My wife and I intend to spend one night away from the typical trip through Italy to go to my wife's family's town; Frosinone, Italy. We purchased numerous books from Rick Steves but none of them appear to cover this more remote area. I was hoping to get guidance on where to stay and/or eat in the town of or near the nown of Frosinone. Something else of note would be can anyone speak to how it is driving the highways in ITaly and how much the tolls cost?
Frosinone area is off the beaten path for tourism, therefore it's not surprising that Rick Steves doesn't cover it. Rick Steves covers only the main stuff. But you can consult this website below. It's the Tourism Agency's website for the Province of Frosinone. The area around Frosinone is also known by the name of Ciociaria (pronounce: Cho-cha-REE-ah). http://www.apt.frosinone.it/index-en.html Frosinone is about 1 hr south of Rome, approximately 55 miles south of Rome along the freeway that connects Rome to Naples. The freeway from Rome to Frosinone is the Autostrada A-1. It is a 6 lane divided highway similar to any Interstate freeway you have in Texas. They are actually not free, since you have to pay toll to drive in them. Other than that, driving on Italian highways is more or less the same as driving on US Interstate highway. The main difference is that you CANNOT cruise in the left lane. The left lane is passing lane only and should use the left lane strictly for the time necessary to pass a vehicle, then you must move over and return to the right lanes. Passing can be done on the left side of a vehicle only (i.e. you cannot go around a car and pass them on their right using the right lanes). The general speed limit on the autostrada is 130 km/h (80 mph).
how much the tolls cost You don't say which points. Go to viamichelin.com and put in your start and finish points. It will not only plan it out for you but tell you exactly how much the tolls will be - even how much fuel and how much it will cost.
Tolls are on avg about 7 eurocents per km. (about US$0.15 per mile). But you can find out online the exact amount. Check the website above (see Nigel's suggestion), or also the website of Autostrade per L'Italia, the company that runs Italian freeways: http://www.autostrade.it From Rome to Frosinone the toll would be 6 euro (US$ 8 approx.)