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Key facts for hiring a car in Naples
Best time to visit
July and August can be unbearably hot and humid so visiting early summer or autumn can be a good bet.
Not to be missed
The authentic taste of Neapolitan pizza
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Hire a car in Naples
If you are staying in Naples, admiring Vesuvius’ dominant presence is unavoidable.
Naples is getting ever popular, and with its dizzying array of historical points of interest and natural landmarks, is it any wonder why?
Just around the corner from the city is the Amalfi Coast, renowned for picturesque sunbleached villages. Driving some of these unforgettable mountain roads is a sensational part of any Italian holiday.
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Local driving tips
Lots of people who rent a car in Naples plan on driving down to the Amalfi Coast. Many of the roads here are thrilling, but windy. The scenery is beautiful too, however the best advice for designated drivers is to stay focused. Because of the bends and the narrow roads, You’ll need to concentrate on the tarmac and not the panoramas! People say it is worth it, but if you can share the driving then everyone gets a chance to really take in the views.
Don’t be put off if locals want to overtake you. Italian drivers like to go fast – especially when they know the roads well – so just give them space and decelerate slightly if someone is trying to pass.
Leave all your valuables in a safe wherever you are staying. It is not worth keeping anything in your hire car and tempting a break in. If you can hide obvious evidence of being a tourist too (such as maps and suitcases) then this will help minimise the risk.
Blue spaces indicate that the parking must be paid for. White spaces are usually free, but read the signs carefully as there may well be restrictions in place. Parking in Italian cities can be tricky, so make sure your hotel has parking.
Much of central Naples is a ZTL zone. Rental cars are unlikely to be permitted within these areas, so make sure you avoid them. If you see a blank red circle, sometimes with the words zona traffico limitato above it, this means you are entering a restricted zone.
Watch out for signs which mention the Tutor System. This is one of Italy’s ways to crack down on speeding and it means there are average speed cameras measuring your speed from one camera to the next.
You may see signs for these if you are driving on an autostrade. A chain of rest stops offering food and drink, many are open 24 hours. More than half the service stations in Italy are Autogrills, and you will find loads of food choices inside them.
Yellow diamond with white edges mean you are on a priority road and technically have right of way (proceed with caution though!). If this sign has black lines through it, then you do not have right of way and must let traffic pull out.
Upside down triangles with red edges mean give way.
A strange black and white bullseye looking sign simply means that you are entering a city.
Have the best of both worlds
Hike in the mountains
To get away from the bustling town of Naples, head to Lattari Mountains Regional Park. Drive the winding SS366 into the mountains to see a slice of non-coastal nature. You can do guided hikes if you’re feeling really intrepid, or simply wind through the impressive natural scenery in your car.
The ultimate Naples road trip
Naples Airport NAP
Located 5km outside of the city of Naples.
Car hire pick up point
Desks are just outside of arrivals, there is a shuttle bus to take you there.
Pompeii – 30km
Famous preserved disaster – the remains of a city buried under molten debris.
Sorrento – 26km
Pretty cliffside town with sweeping bay, known for marquetry and lace – this is a popular place to visit.
Ravello – 38km
Many acclaimed visitors have sought inspiration here ( Wagner, DH Lawrence to name a few). The views and gardens are simply unbeatable.
Salerno – 42km
Often overlooked because of the sheer amount of competition for holidaymakers in the vicinity. It’s worth checking out – there’s a beautiful cathedral and accommodation is really good value.