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Car Hire in Rome

Car Hire in Rome

This information is correct as of July 2015.

Taxis in Rome are notoriously expensive. The best bet you have for independent, flexible, door-to-door travel is to rent a car for the duration of your stay. This should be especially useful if you plan on staying in Italy for a while, and if you plan to explore the surrounding areas. It would be convenient to have a rental car if you intend to visit sites that receive infrequent public transportation.

Where to hire a car in Rome

Well-known car rental operators in Rome, Italy include Avis, Auto Europe, Europcar, Hertz, Sunnycars, Advantage, Alamo, Enterprise, Firefly, Budget, Holiday Autos, Sixt, National, NU Car, Thrifty, Ofran Holiday Autos, and Maggiore. Car rentals can be arranged by the hotel, at the railway station, or at the airport. The most convenient way to rent a car is by doing so online, prior to your trip. Some of the popular pick-up and drop-off locations for car rentals within Rome include Rome Ciampino Airport, Rome Fiumicino Airport, Via Veneto, Corso Francia, Piazza Francesco Vivona, and Rome Termini Railway Station (Colosseum), the downtown area, and Ostia.

What to expect when hiring a car from Rome

Only tourists over 21 years of age are legally allowed to drive in Rome. Other requirements are a credit card and an EU driving licence or an International Driving Permit.

It is possible to drive within the city centre but the traffic can be very congested and chaotic. Parking is limited. Pay and display parking is marked with blue lines. You should be able to pay using the meter or purchase tickets in the nearest tobacconist. Notable car parks are located at Stazione Termini and Stazione Tiburtina, as well as Villa Borghese, which is open 24 hours a day.

Also take note that there are many areas in the centre and in certain parts of Testaccio that are limited to residents with special electronic passes. These are the limited-traffic zones or ZTL.

Exploring the areas outside of the city as well as getting back to Rome should be easy; as it is well-connected to the rest of the country. Rome is ringed by the Grande Raccordo Anularo motorway, also known as simply GRA. It would still be a good idea to get a good map and a GPS so you never get lost.

Getting to your destination

Frascati
Frascati, formerly Tusculum, is a historic hill town 21 kilometres southeast of Rome. The town features a relaxed atmosphere and is famous for its white wine. It is also known for its villas, such as Villa Aldobrandini and Scuderie Aldobrandini.

Driving to Frascati from the centre of Rome is easy via Via Tuscolana, via A1/E821, or via A90/E80. The drive will take about an hour, with tolls on the way.

Tivoli
Tivoli is an ancient Italian town in Lazio, approximately 30 kilometres east-northeast of Rome. The main attractions in Tivoli are Villa D'Este and Hadrian's Villa. Villa d'Este is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with beautiful terraced gardens and numerous fountains. Hadrian's Villa is a large Roman archaeological complex consisting of over 30 buildings. It also features the greatest Roman example of an Alexandrian garden. In addition, Tivoli provides a wide view over the Roman Campagna.

From Rome, take the Autostrada A24 bound for L'Aquila. Take the exit for Tivoli, which is after the main toll station.

Canterano
Canterano is an attractive city in the heart of Italy. It is characterised by unspoiled nature and traditions. Points of interest include the Santa Maria and San Mauro church, San Rocco church, and Virgin Mary's Sanctuary. People who visit Canterano should try its famous sweet dishes, such as the Salame del re sponge cake with chocolate cream.

Take Autostrada A24, going in the direction of L'Aquila. Exit the highway at Vicovaro-Mandela. Follow signposts and directions to Subiaco and/or Canterano.

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