Rental Car in Italy

Mar 3rd, 2008, 11:49 AM
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Rental Car in Italy

I am currently planning a September trip to Italy and have a few questions regarding the rental car.

1. Will we need an international license (coming from the states)?
2. Is it necessary to buy additional insurance?
3. The quote I have so far is for a Peugeot 206. I assume it is a pretty small car but is it just fine for 2 people?

We will be renting the car for approximately 7 days that we are in Tuscany. Picking up in Florence and dropping in Siena.
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Mar 3rd, 2008, 12:27 PM
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What you need is an international driver's permit, not license. You can get one from AAA for about $10, plus the cost of photos.

Yes, rentals in Italy require additional insurance.

A Peugot 206 is fine for two people.
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Mar 3rd, 2008, 12:35 PM
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This may help:


DRIVING IN ITALY & SOUTHERN EUROPE

Q. SHOULD WE DRIVE IN ITALY?
A. Of course you should if your driving skill & confidence would allow you to drive a rental car in Vermont, Colorado or California. But, be advised of these tips:
* Avoid driving in the major cities except for picking up or dropping cars
* Have good maps—study them in advance—and have a GOOD NAVIGATOR.
* Stay in the right lane except when passing and use your rear view mirrors

Q. WHAT CAR SHOULD I GET AND WHERE DO I GET IT?
A. It is best to rent your car before you leave for Europe. The best source we have found is AUTOEUROPE [800-223-5555] who is a broker for several car vendors. They will quote you prices to include the variables that are often omitted by others, such as unlimited mileage, full mandatory insurance coverage, and VAT taxes. The best model will depend on your needs, but for best value we suggest you select a compact car with manual transmission. Automatics are available but will cost you about 30% more and may limit your model options & pick up locations.

Q. ARE ITALIAN DRIVERS AS CRAZY AS I HAVE HEARD?
A. Yes & no! They are certainly aggressive, but they are also more skilled than many USA drivers—both are a function of necessity. Italy is one of the most crowded countries in the world and the drivers have evolved these characteristics
* They are notorious tailgaters. If that bothers you, pull over and let them past.
* On the AUTOSTRADE they will drive fast, but will stay in the right lane except when passing and will use their blinkers when passing—YOU SHOULD TOO !
* They will often pass on 2-lane roads with traffic coming. Frankly, they expect you, and the oncoming car, to adjust to the shoulder and make 3 lanes of traffic.

OTHER ROAD TIPS FOR YOUR DRIVING SANITY:
1. Learn the meaning of the sign “ SENSO UNICO” and take heed [ONE WAY ].
2. Be sure to get your ticket when you enter the AUTOSTADA system & be prepared to pay the toll when you exit it [ rule of thumb—300 km=15 Euro]. You can use your credit card in the VIA lane at the toll both, or buy a debit VIACARD in advance.
3. Do NOT attempt to follow road numbers—that will frustrate you. But, do pay attention to the directional signs that point to your destination [ TO MONTALCINO]. And, be aware if that road leads eventually to a larger city [ ROMA—SIENA ETC.]
4. Unless you have a diesel car, you will want to fill the tank with benzina from the green pump. Most stations will pump gas for you and will take credit cards.

NOTE: As of 2005, an International Drivers Permit[IDP] is required in Italy.
You can obtain them from your local AAA office. You will need a valid US driver’s license, two passport photos, and $10. The photos can be taken at the AAA office.
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Mar 3rd, 2008, 12:43 PM
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Hi G,

1. You need your driver's license and an IDP for each driver. IDPs are at www.aaasouth.com/travel_drivers.asp#idp

2. Your rate should include CDW. This will have about 1200E deductible. You can purchase Super CDW. AutoEurope offers a reimbursement plan with zero deductible.

3. The 206 is OK. We prefer the 307.

Enjoy your visit.

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Mar 3rd, 2008, 02:22 PM
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Kemwel is a sister agency to Autoeurope and has, from my experience, consistently lower rates.
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