With year-round sunshine, culinary excellence, and thousands of years of history, it's unsurprising that Italy is a popular destination for British holidaymakers. With our hassle-free search, we can find you cheap car hire in Italy, so you can hit the road easily, indulge your spirit of adventure and explore a country and driving experience unlike any other. Take in the breathtaking scenery of The Alps, including Stelvio, selected by TV show Top Gear as its choice for the "greatest driving road in the world". Stop off and sample some of the most famous food in the world, or relax on countless beaches up and down the Italian coast; there really is something for everyone.
3 steps to cheap car hire
- Search - fill out your details above and click search to compare
- Select - choose the car you want to hire
- Book - with our secure payment system
How it works
Once your payment has been authorised you will receive an email confirmation with your booking reference number. Keep all the information on your booking confirmation handy as you will need it along with your other documents when you collect the car at your destination. We also have a useful checklist to make sure you have everything you need before you set off.
If you wish to speak to an advisor, you can contact our dedicated car hire team on 0800 804 7362. Alternatively you can contact us online here with any queries you may have.
If you're looking simply for transportation to your resort, Holiday Extras provides great deals on resort transfers. As well as this, you can take also out holiday insurance, giving you further peace of mind should you run into any unforeseen problems.
At Holiday Extras we want to make your trip as hassle free as possible, so you can hit the road happy. If you're flying from a UK airport, we could help you save up to 60% on airport parking, airport hotels and airport lounges, too.
Italy car rental locations
With some flights taking only 2 hours, it is no wonder Italy is such a popular location for weekend breaks as well as longer spells in the sun.
With our car hire comparison you can search nationwide across Italy, so you can be sure to find a location close to your destination. All small and major locations are served; airports, train stations, ports and city centres.
Airport car rentals
We know many of you will want to pick-up your hire car at your destination airport. That is why you can compare all the major airport locations in Italy as well as those less-frequented.
Most international airports will have the car rentals desk located in the arrivals terminal, but at smaller locations you may need to take a shuttle bus. This information will be presented to you as you compare different car hire options for your destination.
Popular car hire locations
- Pisa Airport
- Milan Airport
- Rome Airport
- Sardinia Airport
- Sicily Airport
- Florence Airport
- Up to 40% discount on any B-Rent rental. (Valid until 30/09/2009)
Other rental locations
If you are picking up from any other location in Italy, such as a town or city centre, port or railway station; double check which rental location you have selected as sometimes car rental companies have more than one office. Your booking confirmation should provide all the necessary address and contact details, if there is any confusion you should call your particular car hire company.
*The prices quoted are based on one driver, aged 25, with a full UK driving licence hiring a car for 3 days, picking-up and dropping-off at Bergamo Airport, Italy. Prices correct at time of writing. Subject to change according to availability. Free cancellation applies to most rentals up to 48 hours before pick up, however some suppliers may charge. Please check supplier terms and conditions carefully.
Driving in Italy**
Driving a car that is not your own can often be an unnerving experience, particularly when abroad. As such, here are a few local laws and customs we think you may find useful.
- Left hand drive - Drive on the right-hand side of the road, overtake on the left.
- Minimum car hire age - 18 years old. Under 25's may have to pay a young driver surcharge.
- Seatbelt - Italian law requires all car occupants to wear a seatbelt.
- Children under 12 or under 1.50m - Must not travel in the front of a vehicle, unless in a specially adapted rear-facing seat for children.
- Unleaded petrol - Benzina Senza Piombo (available in 95 and 98 octane)
- Diesel - Gasolio.
- Petrol stations - Only 25% of petrol stations inside and outside town are open 24 hours on Sundays and public holidays. Petrol stations which open on Sundays may be closed on Mondays as a result.
- Mobile phones - It is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving unless using a completely hands-free kit
Road safety laws
- Motorways - 130kph/80mph
- Out of town roads - 90kph/55mph
- Built up areas - 50kph/31mph
Although these are the standardised speed limits, there may be local variations so please be careful to check the road signs.
The Italian police can issue fines to a foreign-registered car and collect 25% of the total fine on-the-spot. A receipt must be given.
If you wish to contest the fine, you must deposit a guarantee for half the amount of the maximum fine. It is possible that the guarantee may be refused, in which case the authorities have the right to confiscate the vehicle until the fine is paid in full.
Drinking and driving
Severe penalties are imposed if the driver is found to have 0.05% or more alcohol in their blood.
Police have the authority to issue an on-the-spot breath test if they believe you have been drinking
It is important to note that drinking alcohol and then driving may invalidate your car rental insurance, irrespective of local drink driving laws. Check your policy for full details.
Do I need an International Driving Permit?
Although it is no longer required by law, some car hire companies impose their own terms and conditions, so it may be an idea to carry an International Driving Permit (IDP) with your national driving licence as a precautionary measure.
Italian driving etiquette
Joining a dual carriageway or motorway -Merging onto a road in Italy can be a difficult process. Be prepared to stop, even at the end of an entry slip road and wait until there is a clear space to join these roads safely.
Flashing headlights - If another driver is flashing their headlights at you they want you to give them right of way.
**This information should be considered as a broad overview of things to remember when hiring a car. It is therefore very important that you read the rental terms and conditions and associated policies for your own specific policy as well as doing your own research into the motoring laws of the country in which you will be driving.Top