Renting a car in Italy

We has pick-up locations all over the country and in all the major cities. We’re covered from Rome to Milan, Florence to Naples, Bologna to Brindisi and from Venice to the Amalfi coast. If you’re looking for an urban or rural break, countryside or coast – everything is within easy reach with car rental in Italy.

Choose the perfect car for your visit with our straightforward booking process. We’ve got large vehicles made for family adventures, and more compact options for business trips. If you pre-pay, you can arrive and be exploring Italy in a matter of minutes.

Renting a car in Italy

Tips : Know before you go

Before you begin on your Italy trip, go over a few things prior to leaving the rental lot. You should:

  • Look over the car and be sure there is no damage or scratches. If so, write it down on the paperwork
  • Make you have a properly inflated spare tire, lug wrench, and jack in the trunk
  • Get familiar with the controls of your car. Adjust the mirrors and seats, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
  • Get comfortable working the navigation and entertainment. You don’t want any unneeded distractions in a new city

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Should I rent a car in Italy?

Italy lends itself well to renting a car. There are wonderful points of interest that are located throughout the country. A rental car will give you the freedom to see everything without having to rely on public transit, which can be limiting in terms of times and stops. Renting a car is especially helpful if you’re visiting a widespread, rural area like Tuscany, since public transit typically does not stop in these areas.

What do I need to hire a car?

-To book your car, all you need is a credit or debit card. When you pick the car up, you’ll need: Your voucher / e-voucher, to show that you’ve paid for the car.

-The main driver’s credit / debit card, with enough available funds for the car’s deposit.

-Each driver’s full, valid driving licence, which they’ve held for at least 12 months (often 24).

-Your passport and any other ID the car hire company needs to see.

-Different car hire companies have different requirements, so please make sure you check the car’s terms and conditions as well.

How old do I have to be to rent a car?
For most car hire companies, the age requirement is between 21 and 70 years old. If you’re under 25 or over 70, you might have to pay an additional fee.

Can I book a hire car for someone else?
Yes, as long as they meet these requirements. Just fill in their details while you’re making the reservation.

How do I find the cheapest car hire deal?
We work with all the major international car hire brands (and lots of smaller local companies) to bring you a huge choice of cars at the very best prices. That’s how we can find you cheap car hire deals at over 60,000 locations worldwide. To compare prices and find your ideal car at an unbeatable price, just use our search form.

What should I look for when I’m choosing a car?
Space: You’ll enjoy your rental far more if you choose a car with plenty of room for your passengers and luggage.
Fuel policy: Not planning on driving much? A Full to Full fuel policy can save you a lot of money.
Location: You can’t beat an ‘on-airport’ pick-up for convenience, but an ‘off-airport’ pick-up with a shuttle bus can be much cheaper.

Are all fees included in the rental price?
The vast majority of our rentals include Theft Protection, Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), local taxes, airport surcharges and any road fees. You’ll pay for any ‘extras’ when you pick your car up, along with any young driver, additional driver or one-way fees – but we’ll explain any additional costs before you book your car (and taking your own child seats or GPS can be an easy way to reduce your costs). For more details on what’s included, just check the Ts&Cs of any car you’re looking at.

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What is the best type of car to rent in Italy?

With us, you can get the perfect car rental for your Italy trip. If you’re looking for a memorable Italy nightlife experience, try a luxury vehicle like a convertible car rental. Or, if you have a large travel group, consider a minivan or passenger van with extra space.

Van Rental in los Italy
If you’re traveling with a group, you can take up to 12 or 15 people to an attraction, with a passenger van rental. For a smaller group, consider a minivan rental. In a Chrysler Pacifica, or a similar model, you can head to family attractions.

SUV Rental in los Italy
For a good balance of passenger space and cargo space, consider an SUV rental. Say you want to play 18 holes at Shadow Creek, and you’ve got some friends. An SUV like the Ford Explorer can comfortably transport as many as seven people—and their clubs—to the golf course.

Long-Term Car Rental in Italy
If you’re staying in town for a month or more, a monthly car rental might be the best option. With a monthly or long-term car rental, you get a better rental rate the longer you rent a car, and you can rent for up to 11 months at a time.

Luxury Car Rental in Italy
There’s no better way to really get the Italian experience than driving through the Strip in a shiny convertible car rental. If convertibles aren’t what you’re thinking, Budget offers a variety of other luxury vehicles to help you make your America trip memorable and convenient.


Driving In And Around Italy

Italians love their cars – after all, they’re the nation that gave us Ferrari and Lamborghini. And it’s a country that’s deeply rewarding to explore by road, whether you’re navigating the rocky coast next to the ocean, or plunging through countryside past fragrant lemon or orange trees, olive groves and vineyards.

Speed limits are clearly signposted and are 50kph (around 30mph) in built-up areas, 90kph on standard roads outside of these, 110kph on divided highways and 130kph (around 80mph) on freeways. These limits drop in wet weather. Freeways (known as ‘autostrade’ in Italy) are toll roads and you’ll need to take a ticket on entry and pay in cash on leaving.

Seat belts must be worn where fitted, but you can find a comprehensive guide to driving rules in Italy online. If you’re planning on heading into some of the ski resorts and mountain towns, you may need snow tires and chains – our staff can advise you about that and the ideal car for those conditions.

The Autostrada A1 is the main freeway in Italy running north-south. It’s known as the ‘Highway of the Sun’ and measures 470 miles from Milan to Naples via Florence and Rome.

If you’re driving to the south of Italy, you can join the A2 from Fisciano to San Giovanni. In the north of the country, at its widest point, the A4 – known as the Serenissima – connects Trieste and Turin, calling at Venice and Milan along the way.

One of the great driving experiences is the A5 in the north-west. It links Turin to France through a tunnel beneath Mont Blanc. Be aware, however, that the toll fee is costly.

Roaming The Renaissance
Many art lovers gravitate towards Rome, Milan and Florence to get their fix of the old masters. You’ll certainly see some of the big tickets in Florence, with masterpieces by Michelangelo, Fra Angelico, Raphael, Donatello, Botticelli and more.

Go further afield and you’ll find other cities just as packed with creativity. Renaissance painter Caravaggio lived in Naples for four years and has left three of his deep, brooding works behind. Today, Naples is a city that loves its art – it’s currently renovating many of its underground metro stations with art installations.

Elsewhere in Campania, you can drive out to Amalfi, Sorrento and Positano, visit the preserved volcanic ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, climb Vesuvius, and even take a jet ski out to the island of Capri, one of the world’s most picturesque and romantic locations.