Some American friends who have now lived in Florence for over two years told me recently that they wanted to rent a car to travel across Italy and Europe during their holidays. Everybody dreams about getting into a nice sports car and driving up and down the Amalfi Coast or the Tuscan hills. However, if you are not just a tourist, and have legally resided in Italy for more than one year, it is very likely that your ?foreign' driver's license is not a valid document to drive in Italy. So, my first question to my friends was, ?Are you sure you can drive in Italy?' ?Of course!' they laughed at me, reassuring me that they had rented cars many times in Europe, are proven drivers, have had never had any problems, and had just renewed their international driving permits.