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    Italy Car Rental FAQs

    Your Italy Car Rental Questions Answered

    As a trusted name in the car rental industry for over six decades and more than 20,000 pick-up locations in Italy and around the world, Auto Europe is able to answer all of your Italy car rental questions. If you have a question we haven't covered here, please do not hesitate to call us toll-free at 1-888-223-5555 for further assistance.

    What type of car is best for vacationing in Italy?

    One type of rental car in Italy does not fit all. The best vehicle for you will depend on how you'll be spending your time in Italy and how many people you'll be traveling with. If you're traveling with only one other person and will be spending a lot of your time inside a major city, a mini, economy or compact car might be best for you. If you're planning on taking longer trips and exploring numerous cities, then a mid-size, full-size or luxury vehicle might be a better fit.

    Will I take possession of my rental at the airport?

    There are numerous places where you can pick up your car rental in Italy, including at the Fiumicino Airport, Milan Central Rail Station and hundreds of other airport, rail station and downtown locations. Where you collect your rental car simply depends on what will be most convenient for you. Auto Europe is able to help you arrange the pick-up location that will best accommodate your needs.

    How old do I have to be to rent a car in Italy?

    In order to rent a car in Italy, you must be at least 21 years old. There are certain rental companies that allow drivers as young as 18 to rent a car in Italy as long as they have held their license for at least one year. Any driver under the age of 25 should expect to pay a young driver's surcharge.

    Do I need a credit card to rent a car?

    Yes, credit cards are required to rent vehicles in Italy. Similar to rental agencies in the U.S., rental companies in Italy will typically place a hold on the value of the deductible for the vehicle you rent, and this amount will be refunded after the rental is returned.

    Can I take my rental vehicle outside Italy?

    Yes. In most cases travel to other countries is permitted, but this depends on the type of vehicle you're driving and the country you'll be visiting. Usually luxury and high-end cars are not allowed into some Eastern European countries.

    Do I have to return my rental car to the same location?

    You can drop your car off in another Italian city, however, in most cases there will be a domestic one-way fee you'll need to pay when you pick up your vehicle. You can also drop off your rental in another European city, but be aware that an international one-way fee will be charged at pickup. More information is available about this subject on our one-way car rental page. 

    Do I need GPS while driving in Italy?

    Although not required to drive in Italy, Auto Europe strongly encourages you to rent a GPS unit on your next trip to Italy. Many drivers gain peace of mind when they're able to rely on a GPS that includes up-to-date Italian maps.

    Can I extend my car rental while I'm in Italy?

    If you decide you need to extend your rental once you've arrived in Italy, you can call Auto Europe toll-free 24/7 at 00-800-223-5555 and one of our knowledgeable reservation specialists would be happy to help you.

    What should I do with my car rental paperwork?

    We suggest you keep any paperwork you receive with your rental vehicle as well as your fuel receipts securely stored in a convenient location. Having your paperwork readily accessible will come in handy if you should have any questions while driving in Italy.

    What if I find a better deal on a rental car in Italy?

    For your convenience, Auto Europe offers a price-match guarantee. If you find a lower rate for a comparable rental, simply fill out or Guaranteed Best Rate form and we will beat that price!

    What kind of insurance do I need?

    All of our Italian car rental rates include collision damage waiver (CDW), theft protection, fire insurance and third-party liability. Drivers may also want to consider purchasing personal accident insurance as well as personal effects insurance. You can find more information on our Italy car rental insurance page.

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