Car Hire Italy
Quality car rental – available for the holiday makers who are visiting Italy! Tempting car rental deals are provided by the numerous local and international car rental companies operating in the country!
Situated in Southern Europe, Italy is among the countries that are in the wish list to see of all travelers around the world. May be it is because of its historical sites, may be it has something to do with the cultural events organized, or it is only associated with the locally produced food and wines. Along with Greece, Italy is considered the birthplace of the Western culture and is home to a large number of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
Italy is known for its fashion industry, its delicious cuisine, its luxury cars and fast motorcycles. It is also a country of diverse cultures and dialects. The country features a long and beautiful coastline, two large mountain ranges – the Apennines and the Alps, numerous alpine lakes, etc. Here are located the Vatican City and San Marino – two independent mini-states that are surrounded by Italy.
Italy is bordering Austria and France, Slovenia and Switzerland. It is surrounded by the Tyrrhenian and the Liguria Seas, the Mediterranean Sea and the Adriatic Sea. Two large islands are also part of the country and these are Sicily on the southern tip of the boot and Sardinia off the west coast. Since there is plenty to be seen in Italy, and there is charm and authentic atmosphere even in the secluded villages, making a car reservation at one of the car rental companies is a very wise thing to do. Using the tempting car rental deals in advance is advisable, especially during the peak of the holiday seasons.
The biggest cities in Italy
There are so many cities, small towns and lovely villages in Italy that deserve to be seen. Yet, the most famous settlements among the tourists are listed below and they are all easily approachable with the available rental vehicles.
- Rome – also known as Roma, is the capital city of Italy, which resembles an open-air museum with so many historic and cultural landmarks.
- Bologna – a wonderful city with an old university, filled with culture, history, technology and palatable food.
- Florence – this is a delightful Renaissance city, that is famous for its unique art and marvelous architecture.
- Genoa – this city played a very important role during the medieval maritime republic; its port used to bring in and still does trade and tourism, architecture and art.
- Milan – that is the fashion capital of Italy and a very important center of business, shopping and trade.
- Naples – that is one of the oldest cities of the Western world, featuring a historic city center that is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Napoli, as the Italians call it, is considered the birthplace of pizza as well.
- Pisa – this is one the medieval maritime republics. It is appealing for the travelers today for the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
- Torino – this is popular historical city and industrial settlement, home of FIAT. It is a place with plenty of baroque buildings.
- Venice – without any doubt, this is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, famous for its labyrinth of small streets and canals, history and art. The holiday car hire offered at Treviso Airport will be needed only for the area around and until the gates of the city, as it is open for pedestrians only.
Driving in Italy
Driving an automobile hire in Italy will be rewarding as the scenery around is always wonderful and very beautiful. And even if the car reservation is easy, the driving process can be very challenging as the locals are quite aggressive drivers and always on the run. Travelers that want to use the services of the car rental companies in Italy should know that the local authorities accept the driving licenses that are issued by the EU member states. Those holiday-makers that are coming outside Europe can use their international driving permits. The signposts used in the country are set according to the EU standards.
Italy is bordering Austria and France, Slovenia and Switzerland and all the borders are open except the one with Switzerland. In Central and Northern Italy there is an excellent system of motorways, while in the South Italy, the road situation is not that good. Most of the motorways in Italy come with tolls, which depend on the stretches and are paid on the automatic machines in the blue lanes or through the electronic pay-toll device. Speeding on the motorways is not acceptable and there is a serious control on that in the last few years.
The traffic in the large Italian cities is heavy and parking is challenging. There are certain Limited Traffic Zones that the holiday makers who are using vehicle rentals should be careful about. These zones are usually in the historic areas of the cities but not only and are allowed only for the authorized vehicles. Entering these zones with an auto hire may lead to huge fine.
Car rental tips for Italy (insider tips)
Travelers that plan to make a car booking for a holiday car hire should be aware that the traffic in the city centers can be chaotic and busy. The driving outside the cities is pleasant. As the Italians are hectic drivers, tourists should try and drive in that manner, keeping the following tips in mind:
- The allowed age for driving in Italy is 18 years.
- The driving is on the right, which means that the overtaking is on the left.
- At crossings the vehicles which are approaching from the right always have right of way.
- The passengers in front and those in the back should wear seat belts.
- Drink driving is considered driving with blood alcohol content of more than 0.5 grammes per litre is not allowed.
- The speed limits in Italy are as follows: urban areas – 50 km/h; minor out-of-town roads – 90 km/h; major out-of-town roads – 110 km/h; motorways – 130 km/h.
- The headlights should always be on outside the urban areas.
Naturally, all big cities of Italy deserve a visit, yet the country has many other beauties as well. These places can be easily reached with the economy car rental that is provided:
- Amalfi Coast – this marvelous rocky coastline is very popular, yet travelers should now that the usage of private cars including automobile rental is banned in the summer months
- Italian Alps – without doubt, these are the most beautiful mountains in Europe. Here are to be found Mount Rosa and Mont Blanc.
- Lake Como – delightful lake, appreciated for its beauty and Roman heritage.
- Cinque Terre – these are five tiny and scenic towns that are set along the steep vineyard coast of Liguria.
- Capri – that lovely island is placed on the Bay of Naples, and was once a favored resort of the Roman emperors.
- Vesuvius – that is a popular dormant volcano with a wonderful view of the Bay of Naples.
- Matera – a very important tourist attraction in southern Italy. The well-kept rock-cut settlements are a World Heritage site.
- Lake Garda – delightful lake in Northern Italy, that is surrounded with romantic villages.