Travel in Italy by car: wonderful places and useful tips

Travel in Italy by car: wonderful places and useful tips

Italy is a wonderful country to drive around. Italy's pride and joy are its jaw-dropping landscapes and a huge variety of outdoor activities to get you to stop the car and stretch your legs. Take a bucket list road trip to Italy and see it for yourself!

The best way to travel is to rent a car for a few days and explore all of the places, restaurants, and sightseeing on your own schedule without rush. GetRentacar offers great car options: MINI Coupe in Milan for $259 per day, Mercedes-Benz A-class in Florence for $233 per day. Other cars you can find on our website Use promocode VALENTINA5 to get a 5% discount on

Amalfi Coast

Italy's Sorrento Peninsula is one of Italy's most memorable destinations. Here, mountains sink into the water in a mind-blowing vertical scene of precipitous cliff and evergreen woodland, hillside country houses welcome for lunch and crystal-clear bay water adds a cool part into this fairytale view. Start your route in Naples and explore mountain Vesuvio, Sorrento, Positano, and Salerno.


The miracle island of Sicily offers travelers gorgeous views of the Mediterranean sea, ancient history, and the most delicious seafood cuisine. Travel experience in Sicily is especially rich because of plenty of sight-seeings: Greeks, Romans, Arabs, along with every European power in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, left their print on Sicily culture and architecture.


The charm of Tuscany is in the small lovely houses spread throughout the valleys and hills. Italians call it "borgo" and do everything to save the beauty of ancient country architecture. Food and wine lovers will enjoy Tuscany with its wonderful wineries, restaurants, and patisseries. Travel at your own pace while enjoying plenty of inspiring views of the iconic Tuscany countryside.


The gorgeous little fishing village on the Italian Riviera is adorable even if you don't have much time. In Portofino, you'll be amazed by the cliffs of Santa Margherita, the azure Ligurian Sea, the charming port, and Portofino’s landmark castle. In here, pastel-painted houses frame the picturesque harbor, mixing with stores, seafood restaurants, and bars, where you may grab a slice of delicious focaccia con il formaggio and cool Chinotto drink.

Stelvio Pass

If you prefer mountains to the sea, you would love Stelvio Pass. The Stelvio Pass is one of the highest and most impressive mountain routes. You may enjoy the gorgeous views of the majestic snow-capped mountains, dense forests, and mountain lakes. But don't look aside too much: there are steep grades, extremely narrow roads, and 46 dangerous road turns. The road snakes up to an elevation of 2759 m. which makes this one of the highest mountain roads in Europe.

Driving in Italy: tips you need to know

Check the documents. Whether you are driving your own car or a rental, make sure you have all the car documents: in case of a check, you will be asked for "patente" (driving license), "libretto" (car documents), and car rental docs. The exact documents depend on the country you are from. Check with your local embassy to know all you need before coming to Italy.

Get the right car. Of course, there is no "right" or "wrong" car, but you have to know that most cars in Italy have manual transmission. Make sure you rent the automatic transmission if you used to drive one.

Prepare cash for parking. Usually, big parking lots accept cards, however, small ones don't. Always keep some coins in your pocket.

Covid restrictions. Countries currently allowed to enter Italy are divided into two groups, European countries, and non-European countries. All persons arriving from Europeanean countries can enter Italy for non-essential purposes. All they've got to have is the COVID-19 Certificate, which proves whether the travelers have been vaccinated, recovered, or have a negative COVID-19 test result. Other countries' tourists have to check restrictions in the embassy.

Travel from the UK. If you travel by car from the UK to Italy, you may use Le Shuttle Eurotunnel. The crossing takes 35 minutes, with a fast check-in and loading process, you can be in France in an hour. France-Italy road will take around 13 hours. It's the fastest way if you want to come to Italy from Britain by car.

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