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Car hire driving information Italy

Driving Overview | Insurance Information | Rental Restrictions

Driving Overview

General Information
Italy has an excellent network of roads and motorways that is one of the most extensive in Europe. In Italy you will find almost 6400 km of express motorways and 288,000 km of secondary roads. In Italy the motorway is called "Autostrada". On these roads you must pay road toll. You collect a ticket while entering the road and pay upon exit. There are many scenic and beautiful roads in Italy. Drive along the SS 48 (Grande Strada delle Dolomiti). Here you can enjoy the heart of the Dolomites and adore many ravishing views.

To hire a car in Italy, you must be at least 21 years old (age can vary by car category) and have held your driver's license for at least 1 year. For drivers under the age of 25 an additional young driver surcharge may apply locally. Seatbelts are mandatory and children up to age 12 must be seated in an age-appropriate child seat.

Speed Limits
Speed limits in Italy are:

  • Town and city: 50 km/h
  • Open Roads: 110 km/h
  • Motorways: 130 km/h

Traffic restrictions
In Italy you drive on the right side of the road. Please note that using a mobile phone while driving is banned in Italy. If you must use your phone make sure you have a hands-free device. Fines for traffic violations are collected on the spot. Payment is done in either Euros or travelers' cheques. Traffic cameras are sometimes used.

Petrol stations are open from 07:00 to 12:30 and from 15:30 to 19:00. Most stations are closed on Sundays. Along the motorway you can find petrol stations that are open 24 h.

On the Italian motorway Autostrada you have to pay toll. When entering the road you collect a ticket and when exiting you pay. The cost depends on the distance and since 2009 you can also pay by credit card in some stations.

You can park in a blue zone for 1 hour. Collect a parking disk (which you have to display on your dashboard) at tourist offices and petrol stations. If visiting Rome, be wise and use one of the bigger parking lots somewhat outside the city centre. When parking in smaller cities you might see different colours of the parking space lines. White means it is free and blue that it costs. Always look for signs and extra information though, since the regulations may differ from place to place.

Insurance Information

General Information
Car rental insurance varies widely, so please study the information below prior to making your booking. Regulations of the country where you rent the car will be in effect for the duration of your rental.

All our car hire rates include Collision Damage coverage and Theft Protection for the vehicle. Rental limits potential vehicle damage or loss liability to an excess, which is stated on your voucher. If you plan to take advantage of coverage offered by your credit card, please contact your card issuer directly for details. Specific insurance information for your reservation will be printed on your confirmation voucher.

Rental Restrictions

General Information
Most car categories can be driven within Western Europe, United Kingdom, Northern Ireland and Ireland. If you wish to drive abroad (outside Italy) you need to purchase additional coverage. Please note that you may not take your rental car on a ferry. Due to insurance regulations, there are restrictions on luxury car categories and on travel in certain countries. Please take a moment to ensure that your intended itinerary will be possible with the car you plan to book.

Restricted Countries
When you hire a car in Italy you can normally drive it to France and other neighboring Western European countries. There are different rules applying so please let us know if you plan on taking your car outside of Italy. There are additional insurance fees that apply for these rentals. If you want to travel to Eastern Europe or cross any national border(s) with your rental car it is important that you please contact us on our toll free number 1800 943 075. Please note: during the winter, cars are not equipped with snow tires and should not be driven into Switzerland, Austria or Germany where winter tires are mandatory in snowy weather.

Domestic one-way rentals are available between certain locations, additional fees may apply. Fees also apply for international one-way rentals. Some vehicles are prohibited on international one way rentals.

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