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  • Italy as it stands in 2019 has a population of just over 60 million people. Although a lot of the younger ones move away there is still a healthy mix of ages throughout the country.
  • Rome is the capital city and houses around 2.9 million people. It is a hub for religion, education, the arts and history that make up this countries expansive history.
  • The famous saying 'All roads lead to Rome' came from the Romans expanding their networks from this location, it is however true that almost all roads throughout Europe lead back to the Italian capital, in the vicinity of 400,000 roads lead to Rome.
  • Italy has numerous tiny cities throughout the mountainous countryside and the extensive coastline. The smallest city by population is Pedesina, a commune city with a population between 31 and 34. The smallest city by size in the country is Vatican City, located within the bounds of Rome, the city is 0.17 square miles in size.
  • The speed limits vary and are in km/h all over the country. The Motorway has a maximum of 150km/h, there's a main extra urban road with a maximum of 110 km/h, the secondary extra-urban road 90km/h, urban highway has a maximum of 70km/h and the city streets referred to as urban roads carry a maximum of 50km/h.
  • Italy more specifically Bologna is home to the worlds oldest University, established in 1088 and has been the training ground for some of the finest artisans ever born, Enzo Ferrari and Giorgio Armani their names used as their iconic brands, another notable graduate is Guglielmo Marconi the inventor of the first successful long distance telegraph that went on to transmit the first transatlantic telegram in 1901. The education system is a mix of public and private, an education is for the talented not just for the financially stable.
  • The road signs are plentiful throughout the country, provincial signs to show when you are entering and exiting a region, typical blue and white directional arrows, this is similar to the rest of Europe aside from the signs for the motorways(Autostrada) being green and for normal roads the background is blue. A single unbroken white line indicates parking that is free of charge, yellow for disabled and green zones that are no parking on working days between the hours of 08.00-09.30 and 14.30-16.00.
  • Italy shares it's borders with Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland and France. It's reach extends to the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. Corsica is within the region but has been under French rule since 1769.

Guide to Italy

Bridge Ponte Pietra In Verona
Cathedral Duomo Di Milano and Vittorio Emanuele Gallery

The first thing that needs to be decided is the type of adventure that is to be had in this colourful country, from the sunny painted backdrops of Tuscany with its constant romantic notions in the form of tiny villages and divine restaurants, the impressive heart of Rome and its grandiose history that has been immortalised in film and paintings for as long as can be remembered, to the skiing villages of the alps and the awe inspiring Dolemites or the shops of Milan calling out to have countless hours spent purchasing, wining, dining Italy will provide.

Rome will always prove to be a good choice when looking to experience what Italy has to offer, it's bars and restaurants are countless, the pizza in the piazza's can be matched nowhere else(Aside from Napoli but don't tell them) but Rome if nothing else is packed with people, tourists are common place and are always rewarded with the Colosseum being a fabulous site to arrive at, there are two ways to access what the Colosseum has to offer one being the general admission ticket for 16 euros then the other being a guided tour, if you have the money the guided tour is well worth it as they take you into the belly of the ancient amphitheatre.

Throughout Rome there are groups that sell tickets to enter the attractions however it's best to buy direct from the attraction's website itself and then get an audio tour, this is no more apparent than when you come close to Vatican City, so many vendors outside attempting to give you the best deal however the best deal is again online from the main site, the vendors have to wait in long queues to get in whereas a ticket from Vatican City online allows you to walk right in the door and procure your own guide once inside. It's not all about attractions though because the Italians love their food which has been present in any film, painting, book that has ever mentioned them a number of the small bars make their own traditional Porchetta, a sandwich of rolled pork with herbs and lemon it is worth hunting for the tastiest, but of course you have to grab a pizza and you should only grab a great one from a place on Piazza Navona, La Pace Del Palato.

Colosseum In Rome
Como Lake District

Italy's History

Where to begin with the boundless history that patrols the lands of Italy, we could start with the entertainment of the Coloseum, where men were pitched against men to fight for the peoples pleasure and to garner the love of the great demanding Caesar, where at the time the country in particular Rome was one of the largest empires the world has ever seen, with its Territorial holdings stretching across Europe, North Africa and all the way over to West Asia all ruled by different Emperors who had their own unique manners of keeping power. Augustus who is known as one of Asia's changing forces, under Roman rule that is, he introduced imperial administrative centres that allowed regions and cities to operate autonomously with their self-governing principles each becoming responsible for their own economics, taxes and law in their respective territories, Augustus also murdered friends, family members and probably someone's pet to make it to the top.

