What you should know before you rent a car
Car hires in Italy: practical information
Where to rent a car in Italy
Heading to beautiful Italy for holidays? Good choice! There are endless options for a car hire Italy both with major car hire companies as well as many local ones. Need a car hire Italy airport? That's usually the best place to find the cheapest car hire in Italy, no matter which city you touch down in. Whether you need a rent car in Italy for 24 hours or for your entire trip, always compare the prices before you book; it's no different than booking flight tickets from London to Italy.
One thing to note about driving in Italy is that it's fairy easy to get from one city to the next (driving is just like anywhere else on the Continent) but you do have to pay a special toll if you want to drive into come city centers, more specifically historic ones. To avoid this, use the Park & Ride system.
Driving in Italy: parking and other tips
Most visitors in Italy will use the car parks which are easily identified and marked. On the street, follow the colours painted on the curb: white means free, blue means paid, red means no parking. If possible, always book hotels in Italy that offer parking. That's one way to save a lot on your travel bill.
As you can imagine from movies like The Italian Job driving in Italy is… interesting. Drivers there are short-tempered and are heavy on the honk. Always check your blind spots and be the defensive driver.
Road trips in Italy: what to do, what to see
Italy's northern region is divided into two very distinct regions, why not combine them into one trip? Cruise from one town to the next along the Italian Riviera, stopping off in Cinque Terre for the most gorgeous views in Europe. You'll want to take your time here. Next stop is Milan for the shopping. As the capital of Italian fashion, you can't go wrong with anything off the high street. To the northeast you'll run into the Alps and the romantic canals of Venice.
If you fly into Rome, you won't be disappointed by the historic cities to explore in the city as well as in the region surrounding it. Florence is to the north where you'll find the birthplace of the Renaissance. It is a must-stop on the Italian sightseeing circuit. Tuscany doesn't disappoint in terms of scenery and quaint places to stop in. Don't miss Pisa, Lucca or Siena, they make great day-trips.
Naples & the Almafi Coast
Some say that the real Italy is found in the south, in particular in Naples. As one of the most proud Italian cities there are a few things you have to do while you're here. The first is to eat pizza because legends has it that it was invented here. Also, take a day trip to the ancient ruins of Pompeii and spend some quality time with your sweetheart in a villa along the Amalfi Coast, it's gorgeous!
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