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Once again, van rental in N. Italy

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Once more I need to rent a 9-passenger van at Malpensa airport, Milano, this April. I've done this a number of times in Italy before and it's always worked out well, but occasionally the van furnished is really inadequate for nine people and their bags, thus my inquiry:

Has anyone rented this type of van recently (in the past year) in northern Italy (Milano-Firenze-Bologna-Pisa-Venezia) and found it of adequate size, especially for baggage; or alternatively, unacceptable? What rental companies were involved? It would be helpful to know, for instance, that someone picked up a good van in Firenze from Hertz.

(As an aside, I think it scandalous that rental companies, which always disclaim that they can't guarantee a certain model, promise to furnish, say, a Renault Trafic "or similar" with room for eight suitcases, then actually furnish something with room for barely two bags. Two is not remotely "similar" to eight, yet they claim the vehicles are comparable.)

(As a further aside, how can a rental agency furnish a van with nine seats but virtually no luggage space to a renter who is keeping the vehicle two or three weeks? It stands to reason that a North American renter who needs a van for three weeks will have passengers with ample baggage, as opposed to a local person who may need a van for only one or two days for short hauls. I just can't imagine the thought process (or lack) that goes into that decision.)

Any recent experience would be most helpful. Thanks, Fodorites!

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