How to stay safe riding your Scooter in Florence
In this article, New Tuscany Scooter Rental , scooter rental in Florence, shares the rules for riding a scooter in Italy:
- In Italy you need a valid driving license to ride any two-wheeled motorized vehicle.For models up to 11 kW of power (which corresponds roughly to 125cc), a car license is sufficient.
- The blood alcohol limit is zero for anyone under 21 and/or those who have had their license for less than three years; and it's 0.05% for everyone else
- Florence is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the City Council is working hard to keep cars out of the center, so there are two areas where vehicular traffic is limited. The largest one is called the ZTL (Zona a Traffico Limitato) and it contains the smaller Pedestrian Area within it (quite inaccurately, as cabs and buses can circulate pretty much everywhere in it).
- On our Vespas you can ride inside the ZTL, but you can’t ride in the Pedestrian Area. Entry points are watched by street cameras so if you're caught entering without the necessary permission you will definitely get a ticket. Keep this in mind if you intend to use the Vespa to explore the center, because the whole UNESCO Monumental area is pretty much all inside the Pedestrian Area so you can't ride through it. We suggest you just park at the edge of the Pedestrian Zone and explore on foot.
- Il The speed limit in the city is 50 km/h (30 m/h in the very center), while outside the city it is usually 70 km/h. Over the last 10 years, Italian authorities have tried to break the very-Italian habit of speeding, so there are now lots of cameras and speed traps throughout the area, both in and out of Florence.
- Don't let this scare you, however, as our experience here at New Tuscany Scooter Rental is that 99% of the tickets are not due to speeding but are due to people riding in the bus lanes, which are heavily monitored by street cameras as well. Generally speaking, if you are interested in seeing the city of Florence, the southern part (towards Piazzale Michelangelo and Chianti) is nicer and less busy than the northern part (towards the airport).