Italian Roundabouts

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  1. critch

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    Can anyone clarify for me what is the procedure on Italian Roundabouts (not fairground ones) it says give way to the right. So does that mean if you are actually on the roundabout and someone is coming in from the right you have to stop ?. May seem daft to ask, but we are going there in June for the first time and don't want to kill either ourselves or some unsuspecting Italian. Also which is the best ACSI listed site on lake Garda
     
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    Italians taking any notice of road laws:LOL: The first time I witnessed a Farrari flashing his lights at an emergency ambulance to move over was in Italy.:)
     
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    I think the way it works is that whoever is going fastest has right of way.:LOL:
     
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    Hi critch.
    No, it's not a silly question. No questions on here are silly.

    Not sure where you got that info regarding the road signs on Italian roundabouts? Unless I've missed something, the procedure is the same as it is in France.... Traffic from the left has priority on roundabouts. I've driven quite a bit in Italy and have never had to yield to traffic entering from the right (unless I thought they weren't going to stop :eek:) Mind you, I don't trust 'em - least of all the I-ties! They see a motorhome and think, "Better get in front of him, otherwise I'll get stuck behind him".

    By the time you get to Italy, you'll be the roundabout expert!

    Can't help on the Garda question. Someone else will.

    James
     
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    Driving in Italy is best undertaken in the knowledge that all rules of the road, especially speed limits, are treated as advisory.
     
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    I would say it depends who is driving the other car...

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    I would try the northern end or the eastern shore.. The south end is a bit expensive to say the least !
     
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    Almost correct.....

    Except some rural roundabouts (and they dont have to be round) give priority to those entering the roundabout...or thats the rule in France.

    Signs dictate who has priority.
     
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    I have never seen an Italian roundabout with priority given to entering traffic (i.e. priority to the right). I think pretty much every country in Europe has now adopted priority to the left on major roundabouts. However, I remember a few years ago, that in the centre of a town in France, we found a roundabout with priority to the right. Perhaps there are still a few in Italy too? As an aside, in French towns, the default condition is priority to the right at junctions unless it is clearly marked otherwise (and in most cases it is). However, in Paris and other cities, there are many instances of priority to the right.
     
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    Hi, Critch Camping Lazise, we have used this site twice, not acsi but reasonable price municipal site but unfortunatly you cant book we are going there in June the main thing about the site is only 500yds from the lake and town.Hope this helps.Johnm
     
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    We came across a triangular roundabout with a monument in the centre (war memorial or similar)
    For all the world it was a T junction with split side roads....one each side of triangle

    The french bread van just about burnt out his horn when i pulled on to the 'triangleabout' while on the main road.
     
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    As the New York taxi driver said "A right of way ain't something' you got, it's something' I gives you, and if I don't give it, you ain't got it...." I think he had Italian parentage!
     
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    Never noticed any problems on roundabouts in Italy, but first time I drove in France it was an eyeopener giving way to the right on roundabouts, thank goodness they changed it.
     
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    There all nutters who live in Italy (I know cos got family there) just put your foot down and go!!
    We liked camping San Francisco in desenzano del Garda, southern part of lake, they take acsi, and site is right on lake, you can book your pitch before u go for best position, look online
     
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    Another thing to be aware of, in both France and Italy large vehicles turning left on a roundabout ( 3rd or 4th exit) tend to still use the near side lane all the way round and may only indicate when leaving the roundabout.
    Cheers
     
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    Can't tell you the best, haven't been round them all. We are currently on an ACSI lake access nice pool but 3 miles out of pescheria del garda. We arrived without booking and thought we would get on camping butterfly, no chance. Full. Seems nice site and you can walk to bars restaurants and the old town from site. Harbour outside front gate and short walk to lakeside. We booked in for a week from this Saturday and will sit it out on here. We are new to lake garda but will be back. Its hot already, bonus!
     
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    In Italy at the moment just give way to traffic from the left thats it.
    Garda campsite whichever you can get on unless you prebook we'll be there in a few days but we know a little Sosta right on the beach. Last time we used Belle Italia with ACSI card cheap enough but not our cuppa too big too commercial. Plenty if sites and Sostas at Garda you'll always find somewhere.
    Camping Butterfly never managed to get on yet but we never book anything.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies, I asked because that was the advice in the DK Italy touring book, and another said the same. Have experienced France for seven years so should be ok, the site advice is a great help we are not going to book so will have to take pot luck.
     
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    Agree, checked it yesterday - far too big for us too.
     
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