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Key facts for hiring a car in Rome
When to visit
Summer is most popular due to the weather, but expect crowds and queues. Easter is the most expensive time to visit. If you aren’t after blistering heat or religious festivities, try April to June or September to October.
Plan your trip well in advance for the best choice and prices. Accommodation gets booked up well ahead of time, even during the quieter times of year.
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Hire a car in Rome
An unparalleled selection of ancient wonders, the ‘Eternal City’ is famous across the globe for its countless landmarks.
The capital of Italy is one big outdoor museum. With its rich heritage serving as an impressive ancient backdrop, you can go back in time and discover the world that existed thousands of years ago.
It’s impossible to get bored here. Rome is a sprawling city to immerse yourself in, and it’s also within driving distance of Pisa and Naples – two more incredibly worthwhile Italian destinations.
It’s all about the food in Rome. Head away from the tourist traps and find somewhere cosy to eat. In the busiest areas you’ll find fixed priced tourist menus which are far inferior to food you can get slightly away from the madness.
Don’t worry about getting breakfast included with your accommodation, either. Look for a bakery – grab a pastry and cappuccino. This will be more cost effective and tastier way to fill your boots in the morning.
Something to be aware of is that cafes often have different prices for standing and sitting. If you’re happy to order at the bar, do so and you can save a few Euros.
Try a trattoria for a casual and rustic dining experience. Forget printed menus, here you’ll find family-run establishments serving home-cooked specials.
There are public drinking fountains (thousands of them) all over the city. This can be a great way to save money in an expensive city. The water is safe, cold and sometimes the water will come out of elaborate fountains. Look out for the she-wolf fountain (one of the city’s icons) on Aventine Hill.
Getting to and from the airport in a taxi can be very pricey, plus many taxi drivers will try to overcharge you even though there are set rates in place. A hire car is a really cost effective way of travelling to the city centre.
If you visit during summer, it’s tempting to only bring clothes suitable for the heat. Remember, for visiting religious sites you may need to dress modestly, so bring something to cover your shoulders. Bring comfortable shoes for walking around the city. There are so many landmarks to visit on foot!
Tipping is not customary in Rome, so even a small tip is appreciated. If your bill says servizio, this means service has already been added. You do not need to add an amount on top of this.
Learning a little Italian is fun, and will be appreciated if you can communicate with the locals. The pace in Italy is relaxed, so things may not always run on schedule. Embrace this attitude, and you’ll enjoy it more.
The Roma Pass is a good value option if you are hoping to see lots of the sites.
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