You could then take a leap into the great artistic period of the Renaissance, which plays out in the galleries and museums that are dotted all around this glorious country and all over the globe, with such defining icons as Michelangelo, the master of innovation Leonardo Da Vinci, the classic compositor Raphael and of course the masterful sculptor Donatello, these four have been immortalised forever in their works and in popular culture, with their lives being played out as pizza loving ninja turtles, an odd reference but important for the young people of this world to never allow these greats to be forgotten. During this time the wordsmith Dante Alighieri also brought forth the phenomenon that is Dante's Inferno which gave way to the paths that language has taken and continues to take forever more.

Italians, after these great times of opulence and rule they had over worldwide culture, were then as any empire has been, pushed back into their corners, told that the rest of the world needed its identity and Rome's vast empires were destroyed and the country was bordered to where it is today, however the Italians were only going to take so much and in the Risorgimento period they fought back to extract themselves from foreign rule and stand together in the creation of the single state of Italy.

This is a truncated version of a history that spans centuries but will at least let some of the Italian culture seep in before you travel there.

Mediterranean Sea
Rio Marin Canal

Eating Out

If the bustling streets of Rome are a little too boisterous and some might say arrogant, then taking a car around the rest of the country could be the settling romance you're after, there are again so many different places that you could venture off to, take somewhere like Tuscany for instance with its world renowned sunsets, its vineyards and all the beautiful villas that are written about by the wooing novelists across the world, however this is just a portion of Tuscany as Tuscany is a region with some of the grandest sites of the whole country, the famous leaning tower of Pisa is here, the birthplace of the equally if not more famous Galileo Galilei, the father of modern science with his passion and knowledge of Astronomy, Physics, Mathematics there are tours that can take you through the places where he made the discoveries that govern our modern day thinking, allowing you to see the sites and indulge in possibly your own discovery. Pisa also plays host to more of the great cuisine that Italy has to offer and one of the seaside treasures is Foresta Ristorante they have the usual traditional seafood dishes to suffice that desire but then their antipasti is where the true individuality lies.

If science is not your thing then leave Pisa to the other intellectuals and head to Chianti for those iconic vineyard and olive tree walks, to a place where you can indulge your palate with some of the greatest wine and food on the face of the planet, the key here is to let yourself go and get lost in the heady beauty of these delectable settings. Staying in Tuscany still as you may kick or be kicked if you don't visit Val d'Orcia, it is a UNESCO world heritage site that boasts all the picture book Tuscan wonderment, with its rolling green hills, little villages, Oak forests, olive groves and vineyards and of course the oldest extinct volcano in Italy, Monte Amiata, this area will make your heart erupt with joy.

Leaving the popularity of Rome and Tuscany and taking yourself into something that only Italy can offer, something that will hold a mirror up to your notions of what you believe Italy can provide and will shock you yet again with its diversity, the region of Campione d'italia, a portion of the country that sits right on the border of Switzerland and Italy, it is exempt from EU VAT. The local currency is the Swiss Franc although Euros are still accepted, the people speaking both languages, vehicle registration plates being Swiss and not Italian, the list of what happens in this cross cultural town goes on, it is a must for any traveller that wishes to witness where a border is in constant dispute. This village is also a perfect jumping off point to dive into your Lake Como dreams and even head off to slide down one of the many snow-capped mountains. As the commune of Campione is feared to be soon lost forever, due to widespread bankruptcy, heading there and possibly dining at Da Candida would be doing your bit as a tourist, saving the history of an important settlement...bring your francs and your Euros though as you won't be walking away with a light hearted bill, but you will be walking away with a more than satisfied stomach.

Hiring a car in Italian airports

There's no shortage of airports in Italy with around 80 throughout the country, about 50% of these airports service international flights and deal with anywhere between 5 million to 38 million passengers a year at the busiest Rome Fiumicino Airport.

Car rental within these airports vary as to how many providers have desks available, the companies that operate within these airports will range from the large Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Auto Europa and Sixt to the more local Italy by Car, Maggiore Budget, Targa Rent.

Cars that are generally available throughout the country are the zippy Italian Fiat that is perfect for shorter drives taking in the towns along curvy roads and steep hills, the more luxurious Audi's which are great for the highways but can get a little tricky when in the cobbled streets, then the option of even a large van is available for camping trips and taking in the wilderness of this diverse terrain.

About Italy's Airports

When looking to land although at any point you will be able to hire a car and traverse the country there are a few things to keep in mind, mostly what is it that you wish to get from your trip, is it a picturesque wander through the floating city of Venice, there are two Venice airports in Italy one is called Treviso and another much further inland, the other where you will want to go to get to the floating wonderland is Venice Marco Polo there is then another airport which is more for the helicopter enthusiasts 'Nicelli' the tourist airport, this should give you a good understanding of the country that it is not always straightforward and centuries of history keep it interesting and complex. If you are interested in a city break and seeing the sites then head to either Milan for the shopping and the architecture or straight to Rome for the grandiose passion, architecture and beautiful life that this city houses. The main point here is that with so many airports throughout the country there is not really a break that can't be had.

