If your plans have you headed to Italy for more than two weeks I would recommend that you consider renting a car and take advantage of a few driving adventures. A wonderful article in the travel section of the New York TImes, that I often recommend, about the ins and outs of renting cars abroad is included in this post.
One of the best pieces of advice I can give is to book your rental car through the country website for the rental company of choice. For example go to hertz.it vs. hertz.com. Most large companies with international locations will allow you to choose the language you wish use on the site making it very easy. You will often save 30% simply by doing this. The second piece of advice – know which credit card you will be using prior to booking and have a full understanding of the coverage your bank provides on rental cars outside of the U.S. Note the related article about IDP’s below. I have never been asked for anything other than my US drivers license.
Lastly enjoy the experience – driving through the hills of Tuscany or along the Amalfi Coast is a memory that you will keep for life and well worth the effort.
- Traveling in Italy – (Renting Cars Abroad Practical Traveler NY Times)
- Ferrari and Aston Martin Roll onto the Hertz Rental Car Lot (jaunted.com)
- International Driving Permits (IDP) – the debate continues