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Mar 28th, 2013, 05:36 AM
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car rental in italy

heading to italy for a 3 week visit to countryside and village, no major cities - just day trips. flying into naples and out of rome. question: tall wife and large friend so need larger vehicle. station wagon ok? hear so much about thief. car will mostly be empty when we travel except for stops between locations. thanks
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Mar 28th, 2013, 06:09 AM
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If your plan is to stay and visit small villages mostly, then you need to stay in the smaller range. The larger small vehicle that you could probably get away with is a station wagon or a smaller size SUV.
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Mar 28th, 2013, 07:53 AM
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safe with "open" rear?
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Mar 28th, 2013, 09:12 AM
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I wouldnt leave anything in view - most of the 'open' type rear vehicles have a screen you can pull overtop so that you cant see the contents. I would ensure this is the case.
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Mar 28th, 2013, 11:14 AM
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nternational driver's license?
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Mar 28th, 2013, 11:20 AM
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I'd be very surprised if an 'estate" type car didn't have a cover over the luggage - we rented this type of vehicle last year in Holland and it certainly did.

the standard trick for stopping thieves nicking stuff out of the back is

1. put everything out of sight in the "boot" [rear] of the vehicle.

2. Reverse it hard up against a wall or a tree so that the tailgate can't be opened.

3. close the windows and lock the doors. [surprising how often this doesn't happen - my italian friend forgot to close the car window while we went to have lunch!]
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Mar 28th, 2013, 11:43 AM
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You are not likely to need an international driver's license unless you have an accident, then you will need it a lot. It is mostly a translation of your US license for the benefit of the many policemen who do not speak/read English. Cheap insurance.
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Mar 28th, 2013, 01:51 PM
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good idea about international license only $25
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Apr 26th, 2013, 02:50 PM
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in italy you MUST have international driver's license, as of 2006
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Apr 26th, 2013, 03:07 PM
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It is the law in Italy that you must have an international driver's permit (it's not a license) OR an official translation to Italian of your regular license. Obviously, the IDP is less of a hassle to obtain.
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May 4th, 2013, 01:44 PM
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Make sure you understand limited traffic zones (ZTL). More of a problem Northern Italy.
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