With over 5,600 kilometers of superhighways, (locally called “Autostrada”) and thousands of miles of other highways, city streets and small town roads there is no better way to see all of Italy then by cheap rental car provided by Kemwel! In Italy driving conditions, rental regulations and rules of the road can be severely different then what you are normally used to. Kemwel wants for you to be as informed as possible when driving in Italy, so we have compiled a list of things that we feel you should know about when operating and renting a vehicle in Italy.
To rent a vehicle in Italy you must be at least 18 years old and have had your driving license for at least 1 years, however some suppliers depending on the car category may require you to have had your license for up to 3 years. An international driver's license is mandatory in Italy, if you are stopped by the Italian police and fail to present one you will be subject to a fine. The use of a cell phone while driving in Italy is illegal, those who fail to oblige are subject to being fined up to $125 USD.
If you are traveling with children under the age of 3 years they must sit in the back seat of the vehicle and in a proper child safety seat. Children between the ages of 4 and 12 can only travel in the front seat of the vehicle if in a child seat suitable for their age and weight.
The standard speed limits in Italy are: City 50 Km/h (31mph), major roads 90 km/h (55mph), 2-lane roads 110 km/h (68mph), highways 90 km/h (55mph).
Rules of the Road
Vehicles travel on the right hand side of the road in Italy. Drive with caution as bicycles and scooters are very popular forms of transportation and some roadways in Italy can become very narrow making it hard to share the road.
Gas and Diesel
Many gas stations in Italy are closed on Sundays and are open from 7am to 12pm and from 3:30pm to 7pm during the week.
All superhighways (Autostradas) require you to pay a toll. The tolls are dependent on the distance traveled and the vehicle category.
In most Italian cities parking is strictly on the right side of the street. Some cities practice Blue Zone parking where you will need to acquire a timed parking disc available at gas stations and tourist offices.
When traveling and renting a vehicle in an unfamiliar place it is always a good idea to find out what the insurance requirements are for vehicle rentals in that country. When renting a car with Kemwel in Italy all rentals come equipped with all mandatory insurances.
For all rentals commencing in Italy, collision damage waiver (CDW) and theft protection are mandatory. To make the rental process easier Kemwel includes these insurances on all rentals in Italy. Most car suppliers that we work with in Italy have a deductible of $0, for the CDW and theft protection. Third party liability and fire insurance are also included in all rental rates in Italy. Third party liability provides approximately between $3.1 million and $32 million USD worth of coverage for any damage to property or injury to people outside of the rental vehicle. Fire insurance provides and unlimited amount of coverage to the rental vehicle in the event of a fire.
Personal accident insurance (PAI) is available to purchase locally with select supplier for approx $19 USD per day or a flat fee of $280 USD providing death and disability coverage up to a set monetary amount for the driver and passengers of the vehicle. Personal effect coverage (PEC) is another optional insurance available locally for approximately $8 USD per day or a flat fee of $120 USD providing coverage up to a set amount for damage or loss of personal belongings in the rental car. Optional insurance is available with certain suppliers only and prices are subject to change without notice, please feel free to contact Kemwel toll free at 1 877 820 0668 for further details.
Many of the vehicles rented through Kemwel in Italy can travel throughout Western Europe without any restrictions. There are some vehicles; due to insurance regulations that may not be able to travel into certain countries some of the vehicles include luxury vehicles, automatic vehicles and vans. Due to Kemwel’s great relationship with its suppliers has allowed for the creation of a special program that will allow for travel into select Eastern European countries. An additional surcharge may apply for rental vehicles being taken into Eastern Europe. When planning your itinerary please take into consideration if it will be possible with the category of car you are planning to rent.
Vehicles rented in Italy through Kemwel cannot travel into or through the following countries without prior notification and approval from Kemwel and our suppliers: Albania, Bosnia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Turkey and the Ukraine.
NOTE: Travel into most or all of these countries can be arranged for specific car categories with advance notice to Kemwel additional fees may apply.
Domestic one way rentals are available, some one-ways may incur fees ranging from $0 to $1500 USD. International one-way rentals are available, additional fees will apply. Not all vehicles are permitted on one-ways and minimum rental lengths may apply.