Driving in Le Marche, Italy, is safe and without a doubt the best way to explore the region.
You’re so much better off driving in Le Marche than any other region in Italy. Considering the fact that the region is never too crowded that makes it easy to get around. In addition, very rarely you will get stuck in traffic.
Unless you travel in August when the so-called Ferragosto starts (a public holiday on the 15th of August). In this case, everyone is on the roads heading to their holiday destination in Italy.
Regulations when driving in Le Marche
If you’re from the EU you can easily drive with your European driving license. If you come from outside the EU you will need your international driving license and the appropriate documents with it.
Speed limit when driving in Le Marche
Le Marche has one motorway (autostrada) which connects Bologna (Emilia-Romagna) with Pescara (Abruzzo). The autostrada is A14 and it runs along the Adriatic coast. The speed limit is 130 km/hr but quite often there are road works and the speed limit might reduce to 40 km/hr. In fact, Italian people pay a good amount of money for the roads so they’re in a great condition.
When you enter the cities the speed limit goes down to 50 km/hr. In some cases, when driving on a busy road with a lot of pedestrians you will have to reduce even to 30 km/hr.
On secondary and inland roads the maximum speed is around 90 km/hr. But always make sure that you check the sings as the speed limit tends to change quite frequently.
Beware that speed cameras and police checks are very common for the region. Always make sure that you have your documents with you, follow the road signs and you will be fine.
Parking in Le Marche
Depending on the time of the year and the time of day, parking could be a bit challenging. Obviously, when trying to park in the summer, especially near the coast, you will have to be patient. Marchichiani and people from other regions occupy the beaches, so make sure you wake up earlier to reserve your spot.
Most parking areas in busy areas are blue zones. For this reason, you will have to pay at the parking machine for the time you want to spend there. Leave the ticket on the dashboard of your car and enjoy a beautiful sunny day.
If you happen to forget about the time you’re meant to leave the parking spot, you will get a fine. In case this happens, if you pay the fine within two weeks, the amount will reduce by half.
A useful tip when you leave your car unattended. Don’t leave any belongings visible to other people. Typical for any part of the world, but people looking for something to steal is common also here.
Driving in Le Marche historic centres is restricted only to residents. For this reason, you will have to park just outside the historic centres.
Getting around the region
Trust me, you will be glad that you chose to rent or bring your car on a trip to Le Marche. There is so much to see, do and enjoy, that having a car is the best way to do it. Without a doubt, it will give you the freedom to stop wherever and whenever you want. Moreover, you can “get lost” in some beautiful medieval village or a hidden beach.
Le Marche has everything in one region. Sea, mountains, historic places, vineyards, olive groves, you name it. Everything you’ve heard about Italy you can find it in this region. On this note, nothing is too far. In less than an hour drive, you can change the hot beach air with fresh mountain air. Absolutely incredible.
It’s up to you whether you want to use the motorway or any of the secondary roads. When driving along the sea coast on the A14 you will get quicker to your destination but also pay tolls. If you choose some of the main roads (Strada Statale) you will enjoy beautiful sea views but also get to your final destination a little bit slower.
Going inland, you cannot use the motorway. The roads get a little bit narrow but not difficult to drive on them at all.
When driving in Le Marche, Italy, you can either get lost or make a decent plan of what you want to visit so you can get the best out of the region. Here are some of our suggestions. Historic towns like Ascoli Piceno, Offida, Gradara, Fermo, Ripatransone, Sarnano and Cingoli are definitely worth it.
Even if you’re not a mountain fan don’t underestimate the Sibillini National Park with all the surrounding villages where life has stopped and simplicity is all around.
Have a wonderful trip around Le Marche!