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1. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 155 posts) 10y

To all:

I apologize for separating my posts in different topics but I hope that it would contribute to future forum users in assisting them to find specific information in their respective topics as opposed to searching within similar topics.

Without further to do, I want to touch base and speak more in detail about rental cars and the feasibility in even renting a car in Italy. There are several towns and cities in Italy and depending on the location will deem whether it is even worth it.

First and foremost, Rome...

1. Is it necessary to have a rental car there? I know that there may be mass transportation, however, how about the night life? I would like to have control in getting around, however, I don't really know what it is like in that city, during the day, night, etc... (for instance, if anyone is going to NYC, USA. I would suggest that you NOT get a car because it is not feasable to have a rental car, that city is all about mass transportation, unless you are leaving the state).

2. Anyone in Italy can suggest good rental car agencies that are cheap and reliable? We are on this trip for 2 weeks so rental will be at most 2 weeks rental.

3. How about areas that definately need a car? We are looking at going to Venice, Tuscany region, Rome and maybe near the Amalfi coast. Eurotrail perhaps? Or drive it?

Hopefully, this can start something and assist people looking to rent as well in Italy.

2. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 155 posts) 10y

Anyone have any information regarding this? Rental cars locations?

3. Posted by Aless (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

For what it's worth...We rented a car in Perugia last year.Arrived at the station from Florence,went to pick up the car,were told it was at the airport-despite it being booked for the station depot!! They loaned us a huge van to find the airport(got lost 4 times..)and finally got back into Perugia (after 4 hours!!) to be totally !@#** by the one way street system. We did know about it beforehand but it was far far worse than we'd expected,Perugia being a hill town! After one trip to Assisi (left the car in a car park) and the next day a drive out to Lake Trasimeno (worth it!!) via more small 'one-way' towns, we decided to take the car back to Avis and forego any more traumas.That meant we forfeitted 4 days of hire. We were driving,for the second time in Europe, on the 'wrong' side of the road(for us)and had enormous trouble with a lack of signage.Somehow we managed to get a parking ticket(came 4 months later) but we still don't know how!! We did miss out on a lot we'd hoped to see in central Italy, but we were both nervous wrecks (and it wasn't helping our marriage any!)and decided to stop driving before we became a statistic.
In Perugia, we could not park near our apartment,but had to use a private parking station (the closest!) which was walked to by my DH down a very steep hill, and then to get back to the apartment(to pick me up because I have some knee problems)took 20 more minutes on the one-way street system.Cost per 24 hours for parking was close to 28 euros. We're still talking about that experience!!!!Maybe we're spoilt in Australia

4. Posted by amanecer (Respected Member 203 posts) 10y

I only know Avis, Hertz and Europcar as rental cars. I used Europcar for renting a car abroad,(in Italy I use my own car:)).

venice is reachable by trains, you can't drive inside the city, so doesn't worth renting a car for going there.

For visiting Tuscany, Umbria region and the small towns around main cities in these regions is advisable to rent a car, because little towns are bad connected with cities, and without a car you can miss some of the most beautiful landscapes there.
I think you can rent a car in rome (airport, if you wish to avoid the traffic of the centre) and leave it in florence.
Lack of signage is unfortunately pretty frequent, but you can overcome if you buy a detailed map.

Parking in the centre of the cities are usually expensive, no problems in little towns.
Perugia has a good service of escalators, which reach the centre of the city starting from 2 different points of parking outside the city.

5. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 155 posts) 10y

Quoting Aless

For what it's worth...We rented a car in Perugia last year.Arrived at the station from Florence,went to pick up the car,were told it was at the airport-despite it being booked for the station depot!! They loaned us a huge van to find the airport(got lost 4 times..)and finally got back into Perugia (after 4 hours!!) to be totally !@#** by the one way street system. We did know about it beforehand but it was far far worse than we'd expected,Perugia being a hill town! After one trip to Assisi (left the car in a car park) and the next day a drive out to Lake Trasimeno (worth it!!) via more small 'one-way' towns, we decided to take the car back to Avis and forego any more traumas.That meant we forfeitted 4 days of hire. We were driving,for the second time in Europe, on the 'wrong' side of the road(for us)and had enormous trouble with a lack of signage.Somehow we managed to get a parking ticket(came 4 months later) but we still don't know how!! We did miss out on a lot we'd hoped to see in central Italy, but we were both nervous wrecks (and it wasn't helping our marriage any!)and decided to stop driving before we became a statistic.
In Perugia, we could not park near our apartment,but had to use a private parking station (the closest!) which was walked to by my DH down a very steep hill, and then to get back to the apartment(to pick me up because I have some knee problems)took 20 more minutes on the one-way street system.Cost per 24 hours for parking was close to 28 euros. We're still talking about that experience!!!!Maybe we're spoilt in Australia

Ouch!

That's a painful experience. So far we had good luck with our rental car experience. I do go over and research the signs that is available so I can be prepared when I do get into it. Regardless, I found it fun as well figuring what certain signs mean and yes, it can get dangerous.

I know I have went around and around and around the roundabouts till I figured out what to do. We even have gotten lost a couple times only finding interesting places along the way.

I guess this is why I'm posting this to ensure that we avoid certain complications.