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If you're looking for wonderful food and passion - lots of passion - then Italy is the place to visit. By hiring a car you'll be able to explore more of what this country has to offer. Stop off along your route and enjoy some pasta or pizza - Italians love their food - whilst enjoying some of the finest scenic drives in Europe. With so much stunning countryside to explore - not to mention day trips to sites like Pompeii and Cinque Terre within driving distance of major cities - having a car on hand will make life that much easier.

Hiring a car in Italy

If you're touring across Italy, then hiring a car is the best way to do it, especially if you're heading away from cities and taking scenic country drives. Major airports will most likely be where you pick your car up and as long as you have a valid driving license, renting up a car should be a fairly straightforward process. If you're driving in cities like Rome and Milan we urge caution - the locals are certainly a passionate bunch and that can sometimes carry over into their driving. There's so much to see in Italy - both in and outside of its famous cities like Naples and Palermo - that having a set of wheels on hand to zoom around can't be a bad thing! Whether you're setting off on a day trip from Florence to Pisa, or planning on driving through the Tuscan countryside, cheap Italy car hire will have you covered.

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If you're anything like us here at dealchecker, you love a good bargain - and you don't want to have to work too hard to find one. Luckily, by using our handy search tools, it's easy to find amazing deals on Italy car hire. You can compare prices between different companies, and ensure that there's a car waiting for you from the moment you arrive!

Popular drives in Italy

Alcantara River Park, Sicily - The Alcantara gorges are natural coves of volcanic origin, with walls up to 50 metres high. On your way there, take a visit to the Old Town of Santa Maria della Raccomandata and the medieval village of Motta Camastra - the home town of the gorges.

Amalfi Coast - Lying along the southern flanks of the Sorrento Peninsula is one of Italy's most scenic stretches. This drive will take you through pastel-hued villages, pretty hillsides, green-swathed mountains and past turquoise waters.

Great Dolomite Road - If you want some breathtaking views, then take the 100-kilometre drive through the most scenic peaks of the Dolomites. The road takes about three hours to drive, but if you have some extra time, we recommend taking a detour to enjoy some lovely little villages and top up on your mountain views.

National Park of Abruzzo - The region of Abruzzo is just a two-hour drive east of Rome and provides the chance to see some stunning countryside views along your journey. In its national park, you can head to the mountains and enjoy the untouched small towns along the way.

Florence to Orvieto - Take in the Renaissance beauty of Florence before setting off through the iconic Tuscan countryside, stopping along the way to taste the wares of traditional Italian wineries. Make a pit-stop at Siena, before ending up in the hilltop town of Orvieto, famed for its Gothic cathedral.

The Northern Lakes - Make like George Clooney and head for Italy's magnificent Lake District. Begin at Lake Garda, and head west towards Maggiore, calling in along the way at Iseo, Como and Lugano. Each town offers incredible views and mouth-watering takes on seafood pulled straight from their respective waters.

Stelvio Pass - This one isn't for the faint-hearted! Named the 'world's greatest driving road' by the hosts of Brit favourite Top Gear, this dramatic road was built in the 19th century when Italy was part of the Austrian Empire, and its 60 hairpin turns make up the second-highest paved mountain pass in the Alps. Tear your eyes from the road to take in the stunning scenery of northern Italy.

Where to Hire a Car in Italy

It's not hard to find a car to hire in Italy! Ferrari and Fiat call the country home, after all - this is a country that's mad about motor vehicles! Most major airports, including those in Trieste, Venice and Bologna, will have many big car hire companies onsite. If you're already in the city, you'll also be able to find car rental services, often on the city outskirts. Search in advance for cheap Italian car hire using our handy search tools so you can plan how to get to your car in advance!

Top Tips for Car Rentals in Italy

  • Book ahead! Not only will you ensure there's a car waiting for you once you arrive in Italy, but you'll likely get a better deal than if you leave it to the last minute.
  • Driving in Italy is not for the meek. They love to put the pedal to the metal - assert your space and you'll have no issues!
  • Always check the condition of the car before leaving the car hire carpark. Inform the company immediately if there is any pre-existing damage or faults - otherwise, you could be held responsible.
  • Always leave extra time for the unexpected - you never know what might happen on Italian roads, and you don't want to be charged a late fee for dropping the car off after you said you would.

  • General Advice on Hiring a Car

    When you purchase car hire you are entering into a contract with your car hire company. Always check their terms and conditions before you buy to make sure you're aware of your responsibilities when you collect your car in Italy, and any additional charges.

    Here's a few things to watch out for:

  • Almost all car hire companies add a mandatory fee for drivers under the age of 25.
  • Check what level of insurance is included for the hire car in Italy. In particular check how much the excess is (the amount you need to pay in the event of any accident) you may want to take out additional insurance.
  • Check what the fuel policy is with your car. Don't forget to fill up the tank before you drop it off if you've agreed to return it full!
  • Find out if there's a maximum daily mileage - especially if you're planning to do a lot of driving in Italy!
  • You'll need to pay a deposit (or pre-approve one) to pick up the car. Most car rental companies will only accept credit cards for this.

  • If you'd like more advice on common charges (and what you can do to avoid them) read our complete guide to car hire.