Compare and Save with Car Hire in Italy

Whether you're looking for an urban adventure in historic Rome, experiencing agriturismo in Tuscany or touring vineyards in Barolo, you're sure to fall in love with Italy's varied and beautiful landscape. The Boot is just as famous for its stunning countryside as it is for its ancient cities, so if you want a truly bellisimo holiday, you have to check out the country's agricultural and wine-producing regions ... and the best way to do that is to hire a car in Italy.

Italian car hire is made simple and convenient by DriveNow. We've partnered with some of the biggest names in the car rental industry - namely Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and SIXT - to bring you accurate price comparisons and easy access to outstanding vehicles.

Why DriveNow, exactly? It's simple:
  • Price - You can rest assured that we've checked for the cheapest rental rates available
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  • Trusted Suppliers - Our list of partners says it all. We only work with the most trusted suppliers in Europe.
  • Immediate booking confirmation lets you rest assured that your low rate is secured
  • Drive-away prices include all taxes and levies - that means no hidden costs!
  • Lowest price guarantee
  • Trust and Experience - DriveNow has been helping drivers find the most affordable rates available since 2003.
  • The only question you need worry about is how you'll use your rental car to explore Italy.

    How to get the best deal on renting a car in Italy

    You've probably heard it before, but the key to securing affordable travel reservations is to book early. This applies to flight and hotel reservations, and it is equally true of car hire. If you plan to spend a summer holiday in Italy, you probably know that this is peak season for European travel (so booking early is a no-brainer). But those travelling to Italy during the autumn months should also be prepared. Autumn is the Italian wine harvest season - and all the festivals, travellers and general business that come with it.

    Common Questions

    What kind of driving licence is required to rent a car in Italy?

    The Italian government requires that non-resident drivers obtain an International Driving Permit before hitting the road in The Boot. If you are a licensed driver, your home country's automobile association can provide you with this permit for a small fee.

    How old must I be to hire a car in Italy?

    Drivers must be 21 years of age in order to hire a car, and must have held a valid licence for at least one year. However, if you are under the age of 25, you may be charged an elevated rate for your car hire.

    What's it like to drive in Italy?

    Italian drivers are known for being quite fast, so expect your drive to be a bit of an adventure! That said, as long as you abide by local laws and pay attention to other drivers, it's unlikely that you'll encounter any problems.

    If you are planning to drive into a major city, it's important to note that many urban areas have ZTLs (zona a traffico limitato, or reduced traffic zone). In many of these areas, it is illegal for non-residents to drive - and if you do so, you may be caught on camera and fined. In addition, be aware that many Italian streets are quite narrow, as the cities are often very historic. Be on the watch for one-way zones, bikers and scooters, pedestrians and speed barriers.

    Automatic or manual transmission?

    It is very rare to find automatic transmission cars in Italy - you'll probably have to drive a manual transmission vehicle.

    Car hire payment

    When you arrive to pick up your car, you'll need to pay using a credit card.

    Excess insurance options

    To insure your rental car, you can take out a Collision Damage Waiver or seek out travel insurance that includes car hire coverage - this is often the cheapest way to cover yourself.