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Another way to get to Italy is to take a private boat. It should work well in summer. You can hitchhike to Plataria, the closest private boat port from Igoumenitsa. During the summer there is several Italian private boats which generally come back to Italy at the end of August.
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If you want to hitchhike trucks to get inside the boat, it's difficult : they come directly from the highway to the customs. You can try to talk to the driver at the customs but it will not please the customs agents. You can also try to reach the last gas station on the highway before the customs (~15 minutes walking, [https://www.openstreetmap.org/node/3032135543#map=18/39.48858/20.27946 see on OpenStreetMap]). There is few trucks there, and they may accept you if you buy a co-driver ticket.
Had no luck getting to Italy from Igoumenitsa so went to Plataria. Talked to boat owners there and quickly found an Italian man who agreed to take me to Brindisi but I had to wait around 4 days for favorable wind. (Viktor, august 2016)