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Hiring a Car in Italy | Penguin Car Hire

Q: How old do I need to be to hire a car in Italy?


A: You will need to be 21 or over to rent a car in Italy and to have held your licence for at least a year.


Q: What licence is required?


A: You’ll need a full European driving licence or an international driving licence. You will also need a credit card and your passport to secure your booking.


Q: What insurance do I need?


A: Collision damage waiver insurance is mandatory when hiring a car in Italy and you will not be allowed to drive the car away without proving you have it (or taking it out with the rental company). Book this in advance to get the cheapest price.


Q: What kind of car will I be driving?


A: Most rental cars in Italy are manual drive. While automatics are available, there are fewer of them so it is sensible to book well in advance if you need one.



Q: Can I drive my rental car out of Italy?


A: You will usually be able to take a hire car to another European country but check the terms with your rental company.


Q: Do I need to bring a car seat for my child?

Booster seats or baby seats are required for anyone travelling in a car who is under the age of 12. Many hire companies rent these out along with the vehicle.