Suggestions For Renting Cars In Italy

Most people on vacation like the safety, economy and ease of public transport that buses, trams and trains offer, yet they crave the freedom, convenience and independence of a rented car. But before trying to rent a car in Italy, it would be best to go through the following suggestions that will make things a lot easier. It’s really pretty easy to enjoy the freedom of rental cars in Italy when you are traveling on your own, with family or in a private group, and don’t want to be herded like sheep into buses and vans.

It’s the practical option if you have luggage, shopping bags or camping gear that can be unwieldy to lug around on public transport. And if you want to visit far off towns and villages, the public transport system may not be very reliable, so the best option is to be on your own in a rented vehicle.

Let’s get started.

International Driver’s License – Do you have one? You will definitely need one if you are keen on renting a car in Italy. You driving license is translated into an Italian form and is known as an International Driving Permit. The car hire companies may not insist on one but if the police find you renting a car without an international driving license then you could be in for trouble. If you’re from the US then visit the AAA website for more details on how to get an international driving license.

Get a trusty map – If you want to discover the length and breadth of Italy then you will most surely need a good map, one with updated names and accurate directions. Don’t buy any cheap map from the roadside; think of a more expensive map as an investment. If you are hiking or mountain biking the more detailed (and hence more costly!) map will be useful and a good map can be bought at Touring Club.

The Italian parking conundrum – This can be a puzzling prospect for visitors to Italy, at any time of the year, as the parking spaces can be few and far between in most big cities. Although there are dedicated parking zones and allotments, the distance can be a bother and hence citizens park without heed to rules. As a tourist and international driver, you are advised to follow parking sings and not risk your vehicle being towed away and being fined hefty penalties. Keep spare time to look for parking when you head to crowded cities and monuments.

Need emergency help? – Ok, so you’re on your own and driving a renting car and suddenly the car breaks down or you have a road accident or medical emergency then you need to dial 116 from your mobile and reach the emergency road help service and if you are on the Autostrade then get to the call boxes located on the side of the road and dial the helpline number.

Lastly, always keep your seat belts fastened, don’t talk on the phone while driving (unless you have hands-free service/headphones), don’t drink and drive, always keep the headlights on during the day and night and place the safety vests (with reflective panels) in the car. All these are strictly monitored by the police and non-compliance could attract a fine, seizing of vehicle or criminal persecution.

Renting a car in Italy is a very simple process, especially if you book online and search the rental company sites for deals and price discounts. Make sure to abide by the laws and traffic rules to enjoy an uninterrupted driving experience in Italy.

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