Auto Europe is an international car hire broker with over 56 years of experience in the industry, offering more than 8,000 pick up locations worldwide. At Auto Europe, we pride ourselves on our quality customer service, as well as on our ability to offer some of the lowest prices in the market. Working together with local and international suppliers, Auto Europe is able to provide a wide range of cars to choose from in hopes of meeting all the travel needs of our customers. Whether you wish to pick up your car hire in Italy at an airport, a railway station or at any of our many downtown locations, we offer you both quality and flexibility: we have more than 200 available pick-up and drop-off locations to ensure that hiring a car is as convenient as possible.
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Here you can find some useful information that will help you to enjoy your trip in Italy without any hassle.
Road Rules and Petrol Stations
Cars in Italy drive on the right-hand side of the road and overtake on the left.
The use of mobile phones while driving is forbidden, unless you use a hands-free kit.
The use of seat belts is mandatory for both the driver and any passengers.
The Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) legal limit in Italy is 0.05 mg/ml; however, any driver that has held his or her driver's licence for three years or less must abide by a legal limit of 0.00. We strongly recommend that you do not drink and drive.
You can find petrol stations along the main highways. Most stations along the toll roads - "Autostrade" in Italian - are open 24 hours. Others are generally open Monday through Saturday between the hours of 7am-7pm, with a break at lunchtime. It is important that you know which type of fuel your rental car requires.
There are many toll roads in Italy, and often it can be somewhat complicated to understand the Italian toll system, as there is not one single company in charge of the tolls. Each individual route section is monitored by a different toll company. The toll amount depends on the distance travelled. You can pay by cash or credit card in some but not all places, so it is better to ensure you always have cash available for this. Often there are extra lanes available for motorists who have a Telepass. More information on specific routes and associated toll costs can be found here.
The minimum age to drive in Italy is 18 years old. In order to rent a car in Italy, you must have held your driver's licence for a minimum of 1 year. Drivers under the age of 25 may be subject to a young driver surcharge. For more information about driving a car hire in Italy, please see our driving information guide.
Italy is part of the eurozone and, therefore, the currency used is the euro. You will be able to exchange your currency for euros at any currency exchange counter, which can often be found at airports or main train stations. You may also be able to withdraw cash (euros) from any of the local ATMs that can be found throughout the city centre. Credit cards may be accepted as a form of payment in some locations, however we would advise you to check the fees with you card provider beforehand.
The time zone in Italy is GMT +1, making Rome one hour ahead of London, for example. This time zone also includes Italian islands, such as Sicily and Sardinia. Daylight Saving Time applies to all of Italy, from the last weekend in March to the last weekend of October.
Hello - Ciao Good morning - Buongiorno Good afternoon - Buon pomeriggio Good evening - Buonasera Where is the closest police station? - Dov'Ŕ la stazione di polizia pi¨ vicina? Where is the closest hospital? - Dov'Ŕ l?ospedale pi¨ vicino? Where is the closest ATM machine? - Dov'Ŕ il bancomat pi¨ vicino? Where is [location]? - Dov'Ŕ [location]? Can I pay by credit card? - Posso pagare con la carta di credito? Can I pay by debit card? - Posso pagare con la carta di debito? How much does this cost? - Quanto costa? Thank you - Grazie Keep the change - Tenga il resto
The electrical voltage in Italy is the same as in the UK, 230 volts alternating at 50 cycles per second. However, wall sockets are different from those used in the UK, so you will need an adaptor if using British appliances. The adaptors used in Italy are type C, F and L.
Visa & Embassy Information
Italy is part of the European Union and, therefore, British, citizens do not need a visa to travel there. Should you need assistance from the consulate during your travels, please see below for the location of the British Embassy in Rome.
British Embassy Rome
Via XX Settembre 80/a
00187 Rome Italy
Telephone: +39 06 4220 0001