Italy Car Rental Planning Questions

Apr 7th, 2007, 08:53 AM
  #21  
ira
 
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Hi dr,

You can definitely drop off the car at Malpensa.

I would check with www.autoeurope.com and www.ryanair.com for pickup at Bergamo.

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Apr 7th, 2007, 09:12 AM
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thanks ira!

We are flying in with Ryanair - Anyone have any reviews about hiring a car through them?

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Apr 7th, 2007, 01:05 PM
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Dreppy,
We picked up our rental car - Hertz - in Milano about a block from Centrale rail station. They used to be located right at the station, may be again, just don't know for certain. Once we had the car and a city map it was pretty much an easy route out of Milano. It seemed like a couple of turns on tree covered avenues and we were on the autostrada headed to Parma. Couldn't have been easier or less stressful.
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Apr 7th, 2007, 03:29 PM
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Hey, no need to fear the Autostrada! I was a newbie to travel abroad last summer. I mostly tried to avoid the Autostrada, but one day we just had to do it. Florence to Chiusi. It was a snap. So much easier than getting lost and misdirected on the country routes. There are no wrong turns. Just entry and exit ramps, and rest stops...just like the U.S. freeway system.

There are cars, trucks, some fast, some slow. Just stay on the right, in the slow lane, and pull over to pass the trucks and other slower traffic.

Food at the rest stops was fine, as were the restrooms. Had one of the best panini in Italy at an Autogrille!

We went with AutoEurope, which when booked through InItaly.com, came in at the cheapest cost. Got a GPS, and the free cell phone.

DH drove a stick, since the automatics were so much more. He hadn't driven shift in 40 years, and getting out of Florence where we picked up the rental, was a 'religious experience' ("Please God, don't let me die"), as we stalled every 50 feet.

We then went up some very twisty roads to Volterra. We had the car for a couple weeks, and DH got pretty good with the shifting.
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