Italy with a Baby or Toddler

Trains are more popular than buses for travel around Italy.

Italiarail offers both traditional seating and sleeping compartments. For long journeys you can opt to take a night train. Usually trains are accessible with a stroller but you will need to stow it at the front of your carriage. Many of the bigger stations around Italy have elevators but you may still find yourself carrying your stroller up and down steps from time to time.

Coaches can also be used for getting around Italy (the train will be a lot faster and more comfortable though). The main coach company operating in Italy is Eurolines and you can book tickets online. On long distance trips you can stow your stroller under the bus.

Internal Flights –  Alitalia and Meridiana offer city to city flights within Italy.

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Driving in Italy –  Once you arrive you will need to remember to drive on your right. Remember to pre book a car seat if possible or else bring your own on the flight. A GPS is also an invaluable tool.  Driving in Italy can be a nerve wrecking experience and drivers tend to be a little more aggressive than in the UK and Ireland. On some of the dual carriageways you might find that there is no hard shoulder. Speed limits vary in Italy. On the motorway you can travel at 130 km per hour when it is dry or 110km per hour when it is wet. On other roads the speed limit it 90 km per hour when it is dry and 80 km per hour when it is wet. On an urban highway you can travel at 70 km per hour and In built up areas such as towns and cities the speed limit is 50 km per hour.

Car Seats – A rear facing car seat must be used for babies under 9 lbs. Where a child is under 36 lbs, a car seat with a harness must be used (rear or front facing) and where a child is over 36 lbs a booster seat must be used.