Scooters in Italy Rules and Recommendations

On 10 July 2018, George Clooney got into a scooter accident when his motor scooter collides with the Mercedes at 60 mph and hurls him into the air.

Luckily, his injuries were not serious. 

We don't want that to happen to you so we will offer more information and guide about riding scooters in Italy.

What is Scooter in Italy

Scooter is popularly known as "motorino" in Italy. Almost every Italian own a scooter as it serves as a smooth and fast movement in during traffic jam. 

What is the most popular scooter in Italy

Although Italian manufacturers are coming up with their scooters like Vespa from Piaggio, the Japanese brands such as Honda is still more popular. The most popular being the Honda SH150i Scooter. 

Honda SH150i Scooter

Scooter Laws in Italy

The following are the rules for riding a scooter in Italy

  • A car license will do for bikes up to 125cc and an EU or international motorcycle license for above 125cc
  • Drive on the right
  • Overtake on the left
  • Wearing a helmet is compulsory on all two-wheeled vehicles.
  • Motorbikes can enter most restricted traffic areas in Italian cities, and traffic police generally turn a blind eye to motorcycles or scooters parked on footpaths
  • The blood alcohol limit is zero for those under 21 and had their license for less than three years and 0.05% for others
  • Many cities like Rome and Florence have Limited Traffic Zones (ZTL). These areas are off-limits to unauthorized vehicles and entry points are covered by street cameras. If you're caught entering one without the necessary permission you risk a fine.

Should I Rent a Scooter in Rome

There are many pedestrian-only streets and Limited Traffic Zones in Rome. Therefore, riding a scooter will end up missing lots of detail.

Also, based on traffic in Rome and the difficulties to find parking, I would not consider renting a scooter. We even heard of stories from TripAdvisor of people ending up with broken arms after their adventure with scooters.

The reasons to ride a scooter is that

  • It is romantic to experiment for a young couple
  • You are already over 20 and have an international driving license and wish to try
  • You are a good navigator

How to rent a Scooter in Italy

Based on Statista, Italy is the #5 country in terms of the scooter-sharing market, just behind Germany, France, Spain, and the USA.

Scooter Sharing Worldwide

You can mimic Audrey Hepburn in the movie "Roman Holiday" by exploring the capital on a scooter after the city council unveiled a brand new scooter rental program. It is the most convenient way to rent a scooter as 

  • You just download the eCooltra app and set up a profile,
  • The app charges by the minute,
  • No need to buy insurance separately,
  • The scooter is eco-friendly and fully charged,
  • Helmets are provided, and
  • Maintenance included.

Road Accidents in Italy

From the Italian National Institute of Statistics, although injuries and fatalities are dropping, motorists make up 24% of the death (861) in 2014, with car drivers and passengers were being first (1491).

Road Accidents in Italy

Simple Tips To Take Note Of When Driving A Scooter In Italy

There are several tips to take note of when driving a scooter in Italy

  • Wear Sunglasses - You must wear sunglasses during day time. If you are driving a scooter, endeavor to wear light and friendly glasses. This ensures that your vision is not affected by the sunset. Sunglasses offer you an extra protective layer against the sun. Always wear sunglasses when driving a scooter in Italy. 
  • Park well - Park well In order not to break the law or pay a fine, ensure you position your scooter in the appropriate not park in the wrong direction. Always do the right thing. The best place to park is scooter designated parking spots. Don’t park on the pavement, it is against the law. Also, avoid parking in disabled spots. Parking on Zebra crossings is illegal. The best place to park scooter is the bays marked by white lines, this is an alternative of designated scooter parking spots. 
  • Keep Your scooter Clean - It is important to keep your scooter clean at all times. The neatness of your scooter will define who you are. Ensure you keep a small towel in your scooter, to mop up rain, dirty. This will make people want to rid you.
  • Have a pair of Glove - If you plan to drive long hours, invest in a glove. This helps to protect your palms and knuckle from abrasion. 
  • Ensure your document are complete - To avoid embarrassment, do ensure your scooter license and every other related document are up to date. Always carry all the necessary documents along each time you go on a scooter drive. Your ownership, insurance documents and license are your saving grace in the days of trouble
  • Wear Helmet -  There are no two ways about this. This is not negotiable. You must always put on a helmet before driving a scooter. This doesn’t revolve around you, but both you and your passenger
  • Always Avoid Drinking - It is prohibited to drink while you drive. It is against driving ethics. Do not indulge in drinking when driving the scooter, it can be disastrous and can lead to accident or death. So you should avoid drink when driving a scooter.
  • Drive Safe - Ensure you drive safely when overtaking, do it from the left side, and try to be generous with your indicators when stopping. You have the same right with car drivers to drive in the center of the road. But be sensitive when doing this. You should drive on a moderate speed at the right-center lane


We hope you find this information about scooters in Italy useful. At Venice Life, We will continuously update this as we find more useful content over the Internet.

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Sky Hoon
Italy Lover. He travel to Europe a few times and loved Italy for its unique language and culture. He loved the idea of Italian food focusing on original taste of the ingredient.
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