Car Hire Italy
Major Italian airports include those of Rome-Fiumicino Airport, Milan-Malpensa Airport, Bologna Airport, Venice Airport, Verona Airport and Naples Airport, amongst many others. Together they serve millions of passengers every year, many of which are tourists visiting the wonderful country of Italy, that has endless attractions to offer. The airports of Italy are well equipped with facilities for their passengers, and most offer a couple of public transport options, as well as all the major international and Italian car hire companies. In Italy, car hire is popular, as the road network between the major cities is excellent, and it is quite easy to drive to many of the smaller towns as well. Italian airport car rental companies offer a wide choice of hire cars, and competitive car rental rates.
At the majority of Italian airports, car hire counter of various companies can be found in the arrival areas, and they are generally open to greet the arrival flights of the airport. However, the opening hours of the individual companies may vary, therefore it is best to check in advance that your chosen car rental provider will be available at the time of your arrival. The companies present at most major airports in Italy include Avis Car Rental, Hertz Car Hire, Budget Car Rental, National Car Hire, Sixt Car Hire, Europcar, Easycar, Alamo Car Rental, Thrifty Car Rental and Maggiore. Maggiore is an Italian car hire company, while the others are international, and are found at thousands of rental locations in countries around the world. It is recommended to book car hire in Italy in advance of your arrival at the airport, in order to ensure that you receive the car you require for your holiday or business trip. Online is most convenient.
Vehicles hire at Italian airports are divided into various car groups, and are priced and booked accordingly, rather than by their specific makes and models, however, certain companies may offer more specific booking options. Popular car groups include Economy, Compact and Intermediate, containing vehicles that are similar to the Fiat Panda 1.2, Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, Fiat Punto 1.3, Nissan Micra, Renault Megane, Volkswagen Golf, Lancia Delta and the Renault Scenic. Smaller sized cars are often considered a better choice for city driving, and are usually light on fuel and eco-friendly. However, they don’t have much room for luggage, and families therefore tend to rent something a little larger. Larger vehicle models could be similar to the Opel Insignia, Volkswagen Passat Wagon, Opel Astra Wagon, Peugeot 3008 or the Volkswagen Touran. Vans for groups of travellers include the Ford Galaxy for seven, the Mercedes Vito for eight and the Opel Vivaro for nine passengers. Additionally, in Italy, premium and luxury cars can be hired, as well as convertibles, SUVs and 4 wheel drive vehicles.
For car hire in Italy, the primary renter will need to be at least 21 years of age, and have driven legally with a license in his/her country of residence for a minimum period of a year prior to the rental date. All car hire companies charge a young drivers fee for persons under the age of 25, and these individuals may also not be permitted to hire from certain vehicle categories. Young drivers insurance is paid per day of car hire, and per underage driver listed on the rental agreement, up until a maximum of ten rental days. Certain customers, depending on their country of residence, will require an International Driving Permit for car hire. However, this document is always recommended when driving in a foreign country. Debit cards and cash are not accepted as methods of payment, only major credit cards, for example, American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard, Mastercard and Visa. Your car hire company may have their own charge cards as well.
At the time of reservation, book child seats or satellite navigation systems if they are required for your journey. In Italy, it is required by law for every passenger in a vehicle to wear seatbelts, and children under the age of four should have an adequate restraint system. Their own seat is therefore essential. A satellite navigation system is wonderful for anyone who is unfamiliar with the road network of the country. Additionally, from Italian airports, hand controls for disabled drivers may be possible to hire, and are usually free of charge. All other items will cost a few extra Euro per day of use, or per rental contract. Before leaving the airport in your rented car, ensure that you are comfortable with the workings of the vehicle, that the vehicle has been checked for existing damages and that you know which type of fuel to use for the vehicle, as it could be unleaded petrol or diesel. Your hire car will begin the rental period with a full tank of fuel.
Driving in Italy is done on the right-hand side of the road, and drivers should give way to vehicles already on a roundabout, on their left hand side. Speeding and other traffic offenses can result in heavy fines, and since the new speed limits came into effect in 2003, people have been more cautious on Italian roads. There are many speed traps which can catch you travelling too fast. The general speed limits in place are as follows: 50 kph in urban areas, 90 kph outside of cities, 110 kph on highways/dual carriageways and 130 kph on autostrada. On the autostrada motorists should turn on their lights. The drunk driving laws of the country are very strict, and for your own safety and others, don’t drink and drive.
Upon expiry of your rental contract, return your vehicle to the same location as it was collected, unless a one way hire was arranged, in which case, the vehicle can be delivered to the pre-arranged and alternative rental location. At most Italian airports, one way hires are useful for those travelling more extensively, and are allowed for the majority of hire cars. Vehicles may also even be driven out of the country of Italy, to neighbouring countries such as France. This can be referred to as a cross-border rental. Always confirm the details of your travel itinerary with your chosen Italian car rental company.
Car hire in Italy is best for travelling the countryside, but in the city centres, rather park your vehicle and take public transport. Contact your chosen Italian airport car hire company for all further information required.
Hire a car in Italy and be able to view a completely different Italy than you can view by public transport. In many of the rural areas there is little or no public transportation available so to view many of the smaller attractions or to visit to the real historic towns hiring a car is a must. Car hire in Italy is also idea is you want to explore the costal and mountainous areas or discover the numerous lakes inland.
When you come to hire a car be aware that prices are more expensive than many other Mediterranean countries.