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    An Italian Escape with Car Hire from Auto Europe

    Save on your car hire in Italy when you compare major suppliers with Auto Europe. Explore all that Italy has to offer by car relax, knowing that Auto Europe can take care of all your rental needs. Book your car hire in Italy with Auto Europe and save.

    Country Essentials

    Italian motorists drive on the right-hand side of the road. Driving rules are different per county so be sure to familiarise yourself with the legal driving requirements and road symbols. The legal speed limit is usually displayed on the road signs next to the road. They might change when the weather circumstances are bad.

    Standard Inclusions

    All of our rental bookings include Value Added Tax (VAT) and third-party liability insurance. You can also have peace of mind with 24-hour emergency roadside assistance and 24/7 phone support.Economy Car Rental


    Driving in Italy 

    Italy is home to some of the most beautiful cities in the world. A holiday in Italy would not be complete without a trip to Rome. The iconic Italian city is lined with many world-famous buildings including the Roman Coliseum and The Vatican's St. Peter's Square. Drive 227 km up north and you will enter Florence, known as the birthplace of the Renaissance. The World Heritage City is home to some of the most spectacular art in the world. Continue your journey about a 100km up north and you will find yourself in Bologna. Here you can visit the oldest university in the world and enjoy the amazing Italian Cuisine.

    Licence Requirements

    It is a requirement that visiting motorists carry their valid Australian driving licence in addition to a valid International Driving Permit. This must be obtained before leaving Australia. The minimum age to rent a car in Italy is 18 years, though some suppliers may charge a fee for young drivers (25 and under).

    Tolls and Freeways

    Most of the motorways, or autostrade as the Italians call it, are toll roads. Tolls are usually charged by the distance travelled, and you will have to take a ticket when you enter the motorway network and pay at the toll gate upon exit. Some tolls can be relatively expensive as motorway operators are required to maintain the roads and cover expenses from the toll revenue.

    When preparing to drive in Italy, it's important to be aware of the Limited Traffic Zones (Zona Traffico Limitato / ZTL) found in larger cities. Most historic city centres, including Rome, Florence, Milan and Pisa have these zones. ZTL's are set up to reduce overall congestion around popular attractions and also to help slow the degradation to these areas caused by the constant influx of visitors each year.

    Drivers who enter a ZTL without proper authorization will be fined, and in most circumstances, tourists and non-local visitors are not issued passes - only locals are permitted to drive through these zones. The fines for violating a ZTL boundary ranges depending on the city you're driving in, but on average is about 65 EUR, not including the "Traffic Violation Fee" (usually around 25 EUR per fine) charged by car rental suppliers.

    It should be noted that rental cars in Italy are never permitted in ZTL zones during their active times, regardless of a signs fine print and exclusions.

    Fleet Guide

    You can find details and compare all the great cars available for hire in Italy by checking out our fleet guide. Please note that not all cars are available at all locations.

    Border Crossings

    If you plan to travel through Europe with your rental car, there are a few things to bear in mind. You will need to inform us of the countries you intend to visit at the time of booking and when you pick up your rental car. In general, travel across borders is permitted between west and central European nations. Each provider has slightly different rules regarding travel to certain countries and it is advisable to make sure that your planned driving route is in accordance with any international restrictions in place. Fees may also be payable to the supplier, the main reason for this is to cover the insurance based on the safety of the area you are travelling to, and locally at border crossings.

    Useful Distances 

    • Milan to Rome - 579km (approx. 6hr 20mins)
    • Milan to Venice - 269km (approx. 2 hr 40 min)
    • Rome to Florence - 277km (approx. 3hr)
    • Rome to Naples - 227km (approx. 2hr)
    • Naples to Pompeii - 26km (approx. 25mins)

    Car Hire in Italy with Auto Europe

    Book your car hire in Italy with Auto Europe over our safe, reliable and secure online booking system. Our exceptional customer service and Beat Rate Guarantee assure the best savings and quality of service on your car hire. For more information, read our Car Rental FAQ page, read our Terms and Conditions, or Contact Us.

    Top Italy Car Hire Locations

    Auto Europe is proud to offer car hire in every major city in Italy. No matter where your travel itinerary brings you, Auto Europe has a local supplier with the best prices. Find your chosen city below or enter your details in the search form above.

    Car Hire Rome Rome Car Hire Milan Milan Car Hire Florence Florence Car Hire Venice Venice
    Car Hire Bari Bari Car Hire Pisa Pisa Car Hire Bologna Bologna Car Hire Sorrento Sorrento

    Italy Driving Inspiration

    To make your Italy self-drive adventure that little bit easier we have a range of resources to assist! You can download Auto Europe's Italy Travel & Driving Guide for free which provide useful information and touring ideas to create your own holiday itinerary or for the latest and greatest in Italy events and itineraries check out our blog.

    Italy Driving Guide         Italy on the Blog                                                      

    DEPOT INFORMATION

    We search & compare competitive rates and a wide range of choices with reputable suppliers. Our Suppliers are located throughout major cities of Italy. 

    DRIVING DISTANCES IN ITALY

    • Bologna to Milan – 220 kms (2 hrs / 20mins)
    • Como to Turin – 170 kms (2hrs)
    • Florence to Siena – 75 kms (1 hr / 15mins)
    • Florence to Rome – 285 kms (2 hrs / 50 mins)
    • Genoa to Milan – 145 kms (1 hr / 45 mins)
    • Milan to Rome – 585 kms (5 hrs / 30 mins)
    • Naples to Pompeii – 28 kms (35mins)
    • Sorrento to Naples – 50 kms (1 hr / 10 mins)
    • Venice to Trieste – 160 kms (2 hrs / 10 mins)

    LICENCE REQUIREMENTS

    A full valid driver's licence is required for a minimum of 1 year. An International Drivers Licence is required for Australian drivers licence holders.

