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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, Rome 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 as it existed thousands of years ago. Peel through the city’s layers of history as you immerse yourself in its artistic riches and feast upon its unbeatable food.
While the rest of Italy’s Lazio region may seem underwhelming compared to Rome, it holds plenty of its own treasures worth driving to. Whether you’re looking for a few day trips or a longer road trip to one of Italy’s other noteworthy cities, start by searching for your perfect rental with easyCar.
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Adding an additional driver?
Driving in an unfamiliar country and covering long distances can be tiring, which is why rental companies allow you to add on additional drivers. Sharing the driving is the easiest way to cover as much of Italy possible, but how much more will it add on to your rental price? The chart below highlights the price our most popular car hire companies in Rome charge for adding an additional driver.
| Our most popular
| Additional driver
rates per day
|Sicily By Car||€6,18 + VAT|
Who can I add as an additional driver?
The same rules apply for additional drivers as drivers, in terms of age restrictions and how long you must have held your license for. This may change slightly depending on the car hire company, so be sure to check the terms and conditions.
Tip: Look out for deals through easyCar – sometimes suppliers will offer an additional driver for free.
Getting the best rental value
There are a number of different factors to take into account when trying to find the best value car hire for your Italian adventure. But given Rome’s fame as a must-see city, prices heavily rely on the highs and lows of tourist numbers.
|Best value months to visit||Average cost per day of car hire in Rome|
Another factor that can dramatically change your rental price is where you pick-up your car. Collecting your car hire at the airport can knock at least a little bit off the daily price of your rental. You’ll also often find more vehicle options at the airport than downtown.
|Pickup Location||Average cost per day of car hire in Rome|
Facts and stats about car hire in Rome
|Car Type||Average cost per day of car hire in Rome|
|Frequently Asked Question||Answer|
|What is the most popular rental length in Rome?||Seven to eight days.|
|What is the most popular month to rent a car in Rome?||July, when a hire car costs on average £27.20 per day.|
| Legal drink driving
|0.5mg of alcohol per ml of blood||Some companies will allow you to hire a car at the age of 18, others require you to be 21.|
| Type of
|Built up areas||50km/h|
|Outside urban areas||90km/h|
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ZTL zones explained
Rome and Italy’s other major cities can be a congested nightmare, which is why you’ll find Limited Traffic Zones, Zona Taffico Limitato in Italian, in place around their historic centres. If you want to avoid a hefty fine, its best that you learn the rules of the ZTL zones. But remember, the rules may differ city to city. Here’s the general run down:
- Vehicles are not allowed in these areas unless they have a permit.
- Be wary of where your GPS is taking you. As nifty as navigation devices are, they don’t know about the zones, so may end up leading you to one. Plot out your route before and make note of where the ZTL is.
- ZTL entrances are regulated by ticket-cameras, which process fines instantly. Driving in by accident can be a costly mistake.
- Times at which the zone is active can vary day to day. There are usually signs or lights at the ZTL entry points that will let you know.
Italian road signs
Many of the road signs you spot around Rome and throughout Italy will be familiar, but there are a some more uncommon signs that you may not recognise. Before heading out on your road trip, its helpful to take note of some of the more unusual signs, such as these:
Zona traffico limitato
Not an exciting sign, but an important one to know. It indicates the ZTL area. Sometimes you will see this sign with text in the centre, indicating which vehicles are allowed through, and often times of no entry are posted beneath.
This bullseye looking sign indicates that you’re approaching the centre of a city. It's intended to help you find the city as you exit the highway and is located in the historic core.
Right of way
If you see this sign, it means you are on a road with right of way. Cars merging in from the left or right are obliged to yield to you. But if you see the same sign with a black slash through it, you’ll have to give way.
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Rome Fiumicino Airport FCO
Fiumicino is the eight busiest airport in Europe.
Car hire pick up point
Car hire desks are located in terminal two.
A summer retreat for Romans centuries ago, now a site of ancient riches.
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