If you want to enjoy the scenery and discover Italy, it is a must to rent a car in Italy. Driving in Italy is similar to any other European country. Highways are narrower with two lanes in some parts of the country. Some alleys are also narrower. It will be a good idea to rent a compact car to discover Italian cities. Renting a car in Italy will be a good idea compared to other means of transport. Trains are expensive in Italy and ticket prices can go up to €50 per person. Trains are not punctual and most of the time there are delays. Taxis are really expensive. It will cost €100 from Milan Malpensa Airport to Milan city. It is not possible to find a taxi outside of the city. Italy is popular for strikes. It is most likely that there can be a strike during your trip to Italy and trains and taxis will not work.
You can use US driver's license to rent a car in Italy. Almost all car rental companies rent cars with US driver's license. It will be good to obtain an International Driving Permit before leaving the U.S. Italian police may ask for International Driving Permit or Italian translation of your license. You may apply for International Driving Permit through the American Automobile Association (AAA).
Yes, you can rent a car with your valid license. It will be good to obtain an International Driving Permit or Italian translation of your license in case you are checked by Italian police.
Valid driver’s license and credit card under the name of driver is required.
18 years of age. The minimum Italy age restriction is 18 years old. Some of the car rental companies rent a car to drivers above 18 years old and holding a valid license for 1 year. Most of the car rental companies require 21 years of age to rent a car. All car rental companies charge under 25 fee if you are under 25 years of age. Under 25 fees may vary from €11 to €20 per day. You can find detailed information about under 25 fees on our blog post.
Yes, you can rent automatic cars. Automatic cars are more expensive than manual cars. You can find automatic car rental on Carla Car Rental app. The majority of cars in Italy have manual transmissions. Therefore, automatic cars tend to cost significantly more to rent than manual cars. Still, Italy is one of the cheapest countries to rent an automatic car.
Basic car rental insurance, collision damage waiver CDW, is mandatory in Italy. It is legally required to have this coverage while driving a rental car in Italy. All rental cars on Carla app have collision damage waiver CDW and theft protection included in the rate. You don’t have to pay extra for CDW and theft protection. Basic CDW has an excess meaning you will be liable for the first €500 to €800 in case of accidents. You can waive this by buying full coverage insurance on Carla. Buying full coverage insurance in advance is 40% cheaper than buying at the counter. Average full coverage insurance will cost €15 per day at the counter while it is €9 per day on Carla.
Yes. It is possible to drive to countries in European Union. For instance, you can rent in Italy and drive to France. You will not even notice that you are crossing the border. Taking a road trip through Europe will be visiting more than one country. Most major car rental companies do not charge cross border fee.
In most of the cities in Italy, there are Zona Traffico Limitato (ZTL) areas. This is a limited driving area just for residents. But if your hotel is in ZTL or if you park in a garage in ZTL, they contact the authorities so that you don’t get a fine. Make sure that your hotel contacts the authorities. Rome, Florence, Bologna are some of the cities having Zona Traffico Limitato (ZTL).
The maximum speed limit on a highway is 130 kilometers (80 miles) per hour.