How To Find Budget Car Hire in Italy

Italy is a nation celebrated for its deep history, striking architecture, mesmerising natural beauty, and rich culture. Iconic cities such as Rome, Florence and Venice are enveloped in diverse landscapes, while majestic mountains such as the Alps stand tall and proud.

Securing car hire in Italy is easy when booking in advance. Peak tourism primarily occurs during the summer months from June to August. Prices shoot up and you're expected to pay anywhere from €50 to €150 per day. However, paying extortionate prices can easily be avoided by booking at least three months in advance, and by travelling during less busy periods such as between September and February. The winter months allow you to grab deals where the daily rate ranges from between €20 to €80 per day.

Italy's Driving Rules and Regulations for Car Renters

Driving in Italy is an exciting experience with its spectacular scenery and historical sites.

Whether it’s your first time driving in Italy, or you’re back for your annual holiday, it’s always helpful to read about Italian road rules and norms so that you’re prepared to drive on Italian roads, with Italian drivers. Make sure that you're equipped with the following:

  • Don’t forget car rental insurance. Italian law requires CDW (Collision Damage Waiver) and theft insurance.
  • You must be 18 to drive a car in Italy. So, even if you have your home country license at age 16, you can’t drive here.
  • Make sure you have all of the required documents:
    • Valid driver’s license from your home country.
    • International Driving Permit if you are not a resident of the European Union
    • International ID (passport)
    • Credit Card (unless you have made arrangements with the car rental company to NOT use a credit card)

General driving rules are as follows:

  • In Italy, they drive on the right side of the road.
  • You are not allowed to turn right at a red light.
  • Headlights must be on while driving outside of urban areas.
  • Stay in the right lane except when passing.
  • Don’t use your phone to call or text – it’s illegal in Italy and you will be fined.
  • Seatbelts must be worn in the front and back seats if the vehicle has them.
  • At intersections, yield to the car on the right.
  • The alcohol limit in Italy is .05%. This isn’t much more than a glass or two of wine. Plan appropriately and have a designated driver or take a taxi or public transport.

Getting Around Italy

Italy is an incredibly efficient country to travel around with its well-developed transportation system. The well-connected and affordable buses, trains and roads allow locals and visitors to move around swiftly. Due to the vast size and diversity of the country, having your own vehicle is the best option to get the most out of Italy. While there is a well-connected railway system, those who wish to explore far and wide and off the beaten path will hugely benefit from hiring a car.

Range of Vehicles for Car Hire in Italy

At Enjoy Travel, we offer an extensive range of vehicles for car hire in Italy. Whether you’re looking for a compact, fuel-efficient car to zip through the mountain roads, or a family-friendly car to accommodate the group, we have just what you need.

Working with the Best Car Hire Suppliers in Italy

Enjoy Travel works with the best and most reputable car hire suppliers in Italy to ensure our customers have access to high-quality vehicles as well as impeccable service. Some of the suppliers include Europcar, National, Avis, Enterprise, Sixt and Budget. Go ahead and book your car hire today with Enjoy Travel for a stress-free experience.

Top Tips when hiring a car in Italy

● A big number of users encountered rental cars in Italy for less than £35 per day.

● Booking your rental car in Italy in advance even if it's by at least 1 day before your trip ensures you'll get cheap car hire deals.

● Car hire companies in Italy's main Airports offer the best car hire deals and are considered the best car hire locations compared to car hire suppliers found in the cities.

● If you're looking to find cheap car hire company options then look no further. As soon as you land in the airport you can pick up your car and the best part is they are usually a one way car hire, so you can use drop off points throughout the city or country.

● Economy hire car models in Italy cheaper and more popular than other vehicle types.

● Make sure yo have your international driving permit with you when you reach the car hire companies offices.

● Rental companies in Italy offer a lot of variety when it comes to cars and there's flexibility with the pick up date.

● Renting a car in Italy is a great plan to explore the country leisurely, go on a road trip, explore the Amalfi Coast and much more.

● When arranging an Italy car hire, it's important to keep in mind the reputation of Italian drivers for their love of speed and passionate driving style.

