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    Car Hire in Italy - Explore this beautiful country 

    Auto Europe is the best choice for booking a car hire in Italy, as it has over 60 years of experience in the car hire industry. In addition, it also boasts more than 24,000 pick up locations across the globe. At Auto Europe, we offer unmatched customer service to ensure our clients´ satisfaction, safety and comfort. In addition, we are proud to say that we offer some of the lowest prices in the market. Auto Europe works together with both international and local car rental suppliers, to provide a large selection of cars in hopes of fulfilling the travel needs of all our clients.

    Traffic Rules and Driving Tips

    • As with all European countries bar Ireland and Britain, cars in Italy drive on the right-hand side of the road.
    • It is illegal to use a mobile phone whilst driving. Hands-free kits, however, are permitted.
    • It is important that the driver and passengers wear a seatbelt when the car is in motion.
    • In Italy, the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit is 0.05%. Drivers who have had their license for three years or less, must follow the limit of 0.00%. Auto Europe strongly advises, for both your safety and comfort, that you do not drink and drive.
    • In Italy, petrol stations are not difficult to find. They are most commonly found along the toll roads or "Autostrade", and most of them are open for 24 hours. Other gas stations are open from Monday to Saturday from 7am-7pm, and are closed at lunchtime. These opening hours also apply to most grocery shops and newsagents in Italy.
    • Here you can find more in depth information regarding traffic regulations in the country.

    Road Tolls

    The tolls in Italy are dependent on which motorway or stretch of road upon which you are travelling. It is very important to keep your entrance ticket, because you will be charged the maximum possible toll, having been assumed that you have entered the motorway at the furthest station from your exit. Each route section is looked after by a different toll company. You can choose to pay your toll with either credit card or cash in some places, but it is advisable that you always have cash on hand just in case.

    Age Restrictions

    In Italy, the minimum legal age to drive is 18 years old. However, if you wish to book a car hire in Italy, you must have held your driver´s licence for at least one year. You may be charged a surcharge if you are under the age of 25.


    Due to the fact that Italy is part of the Euro zone, they use the euro currency. You can withdraw money from any ATM in the country with your Irish bank card, sometimes with a small fee. It is also possible to use your credit card as a form of payment in most restaurants, supermarkets, etc., but not all. It would be a good idea to check beforehand as to whether or not your credit card is accepted, as you may need to withdraw cash instead. Some credit card payments may issue a small fee.

    Time Zone

    Italy is part of the GMT+1 time zone, which means that they are one hour ahead of Dublin. The Italian islands of Sicily and Sardinia are also within the same time zone as the mainland. Daylight Savings Time is also used throughout the country, and is active from the last weekend in March until the last weekend in October.


    The main language in Italy is Italian; however in the area of Trentino-Alto Adige, particularly in Bolzano/Bozen, most people speak German. This is due to the fact that Alto Adige was once part of the Austrian Habsburg Empire before it was redeemed by Italy after the First World War. Most of the Trentino and Alto Adige population are bilingual, so you can still speak Italian there.


    The electrical voltage in Italy is 230 volts which change at 50 cycles per second, which is the exact same as it is in Ireland. Wall sockets and plugs, however, are different from the Irish three-pronged sockets. The Italian plugs are the two-pronged variety; type C, F and L.

    Visa Requirements and Embassy

    Irish citizens do not need to apply for a visa to travel to Italy. This is due to the fact that Italy, like Ireland, is part of the European Union. Should it be the case that you need some help from the ministry during your stay in Italy, the location and contact details for the Irish Embassy in Rome are listed below. We make it possible for our customers to pick up their car from various locations, whether it is from the airport, train station or in an urban area, with over 200 pick-up and drop-off locations to choose from. When it comes to booking a car rental in Italy, Auto Europe leaves you spoiled for choice!

    Villa Spada
    Via Giacomo Medici
    1 - 00153 Roma.
    Telephone: +39 06 5852381
    Fax: +39 06 581 3336

    Public Opening Hours:
    Monday to Friday,
    10.00 - 12.30 15.00- 16.30

    Motorhome hire in Italy

    Auto Europe now also offers the possibility of renting a motorhome to tour Italy! With a "home on wheels" you can make the most of this beautiful destination and visit all your favourite destinations, whether you are interested in seeing Lake Garda, Tuscany, or Sicily. There is a great variety of motorhome types to choose from, as well as pick-up locations dotted around the country, including major cities such as Rome, Milan, and Pisa.

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