unfortunately because each city, and each municipality within the city, determines the specific rules and guidelines for their corresponding ZTL's, ZTL information is rarely (if at all) included with GPS systems. GPS systems will usually suggest the shortest route to a destination, and if followed, will most likely lead you through many ZTL boundaries, subjecting you to numerous tickets.

Be Careful Who You Follow: While driving your rental car through the city, you may see other drivers crossing into a ZTL and assume you can follow without penalty. But in most cases, these drivers are locals, and have passes allowing them into these zones.



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