Car Hire in Italy
Famous Italia, the boot shape country in the middle of Mediterranean includes the islands of Sicily, Sardinia and some 70 smaller islands. We offer cheap car hire in Italy from many locations.
Within Italy there are two independent states, The Vatican City in Rome and the Republic of San Marino. Italy is situated in Southern Europe, and has borders with France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. The official language is Italian and currency is the Euro.
Italy is basically a peninsula extending into the Mediterranean. It is largely a mountainous country and includes part of the Alps with the highest point being the White Mountain at 4,810m.
As a Mediterranean country Italy experiences a hot climate during the summer and a moderate climate during winter, although it is sunny for most of the year. Cold air from Northern Europe can spread south into Italy and bring snow to the mountains while the coasts are kept warm by the high sea temperatures. It is a climate like most of the Mediterranean and visitors can enjoy the water sports, winter sports, golf, tennis, cycling, rugby and of course the number one sport in Italy; football.
Apart from sports Italy is an interesting country with lots to offer, history, art, culture, nature, food and wine. Make the most of your car hire in Italy by taking to the road to view as many of the famous sites as you can during your trip.
Visitors to Italy can arrive by air, car and ferry. Long distance travelers tend to arrive at one of the International airports and hire a car, whilst arriving by car is favoured by those close enough to drive. Hydrofoils and ferries at the main ports like Sardinia, Genoa, and Naples can take you to your final destination.
Italy's main economy is based on tourism, fashion, engineering, chemicals, motor vehicles and food. Italians were the first to build motorways in 1924 and good highways are constructed throughout Italy linking cities and rural towns. Driving your hire car is generally a stress-free experience.
Italian 'autostrada' have a higher speed of 130km/h but also have a speed camera system with toll roads connecting major highways. Travelling by rental car is very convenient as you can reach any destination in the country quickly. Then it is easy to detour into the countryside or mountains and make the most of the natural beauty.
Car enthusiasts should not forget Maranello in Northern Italy, best known as the home of Ferrari and the Scuderia. If you are in this area then a trip to the factory and museum is worth the time.
Rome is the capital of Italy, well known as the historical city where Emperors ruled the ancient world. Famous landmarks include the Coliseum, Pantheon, The Vatican city, Trevi fountain and all the statues and artwork. You can book car hire in Rome using the Instant car hire quoter above.
Venice, the city of Lovers, is beautiful and romantic with 400 bridges. Travel by gondola through the 150 canals many with magnificent palaces and churches. Finish at St. Mark's square with its interesting shops and enjoy an Italian coffee. Cars can be hired from the airport or a choice of two down town locations.
Tuscany is a region many visit, go here for the fine wine, wonderful cuisine, extraordinary countryside and mountain paths. Cyclists will adore the rolling hills including a stop at Florence for art lovers and of course no visit would be complete without a Gellato (ice cream).
Naples is another city of art work and historic sites, restaurants and nightlife. Favourite Italian dishes like pizza, spaghetti, parmigiana are originally from this area and usually made from locally grown ingredients. Vesuvius, the only active volcano in Europe, rises 1300m above the bay of Naples with breath taking views to the island of Capri. The island is home to the rich and famous while still retaining its charming beauty with winding roads and picturesque towns. Naples car hire is available from many depots across the region.
The most famous coastal destinations in Italy are the Cilento coast, one of the Campania's remotest corners and its famous neighbour the Amalfi coast. The whole area is listed as a UNESCO World heritage site due to its importance on the trade route in the middle ages. Its picturesque coastline with craggy cliffs, lemon tree gardens and multi-coloured villas is really worth visiting.
The Adriatic coastal area of Italy offers olive groves, enticing beaches, lush green forests and pretty historic towns. Venture further South and find unspoilt areas including the cities of Bari, Alberobello, Locorotondo, Lecce and Otranto.
Italy is a great place to visit with lots to offer, whenever you go you are likely find an event or celebration taking place, overall an amazing experience all year round. Make the most of your rental car and take time to explore as much of the country as you can.