    AGE RESTRICTIONS

    Generally, the minimum age is 21 years, but can vary between the car hire company and location. Maximum age limits apply in some locations, a young/senior driver surcharge may apply. Please check terms & conditions when making an enquiry or booking.

    RULES, LAWS AND REGULATIONS

    General driving rules, laws and regulations in Italy:

    • Vehicles drive on the right-hand side of the road.
    • Pass other vehicles on the left-hand side.
    • Seat belts are mandatory to wear by all passengers and driver in a vehicle.
    • Mobile phones cannot be used while driving, with the exception of a hands-free system.
    • Must give way to emergency vehicles, buses, trams and trains.
    • Dipped headlights are to be used at all times while driving on motorways and carriageways.
    • Drivers are to carry at all times while driving, a valid drivers licence, registration documents and insurance documents.
    • Must carry with you at least one spare glasses or contact lenses for drivers who use corrective eye-wear.

    RESTRICTED DRIVING ZONES

    When preparing to drive in Italy, it's important to be aware of the Limited Traffic Zones (Zona Traffico Limitato / ZTL) found in larger cities. Most historic city centers, like Florence for instance, have ZTL's set up to reduce overall congestion around popular attractions, and also to help slow the degradation to these areas caused by the constant influx of visitors each year.

    Drivers who enter a ZTL without proper authorization will be fined, and in most circumstances, tourists and non-local visitors are not issued passes - only locals are permitted to drive through these zones. The fines for violating a ZTL boundary ranges depending on the city you're driving in, but on average is about 65 EUR, not including the "Traffic Violation Fee" (usually around 25 EUR per fine) charged by car rental suppliers.

    Please Note: Rental cars in Italy are never permitted in ZTL zones during their active times, regardless of a signs fine print and exclusions.

    EQUIPMENT

    The following equipment is required to be carried in the vehicle and which are to be used in the event of an incident, accident or breakdown:

    • Warning Triangle - to be used in the event of an accident or breakdown to warn following traffic.
    • Reflective Vest - to be used when getting out of the car at an event of an accident or breakdown on any road.

    CHILD SAFETY SEATS

    Children under 150cm in height are required to be seated in the back seats of the vehicle and be fasted in either a seat belt or appropriate child restraint.

    SPEED LIMITS

    Below are the speed limits in Italy to use as a guide only, unless posted otherwise:

    • Urban Roads (built-up areas): 50 km/h
    • Rural Roads (outside towns): 90km/h
    • Dual Carriageways: 100km/h
    • Motorways: 130km/h

    Always maintain your speed according to the environment and weather conditions.

    DRINK DRIVING

    The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit in Italy is 0.05mg/100ml. Police have authorisation to carry out random alcohol test on drivers at any time. Motorists found over the limit face heavy fines from loss of licence, vehicle impounded, fines up to imprisonment. If found over the limit in the event of an accident, insurance companies have the rights to refuse claims.

    TOLLS

    In Italy, mostly all autostrade require a toll. Since Italian motorways form a network, toll prices are determined on distance travelled. Motorists entering a motorway will need to collect a ticket from an automated machine, the ticket must then be presented at the toll gate upon exit where a toll can be calculated. However, on some motorways, a fixed price is charge regardless of distance travelled. Tolls can be paid by cash, credit card, prepaid card or by electronic tags.

    ROAD SIGNS

    Road Signs in Italy adopts the standardization of the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals which many European countries now utilize, but with slight variance. Signs in Italy are commonly found in the countries local language however English is also used on city roads and state highways. The signs are very easy to understand as the vast majority of them are posted with symbols.

    • Warning Signs are generally triangular in shape with a red border, white background or yellow and a symbol in the middle.
    • Prohibitory Signs are signs which motorists must follow. These signs vary in shapes from a circle, octagon and a box. You will find these signs in either blue with a white symbol in the middle and white with a red border.
    • Information Signs are indicated with a blue or green background and white text providing motorists with information.

    PARKING

    Street parking within major cities such as Naples and Rome are virtually non-existent but once one is found strict restrictions apply. You'll be much better off finding off-street parking located away from the main hustle and bustle and catching transport in. If using street parking, park in bays marked in either blue or white. Blue bays are paid parking where a parking ticket will need to be purchased and displayed on your front window screen. White bays are free parking but require the use of a parking disc that displays your time of arrival on your front window, discs can be obtained from petrol stations. Make sure before leaving your vehicle to check street signs as time, parking restrictions may apply. Vehicles illegally parked or have exceeded their limit will have their vehicle towed or clamped and left with a hefty fine.

    VISA INFORMATION

    Visa, passport and entry requirements for visiting Italy from Australia:

    • Australian & NZ passport holders do no require a visa for the purpose of tourism for stays up to 3 months. However, tourists are required to register with the nearest police office within 8 days of their arrival to receive a permit of stay. Contact the Italian Consulate or Embassy in your local state for special visa information.
    • A valid passport is required for at least 6 months validity.

    WINTER DRIVING

    Driving in the snow is beautiful but make sure you are equipped to do so. 

    Top Italy Car Hire Locations

    Auto Europe is proud to offer car hire in every major city in Italy. No matter where your travel itinerary brings you, Auto Europe has a local supplier with the best prices. Find your chosen city below or enter your details in the search form above.

    Car Hire Rome Rome Car Hire Milan Milan Car Hire Florence Florence Car Hire Venice Venice
    Car Hire Bari Bari Car Hire Pisa Pisa Car Hire Bologna Bologna Car Hire Sorrento Sorrento
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