Plan your journey from Milan Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport
Orio al Serio International Airport is located 45 kilometres north-east of Milan, close to the medieval city of the Bergamo, in the heart of Lombardy.
The narrow streets of Bergamo Alta (the ancient ‘upper town’) are surrounded by the 16th century city walls, built during the rule of the Venetians. A funicular connects it to the Città Bassa, the mostly modern ‘lower town’. The best known part of Bergamo Alta is the Old Town Square, with the Contarini Fountain, the Palazzo della Ragione and bell tower. Close by lies the impressive Angelo Mai Library, named after the Bergamo scholar, famous for the discovery of a manuscript containing much of the work of Cicero.
The centre of Milan is just over an hour’s drive away. Arguably Italy’s most stylish city, fashion and design are at the heart of Milanese culture.
While style is important to Milan, history plays an equal role in generating the city’s unique vibe. Visit the Teatro alla Scala, inaugurated in 1778, which houses a museum exploring Milanese musical drama over the centuries. And look out for Basilica di Sant’Eustorgio, built in the 4th century. The Duomo , the mammoth gothic cathedral, marks the city centre, and the Santa Maria delle Grazie church, which now famously houses Da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’, is also a must-see.
The Museo del Novecento overlooking the Piazza del Duomo, offers visitors a fascinating collection of art from the 20th century. The Museo Poldi Pezzoli is also well worth a visit, housing an incredible collection of artworks, including pieces by Botticelli and Bellini.
On just about every street in Milan, world-class restaurants, cosy trattorias and classy wine bars politely interrupt the city’s major attractions and retailers. With an Avis rental car, you can taste the real essence of Milan.
Road trips from Milan Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport
Head out past the city limits of Milan and you’ll open up a world of sights just waiting to be explored.
Turin Turin is less than a two-hour drive along the A4 from Milan. This ancient city has buildings dating back to Roman times – many found around the main square, the Piazza Castello. Here, you’ll also see the impressive Palazzo Madama e Casaforte degli Acaja, home to the Civic Museum of Ancient Arts.
Pavia Just under an hour down the A7 from Milan is Pavia, which was founded by the Romans as a garrison town. Pavia’s historic centre is well preserved, with ancient churches, lookout towers and its famous university. To the north of the city, the fabulous Carthusian monastery Certosa di Pavia is known as one of the Italian Renaissance's most notable buildings.
Verona Verona has over 2,000 years of history, but is most famous for its links to Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Romeo and Juliet. As the romantic city was the setting of the play, today you can visit Juliet’s balcony where a statue of the star-crossed lover sits and also a take Shakespeare walking tour of the city centre. Piazza Bra is Verona’s largest piazza lined with cafés, restaurants and historic buildings. The Verona Arena, built nearly 2000 years ago, is now a world-famous music venue and Verona's town hall, the Palazzo Barbieri, also looks out across the piazza.
Just imagine yourself exploring all this from the comfort of an Avis hire car, with the open road ahead. Make it a memorable trip to Bergamo, Milan and beyond.
Road rules in Italy
Which side of the road? In Italy, please drive on the right side of the road.
Country driving laws
Mobile phones may only be used with a hands-free device
Dipped headlights must be used in poor daylight visibility when driving on motorways, dual carriageways, and rural roads
Use the outside lane to overtake on motorways and dual carriageways
Do not use the horn in a built up area unless in danger
There are historical areas in which you cannot drive. Look out for “Zona traffico limitato”
All speed signs will be in km/h.
For a standard Avis rental vehicle with no trailers:
Urban roads: 50 km/h (31 mph)
Urban highways: 70 km/h (44 mph)
Secondary extra-urban roads: 90 km/h (56 mph)
Main extra-urban roads (Expressways): 110 km/h (68 mph)
Motorways: 130 km/h (80mph)
Unless indicated by road signs.
Be aware of changes to speed limits displayed on road signs due to adverse weather conditions.
Child safety / Seatbelt laws
It is compulsory for the driver and all passengers to wear a seatbelt
Children aged under 12 and less than 150cm tall must be seated in an appropriate child restraint for their size
Children weighing up to 9kg must be seated in a rear-facing child restraint, in the back of the car only
Please note - It is the child’s parent / guardian or vehicle renter’s responsibility to fit the child seat.
This road rules information is for provided for general guidance only. We endeavour to keep the information up to date and accurate, but any reliance you place on this information is at your own risk.