We've listed some very important facts about renting a car in Italy.
Quick Tips about Renting a Car
First thing you need to consider is the size of the car you'll need. Not only do you have to
think about the number of people you will be transporting but also the amount of luggage.
Cars are much smaller than their American counterparts; the most important thing to note is
the trunk space is smaller too. To see a sampling of car sizes in each category and the
amount of trunk space these cars have, click here
A 4 passenger car will only accommodate 2 pieces of luggage in the trunk and the rest will
have to be sandwiched between the two people in the back seat. Usually the only reason you
would want a bigger car is to use some of the seating space to hold luggage. A midsize car
and a minibus have the same 18 cubic feet of trunk space. For large groups, instead of a van
that may be hard to navigate around the small streets, you may want to consider two smaller
cars, or one car and one smaller van.
Pick up at airports are 14% more expensive than picking up in town and
train stations about 8% more expensive, but it may be more convenient, or the same price if
you consider the transfer from the airport to town to pick up the car.
There are no additional charges for picking up in one town
and returning to another, as long as those towns are in Italy. There
is a charge for picking up in one country and
dropping off in another.
Always check the type of fuel your car requires. If you have a diesel car and fill with
unleaded, your car will break down and will have to be towed.
Insurances are mandatory in Italy. When comparing quotes, make sure they have quoted for
the following types of coverage: RC - damages to third parties, including the people
traveling with you; TP or TLW for Fire and Theft; CDW for damages caused to the car.
Agencies at the airport are open 7 days a week, but agencies in town are usually open
Monday to Friday and close at 12:30 Saturdays and all day Sunday. Make sure to check the
hours of operation on your voucher.
International Drivers' Permits are now required to drive in Italy. You can get one at the
National Auto Association,
they are also available from the American or Canadian Automobile Association and, in the
United Kingdom, from the Automobile Association or Royal Automobile Club.
When returning your car to the rental agency, fill up your tank close to the drop off
point and get a receipt. If you get home and find that you have been charged a refueling
charge, all you need to do is fax a copy of your receipt to AutoEurope and you will be
We make Booking a Car Rental Easy for you
Things to consider when renting a car in Italy:
- COMPARE PAYMENT CURRENCY. We quote in US Dollars - you
know what the cost is when you book, your bottom line is not based on the value of the dollar
the day you make your payment. You also avoid the 1% to 3% transaction fee most credit cards
charge for converting Euro to dollars.
- COMPARE WHAT IS INCLUDED. Our prices include all
insurances. If you think you have gotten a really good deal, make sure the rates include
VAT, insurance, airport fees, etc.
As often is the case when you find a car rental that is quite less than booking through
AutoEurope, your quote doesn't include the mandatory insurances. You can find yourself
paying more than double your quote once you get to the rental counter in Italy.
- COMPARE CAR CLASSIFICATION. Make sure you know the size
of car you are renting. We classify a Ford Focus as a compact car; however some agencies
classify it as an intermediate. By the time you realize this, you are already standing at
rental counter in Italy with your friends or family. Your only recourse to fit all of you
in the car plus your luggage is to upgrade. You are then billed an additional amount locally,
in euros. Since the contract is in Italian, most people don't realize until they get their
credit card statement that what they initialed on the rental agreement at the rental counter
was an additional charge to upgrade.
You also have the security of AutoEurope, which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you have a problem here or in Italy, they will be able to solve it for you.
Questions about Renting a Car
"Do I really need a car?"
Renting a car in Italy is essential for exploring the countryside, but not if you plan to
stick to the cities. Several small towns can be reached by public transport, but trains and
buses do not provide as much flexibility.
"I don't know if I feel comfortable driving. Any advice?"
Driving is not as difficult as you may think. But hiring a car with a driver can come in
handy, particularly if you plan to do some wine tasting or if you're going to drive along
the Amalfi Coast. We can arrange a car and driver for you. Drivers are paid by the day, and
gratuities are happily accepted, usually 15% upon completion of the journey.
"I'm on a budget. How can I save money on my car rental?"
Most American chains have affiliates in Italy, but the rates are usually lower if you book a
car before you leave home.
"What types of insurance should I purchase?"
When driving a rented car you are generally responsible for any damage to or loss of the
vehicle. All car-rental agencies operating in Italy require that you buy a theft-protection
"Are there any hidden costs?"
The price we quote you is complete except for additional drivers and a road tax that is
payable when you pick up the car. We will spell out both of these costs for you. Be careful
of other agencies, whose prices seem quite low; in most cases, they have not included the
You have two ways to get a quote or book a car. Click On Line
or Request through Papavero Villa Rentals to start the process!