The home of Ferrari, Monza, Lake Como and Lake Garda. Historical cities, sweeping coast lines and undisputed old school glamour - driving in Italy is a memorable experience. With branches in 250 locations, Hertz Car Rental is on hand to help you on your way with premium, quality cars at great value.
From dramatic mountain passes such at the Stelvio and fashionable cities such as Milan and Rome, Italy is a driver’s paradise. Throw into this a rather famous 'prancing horse' and one of the best F1 tracks in the world, and you are guaranteed a motoring holiday of a lifetime.
Hertz has more than 250 car rental branches in Italy at all the key locations including, airports, train stations and large hotels. Hertz Car Rental make it easy for you to hire a car wherever your journey takes you.
Driving in Italy can seem a little chaotic and requires a high level of attention. However, once you get used to the slightly fast pace of driving, it's easy to get your bearings.
To drive in Italy, you must be over 18. They drive on the right hand side and overtake on the left. Trams and trains always have right of way, as do those to the right of you at intersections.
All EU member state members do not require an international driving permit. The following information should keep you on the right side of the Italian law:
• All seat belts must be worn. Both driver and passengers can be fined.
• The speed limits are: 50km/h in urban areas, 990km/h in minor out of town roads, 110km/h on major out of town roads and 130km/h on motorways.
• Speed camera detectors are banned. However, satnavs or GPS that have speed camera as points of interest are allowed.
• Drink driving in Italy is a blood alcohol level of 0.5mg/ml, in line with the rest of Europe.
• In cities parking is only allowed on the right hand side of the road.
• Where you see a flashing red traffic light this indicates a level crossing, mobile bridge, or ferry boarding point. You must stop at this light
• Where you see a flashing amber light you must slow down, proceed with caution and respect the priority rules.
• When driving in Italy you are required to carry a reflective jacket and a warning triangle. A member of the Hertz team will make sure you have these items.
• Children up to the age of 12, or up to 1.5m must be in a safety seat.
• There are tolls on the motorways (autostrada). You can pay by card or cash. There is a congestion zone in Milan, and at certain times areas of central Rome are closed to cars.
Head to Modena to find out about the legendary history of the 'prancing horse'. The Museo Enzo Ferrari is not to be missed by any motoring enthusiast. For spectacular scenery, head north towards the mountains and the lakes. Make a stop at Como and discover the little villages that line this expansive mirror of water, and then head to Monza to watch the F1. Known as the fastest circuit on the entire F1 tour, and the place with the most enthusiastic fans, this race is an experience that will put a smile on your face that is hard to remove.
The exciting thing about Italy is that every region is very different. Different landscapes, cultures and food. So whether you drive from Piemonte to Veneto in the North or Umbria to Puglia in the south, you will find lots of interesting places on your journey whilst the landscapes change before your eyes.
Visit the historical centres of Rome, Venice, Pompeii and Naples and take in the wonders on the Roman Empire, classic architecture, fascinating archaeology and some fantastic pizza.
• Minimum car rental age: The minimum age you can rent a car in Italy is 25. However, those over the age of 23 can hire certain groups of vehicle by paying a young drivers surcharge. This is €21.96 (including tax) per day with a maximum charge of €219.60. The Dream, Family and certain cars in the Prestige collections can only be hired by those aged 30 and above.
• Speed Limits: The speed limits are: 50km/h in urban areas, 990km/h in minor out of town roads, 110km/h on major out of town roads and 130km/h on motorways.
• Tolls and charges: The autostrade in Italy has many tolls. They accept both cash and card and this is indicated above the booth as you approach. Milan is subject to a congestion charge and Rome closes its roads to cars entirely at certain times.
Valid driving licence and IDP you are not an EU resident.
If you are planning to pay by card, please bring your credit card and passport