Last updated on May 4, 2024 by Stefano Ferro, founder of MEL365, travelling and renting cars In Italy

ZTL maps of Italy [Major cities] and how to get a ZTL pass

In this post, I store the ZTL maps of Italy that I either find or download during my trips to Italy.

Getting ready and familiar with the cities may help to avoid those hefty fines that come when entering the ZTL areas.

But let me start this article with a question I receive on a regular basis.

How to get a ZTL pass in Italy

Renting a car in Italy is very similar to hiring it in any other country in Europe or North America. There are however a few differences and one of them is the ZTL.

The ZTL is typically the area including the Historic Centre that can be accessed with a vehicle only by a few.

ZTL - Zona Traffico Limitato - in the beautiful Scicli
ZTL – Zona Traffico Limitato – in the beautiful Scicli, Sicily

Getting a ZTL (Zona a Traffico Limitato) pass in Italy can be a complex process as the rules and procedures can vary from city to city. Here’s a general guide:

  1. Understand the ZTL rules: First, ZTLs are designated to decrease congestion, protect historical buildings from pollution, and make these areas more pedestrian-friendly.
  2. Check the ZTL times and days: Each city will have different ZTL times and days. Some are in effect 24 hours, while others are only during peak hours or nighttime. It’s essential to check these specifics for the city you’ll be visiting.
  3. Identify if you need a ZTL pass: Not all drivers will need a ZTL pass. Typically, you can enter a ZTL if you are a resident, have reduced mobility, are staying at a hotel within the ZTL, or need to load/unload goods.
  4. Contact the local authorities or your hotel: The procedure for getting a ZTL pass often involves contacting the local traffic authorities or city hall. In many cases, if you’re staying at a hotel within the ZTL, the hotel can arrange a pass for you. Make sure you provide them with your vehicle’s registration number.
  5. Fees: There may be a fee involved in obtaining a pass, which will also vary by city.
  6. Advance notice: Try to arrange your pass in advance. In some cities, you can arrange a pass up to a few days after you’ve entered the ZTL. Still, it’s best not to rely on this as practices can vary.
  7. Penalties: Be aware of the penalties for driving in a ZTL without a pass. Cameras monitor most ZTLs, and fines can be substantial and well over 100 Euros. You also have to add the processing fee, typically around 60 Euros, charged by the Rental Agency.
  8. ZTL maps and signs: Most cities provide ZTL maps online, and there are clear signs marking the entrance to a ZTL. A white sign with a red circle means you are entering a ZTL.
  9. Electric vehicles: Some cities allow electric vehicles to enter ZTLs without a pass.

REMEMBER: Each city has its own way of doing things, and what works in one may not work in another city

Always check with local authorities or your accommodation provider for the most accurate and current information.

If in doubt, it may be easier to park outside the ZTL and travel in by public transport or on foot.

I usually rent my cars on the DiscoverCars website, a rental aggregator that compares the prices of local and global operators providing the best deal around, with the possibility to add full insurance for just 7 Euros/day, such a great peace of mind.

ZTL in Erice - H24 in summer and only during the day otherwise
ZTL in Erice – H24 in summer and only during the day otherwise

ZTL Maps of the 20 Major cities in Italy

I have organised below a table with the 20 Major cities in Italy, the ZTL and a link to the map.

Unfortunately from time to time, the local councils change their own link structure, so please leave a comment if the link doesn’t work and I will update it accordingly.

If you do not find the city you are going to visit, please leave a comment and I will look it up for you and add it to this table, which keeps growing on a regular basis

CityAreas/Neighbourhoods (general)ZTL Link
RomeHistoric city centreRome ZTL Info
FlorenceCity centreFlorence ZTL Info
MilanCentral part of the city (Area C)Milan ZTL Info
NaplesHistoric city centreNaples ZTL Info
TurinCity centreTurin ZTL Info
BolognaCity centreBologna ZTL Info
PalermoCity centrePalermo ZTL Info
VeronaCity centreVerona ZTL Info
GenoaCity centreGenoa ZTL Info
PadovaCity centrePadova ZTL Info
PerugiaCity centrePerugia ZTL Info
TriesteCity centreTrieste ZTL Info
ModenaCity centreModena ZTL Info
LuccaCity centreLucca ZTL Info
PisaCity centrePisa ZTL Info
BergamoCity centreBergamo ZTL Info
TrentoCity centreTrento ZTL Info
ParmaCity centreParma ZTL Info
FerraraCity centreFerrara ZTL Info
RiminiCity centreRimini ZTL Info
SienaCity centreSiena ZTL Info
ZTL Maps of the 20 Major Cities in Italy

My most honest suggestion when visiting a city by car is to park the vehicle well outside the centre and take public transportation in, or have a walk if not too far away.

This is another table I have organised with the best parking places where you can leave your car, with prices too.

CityParkingDistance to CentrePublic TransportCost per HourCost per Day
TurinPark Dora2 kmBus (€1.70)€1.00€12.00
MilanLampugnano M1 Parking7.7 kmMetro (€2.00)€1.60€16.00
GenoaParcheggio Saba Porta Principe1 kmMetro (€1.50)€2.50€20.00
VeronaParcheggio Piazza Isolo1 kmBus (€2.00)€2.00€15.00
BolognaParcheggio Tanari4 kmBus (€1.30)€1.00€12.00
FlorenceParcheggio Villa Costanza8 kmTramway (€1.50)€2.00€12.00
SienaParcheggio Della Stazion2 kmWalk – Part with escalators€0.50€2.00
PerugiaParcheggio Pian di Massiano4 kmMinimetrò (€1.50)€1.00€6.00
RomeParcheggio Villa Borghese2 kmMetro (€1.50)€2.50€18.00
NaplesBrin Parking3 kmMetro (€1.30)€1.50€10.00
PalermoParcheggio Gregorio VII1 kmBus (€1.40)€1.00€8.00
CataniaParcheggio Giovanni XXIII1 kmBus (€1.00)€1.00€10.00
CagliariParcheggio Stazione FS1 kmBus (€1.30)€1.00€10.00
Parking close to the city centre in Italy
The best way to see the Old Centre of Palermo on a motorized vehicle
The best way to see the Old Centre of Palermo (all ZTL) on a motorized vehicle
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2 thoughts on “ZTL maps of Italy [Major cities] and how to get a ZTL pass”

  1. Very helpful article. My husband has a blue badge for limited mobility. So will need to try and get a pass. Will this be one fir each place we visit. Matera will be the main one

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    • Hi Carolyn, I believe you need just one however ask the rental company. Rules may be different based on where you are originally from. Italians with a badge for limited mobility can use it in any car and it’s unique and not related to any town or city.
      I hope it helps
      Have a fantastic trip
      Cheers.
      Stef

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