Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Italy Transportation Overview - Driving in Italy and Sample Train Fares
Bob Little (Bob the Navigator)
Question: Should we drive in Italy
Answer: Of course you should if your driving skill and confidence would allow you to drive a rental car in Vermont, Colorado or California. But, be advised of these tips:
We have rented a car for 20 of our 22 trips to Europe. Our only mishap was a minor fender bender in a leased car, and that was in France.
Question: What car should I get and where do I get it?
Answer: It is best to rent your car before you leave for Europe. The best source we have found is AutoEurope (www.autoeurope.com) who is a broker for several car vendors. They will quote you prices to include the variables that are often omitted by others, such as unlimited mileage, full mandatory insurance coverage, and VAT taxes. The best model will depend on your needs, but for best value we suggest you select a compact car with manual transmission. Automatics are available but will cost you about 30% more and may limit your model options & pick up locations.
Question: Are Italian drivers as crazy as I have heard?
Answer. Yes and no! They are certainly aggressive, but they are also more skilled than many USA drivers; both are a function of necessity. Italy is one of the most crowded countries in the world and the drivers have evolved these characteristics
Other Road Tips for Your Driving Sanity
Sample Prices on EuroStar Trains in Italy
Prices in euro (E) shown for second class with first class prices in brackets.
Rome to: Naples 22E (33), Florence 30E (42), Venice 45E (67), Milan 47E (67)
Florence to: Venice 27E (40), Milan 29E (42)
Venice to: Milan 23E (29). Most trains on this route are Intercity trains.
© Bob Little, 2004
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