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From the mountain villages and Renaissance cities of the north to the sun-baked countryside of the south, enjoy exploring Italy by hiring a car. City centres can be a chore to drive through, but good motorways and wonderful scenery make road trips a pleasure. Spend a day cruising through the sunny Tuscan countryside and you’ll soon see what we mean.

Language: Italian | Currency: Euro (€) | Avg. Flight time: 2.5 hrs

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What age do I need to be to hire a vehicle in Italy?

Many car hire companies operating in Italy tend to set their minimum age requirements at either 19 or 21. Restrictions and conditions for young drivers – that is, anyone under the age of 25 – will apply. This includes having to pay a ‘young driver fee’.

What do I need to hire a vehicle in Italy?

You will need a full and clean driving licence, an additional form of ID – such as a passport or identity card – and usually a credit card. While some car hire companies accept debit cards, others do not. Some providers may also request a proof of address. An International Driving Permit is not required if you hold a UK licence.

Do I need car hire excess insurance in Italy?

You do not need to have car hire excess insurance when you rent a car in Italy. However, taking out excess insurance can be worthwhile as it’ll reduce the amount of money you’ll have to pay in the event of an accident. Top tip: signing up to a deal at a rental desk can be expensive so we recommend choosing a policy from a standalone provider. You’ll find that this can be much cheaper.

Can I rent a car with a debit card in Italy?

Yes, you can rent a hire car in Italy with a debit card. Check with your provider what terms and conditions there are. Do note that debit cards aren’t accepted by all car hire firms – some will only take credit cards as a form of payment.

Which rental companies are available at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport?

The following car hire companies can be found at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport: Alamo, Autovia, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Goldcar, Hertz, InterRent, Karym Rent, Leasys, Maggiore, National, RENT4U, Sicily by Car Auto Europa and Sixt.

Which rental companies are available at Milan Malpensa Airport?

At terminal one, you can hire a car from the following firms: Avis, Budget, Dollar, Europcar, Goldcar, Hertz, Locauto, Maggiore, InterRent, Leasys, Sicily by Car, Sixt and Thrifty. At terminal two, you’ll find Avis, Budget, Dollar, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, Locauto, Maggiore, Sicily by Car, Sixt and Thrifty.

Is it cheaper to rent a car at the airport or off site in Italy?

Generally, it’s cheaper to rent a car off-site in Italy than at an airport – in many cases, the latter will apply a surcharge to the cost of your hire. Still, good deals are available at airp orts.

Can you rent a car in one Italian city and drop it off in another?

Yes, one-way rentals are commonplace in Italy so you can pick up a hire car in one city and drop it off in another. More often than not, a fee will be added to the cost of your rental.

Can you rent a car the same day in Italy?

Absolutely. You can hire a car on the same day in Italy. That said, if you book in advance, it’ll be worth your while – you’ll be able to compare a range of deals online and save cash while you’re at it.

Can I hire a vehicle at 21 years of age in Italy?

Yes. If you are 21 years of age, you are eligible to hire a car in Italy. As you’re classed as a young driver – in other words, you’re under 25 – you’ll be subject to a ‘young driver fee’. It’s also worth noting that you’ll only be able to hire certain car types.

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