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Travelling to Italy by car with friends

While planing a trip to Italy I was trying to clear out the rules and now would like an advise from ERs with recent experience of crossing the Italian border in a car.

A total of 4 people in a car, 2 separate stable households, want to go in a single vehicle.

Here it says:

TRAVELLING BY CAR It is possible to travel by car without limitations together with spouses, cohabitants and stable relationships. Non-cohabiting people You can travel by car with up to 3 non-cohabiting people including the driver. Everyone in the car must wear a mask. The passenger seat next to the driver must remain free. Passengers must sit on opposite sides of the rear seat leaving the centre seat free. If the car has several rear rows, it can accommodate a maximum of two passengers per row seated on opposite sides of the seat, leaving the centre seat free.
Does that mean, that we can not go in a single car, or does it allow that? Can a spouse sit in the front row, or do we have to drive 2 separate vehicles? I can read that both ways, but I can't find the actual regulation (in Italian or English) to clear that part.
Share your knowledge and/or recent experiences with crossing an Italian border by car, please.
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Re: Travelling to Italy by car with friends

Wow, had no idea about those rules on different households!

My wife and I went to Italy a few weeks ago (Como region). We had the vaccine pass prepared, etc.

The guy at the border just let us in without checking anything whatsoever.
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Re: Travelling to Italy by car with friends

Been driving to Italy every weekend with three other passengers since June and yet to be stopped at either Chiasso - Brogeda or Gaggiolo. Always a bunch of them chatting outside but seem completely uninterested in stopping anyone. Ticino plates.
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While planing a trip to Italy I was trying to clear out the rules and now would like an advise from ERs with recent experience of crossing the Italian border in a car.

A total of 4 people in a car, 2 separate stable households, want to go in a single vehicle.

Here it says:

TRAVELLING BY CAR It is possible to travel by car without limitations together with spouses, cohabitants and stable relationships. Non-cohabiting people You can travel by car with up to 3 non-cohabiting people including the driver. Everyone in the car must wear a mask. The passenger seat next to the driver must remain free. Passengers must sit on opposite sides of the rear seat leaving the centre seat free. If the car has several rear rows, it can accommodate a maximum of two passengers per row seated on opposite sides of the seat, leaving the centre seat free.
Does that mean, that we can not go in a single car, or does it allow that? Can a spouse sit in the front row, or do we have to drive 2 separate vehicles? I can read that both ways, but I can't find the actual regulation (in Italian or English) to clear that part.
Share your knowledge and/or recent experiences with crossing an Italian border by car, please.
If it's one family, there is no limit to the no of people just what the car can legally take!
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Go with a motorcycle, just choose more modern communication system
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Re: Travelling to Italy by car with friends

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Great idea, will try it out once. Currently can't fit all 4 of us even with a sidecar upgrade. .
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Re: Travelling to Italy by car with friends

Enohzee, velijoze
Thank you, noted.

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We may attempt to claim to be a swedish one in case of emergency. Yet we have 2 different registered addresses.
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Enohzee, velijoze
Thank you, noted.

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We may attempt to claim to be a swedish one in case of emergency. Yet we have 2 different registered addresses.
Not sure the official answer but if you are sharing accommodation in Italy, it should fall under stable relationship, then I can’t see it’s an issue.
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Been driving to Italy every weekend with three other passengers since June and yet to be stopped at either Chiasso - Brogeda or Gaggiolo. Always a bunch of them chatting outside but seem completely uninterested in stopping anyone. Ticino plates.
Same here, but I bet the moment you advise do nothing to someone with non TI plates, they stop him and fine Murphy's law
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nejc

Great idea, will try it out once. Currently can't fit all 4 of us even with a sidecar upgrade. .
Mine is homologated for four people.

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Same here, but I bet the moment you advise do nothing to someone with non TI plates, they stop him and fine Murphy's law

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Disclaimer: I wasn't suggesting they try, but merely expressing my experiences.
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Re: Travelling to Italy by car with friends

Crossed about 2 weeks ago. Had everything prepared and no one checked anything.

I had not even read the rule and my parents took the children a week earlier and broke it �� EDIT - might be a new rule since this was published end July. To me it's not ear whether the rule applies on entering or driving around. My below advice stands.

Honestly I would not worry too much... Just do the online form and have your CoVid Cert.
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Re: Travelling to Italy by car with friends

Sounds like BS. Even in the taxi we were 5 people driver included (in a 5-seater).
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Re: Travelling to Italy by car with friends

An update based on the recent personal experience.

This rule doesn't exist in real life:
Italian border control was only interested in the amount of cash we had on us.
During that brief stop some freshmen were passing by as 5 bodies in one Fiat Panda, no questions asked.
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An update based on the recent personal experience.

This rule doesn't exist in real life:
Italian border control was only interested in the amount of cash we had on us.
During that brief stop some freshmen were passing by as 5 bodies in one Fiat Panda, no questions asked.
Welcome to a real life

I guess this will change once Italy goes into lockdown again, but right now its back to normal
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