Self-driving in new exotic places gives unique positive energy, a self-satisfaction and gives liberating freedom. In particular, if you want to rent a Ferrari in Italy, it provides us with a privilege to be a proud owner of this world’s most luxurious car for a short period. Let’s keep rolling and delve into the details about how to rent a car in Italy, road conditions, speed limits, Italian road signs and finding best deals from car rentals. Once you are well-prepared and aware of you renting options, you can unwind your mind from any last-minute surprises and start enjoying your behind the wheels experience even if you are a first-time visitor to Italy.
- Get Insured
Whether you are renting a car for a day or for an extended period, getting your rental car insured is very crucial especially in foreign land. After all, vacation time is meant to de-stress and have fun with our family but not to engage in a tensed environment if you did not opt for an insurance coverage. While you rent a Ferrari in Italy, it is best to choose for full coverage of insurance policy including Anti-theft, collision damage waiver and Personal accidental coverage. Along with your credit card company’s auto rental coverage, which may be an option provided for many premium card customers, getting a couple of additional coverage in Italy makes a wise choice. As the Italy is the origin of pioneers in the automobile industry like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati, you can expect the people at lead feet on the highways. The powerful top-notch technology cars with an inevitable pickup speed, highways rather seem to be a racetrack for any new visitors in Italy. Thus, getting additional insurance and full coverage is the best bet.
- Get Sufficient Cash
Though Italy accepts many of the major credit cards except few, Toll roads are one of the places where cash transactions are safe and cheaper option. They require a credit card with chip and sometimes if they charge you extra or deducted couple of times it is a long process for refunding your money. It is also safer and reliable option to use cash in gas stations, where almost every gas station requires a pin for your credit card. To avoid any misuse or theft it is better to keep cash handy.
- Navigation System
Exploring by road in Italy requires a good road sense and the right navigation system in place (GPS). Though we can rely on online maps, it is better to have a good branded GPS system. Sometimes when we are in the country roads, data connections may become slower in those cases online maps are not an optimal option. Get a branded GPS unit from home and upload it with the latest European maps to get a fully functional and accurate direction. You can also opt-in for a GPS unit as an add-on at your rental company, and they may charge somewhere around four or five euros per day.
- Driver’s License
The first thing to consider when planning to go behind the wheels in Italy is to check if you have the required permits and know about the Italian Law requirements. According to the Italian Law, to drive legally in Italy, tourists who drive in Europe without a European Union driving license are required to show two licenses, one issued from the tourist homeland and the second is obtaining an International Driving permit which is a mandatory law.
This is the sole responsibility of the tourist to have the necessary license so that if he/she gets pulled over by traffic police for speeding or any other reason, a license is the first mandatory document that will be verified, and it helps to avoid any unwanted consequences.
- Zona Traffico Limitato Sign Board
There are two main sign boards to watch out for like the ZTL sign which means “no driving area” or driving is prohibited in a particular zone. Another sign is “Area Pedonale” which means limited traffic only is permitted and, in some area, these are pedestrian zones. However, you enter to the limited traffic area if you have required permission. Some hotel may arrange entry passes to their guests on request. These type of sign boards are usually seen in historic places and famous monuments. Otherwise, in case if we violate the rule, we end up paying fines which we receive through mail days or even months later.
- Speeding Devices
Autovelox and Sistema Tutor are the two main devices for catching speeders in Italy. Autovelox is a big black box with a sign on it. It has a camera inside it and takes a picture of the speeding car’s license plate. In case of a rental car, they may get hold of the credit card information. They will send you a mail of speeding fine chargers. Autovelox are installed in Autostrada Highways, regular highways and even in some small towns. However, adequate warning signs will be present in advance like Polizia Stradale, which is a national highway patrol of Italy.
Sistema Tutor is a device used in some stretches of Autostrada, where an overhead camera captures the picture of speeders number plate as you pass under it. Once you surpass the next camera it will calculate the average speed and checks if it is within the 130 kms/hr.
- Autostrada roads
Italy is the first country to design motorways reserved for motor vehicles. Autostrade is the Italy roads where different types of motorways like multi-lane, double-lane and single-lane are constructed throughout the Italy, linking cities and small towns. Autostrade Highways are designated with letter A followed by a number. For e.g., A1 Autostrade connects the major cities of Milan, Rome and Naples, with a green sign pointing towards them. The maximum speed limit in Autostrade roads is 130 kms/hr, and for some curvy stretches it is 60 kms/hr, which will also be indicated clearly by the posted speed limit sign board. At end of each Autostrade, you need to pay the toll.