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FAQs about car hire in Italy

Most frequently asked questions about hiring a car in Italy

With the country being so vast and airports everywhere, the cost will vary from place to place as well as time of year. Your choice of vehicle will also play a part in the cost of the price. Peak tourism primarily occurs during the summer months from June to August and prices shoot up to €50 to €150 per day. Between September and February, the daily rate ranges from between €20 to €80 per day.
This is probably best approached via airports, from Milan Malpensa airport the cheapest is € 5.92 (£5.07) per day for a Fiat Panda or similar, from Rome Fiumicino Airport which is the main destination for travellers the price of a mid-week booking for a car is € 6.20 (£5.21) per day for a Fiat Panda or Similar, from Florence airport getting you into the Tuscan region the cost of a car hire is from € 5.48 (£4.70) per day.
The cost of hiring an economy car depends on factors such as time of year, location, and rental company. On average, daily rates can range from €30 to €70, however, these prices fluctuate during peak tourist seasons or special events. It is advisable to book in advance to secure cheaper deals as well as ensure availability.
All the major large companies operate from most of the airports around the country, including Hertz, Europcar, Sixt, Enterprise, Budget, Thrifty, and Avis. Quite a few of these operate out of the smaller towns as well although local companies may provide a cheaper deal. Other companies include Alamo, National, Green Motion, Sur Price, Inter Rent, Dollar, and Centauro.
Buses and trams service all major Italian cities. Interstate trains reach most regions, even up to the mountains. However, if you feel like being adventurous and heading to small towns on winding roads, then a car is the best way around.
Driving in Italy requires a license from your home country. An International Driving Permit (IDP) is recommended as a supplementary document, translating your license into Italian. While not mandatory, some rental agencies may request it, especially if your license is in a language other than English or Italian.
If you're involved in an accident while driving a rental car in Italy, the first priority is ensuring safety. Contact local authorities immediately to report the incident. Exchange details with the other party involved and gather witness information if possible. Notify the car rental company promptly and follow their specific instructions. Most rental cars come with insurance, but be aware of your coverage limits and any deductibles. Document the scene with photos and obtain a copy of the police report. In the aftermath, the rental company will guide you through the claims process, and your liability will depend on the terms of your rental agreement and insurance coverage.
Just like many European countries, Italians drive on the right side of the road. The standard traffic flow follows the right-hand driving system and overtaking is done from the left. Road signs and markings also adhere to this traffic flow assisting you in your travels. Make sure you are well informed of the driving rules beforehand to avoid any confusion during your trip.
Italy's cost of living varies from region to region, however, overall living in Italy is more expensive than in 67% of countries in the world (27 out of 78). Major cities such as Rome, Milan, and Florence tend to have higher costs of living, while rural areas will be a little softer on the prices. The average daily cost in Italy works out to be £55 per day.
Renting a car in Italy is the best solution to visit the transalpine country. An excellent network of roads and cities close to each other are the two reasons why it is worth renting a cheap car in Italy and touring the country. It also allows you to explore in your own time and discover further off the beaten track.
Italy provides an excellent road network throughout the country, offering a mix of excitement and challenges. Some of the winding roads are narrow and zig-zag through the mountains or historic centres. There are two starting points for the road network: Milan in the north and Rome in the centre-south. Overall the country offers a fantastic driving experience allowing you to make tons of memories during your trip.
Italy is brimming with exciting locations, natural wonders, and spectacular scenery. From historic sites to hidden gems, the list is endless. However, if you choose to tick off the main points of interest then it is essential to have enough time. You should start with Tuscany and after visiting Florence, go for Sicily, Sardinia, Northern lakes, Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre.
Italy is a great place to travel all year round, however, the best time is during the spring and autumn seasons. The weather is far more pleasant without the blazing heat, and the colors of the landscapes reach their maximum splendor. It's also a less busy period allowing you to experience fewer crowds and lower prices.
The cost of car hire in Italy depends on various factors such as location, time of year, and rental company. On average, tourists would be expected to budget around €200-€500 for a week-long rental of a basic economy car. Luxury vehicles cost more and prices increase during peak seasons. Booking in advance is an excellent way of securing cheaper deals and provides you with more choices when searching.
The cost of car hire in Italy depends on various factors such as location, time of year, and rental company. On average, tourists would be expected to budget around €600-€1500 for a month-long rental of a basic economy car. Luxury vehicles cost more and prices increase during peak seasons. Booking in advance is an excellent way of securing cheaper deals and provides you with more choices when searching.
The price of fuel in Italy fluctuates but is generally higher than the European average. Prices also vary between urban and rural areas as well as different fuel stations. In 2021 a litre of petrol ranged from €1.40 to €1.70 while diesel prices were approximately €1.30 to €1.60 per litre.
Booking in advance is an excellent technique to save money as well as having more choices to browse through during your search. It ensures availability and prevents you from ending up in a last-minute situation where you're struggling to find a vehicle suited to you. We recommend booking at least three months in advance which will help you save up a huge amount.
You can hire a 7-seater minibus in Italy and they are an excellent option for larger groups or families travelling together. Some of the rental options include popular models such as Ford Galaxy, Volkswagen Sharan or similar. The prices will depend on rental duration, location and season.
When looking for an affordable vehicle to hire in Italy it's best to go for cars that typically fall under the economy or compact category. Models such as Fiat Panda, Fiat 500 or similar smaller vehicles from different brands are often cost-efficient options. Prices will vary amongst rental companies and it's important to take location, time of year and rental duration into consideration.
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