useful travel information

Disabled Access

Accommodation Many hotels and self-catering holiday rentals in and around Lake Como can accommodate wheelchair access. Prior to making a booking contact the relevant hotel or holiday rental company and check with them. Ferries The majority of the ferries (including car-ferries)
Read More

Driving to Italy from UK and Ireland

Please be aware that there are tolls on French, Swiss, German and Italian motorways. You will need the following for driving in Italy: Your international driving licence or a valid national one (if photocard licence and paper parts) GB (or relevent sticker from your
Read More

Italian Road Rules

Below are some basic road rules whilst driving in Italy. Drive on the right and overtake on the left. At roundabouts the traffic from the right has the right of way. Seat belts are compulsory in the front and back. Children under the age of 12 must travel in the rear passenger
Read More

Parking in Lake Como

Park in spaces provided to avoid fines. You can park without any time limits/payment on the white lined bays.  Blue lined parking bays mean that they are fee based and you should obtain a ticket from the parking meter. The ‘disco orario’ sign means that you do not pay but you
Read More

Italian Service Stations

Service Stations in Italy often keep to the same hours as shops.  Many of them close for approximately 3 hours over the lunch period. On the main roads there are plenty of 24-hour stations with self-service dispensers that accept euro notes and the majority of them also accept
Read More

Italian Road Signs

Autostrada (the motorway), look for green signs.  They will show the town names for the destination of the Autostrada. Italian/English Uscita/Exit Entrata/Entrance Tangenziale tangential/usually a ring road around a town Attenzione/Caution Divieto di sosta/No parking
Read More

Snow Chains in Italy

When travelling to European mountainous regions in winter, ensure that you have a set of approved snow chains in your car as well as a reflective jacket and warning triangle as this is compulsory in Italy as well as many other European countries.  You can be heavily fined if you
Read More

Italian Motorways

The Autostrada (motorway) system is operated by a private company and you pay tolls to use it. On some parts of the Autostrada you get a ticket when you enter and pay when you exit (you pay for the distance you drive). In other parts you pay set amounts at toll booths. When you
Read More

Travel Health

General Drink plenty of water in hot climates to avoid dehydration. Be safe in the sun – use high-factor sunscreen. Avoid excessive sunbathing between 11am and 3pm On flights Drink plenty of water on flights and avoid too much alcohol. Walk around at regular intervals on flights.
Read More

Customs & Visas

For citizens of EU countries, a valid passport (coming from UK & Ireland) or from mainland European countries an identity card is all that is needed. You are entitled to stay for up to 90 days. Citizens of USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand require only a valid passport.
Read More

Embassies & Consulates

Please see below a list of Embassies and Consulates whom you would contact if you were to lose your passport (or  incase of some other emergency) whilst on holiday.  If your country is not listed here please use one of the search engines on the internet to find out your nearest
Read More