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Italian motorists drive on the right-hand side of the road. Driving rules are different per county so be sure to familiarise yourself with the legal driving requirements and road symbols. The legal speed limit is usually displayed on the road signs next to the road. They might change when the weather circumstances are bad.
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Italy is home to some of the most beautiful cities in the world. A holiday in Italy would not be complete without a trip to Rome. The iconic Italian city is lined with many world-famous buildings including the Roman Coliseum and The Vatican's St. Peter's Square. Drive 227 km up north and you will enter Florence, known as the birthplace of the Renaissance. The World Heritage City is home to some of the most spectacular art in the world. Continue your journey about a 100km up north and you will find yourself in Bologna. Here you can visit the oldest university in the world and enjoy the amazing Italian Cuisine.
It is a requirement that visiting motorists carry their valid New Zealand driving licence in addition to a valid International Driving Permit. This must be obtained before leaving New Zealand. The minimum age to rent a car in Italy is 18 years, though some suppliers may charge a fee for young drivers (25 and under).
Most of the motorways, or autostrade as the Italians call it, are toll roads. Tolls are usually charged by the distance travelled, and you will have to take a ticket when you enter the motorway network and pay at the toll gate upon exit. Some tolls can be relatively expensive as motorway operators are required to maintain the roads and cover expenses from the toll revenue.
When preparing to drive in Italy, it's important to be aware of the Limited Traffic Zones (Zona Traffico Limitato / ZTL) found in larger cities. Most historic city centres, including Rome, Florence, Milan and Pisa have these zones. ZTL's are set up to reduce overall congestion around popular attractions and also to help slow the degradation to these areas caused by the constant influx of visitors each year.
Drivers who enter a ZTL without proper authorization will be fined, and in most circumstances, tourists and non-local visitors are not issued passes - only locals are permitted to drive through these zones. The fines for violating a ZTL boundary ranges depending on the city you're driving in, but on average is about 65 EUR, not including the "Traffic Violation Fee" (usually around 25 EUR per fine) charged by car rental suppliers.
It should be noted that rental cars in Italy are never permitted in ZTL zones during their active times, regardless of a signs fine print and exclusions.
You can find details and compare all the great cars available for hire in Italy by checking out our fleet guide. Please note that not all cars are available at all locations.
If you plan to travel through Europe with your rental car, there are a few things to bear in mind. You will need to inform us of the countries you intend to visit at the time of booking and when you pick up your rental car. In general, travel across borders is permitted between west and central European nations. Each provider has slightly different rules regarding travel to certain countries and it is advisable to make sure that your planned driving route is in accordance with any international restrictions in place. Fees may also be payable to the supplier, the main reason for this is to cover the insurance based on the safety of the area you are travelling to, and locally at border crossings.
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