On your next trip to Italy, you'll discover the country has a well-maintained road and highway network that will allow you to explore the country's stunning capital city, snow-capped Alps, rolling hills, beautiful beaches and every historic city in between if you so desire. One of the best ways to make the most of your time in Italy is to tour the country by car, but will you be old enough to rent a car in Italy? Continue reading to learn more about the laws regarding age requirements and licensure in Italy.
Drivers must carry their car rental's proof of insurance, registration papers and domestic driver license at all times when operating a rental vehicle in Italy. An International Driver's Permit (IDP) is also required when driving in Italy. This document translates your US driver's license, and is available for purchase at the American Automobile Club or the National Auto Club before traveling to Italy.
The minimum age to rent a car in Italy is 21, but some rental companies allow drivers as young as 18 to rent from them as long as they have held their license for longer than one year. Any driver under the age of 25 should be prepared to pay a young driver's surcharge that ranges from €15-€22 per day.
There is no maximum driving age in Italy; however, the maximum driving age for some car rental companies is 75 years old. In these cases, drivers may be required to hold a letter from their physician stating they are healthy and fit to drive. Further information can be found on our Rental Car Age Requirements page.
Before getting behind the wheel in Italy, or determining whether you should let a younger driver take the wheel on your next trip, you must remember that driving in Italy is very different than driving in other parts of the world. Local drivers are often fast and aggressive, but competent, as they navigate these roadways on a daily basis. If you exude caution and confidence, instead of being intimidated by their intrusive driving styles, you'll fit on the roadways of Italy just fine.
You should never let any member of your travel entourage get behind the wheel of a car in Italy if they are not 100% up to the task. Many young and inexperienced drivers may lack the fundamental skills and experience needed to navigate Italian roadways safely. As an alternative to taking a self-driven tour of the country, consider arranging a private chauffeur in Italy.