Parking tip

It can be a bit difficult for new visitors to Italy to understand the parking signs.

In many places in Bagni di Lucca (and other places) you will see this sign.

Parking sign

It means you can park for free, but only for 2 hours, between the hours of 8.00am to 8.00pm. Outside these hours parking for longer periods is OK.

The little dial on the bottom left of the sign indicates that you need to set your timer.

In your car you should have a timer. Set this at the time you park your car and remember to come back before the time expires.

Your hire car should have one. If not, I have found them for a couple of euros at Tabacchi and some newsagents.

Parking timer

If you forget to set your timer that is no excuse. If the police come you will be issued with a fine.


15 thoughts on “Parking tip

    • We got one several years ago because we forgot to change the timer. We just paid the fine because we could see no point challenging it. We are much more careful now, especially as I can see the police checking the cars from my window.

  1. It is most important to have one of those. They are used not only in Bagni di Lucca, but in many other towns as well. The Tabacchi shop on the Main Street in La Villa has them either on the counter or in a box, just behind it. If you have to ask for one in Italian, it is called “disco orario “.

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