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Written by Larry Aiello   
Thursday, 04 August 2011 01:00
Italian road sign indicating no entry and a warning sign

If you plan on driving in Italy, it helps to acquaint yourself with some of the Italian road signs. In general, the road signs in Italy conform to the most of the ones you will see in many European countries.

In the picture to the right, there are actually 2 Italian street signs. A circular sign, like the one you see on the left in the picture, is a sign of prohibition. This particular sign means that vehicles are prohibited in this area. This photo was taken in a marina with boats docked. You will also often see this sign in a "centro storico" or in the historical central district of town. Usually these older areas are vehicle-free because of the narrow streets, and also to reduce the pollution in these historic districts.

The triangular sign in the right part of the picture indicates a warning. In this instance, there is danger of falling into the water if you continue on the dock. Or in other words, if you ignore the Italian sign, you may be sleeping with the fishes! :-)


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0 #6 Addicted2Italy 2013-07-21 16:56
Thanks everyone for commenting, yes they can be a bit confusing if you are not used to it!
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0 #5 Nico 2013-07-20 19:50
Ahhh italy and his weird signals... I miss italy so much, i've been in there ages ago but it is still in my mind... Confusing, beautiful, typical... Awesome!
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+1 #4 Antonio 2011-10-23 17:14
I must say that that circular road sign can be hard to understand as we don't usually have that here in my country.

It would be better if that would be replaced by an internationally accepted and used warning sign.

However, this is Italy and this is just one of the many ways making driving around in Italy a great experience.
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+1 #3 Miles Vita 2011-09-29 04:15
It can really a little confusing when the driver is not yet accustomed to some road signs in Italy.

I have no problem with that triangular sign because the graphic is quite easy to understand but that circular sign can be something that needs more explaining.

Well, this is just another reason why we really have to learn things first before stepping into the road.
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0 #2 Addicted2Italy 2011-08-19 01:20
Hi Carl, Yes, another good point, they bombard you with many signs! Another reason why I don't recommend driving in Italy.
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0 #1 Carl Patten 2011-08-19 01:19
Yeah, it's pretty difficult to get what some road signs mean. We wish they'd come with footnotes explaining what they mean, if only to understand it for our own safety on the road. Just an observation, those are a lot of signs for that one corner of the road. I hope drivers don't get too confused by all of them!
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