Facts and information about Italy

Italy (Italian Republic, Republic of Italy) is a country with approximately 60 340 000 inhabitants and is located in Europe. Total surface/area 301 230 km². It is the 5th largest country on Europe when it comes to inhabitants and the 10th largest regarding its surface. The capital is Rome which has 2 318 900 inhabitants. It consists of twenty regions/states/counties and the largest are Lombardy, Campania, Latium, Sicily, Veneto, Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna, Apulia and Tuscany. Italy is the 23th largest country on when it comes to inhabitants and the 72th largest regarding the surface. Other names for this country is Repubblica Italiana, Italia, il Bel Paese. +39 is the country code to use to make a call to the country. Websites mostly have the top domain .it. Italian, German, French, Sardinian, Catalan, Corsican, Slovenian are languages used in the country. Top five highest mountains are Monte Rosa (4634 m), Naso del Liskamm (4272 m), Les Grandes Jorasses (4208 m), Gran Paradiso (4061 m) and La Grivola (3969 m). Has neighbouring countries such as Switzerland, Vatican City, Slovenia, San Marino, France, Austria. Is it included in the price to cross national borders? Usually not, the car rental company may charge a fee to cross national borders to Switzerland, Vatican City, Slovenia, San Marino, France, Austria. All additional costs are paid directly at the rental desk in the local currency, Euro (EUR). It is stated in the rental terms and during the booking whether it is allowed to cross national borders and to which countries. The five largest communities are Rome (c. 2318900 pop), Milan (c. 1236800 pop), Naples (c. 959500 pop), Turin (c. 870500 pop), Palermo (c. 648300 pop). Euro (EUR) is the currency used to make payments within the country. We give tips and recommendations on activities, experiences, attractions and destinations which you can visit during your stay in Italy. See the weather reports and find maps.

Tips on finding rental cars in Italy

Book the car in Italy before your trip, it is almost always cheaper. Also, book as early as possible, it becomes more expensive the closer you get to your trip. If your car is supposed to be collected at an airport you should book before you leave, as in Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, Milan Linate Airport, Milano Malpensa Airport, Naples Airport, Turin Caselle Airport, Palermo Airport, Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport, Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport and Florence Peretola Airport. When you are looking for a rental car in Italy, autoitaly.co.uk compares, for example, these companies: Welcome Cars, Global Rent a Car, Smile Rent, InterRent, OS Car Rental, Thrifty, Centauro, Viten Group, WinRent, Sicily By Car, MoriniRent, Optimorent, Ecovia, Dollar, Budget, Sixt, Avant Car, Enterprise, Hertz Dream Collection, Avis, National, Ace Rental Cars, Noleggiare, Target Rent, Firefly, Maggiore, Oscar Rent A Car, B-Rent, Nomadcar, Autoclick, Alamo, Elba by Car, Autovia, Goldcar, King rent, Rhodium, Flizzr, Locauto, Surprice, Green Motion, Hertz, Keddy By Europcar, Buchbinder, CarMotion, JoyRent, Europcar, Italy Car Rent, Payless.

Traffic and parking regulations

Renting and driving a car is usually easy and effortless, but as in all countries there are many traffic regulations in Italy you must follow. If you are going to visit and drive in large cities such as Rome, Milan, Naples, Turin, Palermo, Genoa, Bologna, Florence, Catania, Bari, Messina, Verona, Padova, Trieste, prepare yourself for a lot of traffic, especially in rush hour and that it is sometimes difficult to find parking. Try to memorize the most common parking and traffic regulations before you leave to ensure that your car trip is safe, and to avoid trouble with the police.