I'm Italian and I never heard that hitchhiking is not allowed in Italy. What it is surely true is that it is forbidden on highways, in fact you can read the sign "NO AUTOSTOP" at the entrance. Well, I guess nobody would hitchhike on a highway anyway..
- Thanks a lot for pointing that out! Guaka 21:22, 14 August 2006 (UTC)
My few experiences in Italy left the impression that it essentially gets harder and harder to catch rides the farther north you are. If some can verify this trend then it probably warrants inclusion.
Hitchhiking on petrol station is illegal, few month ago, police come to us when we was hitchhiking on the exit of the station, he said petrol station is part of the hightway so according italian law it's forbiden here. He was quite agressive, i said i will only ask poeple who are taking gas and don't use my thumb, he reply that if i ask people for a lift he will arrest me because it's against the law, he tell me to call a taxi and go to the next train station. After 15 minutes talking where i explain we don't hav any money, he finaly let us, but we had to wait they leave the station to start to ask people. So, the fact you will be allow or not to hitchhike on highway will depend if the policeman you meet like to aply the law to 100% or not, but it's officialy forbiden.Like in France where hh on highway is forbiden and on petrol stations also, but policeman there dont aply this law (only in one area close to lyon, where 1 hichhiker die 1 year ago crashed on petrol station exit, so local police dont let hichhikers on petrol station.)
- From what I've done in Italy (only two days), I found the same - it got harder the further north we got. As for petrol stations, I also got approached by the police who said that it wasn't allowed there, after about 20 seconds they left me alone and drove off. It doesn't make sense that petrol stations are still part of the motorway - that way it would also be illegal for people to park their cars and walk around, also on maps the petrol station roads aren't shown in the 'autostrada-colour' - but I don't know for sure. --Tom 12:26, 15 July 2007 (CEST)
- Hi guys. It simply doesn't make sense to scare away hitchhikers in a country governed by maffia. The polizia should have better things to do. And indeed, service areas are not part of the motorway in a strict sense. --Fverhart 13:26, 15 July 2007 (CEST)