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Driving in Italy

Speed Limits
Motorways: 130 km/h
Open Roads: 90km/h
Urban Areas: 50km/h

Minimum Driver age: 18

Minimum Driver age for Rentals: 18

Required equipment for your car: Warning Triangle. Reflective Jacket.

Seatbelts: Compulsory for both front and rear-seat passengers

General driving information: Driving in Italy is on the right and the wearing of seatbelts is compulsory in front and back seats. Children between 4 - 12 are not allowed in the front seat unless you use a suitable restraint system for their age.

Dipped headlights must be used when driving on motorways, in all tunnels and shortly on all open roads day or night. Tolls are levied on most motorways.

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We have cars available at all the major city centre and airport locations including Rome, Naples, Florence, Pisa, Milan, Turin, Genoa, Venice, Bologna, Sorrento, Treviso and Palermo Sicily and other major Cities throughout Italy.

Italy mixes art and history with contemporary fashion mixed with stunning natural landscapes. The Costa Smeralda offers one of Europe's most beautiful stretches of sand while the snow-covered slopes of the Dolomite mountains are a haven for winter sports enthusiasts. Italy includes the renowned cities of Venice, Genoa and Naples each with their own unique identity. There are romantic Medieval hill towns, such as San Gimignano in Tuscany, and unspoilt fishing villages, like the unforgettable Positano on the Amalfi coast.

The country has beautiful vineyards to visit and cellars to taste the very best Italian wines. To really get away from it all, take a boat to the islands of Sicily or Sardinia to experience rural hospitality in the blissful Mediterranean.

Must See in Italy


Rome is a colourful and vibrant living city which is still an appealing destination for those with a phobia of history. The food, the culture, the ambience and the surrounding scenery make it a great destination city even if you don't see a single ruin or statue.


Venice is the watery city, home to gondoliers in stripey jerseys. There is St Mark's Square and the city's maze of canals to explore. Venice is composed of more than a hundred tiny islets, packed closely together around canals. The city is in a lagoon, protected by the longer island of Venice Lido.

Lake Garda

Lake Garda is long and slim with a southern end that is low, rolling land, fairly built-up. In contrast, the northern end is surrounded by towering mountains. The beautiful lakeside towns around Lago di Garda have charmed foreign visitors for centuries. Even for the ancient Romans, the area was a luxury summer destination; in Sirmione and Desenzano you can visit ruins and mosaics that record their presence.


The city is vibrant and has many sights of interest, and is a great starting point for those heading towards Lake Como and the Alps. Milan's designer clothes and furnishings are a major attraction as is sitting outside a cafe by the fantastic Duomo and admiring the well-dressed world go by, or indulging in a spot of window-shopping. Milan's museums and galleries are some great works of art, while more simple pleasures include climbing up to the Duomo's roof and enjoying the tranquillity and the view over the city to the mountains.

Dates for Your Diary

Festa De'Noantri

Rome (July) - Folklore of Old Rome in Trastevere, including colorful procession for the Vergine del Carmine, folk dances and songs, carnival floats and fireworks.

Regatta of the Great Maritime Republics

Pisa (1st Sunday in June) - The friendly contest and historic regatta in which each of the former maritime republics (Amalfi, Genoa, Pisa and Venice) race for a price.

Sagra Di Sant' Efisio

Cagliari May 1 to 4 - One of the biggest and most colorful processions in the world. Several thousand pilgrims (wearing costumes dating back to 1657) accompany the statue of the saint on foot, carts and horses.