Autostrada A10 (Italy)
|Autostrada dei Fiori|
|Length:||158.1 km (98.2 mi)|
|Existed:||1967 – present|
|Autostrade of Italy|
The Autostrada A10, also known as the Fiori Autostrada or the AutoFiori ("fiori" meaning "flowers" in Italian), is an Italian motorway, passing through Liguria and connecting Genoa with Ventimiglia. It connects to the French A8 autoroute, which finishes in Aix-en-Provence, and forms part of European route E80. It is 158.7 kilometres long.
The route from Genoa to Savona was opened on 5 September 1967, and the route from Savona to Ventimiglia was opened on 6 November 1961.
Between Genoa and Savona, the highway has been improved three times in recent times: the northern route, in the direction of Ventimiglia, has been renovated, while the opposite direction, towards Genoa, is now the original road, which formerly consisted of both directions. Accordingly, this side is of lower quality than the other; the widening of the road to three lanes has necessitated the removal of the emergency lane, and a reduction of all lanes to less than 3.75m - this is less than the regulations of the Italian highway code, and has in turn caused a reduction of the speed limit to 80 km/h for most of the section between Albisola and Genoa Voltri.
The route between Genoa and the Italian border, on the other hand, is completely new, having been built in the sixties; it consists of two carriageways side by side, with two lanes in each direction. It has, however, no emergency lane, but includes several places in which it is suitable to make an emergency stop.
The Autostrada today
The route is currently run by two companies: from Genoa to Savona, by the company Autostrade Italy SpA, and from Savona to the border by Autostrada dei Fiori SpA. It has 22 entrances, and includes eight service stations.
Much of the route is built on hillside, with a series of viaducts and tunnels; for this reason, the entire motorway requires paying a toll charge (one of the most expensive in Italy). Past Savona, the motorway visits Albenga, Imperia, San Remo, and Ventimiglia: six kilometres from Ventimiglia, it reaches the border with France. Until the nineties, the border was marked by a change of stripe colour, from yellow to white, alongside a sign in the tunnel indicating the precise location of the border—this is now gone, although its former location can still be discerned from a change of lighting systems, and the different thicknesses of asphalt.
In the opposite direction, the A10 intersects with the A6, towards Turin, the A26, towards the Po Valley, Switzerland, and other major cities in the north of Italy, before finally joining the A7, towards Milan and Tuscany.
|A10 GENOA - VENTIMIGLIA
Autostrada dei Fiori
|Alessandria - Gravellona Toce||13||145|
|South Terrarossa carpark||140,3|
|Service station "Piani d'Invrea"||26||132||Savona|
|Service station "S.Cristoforo"||42||116|
"Aurelia Sud" service area
|"Valleggia Nord" service station|
|"Borsana Sud" service station|
|"Borsana Nord" carpark||55,7|
|"Feglino Sud" carpark||100|
|"Aquila Sud" carpark||98,7|
|Borghetto Santo Spirito||72||86|
|"Piccaro Nord" carpark||75,5|
|"Ceriale" service station||77||81|
|"Rinovo" service station||95|
|"Valle Chiappa" service station||98.1|
|"Valle Chiappa" service station||60|
|San Bartolomeo al Mare||104||58||Imperia|
|"Gorleri Est" carpark||54,2|
|"Conioli" service station||38|
|"Castellaro" service station||123|
|Arma di Taggia||128||30|
|"Bordighera" service station||143||15|
Col de Tende - Cuneo
"Autoporto" service station
|Ventimiglia border post||151,8||6|
| Menton - Monaco - Nice
Border state - France
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-29. Retrieved 2014-05-25.
- Exit only westbound, entry only eastbound
- Open system of tolls to and from France.