Italian: Car Rental


Car rental and Driving in Italy/Autonoleggio e Guidare in Italia

 

     It might be helpful to know some Italian if you decide you want to rent a car to visit any towns, sites, and wineries off the beaten path.  And if you do, it’s probably a good idea to know common road signs and understand some basic directions.  BTW, there are a number of map apps that can help you find the places you want to visit, but from my driving experiences in Italy, MAPS.ME, is a highly reliable (and free) offline GPS navigation apphttp://maps.me/en/home

 

Pronunciation/Pronuncia

Here’s one of many videos on Italian pronunciation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxb62L0Lujc&t=98s

Some key words and common road signs/Alcune parole chiave e cartelli (or segnale) stradale commune

Area di servizio (on Autostradas and highways)

Gas station with other services, including restrooms, real food and coffee (sometimes a sit-down restaurant), Wi-Fi service, children's play areas, and more.

Check out these articles on the infamous Autogrills:

The Autogrill Rest Stop on the Autostrada

http://www.slowtrav.com/italy/driving/autogrill.htm

A Day of Autogrills: Eating through Italy's highway rest stops

http://www.saveur.com/article/blog/a-day-of-autogrills-eating-through-italys-rest-stops

Assicurazione

Insurance

Attenzione

Caution

Autostrada

Expressway with tolls

Benzina

Gas

Benzina senza piombo

Unleaded gas

Benzinaio

Gas station

Casello

Toll both

Centro

Center of Town

Corsia

Lane

Dare la precedenza

Yield

Deviazione

Detour

Entrata

Entrance

Entrata Vietata

No Entry

Lavori In Corso

Road Work Ahead

Limite di velocità

Speed limit

Macchina

Car

Parcheggio

Parking

Parcheggio a pagamento

Pay parking

Parcheggio Vietato

No Parking

Patente

Driver’s license

Pedaggio

Toll

Pedaggio autostrada

Toll road

Rallentare

Slow Down

Ritirare il biglietto

Take a ticket

Semaforo

Traffic light

Senso unico

One way

Stop (on a street sign)

Stop

Strada

Street

Strada statale (abbreviated as SS)

State highway

Uscita

Exit

Via

Road/street

Vietato l'Accesso

Keep Out

Vietato parcheggiare

No parking

Zona Pedonale

Pedestrian Zone

Check out these links to see the various road signs in Italy:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Road_signs_in_Italy

http://italyexplained.com/driving-road-signs-italy/

http://www.slowtrav.com/italy/driving/parking.htm

Directions/Direzione

East

Est

Left

Sinistra

North

Nord

Right

Destra

Straight (straight ahead)

Diritto

South

Sud

West

Ovest

Davanti a . . .

In front of

Di fianco a . . .

Besides

Dietro a . . .

Behind

Di fronte a. . .

Opposite

Dopo il  . . .

Past the . . .

Giri a destra

Turn right

Giri a sinistra

Turn left

Lontano

Far away

Prima del . . .

Before the . . .

Verso il . . .

Towards the . . .

Vicino a . . .

Next to

Phrases/Frasi

How do I get to _____ ?

Come si arriva a _____ ?

... the airport?

...all'aeroporto?

...the American Consulate?

...al consolato Americano

...the American Embassy?

...all'Ambasciata Americana

... the bus station?

...alla stazione dell'autobus?

...downtown?

...in centro?

...the hotel?

...all'albergo/hotel?

...the nearest gas station?

...benzinaio più vicina?

... the railway station?

...alla stazione ferroviaria?

... the restaurant?

... al ristorante ?

... the winery?

... all'azienda vinicola?

… (name of town)

... ____________________?

Can I get insurance?

Posso avere un'assicurazione?

Can I park here?

Posso parcheggiare qui?

Fill it up with unleaded gas, please

Metta il pieno di benzina senza piombo, per favore.

How long can I park here?

Quanto tempo posso parcheggiare qui?

How much does parking cost?

Quanto costa il parcheggio

I have a flat tire

Ho una gomma a terra

I want to rent a car.

Vorrei noleggiare una macchina.

Which is the road for __________?

Quale è la strada per __________?

Al semaforo prenda la prima via a destra

At the lights take the first street on the right

All’ incrocio prenda la seconda via a sinistra

At the intersection take the second street on the left

Alla rotonda giri nella seconda via

At the roundabout turn into the second street

Sempre dritto fino al semaforo

Go straight to the lights

Sempre dritto fino all’incrocio

Go straight to the intersection

Sempre dritto fino alla rotonda

Go straight to the roundabout

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